We started market farming by accident. Some good friends inquired if
we ever sold any of our extra vegetables? Had not thought about
that—we sold them some purple onions, lettuce, and butternut
squash that day. Eight years later they are still good friends and
they are still buying our farm goods along with other friends and
acquaintances. But as the saying goes: “If I knew then what I know
now….” So let’s spend some time together learning some tips and
tools of market farming and gardening in general.
We started out going to a weekly organic farmer’s market over in
Thomasville but transitioned to a CSA after 2 years. We will explain why
and show you how our gardens have taken shape over these past few years. We
are still a small operation after 4 years choosing to grow our business
slowly. However, we have learned a great deal during these growing years.
Plus we have gleaned much from other folks which we will be implementing
over the next few years. We are grooming the farm as a business venture for
our son, who does most of the labor.
Gardening is an essential skill that every child and adult should
learn. How can we work in our families and communities to ensure
that young people understand how our food is grown? This workshop
will share creative ideas and resources for gardening with youth of
all ages at home and in the community. Attendees will be encouraged
to share their own experiences through a fun and collaborative