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Spring and Summer Seed Collection

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Events, Featured, Seed Saving, Slider | 0 comments

Spring and Summer Seed Collection

We’re excited to announce our spring and summer seed and PLANT selections! This year we’ve done something a little different. To encourage seed saving of rare southern heirlooms, we have provided some great varieties for you to grow. However, most of them are not available in sufficient quantity to serve every single member. We ask that if you select one of these, that you take our pledge to try and save seed from it for the next season. Enough for you and enough to give back to our collection. They are all fairly easy seeds to save and we’ll tell you all you need to know in order to do it. This way, we can start proliferating our own local source! We think you will really like these varieties, and the rewards of becoming a seed steward for southern heirlooms. Remember, as you’re planning your garden, only take what you think you will actually plant this season, to ensure everyone gets seeds!

Aaaand….drumroll please…if all goes well, we will be selling 6-packs of tomatoes and pepper plants rather than seeds! This gives you a significant jump-start to the season, for two of the most challenging seeds to start.  Each organically grown 6 pack will be $3. Hooray!

DOWNLOAD the list of what is available. Next week, we’ll post the full descriptions of each for you to ponder, with photos too!  

JOIN NOW or join at one of our events below.

Mark Your Calendars for Seed Distribution Dates!

Monday February 16th from 6-8pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church

Wednesday February 18th from 4-7 pm at the downtown Farmers Market

Saturday February 28th from 10am-1pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church

Highlands Presbyterian Church is located at 1001 NE 16th Ave. We are in the large main room that is immediately to your right when you walk in the main doors. 

 

Safe Seed Pledge Logo

Forage has signed “The Safe Seed Pledge”!

Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”

“I Love Local Food” Week 2015

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“I Love Local Food” Week 2015

Join Forage, Blue Oven Kitchens, Florida Organic Growers, and other members of the Alachua County Nutrition Alliance as we celebrate “I Love Local Food” Week February 14-21st, 2015.  There will be great events, designed to support efforts to build our local food system and to connect you with the resources you need to love making local food a part of your diet and be a part of the “Eat Local Challenge” in May. If you have any questions, want more information about an event, or have an event you would like to add to the line up, please see the contact listed or email Anna at anna@foragefarm.org.

 

 

 

“I Love Local Food” Week Events

 

Saturday, Feb. 14th 

 

Native Pollinators 101 and Bee Box Building

10 am-1 pm at Forage Farm 7204 SE County Road 234

Forage Farm and Alachua Conservation Trust are wild about native pollinators! Come learn about these awesome insects and what you can do to help them thrive! Dr. Cory Stanley-Stahr from the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory will enlighten us, then afterward (if you chose), we’ll head outside to our shop. We’ll have all the fixins for you to build and take home an outdoor wooden nesting box! The talk is free, but if you wish to take home a box, we suggest you donate $20 to the cause. RSVP is a must, reserve your spot now by REGISTERING HERE.

 

Eat Local and Healthy for Your Heart Cooking Demonstration

9:30-10:30 am at the Alachua County Farmers Market, 5920 Northwest 13th Street.

Seasonal Salad and Strawberry Lemonade Cooking Demonstration, hosted by Hogtown HomeGrown and Florida Organic Growers. Join Stefanie Hamblen from Hogtown Homegrown for a cooking demonstration using local fennel, spinach, pecans, lemons, honey, citrus and strawberries. Learn how to use the freshest ingredients available to make healthy, delicious, affordable meals.  The demonstration is free and open to the public. For more information, email hogtownhomegrown@gmail.com or visit www.hogtownhomegrown.com.

 

Local Love Dinner

6-9 pm at The Vine Bread and Pasta 627 N. Main Street

Treat yourself and your valentine to a fresh, local dinner prepared with love by the Farm Kitchen Collective.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits, Blue Oven Kitchens and Forage. Tickets $40, for more information email anna@foragefarm.org. You may REGISTER HERE! Limited spaces available, get your ticket before it’s too late!

 

Mushrooms for Food and Medicine Workshop

Sunday February 15, 4pm, Little Orange Creek Nature Park, Hawthorne

Join Mycol Stevens and Oliver Moore in a two-day mushroom intensive following the Florida Earth Skills Gathering. The intensive will cover the basics of what mushrooms are, how they are made, their physical and chemical attributes and their function as food and medicine. Mushroom identification will be a large part of the course and cultivation techniques will be introduced. To register and find out more information, visit www.floridaearthskills.org/intensives.

