Learn To Farm….All Ages Welcome!

(For the TLA August Journal)

The fall is the best time to get your hands into the soil and learn about growing your own vegetables and fruit.  The weather is more pleasant… the sand-gnats aren’t around as much… and the coolness of the night air inspires all those cool-weather crops to flourish.

So if you have been pondering for a while about becoming a Farmer… or you just want to be shown how to thin rows of carrots or the best way to grow lettuce… come join Jane Kollman this September at the Farm.  Jane is looking for folks who want to learn and who are willing to assist her with the Children’s Program that will run for ten weeks from September until Thanksgiving.  Adults…if you have not gardened before and would like to give it a whirl, come learn with us in the Children’s Garden!  You’ll be mentored along with the children to give you the tools to begin your own garden adventure.

Jane’s a great teacher of all-things-farming… from garden basics to the nuances of successful companion planting, fertilizing and composting.  This spring, the Children’s plots were bursting with potatoes and strawberries, tomatoes and peas, onions and carrots and beets… oh, my!  And there was even enough to donate to Second Harvest and still make a marvelously-delicious salad for a church buffet!  Every step of the way there was ample time to learn how to tend the plants, when to harvest and how to handle any troubles a crop may be having.  You will learn a lot about being a Farmer under Jane’s watchful eye… and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to sign their kids up for the Fall Program by contacting Jane at children@skidawayfarms.net  Adults interested in becoming one of Jane’s assistants should call her at 349-1395 to find out more about how the “mentoring” program could fit your schedule.

As the summer plods on through the hot month of August, we Farmers are dreaming about our fall gardens while remembering how nice it was to harvest tomatoes well into December last year!  So, come on down and join this incredible farming community!  The gates are open 7am-8pm every day.  Directions are on the Farm’s website at www.skidawayfarms.net