Sustainable farming workshops in Columbus

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lee Mink (kneeling) speaks to a past group. (photo submitted)

Do you enjoy spending time in nature and are you interested in learning more about creating or improving your farm or garden?

Lee Mink of Leap Farm is once again hosting a series of farming workshops aimed at teaching individuals at all levels of experience how to begin, sustain or improve their farm or garden. Those who attend the workshop will be taught an overview of the entire cycle of sustainable growing.

Starting with making a yearly plan, students will learn all the various elements from seed to harvest. They will cover how to analyze soil and use healthy amendments, building raised beds, how to build and use compost, natural methods of pest and weed control through companion crops and crop rotation, all the steps that lead to a high yield system of vibrant, healthy growth.

Each intense, 16-hour workshop takes place over the course of one weekend and is taught both in a classroom setting as well as in a hands-on setting in the fields.

The workshops will be held Feb. 25 – 27, March 4 – 6, March 18 – 20, April 1 – 3, May 6 – 8 and May 20 – 22.

All classes are held at Leap Farm at Giardini, located at 2411 N.C. Hwy 108 E. in Columbus.

To register or for further information, call Mary at 828-817-3727 or check out the information at www.giardinigardens.com.