A Sumptuous Success!

For The Landings Journal, June 2011


Skidaway Farms NEVER looked better than it did one Sunday evening in May!
With the perfect breeze to keep those pesky gnats away and over 200 people
in attendance, the Farms first annual Supper in The Farm event was held to
help raise much needed funds to pay down the construction loan on the Farm.
Committee Chair and event organizer, Blake Caldwell, couldn’t have been
more pleased, “It’s the Farmers who’ve made this so great”, she responded
when visitors thanked her for the evening, “This has been a team effort!”

Cha Bella Catering supplied the delicious buffet… Savannah Steve spun the
soothing music… and the happy guests supplied the camaraderie and just
plain good ole times!  A visiting couple from Atlanta were in awe of the
Farm and its abundance of good harvest.  An out-of-state guest remarked he
had never seen anything so impressive… it was very evident the Farm had
put its best foot forward and it showed!

The first harvest has been in progress for the past three weeks but the
Farmers are already planning on how to handle the next step…the humidity
of a Savannah summer and what crops will work best in that challenging
climate.  Vice-chair and Membership Coordinator, Janet Waldie reported that
the Farm is over 95% occupied for the season. “Everyday, I receive another
request for a plot and with the planned construction for new Raised Beds,
and the demand for those, we’ll be close to 100% by the end of June!”
Email the Farm at membership@skidawayfarms.net   for more information on renting a plot.

Skidaway Farms new website is online at www.skidawayfarms.net with a host of
information, pictures and the history of the Farm.  Farmers can use the
Forum to exchange tips or ask questions about their plants.  Designed by
Web Designer and Farmer, Landings resident Kathy Wyland, the website is
just one more example of how Skidaway Farm is in tune with the community…
the pictures alone are worth a visit!

Spread throughout the Farm, the 11 Southern Pine benches, built by Bethesda
Barn Builders, are all fondly dedicated to family and friends who loved to
garden.  Some of those angels were smiling down on the festivities all
evening long during the Supper in the Farm … and their blessing was felt
by all.

Come on down and visit the Farm…. the gates are open sunrise to sunset
everyday.
Skidaway Farms is on McWhorter Road going to Modena — bear left at the
fork and then turn left onto the gravel drive next to the Skidaway Farms
sign.

The Landings Company at The Farm

In May, Janet Waldie and Blake Caldwell hosted a tour of the Farm for the realtors of the Landings Company.  It was a beautiful morning and the farm was the first stop on their regular weekly caravan.

Blake and Janet wanted to “tell the story” of the farm so that the realtors could relay that to folks who were prospective residents.  The story of the Farm inspired one of the realtors so much he rented a plot for himself during the tour!  We are almost at 100% occupancy but there are still three ground-level plots left as well as several soon-to-be-constructed new Raised beds.  We think the Farm makes a wonderful statement about the community we live in and are always happy to share it with groups.  Send Blake an email to request a tour! (5/20/2011)


A Tip of the Hat!

 The Farm Officially Tips Its Hat to Valley Crest Landscape Companies!

Without Valley Crest, Skidaway Farms would not be ….at ALL!  We Farmers are enjoying our  plots only because Valley Crest Skidaway Island manager, Chris John, and his incredible staff toiled thousands of man-hours moving and tilling and hammering and digging and laying pipes and gravel and seed and hay… many of these were VOLUNTEER hours mind you!  To honor this amazing donation of time and energy, the Farms’ Governance and Development Committees voted unanimously to name the center hub of the Farm “Valley Crest Plaza”.  Chair, Blake Caldwell announced at the May Supper Event that a formal dedication ceremony will be scheduled so that Valley Crest’s Corporate Management could see for itself just how special their Plaza is to the Farm:  it was the heart of the buffet supper this past weekend! We’ll post the dedication date soon, but in the meantime, every time you walk through the central plaza, say a private “thank you” to Valley Crest.  The Farm’s relationship with the incredible staff of this company will continue into the future… but for now, we just wanted to thank them for their marvelous past effort.  A thankful bow… and a tip of the hat from all of us Farmers!  (5/18/2011)


They are Beautiful but Pesky!

 

Swallowtail Butterflies invaded one Farmer’s fennel crop over the weekend.  She hand picked eight of their cocoons off the leaves …put them in a jar and gave them to a youngster who wanted to raised butterflies at his house!  A nice way to get rid of these critters!  They love fennel and ate her leaves… nothing but the  stems were left… they’ll do the same thing to parsley! Plant extra crops as “sacrificial” plants ‘cuz you are going to lose a few to these critters.  So be on the lookout for their lime green, black and cream-colored larvae. Make sure you hand pick these and get rid of them!  (5/17/2011)


House Sales!!


