Learn by doing and working with others.

Our Groundwork program takes place on the mornings of our Open Community Farm Days. Over the course of 11 Saturdays, spread across six months, willing participants are offered hands-on, skill-based learning opportunities to develop their inner farmer. Groundwork covers basic growing, production, and farm management techniques, shared by a variety of experienced growers. This outdoor classroom component is available to both individuals and families, as we network with local farmers and homesteaders, offering participants insights into sustainable agriculture and a plethora of successful growing techniques. Working together in the field, the course gets down and dirty on essential topics, using multiple formats throughout the growing season to help you gain experience, confidence, and skill.

2017 LINE UP

The following is tentative and subject to change, based on instructor availability, on-farm happenings, and of course the weather.

Topics include:

March 18 – Open house

April 1 – Agroecology – Collective Wisdom for Sustainable Agriculture
April 15 – Intro to Soils
May 6 – Small scale vegetable, flower & herb production
May 20 – Pest, disease control, and weed management
June 3 – Cover cropping and crop rotation
June 17 – Integrated grazing systems and small scale poultry management
July 1 – Intro to small-scale dairy production
July 15 – Compost production & use
Aug 5 – Harvest & post-harvest handling techniques
Aug 19 – Intro to Ethnobotany OR Seed saving (tentative)