The Greenville Urban Farm Tour is over for this year and we hope our visitors went home inspired to make their own green paradise.
During the UFT, we set up an “ask the site owner” table in our garden and one of the most frequent questions was, “do you consult and when are you going to offer classes?”
How about now? Here’s our new Appalachian Feet class schedule.
We took an informal poll asking what kind of topics people are interested in. The result is a series of three classes that you can sign up for individually or as a discounted package. They are designed to turn a beginner into an advanced gardener and an intermediate gardener into an expert in only 3 days!
Classes are being offered June 12th – 14th from 6pm – 8pm each day. Topics include “Organic Gardening and Permaculture” (the foundation to a great garden — everything from how to deal with clay soil to reducing your need to water), “Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs for SC” (what you can grow here and how to grow it), and “Garden Bandits — Pests, Diseases, and Weeds in SC” (how to identify and fix the problems in your garden).
Click here if you’d like to see further details and pricing.
We’re keeping class sizes small (so sign up quickly if you want a slot). If there is enough interest we may do a repeat of these topics on different dates.
If you’re in our area and have been waffling on whether or not to put in a garden, this may be your answer. It’s not too late to start annual veggies in Greenville this season — even as late as June!
We’re hoping to offer seasonal classes throughout the year. We’ll continue to do pest & disease classes this summer along with topics like edible flowers and how to use culinary herbs. We may add classes like lacto-fermentation and solar dehydration so you can figure out what to do with your harvests.
In the fall we’ll focus on topics such as winter food storage and all-season growing. Winter will be perfect for classes on seed-starting — everything from which seeds need extra attention to how to handle lighting and diseases.
We’ll likely teach some backyard chicken classes this summer, too. We’ve learned a lot since we got started and have plenty of tips on starting chicks, adult hen care, and how to keep predators away.
If you’re looking for beekeeping classes we’re still going to recommend contacting the Piedmont Beekeepers Association. We strongly encourage local beekeepers to join the SC Beekeepers Association as well (check out their brand new website).
If you have any suggestions of class topics, we’d love to hear about it. Send us an email or leave it in the comment section below!
We’re looking forward to welcoming students onto our urban farm. If you’d like to know when we add new courses to the roster you can check for updates on the website or send us a note asking to be put on our market email list.