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Skills, Swaps and Seed Savvy Fall Events!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Education, Events, Seed Saving, Slider | 0 comments

Skills, Swaps and Seed Savvy Fall Events!

Earthskills Sharefest and Workshops

October 11, 2014 -12:00pm to 10:00pm

Brew Spot

1000 NE 16th Ave – Gainesville Florida 32601

Music and workshops all day. Sliding scale of $5-$15 at the door to benefit the Earthskills Gathering. Workshops include:

Children’s program, chair massage, finger weaving, cracker origami, all about tea, all about kombucha, useful points from Chinese medicine, mead making, starting seeds, acupuncture, conflict resolution, hand drumming for beginners, edible plant walk, permaculture.

Check out the Facebook Event Page

 2nd Annual Seed Swap

October 18, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Highlands Presbyterian Community Church

1001 NE 16th Ave – Gainesville Florida 32601

Seed swaps are a way to build community and share information about gardening, plant varieties, and each others’ projects. Bring seeds you have in excess whether self-saved or purchased to share and swap with others. Don’t have any extras to swap? It’s OK, come anyway for the experience! A short class on seed saving will occur from 2-3pm. Don’t be seedy, follow common sense: no GMO, really old or invasive plants or seeds please!

We’re tagging along with the Gainesville Area Barter Group’s monthly barter event so bring your other goods to swap if you please!

Contact Melissa DeSa melissa@foragefarm.org or visit foragefarm.org

Seed Saving 101

October 20, 2014 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Highlands Presbyterian Community Church

1001 NE 16th Ave – Gainesville Florida 32601

A free workshop to get you familiar with the basics for successfully saving your own seeds. What works in our area, how to grow for seed, how to save your seeds, and how to share them. This is part of the Grow Gainesville 3rd Monday meeting series on all things homesteading and self-sufficiency.

Contact Melissa DeSa melissa@foragefarm.org

Food Demonstration – Zen Pumpkin Soup

October 22, 2014 – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Downtown Union Street Farmers Market – 111 E. University Ave. – Gainesville Fl 32601

Learn how to prepare Zen Pumpkin Soup (Locally sourced Seminole pumpkin) food demonstration, presented by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, sponsored by Florida Organic Growers (www.foginfo.org). Accompanying the cooking demonstration, there will be a Nutrition Education table providing information on the nutritional quality of seasonal produce, healthy eating habits and other easy-to-prepare cooking recipes.

Contact Van Tran – van@foginfo.org

 Celebrate Our Local Food Network

October 24th 2014 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Citizens Co-Op – 435 S. Main St. – Gainesville Fl 32601

Celebrate our local producers, (vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat), local seed savers, bee keepers, wild food foragers, preparers (chefs, butchers, commercial kitchens), and the markets! The culmination of a week long series of events – brought to you by backyard gardeners, homesteaders, small commercial organic farmers, and the members of the community we live in.

Contact Joni Ellis – joni@opticsforthetropics.org or visit citizensco-op.com

Hands on Aquaponics

October 25, 2014 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Highlands Presbyterian Church

1001 NE 16th Ave Gainesville Fl 32601

This is a workshop designed for the lay person. There will be a working model of an aquaponics system with step by step instruction as to how to build it. Steve Blackhawk and Bruce Mars have years of trial and error experience with different aquaponics systems including NFT (nutrient flow systems) flood and drain media based systems, and also DWC systems (deep water culture). They have built a working model to show the mechanics of the systems, and will be able to answer everybody’s questions. Also, anyone at the presentation who would like a tour of the real systems can sign up at the presentation.
Please RSVP as we have limited capacity of 30 people!

Contact Evelyn – eveg1333@yahoo.com

Most Ridiculous Talent Show Ever

October 25th 2014 – 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Market – 112 SE 1st St. – Gainesville Fl 32601

Come one, come all, and see the most ridiculous talents – an evening of entertainment and debauchery. Doors open at 6:30. You may register your talent too, all acts welcome, ridiculous or ridiculously awesome. This is a fundraiser for Forage Farm and the Southern Heritage Seed Collective.

