Backyard Gardener Workshop Series

This new series is designed for the aspiring small-scale farmer.  Each session offers an in-depth exploration of a specific topic through lectures and hands-on activities, granting you the skills needed to confidently and successfully cultivate your own garden space.

Winter Growing Tour & Talk: January 20, 2018

Come out to the farm and explore best practices for winter growing. As long as the weather allows, participants will tour our year-round growing infrastructure and then venture inside to talk about extension practices for the backyard grower.

Topics Covered:

  • What do plants need to grow all winter?
  • Understanding photo period
  • Micro climates
  • Greenhouse components explained. Why incorporate mobility?
  • Maintaining soil fertility in a closed environment
  • Designing your winter garden

Date: Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 1pm – 4pm

Cost: $20

Audience: Best suited for adult learners

Note: Dress warm! While the plants are toasty in our high tunnels, it can be a little different for mammals.

Physical Requirements: The tour includes trudging through fields that are not plowed or shoveled.

Understanding Integrated Pest Management Practices: January 27, 2018

Are the bugs and weeds in your garden getting you down? Come to the farm and dig into integrated pest management and integrated weed suppression management practices. We’ll focus on organic solutions to help you get out of the weeds.

Topics Covered:

  • Pest identification
  • Crop rotation & interplanting
  • Deep organic pest control
  • Timing crops according to pest life cycles

Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 1pm – 3pm

Cost: $15

Audience: Best suited for adult learners

Physical Requirements: Lecture-based forum