Our new year’s resolution was more educational hands-on workshops and we’re following through! We’re partnering with Florida Organic Growers and Alachua County to bring you several great workshops. Most of them are free! For more details on each of these workshops, please visit Forage Farm’s website. In case you didn’t know…Grow Gainesville is a project of Forage! A local non-profit whose mission to to inspire people to value healthy food, land and community.
Pollinator Class and Native Bee House Building Saturday May 17th 10AM-1PM at Forage Farm, 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville
Join us at Forage Farm, home to a host of native pollinators and a great place to learn about the best ways to attract them and protect them. We will discuss the basics about our native pollinators in Florida and have a hands-on native bee house building activity. You will be outdoors, so please bring a sun hat, sunscreen, bug repellant if you wish, and wear close-toed shoes. Bring water and snacks. Talks led by UF professionals, house building by Melissa and Anna of Forage Farm. Please RSVP to Melissa, firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a small fee to cover the costs of materials.
Seed Saving 101Saturday May 24 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)
Saving seed has become a lost art, but one that remains critical to our own success as individual gardeners and as a community of growers and eaters striving for self-reliance. By learning to save seed, we not only break free from our dependence on large seed companies, but we also begin cultivating varieties that perform well in our climate. In this workshop we’ll review the basic concepts of seed saving that will start you down the path to saving your own seeds. Warning: seed saving can be addictive! Led by Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm.
Common Garden Pests May 31 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)
The warm weather and approaching summer rains mean that you are likely to see an increase of pests in your garden. In this workshop we’ll cover how to identify some common vegetable garden pests and organic methods for control. Bring pictures and or specimens from your garden and we will try to identify and help you come up with solutions. Led by Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers.
Composting Saturday August 30 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)
Learn the principles of making black garden gold in under 2 months from kitchen waste. In this workshop, you will learn what tools are needed to properly compost; one secret to kickstart a new compost pile that can save you 3 to 6 months; how to make the most of finished compost in your garden; and how you can use earthworms to assist your composting efforts. Led by Chris Cano of Gainesville Compost, a bike-powered local compost business.
Raised Bed Organic Gardening Saturday Sept. 27 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)
Led by Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers. More info coming soon.
The Downtown Farmers Garden is located on the Alachua County Administration Building lawn, 12 SE 1st St. It is on the SW corner of the lawn. If you were enjoying a gelato or at Emiliano’s for tapas, looking across the street, you’d see the garden tucked up near the building.