Contact Anna Prizzia – annaprizzia@gmail.com or visit our homepage!

Farm and Garden Work Party

October 26, 2014 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Monthly work parties share in the fun and labor of establishing and maintaining food production from small gardens to food forests in the backyards and small holdings in the Gainesville Area. This month we’ll be prepping areas for spring fruit tree/blueberry planting. There is a large portion of the back pasture that will be turned to an orchard.

Contact Wendi Bellows – wenbelow@aol.com

Join the group to become part of the work party fun!

Fall Gardening Workshop

November 8, 2014 – 10:00am to 12:00 pm

Join us for a discussion about gardening in the fall and winter season in Florida. Workshop will be held at the Downtown Farmers Garden, located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, on the SW lawn of the Alachua County Administration Building, off of Main and University. Hosted by Florida Organic Growers, Forage and Alachua County.

Contact Melissa – melissa@foragefarm.org

Fermentation Workshop

November 22, 2014 – 10:00am to 1:00 pm

We will demonstrate and sample several tasty vegetable and (non-alcoholic) beverage blends, while explaining some of the nutritional and healing benefits of home fermentation. Florida’s winter vegetables are the perfect basis for ferments such as sauerkraut, sauer-ruben, and kimchi. The fermented vegetables you make in class will be ready to eat by Thanksgiving! Registration is required and a small fee to cover costs.

Contact Melissa DeSa – melissa@foragefarm.org

Season Extenstion Workshop

December 6, 2014 – 10:00am to 12:00 pm

Join us for a free workshop discussing the techniques that will allow you to extend your growing season! Sneak in more production at either of the typical season by using creative tools and tricks.

The Downtown Farmers Garden is located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, on the SW lawn of the Alachua County Administration Building, off of Main and University. Hosted by Florida Organic Growers, Forage and Alachua County.

Contact Melissa – melissa@foragefarm.org

For more information on any of these events, or to suggest topics you’d like to see, contact: Faye Carr – 352-514-5512 – E-Mail @ faithccarr@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

The Most Ridiculous Talent Show Ever is Postponed!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Events, Featured, Fundraiser | 0 comments

The Most Ridiculous Talent Show Ever is Postponed!

Come one, come all and share your most ridiculous talents for an evening of entertainment and debauchery, October 25th at Market Street Downtown in Gainesville.

Doors open at 6:30 with a Buy Local Mixer and Blue Oven Kitchens Sampling, and the show starts at 8pm.

To register your talent, please fill out this form.

For more information or questions, email Anna – anna@foragefarm.org.

 

Fall Seed Collective Offerings

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Events, Seed Saving, Slider | 0 comments

Fall Seed Collective Offerings

First off, we’ve re-named our “seed library” to the Southern Heritage Seed Collective! We’re excited about the new name, as it reflects the continued growth and direction of our little seed collective . We’re aiming to include more regionally adapted seed to our collection, including old fashioned southern heirlooms, while working with community partners to help us grow the heirlooms of tomorrow. Seed sovereignty is a community effort and we can’t do it alone!

Our main seed distributions have come and gone, but it’s not too late to get seeds from us! If you are not already a member, you can sign up online ahead of time or contact Melissa directly to meet in person to exchange seeds for dollars. Your annual suggested donation of $20, provides a wide selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds for your fall/winter Florida garden, and then again for your spring/summer garden next year. We select varieties that we know work well here, taking the guess work out of variety selection. 

This year we are trying a new Community Seed Program, modeled after another seed library. Anyone interested in learning to save seeds can sign up to grow one of our select crops, and we’ll guide you through the process. This season’s featured crops are any of our peas, as well as the Anuenue lettuce. We will communicate with you mostly through email to offer updates and tips throughout the growing season, and encourage you to ask questions along the way. There is no pressure, we know sometimes life and nature get in the way of a successful crop. If you are able to save seed, we suggest it is allocated as follows: 1/3 for you next year, 1/3 for a neighbor or friend and 1/3 goes back to us. The seed you donate to us will go to donation programs locally for school and community gardens. We’ve purposefully selected relatively easy to save seeds! There is limited quantity for the yellow peas and lettuce, so only a handful of people will gain access.