 

Sunday, Feb. 15th

 

Community Gleaning, hosted by Gainesville Harvest.

Have trees bending under the weight of fresh fruit you don’t need? Have a garden brimming with veggies and not sure how to use all the bounty in your yard?  Or, perhaps you want to help glean from local yards around town to donate to families in need? Either way, contact Pat Abbitt at abbitp@radiology.ufl.edu, and let her know how you can help!

 

Monday, Feb. 16th     

 

Vegetable Garden Seed Distribution

6-8 pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church 1001 NW 16th Ave.

Join the Southern Heritage Seed Collective and get locally saved seed and the best varieties for our region to start your spring garden.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 17th  

 

Porter’s Community Farm Volunteer Workday

8am-12 pm at 518 SW 3rd Street.  

Join fellow community members to help Florida Organic Growers grow fresh, healthy veggies for the local community and for the St. Francis House Shelter. For more information, email van@foginfo.org or visit www.foginfo.org

 

Frog Song Organics Special Farm Tour for Chefs

3pm at Frog Song Farm, 4317 NE US Highway, Hawthorne, FL

This farm tour is open to professional chefs. Reservations are required by emailing frogsongorganics@gmail.com with your name and business contact information by 2/15/15

 

Wednesday, Feb. 18th

 

Eat Local and Healthy for Your Heart Cooking Demonstration

4-7 pm at the Union Street Farmers Market 111 East University Ave.

Seasonal Salad and Strawberry Lemonade Cooking Demonstration, hosted by Hogtown HomeGrown and Florida Organic Growers. Join Stefanie Hamblen from Hogtown Homegrown for a cooking demonstration using local fennel, spinach, pecans, lemons, honey, citrus and strawberries. Learn how to use the freshest ingredients available to make healthy, delicious, affordable meals.  The demonstration is free and open to the public. For more information, email hogtownhomegrown@gmail.com or visit www.hogtownhomegrown.com.

 

Vegetable Garden Seed Distribution

4-7 pm at Union Street Farmers Market 111 East University Ave.

Join the Southern Heritage Seed Collective and get locally saved seed and the best varieties for our region to start your spring garden.

 

Thursday, Feb. 19th

 

Host a local food potluck!

Any meal time at your home, a local park, or your office break room.

Challenge your friends, neighbors, and/or colleagues to prepare a dish with local products, and enjoy a meal together!              

 

Friday, Feb. 20th

 

Local Food Tasting Night

4:30-7:30 pm at First Magnitude Brewing Company –  1220 Southeast Veitch Street.

Join Blue Oven Kitchens, Forage and First Magnitude to try a taste of North Florida as we sample everything from pickles to chocolate made by local food entrepreneurs.  For more information on how to be a vendor at the Tasting, contact Anna at anna@foragefarm.org.

 

Saturday, Feb. 21st

 

Seed Starting Workshop

10-11:30 am at the Downtown Farmers Garden – 12 SE 1st. St.

Florida Organic Growers and Forage will teach you how to grow garden plants from seed. They will review the basic concepts you need to be successful, while demonstrating two techniques: soil blocking and using trays/cells. The workshop is free. For more information contact Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org

 

French Cooking Class 

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Alachua County Extension Office – 2800 NE 39th Ave.

Charmes de la France, and the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting a French cooking class showcasing seasonal delights from French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking classes include step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Reservations must be made on the Charmes de la France website. The class fee is $45.00 per person.

Seeds, Skills and Classes for 2015!

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Seeds, Skills and Classes for 2015!

Free Compost Workshop

Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am-12pm 

Downtown Farmers Garden, 12 SE 1st. St. On the SW corner of the Alachua County Administration Building lawn. Near Main St. and University Ave.

Learn the principles of composting, like how to make black garden gold in under 2 months, the tools you can use, 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 to use earthworms to assist your composting efforts. Led by Chris Cano of Gainesville Compost. For more information contact Van Tran, van@foginfo.org.

Free Beginning with Herbal Medicine Workshop

Monday January 19, 2015 from 7-9pm

Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave.

