We teach people how to grow food, using natural ecosystems as our model,
through classes, workshops, garden raisings and other events.
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We will let you know what is going on in the garden, what to look out for, what you could be doing to be successful. You can ask questions and share your successes!
Though we are not holding workshops at this time, due to Covid-19, we are still coaching and doing consultations. So if you are interested in taking the next step in introducing more edibles into your landscape or just need help with what and how to plant, send us an email and we can set-up a visit, taking the proper precautions.
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Due to Covid-19, our workshops are all on hold, so we wanted to share our knowledge and resources to help people who want to start gardening and produce safe, reliable food. If you have always wanted to grow veggies for you and your family now is the time to start.
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You will find concise information from our team along with articles we find that get to the heart of what needs to happen for you to grow healthy vegetables as soon as you can and have them throughout the summer. Staying healthy and keeping our family and friends healthy and safe is the focus for us all. Being outside, preparing and planting a garden, harvesting fresh organic vegetables, are all activities that can help you reach that goal.
Spring Schedule of Workshops and Permablitzes
Pruning Fruit Trees
March 21, 2020
10 AM-12:30 PM
307 Willow St
Are you interested in learning how to properly prune your fruit trees and shrubs? Join us as we learn the correct methods for pruning and trimming of trees/shrubs. Including apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, Asian pears, persimmons and many more. We will demonstrate pruning methods and, discuss sustainable fruit tree and berry health.
This workshop will be limited in number of participants
April 4th, 2020
9 AM- 11 AM
1540 Main St, West Barnstable, MA (Barnstable Land Trust Offices)
This is a free gathering. Come and pick up some seeds, grow the plants and next year bring back some seeds to share. If you have seeds you have saved this year bring them to share. Try to have the following information about your seeds:
- crop type
- the variety name
- any useful notes about your seed source.
April 25th, 2020
9 AM- 12 PM
in West Barnstable,
307 Willow St
In this workshop you will learn what types of logs work best for mushrooms, how to inoculate the logs and how to care for the logs until and while they produce. Mushroom logs can produce several flushes each year for 4-5 years. You will be able to take an inoculated log home with you.
May 17, 2020
10 AM - 12 PM
Are you interested in what an eco-edible garden looks like? Do you want to learn more about permaculture? Would you like to plant fruit trees but not sure which types do well on Cape Cod? At our tour of Homespun Farm, you can learn all that and more. We will walk throughout the small farm and discuss the techniques we use, the varieties we like and the philosophy we employ. There will be plenty of time for your questions.
May 23rd, 2020
9 AM - 3ish PM
We will be planting a food forest, creating raised beds, and trellises. This a learn/work session where a portion of the day we are holding mini-workshops teaching about permaculture techniques and principles and a portion of the day we are working side-by-side putting in the eco-edible landscape. Beverages, snacks and lunch is provided.
Enhancing Plant Health With Biochar, Worm Castings, Compost Tea, and Wood Ash
June 13, 2020
9 AM - 12 PM
We will be looking at using resources normally considered "wastes" to enhance the productivity of our gardens. First, we will discuss biochar and see how we add it to the soil and why. Also, learn how to make compost tea and methods of application. Learn how you can take food scraps and make them into castings that are one of the best fertilizers. Finally, we will look at the benefits of including wood ash in your plantings.
The Bourne Permablitz has been postponed due to
family circumstances. We will let you know when it will be rescheduled.
What is Permaculture and what is a food forest? This video from National Geographic will give you a glimpse into what permaculture looks like in action and how a food forest functions.