Workshops on sustainable farming techniques in March

Published 8:46 pm Thursday, February 25, 2010

Giardini Gardens, a non-certified organic farm and educational center outside of Tryon, announces the dates for their second, four-week workshop in Sustainable Farming Techniques for Market Farmers and Home Gardeners.
Classes will be held on the four successive Saturday mornings in March from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week.
This four-week, 16-hour, learning experience will be an in-depth exploration into the philosophy and methods of creating a bio-diverse system of growing using organic methods. Classes will be held both in a classroom, as well as hands-on in the fields.
Lee Mink of Leap Farm in Mill Spring, a long-time experienced market grower, will be the instructor.
Mink will cover such topics as plot planning to include crop rotations and companion planting, soil preparations and amendments, seed starting and seed saving, sustainable methods of weed and pest control, extending the season and much more.
Whether you are a starting gardener, you are looking to expand your gardening skills, or you are wanting to change from conventional farming to sustainable farming, there will be extensive learning opportunities for every level.
In order to maintain a high quality experience, class sizes will be limited, so sign up early.
Classes will be held on four consecutive Saturdays (March 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the gardens at Giardini Trattoria, 2411 Hwy 108E, in Columbus. Call Mary Lyth to register at 828-817-3727.
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