Every month, on the “3rd Monday”, a gathering occurs where local knowledge is shared. This month, we are excited to learn about herbal medicine from our own local expert, Susan Marynowski. For more information contact Faith Carr, faithccarr@yahoo.com.

Earthskills Gathering

February 5-8, 2015 

Little Orange Creek Nature Park, about 1.3 miles east of Hawthorne, FL, on Hwy 20.

Not to be missed, the annual Florida Earthskills Gathering is even closer to home this year! The gathering is a unique blend of enthusiasts who bring abundant skills and a great spirit of co-creation. The time is ripe for modern, “civilized” humans to become more ecologically aware, to reclaim the true meaning of sustainability, and to help grow a culture of thriving which can only be achieved by living in symbiosis with each other and with our beloved Earth. Workshops and intensives go on all weekend. Check out the website for more information.

Native Pollinators 101 and Bee Box Building Workshop

Saturday February 14, 2015

Forage Farm/Prairie Creek Lodge. 7204 SE CR 234. 10-1pm.

Celebrate this international day of love by learning about our beloved native pollinators! Join us as we learn about these awesome creatures, and what we can all do to help them thrive. Followed by a hands on bee habitat building workshop, you will take home your very own native pollinator bee box! Workshop is free, but if you’d like to take home your own pollinator house, a suggested donation of $20 is requested.

RSVP required to Melissa: melissa@foragefarm.org

I Love Local Food Week

February 15-22, 2015 

Join Forage, Blue Oven Kitchens, Florida Organic Growers, and other members of the Alachua County Nutrition Alliance for an exciting line up of events to celebrate local food! The Southern Heritage Seed Collective will be distributing spring and summer seeds; we will host a garden planting downtown; you can get a taste of local food and brews at a local food expo, and more! Check out the events! 

Free Seed Starting Workshop

Saturday February 21, 2015 from 10am-12pm 

Downtown Farmers Garden, 12 SE 1st. St. On the SW corner of the Alachua County Administration Building lawn. Near Main St. and University Ave.

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 and Melissa DeSa of Forage Farm. For more information contact Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org

Spring and Summer Seeds Distribution

Monday February 16th, 6-8pm, Wednesday February 18th, 4-7pm and Saturday February 28th, 10am-1pm

If you’re not part of the Southern Heritage Seed Collective yet, what the hek are you waiting for? This is your chance for a great selection of seeds that are adaptable to our region and some of them are even locally grown! For $25 a year, you get access to two gardening season’s worth of seeds. Sign up now, or sign up there. On the 16th we’ll be at Highlands Presbyterian Church (1001 NE 16th Ave); on the 18th we’ll at the downtown Union Street Farmers Market; on the 28th we’re back at Highlands Presbyterian Church.

For more information contact Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org

Free Spring Gardening Workshop

Saturday March 7, 2015 from 2-3:30 pm 

Downtown Farmers Garden, 12 SE 1st. St. On the SW corner of the Alachua County Administration Building lawn. Near Main St. and University Ave.

Learn about what and how to grow for our spring and summer season in north Florida. Led my Melissa DeSa and Travis Mitchell of Forage Farm. For more information contact Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org

Free Integrated Pest Management Workshop

Monday March 16, 2015 from 7-9pm

Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave.

Every month, on the “3rd Monday”, a gathering occurs where local knowledge is shared. This month, we are excited to learn about the principles and practices of integrated pest management. Think first before you attack those garden pests, and learn how to work with beneficials for a more harmonious garden ecosystem. For more information contact Faith Carr, faithccarr@yahoo.com.

Free Garden Pests Workshop

Saturday April 25, 2015 from 2-3:30 pm 

Downtown Farmers Garden, 12 SE 1st. St. On the SW corner of the Alachua County Administration Building lawn. Near Main St. and University Ave.