Fall 2014 Crop and Variety Quick List
Fall 2014 Crop and Variety Full Description

 

Help Us Grow Our Own Seed Collective!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Featured, Slider | 0 comments

Help Us Grow Our Own Seed Collective!

Forage is embarking on an ambitious effort to expand the Southern Heritage Seed Collective, to protect seed varieties specifically adapted to our region, train community members and local farmers on seed saving techniques and include much more locally-saved seed in our collection!

We need your help to develop our seed collective which will play a critical role for our local food and gardening community to protect the resources that we need for a sustainable and healthy food system – our seeds. In the face of climate change and worries over seed production, ownership, and quality globally, we are slowly taking charge of our seed resources by encouraging proper seed saving techniques and providing more locally-adapted seed diversity.

Join us to make this dream of protecting our seed diversity and educating about sustainable gardening and food security a reality!  Click here to make a tax deductible donation to Forage with our safe, easy online Paypal account or contact Anna to learn more about supporting this effort – anna@foragefarm.org.

School’s Out Farm Festival June 7

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

School’s Out Farm Festival June 7

Come join Forage Farm to celebrate what’s great about our community on June 7th from 11am-5pm! Live music from great local bands, local food vendors – Sweet Dreams, Humble Pie, Simply Divine – arts and crafts, games, nature walks, , water fun, and more! All proceeds from event benefit Forage outreach programs and the Gainesville Seed Library!

Our Line Up:

Ricky Kendall

Michael Claytor

Improper Contra Band

Nook and Cranny

Swamp Cats

Tickets available online –  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/694272 and at the door – $8 for Kids, $10 for Adults. Kids under 3 are free. All proceeds support Forage Farm outreach programs and the Gainesville Seed Library. For more information, email anna@foragefarm.org.

The event will be held at Forage Farm and Prairie Creek Conservation Area Lodge - 7204 SE County Road 234…just a hop, skip and jump from Gainesville.

 

 

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds Film

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Education, Events, Seed Saving | 0 comments

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds Film

Join us on Tuesday June 3rd, at 7:30 PM for a screening of a documentary that tells the important story of seeds! Afterward we will share what Forage is doing in the community to secure our own seeds, and promote a seed saving culture among gardeners and farmers. Tickets are going fast, get yours now by clicking this link, where you can also see the trailer.

Sow It Grows Farm Tour May 4th, 9am-5pm

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Sow It Grows Farm Tour  May 4th, 9am-5pm

Come join Forage as part of the 1st Annual Sow It Grows Farm Tour next Sunday, May 4th from 9am – 5pm.

For More on the Farm Tour, here is a description and a link to the tour guide:

In partnership with the newly developing group of the Florida Small Farms Alliance, Florida Organic Growers and friends bring you the 1st annual Sow it Grows Farm Tour, to be held on May 3 and 4, 2014 in the Gainesville, Florida area. The creation of this farm tour is with the intention to better connect farmers and consumers, increase the capacity of the local farming community, and to create a more viable and vibrant local food system. Visitors are able to see the reality of where their food comes from and what life is like on sustain- able, small farms. The hope is that the relationships built from these interac- tions will translate to a more informed and lasting customer base.

http://www.foginfo.org/event/sow-it-grows-farm-tour/

 

 

Food, Films, and Fun! CANCELLED

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Food, Films, and Fun! CANCELLED

Due to weather we are cancelling the film at the farm for Saturday, May 3rd.  We will re-schedule it this Fall.  In the mean time, we hope you will join us for School’s Out Festival June 7th from 11-5. Great local bands, fun activities for kids, delicious local food and beer.   For more info, check back here!

Spring Garden Seeds!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Spring Garden Seeds!

Our spring seed distribution events are now over, but it’s not too late to still access the seeds and get growing! We have run out of some seeds, but still have plenty left. Contact Melissa via email to coordinate a time to pick up seeds. melissa@foragefarm.org

Click here for a full description of all seeds available.

