Friday, August 9, 2013

You Can Grow Vegetables In Containers AND Watering Basics Classes THIS Thursday Morning

We began something new at our farm in July - farm to home inspiration called Simple Inspiration and already we've had over 50 people attend our classes.

You can read more about Simple Inspiration here.

This Thursday morning we two more inspiring classes to encourage you to grow your own food.

One of the ways gardeners "kill" their vegetables or herbs is under watering or overwatering. Come to Kari's class this Thursday at 9 am and learn the secrets to successful watering.

Advance Registration here.

Have you ever thought it was possible to take advantage of a small space to grow vegetables in containers? Well, you sure can!

This Thursday morning, August 22nd, at 10:15 am, Kari Spencer, one of our Simple Inspiration instructors will teach you how you can successfully grow vegetables and herbs in containers.  She will talk about the proper soil to use as well as container options, sunlight and space needs and a number of other things so you can feel confident to start your own back yard garden this weekend!

Advance registration here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Heart Of Who We Are

The Simple Farm is much more than growing food and milking goats and making caramels and cheese. Some understand and I wish all understood.

Jen Wilbur has captured the heart of who Michael and I are - expressed in her blog post - and her photography.  Please - go here to read/see more.

Thanks Jen. I love you.  Lylah

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pickling - A Hands On Sunday Afternoon Workshop - August 25th 3 -5 pm

This Pickling class is sold out.

New class date: Sunday, September 8th 3-5 pm    Register HERE.

Simple Inspiration Gardening Classes {see the schedule here} at the farm have been happening all month. Kari Spencer has been inspiring many of you who have decided to grow some of your own food.  She's been teaching at all sorts of levels and I know she's been answering all kinds of questions.

Now it's time for our classes and workshops for The Simple Home - Reclaiming The Home Arts 

The first workshop will be at the farm on August 25th from 3-5 pm at the farm patio.  This class is all about pickling!!!! Did you know pickling is the latest retro-cool food trend?  Did you know you can pickle just about anything? Cucumbers, radishes, beets, carrots, corn, okra, peppers....well, pretty much any vegetable can be pickled. 

Kari Spencer is excited to share the art and science and her special techniques of pickling at the farm. What I have discovered about Kari is that she's a big fan in using age-old techniques and giving them a modern twist. 

In this class she will go over supplies, types of brines, tips for pickling all sorts of foods, and more useful bits of knowledge that will bring your at-home pickling skills to the next level. For the novice canner, the seasoned pickler in need of a refresher or maybe you just need to come hang out with super cool the farm on a Sunday afternoon.  Workshop is limited to 10. 

DATE: 8/25
TIME: 3 - 5 pm
PLACE: The Simple Farm - Farm Patio
COST: $25 - Advanced Registration - This Class Closed. 
(includes supplies and you will take your own jar of pickled goodness home!)
Limited to 10.

Monday, August 5, 2013

This Thursday - 2 Garden Classes 9 and 10:15 am - THIS Sunday Garden Class 3-4 pm and Vegetables and Herb Market will be open 8:30 until 11:30

The Simple Farm Patio

Kari is teaching two fabulous garden classes this Thursday, August 8th. Both classes are a little $10 investment.

I am especially excited about each one - even though we've been farming and growing for awhile and I love everything about the meal table and making it special - I always seek to come to a class/workshop as a learner. I ALWAYS learn something new from someone else.  So, come and learn something new and meet some wonderful like-minded people.

9 am - Planting For The Fall Harvest Table - see here to read details and register.

Every new season Michael and I fluff up our garden beds - adding a bit of this and a bit of that to make the depleted soil happy and full of organic matter and nutrients. The change of every planting season is the time to refresh your soil so it thrives and improves over time and yields a bountiful harvest for this next fall season. Kari has wonderful tips and garden secrets to fluff up and Refresh Your Garden.  She will also be sharing what to plant now and over the next few weeks. Plant starts will be available again this Thursday.

10:15 am - Refreshing Your Garden - Getting It Ready To Plant  - Register here.

AND for all of you who work and feel so bummed about not making it to one of our Simple Inspiration Classes/Workshops.....

Kari will be teaching THIS Sunday - August 11th from 3-4 - Container Gardening [register here]. Many people want to grow food, don't have much space and simply need to see how you CAN be successful growing food/herbs in a container. Kari will teach you HOW to grow what you eat in the space you have!

Beautiful....from Vilardi Gardens
Our Garden Market Will Be Open from 8:30 until 11:30 for the sale of all your vegetables and herbs to plant NOW. 

Simple Inspiration - Planting For The Harvest Table Now

I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving . . . the time to gather around the meal table with loved ones and even strangers . . . the time to pause, reflect and give thanks . . . for so many things.

In our home, Thanksgiving was always such a beautiful time to bring out the special plates and platters and to add those special garden touches and mix in some old silver or gold pieces. 

Did you ever think that all you need to create a lovely tablescape can come directly from your own garden? Things like squash, gourds, flowers, grasses and herbs can be grown and harvested at just the right time for creative fall decor, tablescapes and meal preparation.

Autumn is just weeks away, and for gardeners it's time to start planting with an eye toward autumn hospitality.  We're excited to have Kari Spencer teach this Simple Inspiration class - 

Planting for the Harvest Table

This class will inspire you with creative ideas for using natural decor as well as what to plant now for that fall decorative and culinary harvest.

At this class - you'll learn which pumpkin and other squash varieties are best for decorating or baking and which ones to grow now. You'll also learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin puree, what herbs and flowers you can plant now for the fall as well as we'll teach you simple ways to preserve those herbs. 

DATE: Thursday August 8th

TIME:  9 am

PLACE: The Simple Farm Patio


COST: 10.00


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