Good, bad or both? As gardeners we need to know who our visitors are and what to do about them organically, if they’re a problem. We’ll explore the garden to look for common insects and arachnids, and discuss some of the more common ones. Bring any samples you have and we’ll help you identify them. The best way to humanely preserve a bug is to put it in the freezer. Then put it in a container that won’t crush it, and bring it to us! For more information contact Van, van@foginfo.org

Wildflower Field Day at Forage Farm

Saturday May 2, 2015

Held at Forage Farm/Prairie Creek Lodge; 7204 SE CR 234 Gainesville, FL 32635

Join us for a fun day of learning about Florida wildflowers, and how you can plant your own wildflower garden! We’ll tour the farm looking at our newly planted 3/4 acre wildflower meadow, with expert Terry Zinn of the Flower Wildflower Cooperative. Seeds and plants for sale. For more information contact Anna, anna@foragefarm.org

Free Seed Saving Workshop

Saturday May 16, 2015 from 10am-12pm 

Downtown Farmers Garden, 12 SE 1st. St. On the SW corner of the Alachua County Administration Building lawn. Near Main St. and University Ave.

Saving seed was once a common practice among gardeners and farmers, a cultural heritage going back since our ancestors cultivated the first wild crops thousands of years ago. Seeds were saved and shared generously and passed down over generations, because livelihoods depended on it. It is now by and large a lost art, but one that remains critical to our resilience in the face of corporate seed control and climate change. By re-gaining our ability to properly save seed, we not only break free from our dependence on large seed companies, but we also start selecting for varieties that perform well in our climate, taste good, and resist diseases. In this workshop we’ll review basic concepts, terminology and techniques you need to know to be well on your way to seed sovereignty! Led by Melissa of Forage Farm. For more information contact Melissa, melissa@foragefarm.org

Southern Heritage Seed Collective

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Education, Seed Saving, Slider | 0 comments

Southern Heritage Seed Collective

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This is your local seed collective! Look no further for your seed needs; we’ve got a wide selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds that do well in our region. Modestly started with the help of various community organizations and individuals four years ago, we have grown to be a local hub for seed. We make bulk orders of seed twice a year from companies we trust, offering mostly open-pollinated and organic seeds, never any GMO’s. We have started collecting our own seed from the farm and other growers, which is an exciting way to start adapting our edible crops to be more north Florida savvy. These bulk quantities of seeds are re-packaged into quantities sufficient for a home gardener, and distributed to over 300 individuals and organizations every year. School gardens, community gardens and others have joined the collective. It’s a great deal financially, takes the guess work out of selecting the right varieties for our region, connects you to numerous other gardeners and resources, supports our small local non-profit business, and brings us closer to taking back control of the most fundamental element of our food system: seeds!

Sign up online today! You may also sign up the day of our seed distributions, which will be announced soon!

For more information, contact Melissa. melissa@foragefarm.org

 

Fermented Winter Vegetables!

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Fermented Winter Vegetables!

Tis the season for fermented veggies! Sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass and more are possible with the abundance of cabbages and root vegetables from our local farms and gardens. Every year we teach a fermentation class you won’t want to miss that teaches you how to do this at home. Here is Susan’s recipe for sauerruben or “sour roots”. It’s so yummy, you can follow the recipe exactly or sub for what you have.

Sauerruben (“Sour Roots”)

  • 4 medium-large golden beets
  • 4 medium-large carrots
  • 2 small-medium rutabaga
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 small cabbage
  • sea salt
  • 4-6 Cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp celery seed
  • 2 Tbsp caraway seed
  • 1 Tbsp dill weed, dried
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seed powder

Shred or julienne the roots and thinly slice the cabbage so that they
have a fine and consistent texture. Salt everything liberally with sea salt as you go. Mix and squeeze everything well with
hands. Pack firmly into jar or crock. Add some brine (salted water) if
necessary. Allow to ferment one week, more or less, to taste. This recipe makes about one gallon of sauerruben. Cut the recipe in half
to make 1/2-gallon or 2 quarts.

Holiday Citrus Tasting Dec 20th

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Holiday Citrus Tasting Dec 20th

Join Forage and First Magnitude Brewing Co. to celebrate the season and enjoy a taste of North Florida.  We will have several delicious citrus varieties for tasting, a custom beer brewed just for the occasion, and some delicious finger foods featuring citrus to share.

Event will be held at the Source – First Magnitude Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room from 4-6pm on December 20th, 2014.  Suggested Donation: $15. All proceeds benefit Forage youth gardening and after school programs.  For more information, please email anna@foragefarm.org.

 

 

 

Skills, Swaps and Seed Savvy Fall Events!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Education, Events, Seed Saving | 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 Extension 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!

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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

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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

 

School’s Out Farm Festival June 7

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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.