Click here for a condensed version of the list.

2014 Food and Garden Workshops!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Education, Events, Slider | 0 comments

2014 Food and Garden Workshops!

Seed Saving 101 Tuesday Jan. 28 7-9PM at the downtown library headquarters, meeting room A

Saving seed has become a lost art, but one that remains critical to our own success as individual gardeners and as a community of growers and eaters striving for self-reliance. By learning to save seed, we not only break free from our dependence on large seed companies, but we also begin cultivating varieties that perform well in our climate. In this workshop we’ll review the basic concepts of seed saving that will start you down the path to saving your own seeds. Warning: seed saving can be addictive! Led by Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm.

Kombucha and Water Kefir Tuesday Feb. 4 7-9PM at Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 South Main St.

Learn how to make two delicious probiotic drinks at home, kombucha and water kefir. They’re easy, let us show you how! Kombucha, a traditionally fermented tea hailed as the “immortal health elixir” is loaded with beneficial microorganisms for your gut, as is water kefir, a delicious fizzy probiotic beverage, both with a vast spectrum of flavor possibilities. Through this demonstration and tasting workshop you’ll learn the basics to do it yourself at home. Instructors will try to provide enough cultures for students to take home. Led by Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm and Corrine Engelgau. RSVP a must as space is limited. Email Melissa: melissa@foragefarm.org.

Seed Starting Saturday Feb. 22 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)

Learning how to grow your own garden plants from seed is a valuable skill that opens you up to a much wider range of plants, not just those available at local stores. In this workshop, we’ll review the basic concepts you need to be successful, while demonstrating two techniques: soil blocking and using trays/cells. Lead by Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers and Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm.

Seed Saving 101 March 8 10AM-1PM at the Prairie Creek Lodge and Forage Farm, 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville

See above, same description

Growing Cut Flowers Saturday March 29th 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)

There are so many reasons to love flowers! When we’re around them, enjoying their beauty and fragrance, we feel better and we’re happier! Flowers invite pollinators to the garden which is always a good thing, and flowers make for a stunning landscape. In this workshop, we’ll review the varieties of flowers and herbs that do well in Florida as cuts and how to grow them. If local flowers are available, we’ll also review basic arrangement skills to turn your stems into elegant bouquets. Led by Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm.

Pollinator Class and Native Bee House Building Saturday May 17th 10AM-1PM at Forage Farm, 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville

Join us at Forage Farm, home to a host of native pollinators and a great place to learn about the best ways to attract them and protect them. We will discuss the basics about our native pollinators in Florida and have a hands-on native bee house building activity. You will be outdoors, so please bring a sun hat, sunscreen, bug repellant if you wish, and wear close-toed shoes. Bring water and snacks. Talks led by UF professionals, house building by Melissa and Anna of Forage Farm. Please RSVP to Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org. There will be a small fee to cover the costs of materials.

Seed Saving 101Saturday May 24 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden

See above, same description.

Common Garden Pests May 31 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)

The warm weather and approaching summer rains mean that you are likely to see an increase of pests in your garden. In this workshop we’ll cover how to identify some common vegetable garden pests and organic methods for control. Bring pictures and or specimens from your garden and we will try to identify and help you come up with solutions. Led by Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers.

Composting Saturday August 30 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)

Learn the principles of making black garden gold in under 2 months from kitchen waste. In this workshop, you will learn what tools are needed to properly compost; one secret to kickstart a new compost pile that can save you 3 to 6 months; how to make the most of finished compost in your garden; and how you can use earthworms to assist your composting efforts. Led by Chris Cano of Gainesville Compost, a bike-powered local compost business.

Raised Bed Organic Gardening Saturday Sept. 27 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden (see address details below)

Led by Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers. More info coming soon.

The Downtown Farmers Garden is located on the Alachua County Administration Building lawn, 12 SE 1st St. It is on the SW corner of the lawn. If you were enjoying a gelato or at Emiliano’s for tapas, looking across the street, you’d see the garden tucked up near the building.