Calling all Forage fans…Please Vote! Forage is shooting for the Seeds of Change Community grant! We NEED people to vote for us every day through April 21 so we can get into the top tier for being chosen to win 20,000 for our Community seed Library. Please mark this link, and put a phone or calendar reminder to click it every day and vote - www.seedsofchangegrant.com - search “Forage” Also, see if you can recruit at least 4 others to do the same!!
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. email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 April 19th 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. You must sign up for the workshop, and there is a $35 materials fee. Sign up here.
Common Garden Pests April 26 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
Seed Saving 101Saturday May 24 10-11:30AM at the Downtown Farmers Garden
See above, same description.
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.
This spring, in addition to our vast offerings of seeds from the Seed Library, we’re teaming up with our friends at Firefly Farm to offer you discounted, heirloom veggies, herbs and flower starts! These are heirlooms tried and tested for our Florida climate. Firefly Farm is offering a discounted rate from their regular retail pricing, AND a portion of each sale will be donated to Forage!
Plant pick up will be Wednesday March 19th at the downtown Farmers Market. Pre-orders must be in by January 17th, 2014.
Option 1: Print and mail your completed form and a check.
Option 2: Email your completed form to Kathleen and either mail a check or pay online using PayPal (sent to Kathleen’s email).
Our garden seed list is finally here! Stay tuned for the full document with all the details of each seed. But for now this list gives you an idea of what we have so you can plan your garden. Some seed is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. We also have a few fall/winter leftovers not listed so just ask if you’re dying for more kale or lettuce, we probably have it.
Seed Distribution Dates and Locations:
Wednesday Feb. 5th 4-7pm at the downtown farmers market; Saturday Feb. 8th 10am-1pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave. Tuesday Feb. 11th 5-8pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave.
How to join the Seed Library community:
Just fill out a simple application and payment, you decide snail mail or electronic. OR just come to a distribution and sign up.
Grow GainesvilleApplication (snail mail paper application and check)
Online application and PayPal payment (fast, easy, safe)
We are so grateful and full of thanks this holiday for the wonderful community we call home! Thank you for selling out our holiday gift sets! We hope you love them as much as we do, and appreciate your contribution to our mission! If you missed yours, be sure to think of us next holiday season and get your gift early.
Much love, Anna and Melissa
Gift Set Description:
Looking for a special gift for your friends and family, or way to say thank you to important clients or employees? Make a strong statement about your commitment to our local economy and sustainability with a Forage gift set! Each gift features items custom-made for you by local artisans, using our very own farm products and crafted with love and mindfulness of their impact.
Each set includes: Moksa Organics Forage Farm soap, Forage Farm herb blend, Forage Farm tea, Illegal Jam Company persimmon roselle butter, a handmade holiday ornament, and a note card set featuring Florida’s natural beauty from local photographer Katherine Edison.
Gift sets will be ready starting December 18th for pick-up, and cost $30 + tax. We can deliver in the local Gainesville area Dec 18-21 for $5-$10, depending on location. Each gift set will be beautifully packaged in an eco-friendly gift bag and a gift card. A portion of each gift supports the outreach and education programs of Forage. Order deadline is December 9th. To order your gift now, or for more information, email Anna, email@example.com. You may pay online by using the PayPal link below, or mail a check to us:
Forage, Inc. PO Box 358256 Gainesville, FL 32635.
Forage is embarking on an ambitious effort to expand our seed library to help 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 seed collection!
We need your help to develop our seed library 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out for a fun-filled evening out on the farm with Forage. Enjoy inspiring food films and dine under the stars with your own picnic or a fresh, local meal and farm fresh herbal tea prepared for you. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. 6pm-9pm. Movie Tickets $10/per adult, $5 for children. Dinner and a movie $25/per person. Children under 3 are free. Reservations required for prepared picnic meals by April 23: email@example.com.
Check back for more details on the films!
Back by popular demand! Join us for a hands on workshop learning the art of fermentation. Fall is the perfect time to learn how to ferment those seasonal root and leafy veggies. You will have the opportunity to make your own ferments with instruction, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!
Workshop will be held from 7-9pm at the Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville FL 32641.
See our poster for more info: Fermentation Class 2013.
You must RSVP as space is limited. There is a fee to attend which will help cover the costs of materials and our instructors time and resources.
Contact Melissa for more information:
Join us each Sunday, and Thursday starting October 6th, for the wonderful opportunity to be at the farm in this fall weather! We are there from 9am-1pm. Our address is 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville, FL 32641. If you have trouble finding us or have any questions, contact Melissa. It’s always good to email or call ahead of time, just to make sure we’re there, as some weeks we may be off planning some other fun local food events!
Advertising and Graphic Design Intern
Forage is looking for a creative advertising and graphic design intern to assist with the design and development of multimedia materials and program and event promotion. A full school-year commitment is preferred. The position will provide valuable advertising and design experience working on multiple campaigns and projects, including concept development and creative production for different mediums. Workload will vary, but can be anticipated at approx. 5-8 hours a week and will often have fast turn-around deadlines. It is imperative the intern has their own computer and design software.
- Working with Forage staff to designing logos and materials for print and web including any and all of the following: Brochures and publications, posters and handouts, signs/banners, online marketing materials and web graphics for website, email newsletter, and Facebook
- Is a current student
- Has knowledge and experience with advertising and graphic design (experience with various design tools, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXPress)
- Ability to multitask and think creatively about student, staff and faculty engagement
- Comfortable working as part of a team and has a desire to learn how to inspire change in a university context
- Passion for sustainability, gardening and food systems
- Video experience is a plus
- Portfolio required for review
- Good sense of composition, creativity and attention to detail
This is a volunteer internship, but all interns with Forage are welcome to fresh vegetables and flowers from our garden and we welcome students who must do internships for credit. We can work with you to develop a plan of work that will encompass your needs.
How to Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and applicable design and/or writing samples to Anna Prizzia – firstname.lastname@example.org.