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)

Tips From Those In The Know!

Walk around the Farm and you can see some amazing plots …glowing veggies…no weeds…well pruned plants… perfect furrows and trellises. The work of very experienced hands is on display in these plots! The Farm counts several Master Gardeners and many more Gardeners-Extraordinaire with years of know-how on our roster. We are lucky to be able to watch them work and now several are willing to volunteer their time to help Farmer-wannabees get their plots in order. If you have a friend who wants to join the Farm but hesitates because they have no experience, then Skidaway Farms can remedy that! Send an email to Education@skidawayfarms.net and we’ll get going on it! (4/18/2011)

The Farms’ Initial Children’s Program

The pilot program for our children’s garden is an initial attempt to educate, and allow children and parents to experience the joys of growing vegetables from seed.  We have begun this program with four plots within the area designated in the Farm.

Just after the Grand Opening for Skidaway Farms, a crop of cool weather (early) vegetables was planted:  garlic, onions, radishes, spinach, parsley, and carrots as well as pumpkins.  Pat Barry, Skidaway Farms’ Children’s Coordinator, will monitor the progress and inform the participants when “things” start to sprout.

As the Farm waits with great anticipation for our first children’s harvest, meetings will be conducted with the Children on selected Saturdays from 10 AM until 11 AM.  Initially, they may learn the fine art of weeding, if nothing else!  The children will tend and cultivate the veggies as they mature.  A harvesting celebration is envisioned for the children, when they will be able to remove their produce to take home.

Three volunteers have assisted Pat Barry with the tilling, mulching and building of the furrows: Aletha Dunlavy, Kathy Fritz, and Linda Rich, the current president of Green Thumb Garden Club.

Skidaway Farms would like to encourage others to join the Children’s Garden and help us continue to develop and “grow” this wonderful program. (March 2011)

Supper… and Angels …at “The Farm”

 

Not only are we growing great food at Skidaway Farms but next week we’ll be serving some to you as well at our May Supper at the Farm event!  You and your family, friends and neighbors are invited to join us for our first harvest celebration!

Cha Bella Restaurant’s incredible Chefs have prepared a delectable menu for the buffet which will begin at 5 pm on Sunday, May 15th.  Tickets are on sale at The Landings Company office on Bartram Road.

Roasted Chicken, Barbequed Pulled Pork, Orzo Salad teeming with Vegetables,
Corn Bread dripping with Honey Butter and Roasted Potato Salad!

And…. your first drink is “on-the-Farm!” (And…yes… we’ll have those libations!)

You’ll eat well while enjoying soft, sultry music provided by Savannah Steve … amidst the unmistakable growth of happy vegetables and cheerful flowers in the Farm.  Wander around the plots … take it all in … enjoy the amazing farm-art and the beauty of the fleur and fauna!

About those angels at the Farm….

Thanks to Bethesda Barn Builders, Skidaway Farms is now home to some incredible heart-felt memorials for gardeners and builders-past.  These gifted volunteer woodworkers…there are presently 17 men in the group… have designed and built the Southern Pine benches you see around the Farm.  Dedicated by Friends of the Farm, some of the benches are gentle reminders of those who loved to garden and are sorely missed while other benches honor folks who are supporters of the Farm.  Bo Wolf, Bethesda Barn Builders’ present Director, made sure one of their benches was dedicated to deceased barn builders who had been with the group since its inception.  Jack Fisher, chief designer for the group’s projects, founded the volunteer builders to help renovate an old barn at Bethesda Boys School in 1993.  Many barns, benches and bridges later, Bethesda Barn Builders continues to grace our community with projects at Delegal Marina, the Landings’ Nature Trail, UGA’s Marine Extension, the newly-renamed Bethesda Academy and, of course, Skidaway Farms.   Bravo, gentlemen!  We are all honored to admire your work!

Come visit Skidaway Farms to see the work of the Bethesda Barn Builders and the many talented Farmers of Skidaway Island!  Or join the festivities on May 15th for a great supper and lots of camaraderie!  Tickets are on sale for one and all at The Landings Company offices (open everyday 9-5).  If you would like to purchase a bench to honor a gardener in your life contact Blake Caldwell at  404-964-8409  or mblakecaldwell@bellsouth.net

Skidaway Farms is on McWhorter Road going towards Modena — bear left at the fork and in one half-mile turn left onto the gravel drive… next to the Skidaway Farms sign.  The Farm is open every day from “sun-up to sundown”.

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