If you missed our Supper in the Farm on May 15th, you missed the most happening event on the island in a long time!  The weather was perfect… the breeze was Savannah-balmy and kept all the bugs and gnats away!  Visitors from Atlanta and South Carolina – who were guests of Landings residents – were completely in awe of the Farm… the plots…the diversity of flowers and veggies… the camaraderie… the Farm ART… yep, the Farm art impressed so many people there was a rumor floating through the crowd that we should host an annual competition to see who can best blend sculpture and green plants!  The music by

“Savannah Steve” was – melodious… it inspired at least one couple to end the evening with a dance… the food by Cha Bella absolutely – to die for… the good times were – unsurpassed! We Farmers know how to host a good time!

And those house sales… we’ll let’s just say that our Supper in the Farm may have helped sell a couple houses tonight to visitors thinking about moving to the Landings.  Now THAT is awesome!  (5/15/2011)


Painted Frogs and Widget People…

We Farmers are mighty creative folks… so when you visit the Farm let your eyes wander to the marvelous art and sculpture that the Farmers have lovingly placed in their plots.  Birdbaths and wood-gnomes; antique bicycles and glass globes; costumed scarecrows and, of course, windmills of every size and shape!  Enjoy!  The Farm Art is just one of our many talents on display!  (5/15/2011)

The Soil Sifter

Two visitors to the Farm noticed a Farmer struggling while trying to sift her soil.  They stopped to chat with her and suggested using a solid framed sifter as this had worked for them.  When the Farmer said that she would have to build one for herself, the two visitors smiled, bid her good day …then went to the store…purchased supplies…and started working.  The next day, they returned to the Farm and presented that lucky Farmer with a gift – a wooden sifter!  Such kindness extraordinaire!  These two visitors remain anonymous but what they have left behind does have a name … compassion.  This little tale is a much needed re-boot for the rest of us on how deep human kindness can flow.  That Farmer was lucky to receive their gift … and the world is lucky these nameless visitors are two of its citizens!  (4/11/2011)

Squash Attacked!

Squash Attacked!

The leaves of one Farmer’s summer squash was being eaten by something not visible and the blossoms were shriveling up and dying. So, she dutifully tried an anti-squash vine-borer concoction … which did not work fast enough. Alas – all her squash plants fell prey to the invisible foe and had to be pulled to keep the rest of her plants safe. One Farmer suggested a new tip: a new way of growing summer squash is to put the plants in cages like those used for tomatoes. Growing the plants vertically rather than sprawled on the ground apparently keeps the bugs away. Give it a try and let us know if you have the same results! Anything to save the squash! (5/6/2011)

From The Landings Journal May 2011

Supper at Skidaway Farms!

You are invited to have supper at Skidaway Farms on May 15th!  We’ll be celebrating our first harvest so it’s appropriate we eat…really well…while doing that!

Roasted Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork, Orzo Salad teeming with Veggies, Roasted Potato Salad and Corn Bread dripping with Honey Butter will be on the buffet prepared by the chefs at Cha Bella.  Beer and wine will also be available.  Tickets are being sold at the Landings Company Offices (on Bartram just off Landings Way North) -tickets are $ 45 (with a voucher for a glass of beer or wine on us!) 

The supper is a fundraiser for Skidaway Farms – an event to help us pay down the $ 18,000 debt we still have from our start-up costs.  The event is open to all – so bring your family and your neighbors and everyone else you can think of!   

While you eat, you can wander around the Farm listening to soft music supplied by Savannah Steve while you take it all in.  There is a LOT to see!  What started out as two acres of plain soil and gravel walkways is now a thriving green space with trellises dripping with pole beans and cucumbers; and furrows topped with broccoli and lettuce; and rows upon rows of radishes and tomatoes and onions and carrots.  If you haven’t seen Skidaway Farms since Opening Day in February, your visit will be a sight for sore eyes!  The garden sculptures alone are worth the visit!

There has been a call for more Raised Bed plots!  The Governance Committee decided to commission eight more to be built as soon as they are rented.  The annual rental for these plots is $ 250 (the cost of the lumber and the carpenter to build one).  Contact Membership Coordinator, Janet Waldie at  sunshine@gardenthyme.me  for details.  And there are still 15 ground-level plots available and the time to get some plants into the soil for a late June harvest! 

You’ll enjoy yourself at the May 15th Supper.  It will be a sumptuous time!  And dress like a Farmer if you get the hankerin’ – you’ll fit right in!  The buffet opens at 5:00 pm.  The rain date…hopefully not needed… is on the calendar for May 22nd.

 Come one!  Come all!  Come on down to the Farm!

 Skidaway Farms is on McWhorter Road going to Modena — bear left at the fork and then turn left onto the gravel drive next to the Skidaway Farms sign.  The gates are open every day from “sun up to sundown.” 

Supper At The Farm

Supper at The Farm

The May 15th “Supper at The Farm” is getting closer! Farmers were heard going on today about the great food Cha Bella Restaurant always supplies… much thanks to Chef Matt and his staff! Tickets are on sale…. everyday …at the Landings Real Estate Office on Bartram Road. Don’t miss out on your first Harvest Celebration! It’ll be so nice to eat while strolling amongst the vegetables and fruit … a perfect end to a Farmer’s day! (4/12/2011)

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