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Organic farm & garden workshops

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Greentree Naturals organic farm has been in business for over 20 years in the Sandpoint area, and owner Diane Green feels it’s important that more people learn how to grow fresh produce sustainably. To this end, Green presents a series of on the farm workshops in summer which will teach you how to maintain your garden or small farm in an organic and sustainable manner.

This year the Organic Gardening series will run from May 5th through July 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on alternating Mondays.

May 5th - Direct Seeding

Starting and giving your seeds their best chance by giving them a good environment; preparing the seed bed; seeding methods; seedling care.

May 19th - Planning the Garden

Preparing the soil; seeding and transplanting; garden maps; companion planting, intercropping, succession planting, and crop rotation; keeping records

June 2nd – Fertilizing Organically

Plants need a fertile soil to give good yields. Examining your garden soil to determine what it needs; amending and improving soil structure; types of organic amendments, manures, compost, organic matter and foliar feeding; taking soil samples. Class members will test their own garden soil to discover the basic NPK and receive a composting chart.

June 16th – Natural Weed Control

Weeds take a lot of time to control, especially on newly turned soil. Using different organic mulches and other weed prevention strategies to control these unwelcome visitors.

June 30th – Pest Management

Identify pests; being pro-active in pest control; natural pest control formulas; trap cropping; plant-pest relationships. Making insect sprays and traps.

July 14th – Harvesting the Bounty

Techniques for best yields of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers; post harvest handling; getting the most out of your harvest; food safety guidelines.

July 28th – Seed Saving

Saving seed from your own garden leads to plants that do best in your garden as every garden has its own micro-climate. Plant selection; pollination; seed cleaning and storage.

If there is enough interest, ‘Putting the Garden to Bed’ and ‘Growing Great Garlic’ workships may be held. Please let them know if you are interested in these workshops.

All workshops require pre-registration, with pre-payment preferred. For information and to register, call Diane at 208-263-8957 or email her at diane@greentreenaturals.com Workshops are $25 each or you can take all seven and receive a 10% discount with pre-payment. Comprehensive written handouts are provided for each class.

All workshops are held at Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm north of Sandpoint ID at 2003 Rapid Lightning Road Sandpoint Idaho 83864, and take place outside, rain or shine. Dress for the weather (remember, it’s usually colder in Sandpoint than in Spokane!) and before you go out, review their guidelines for visiting the farm

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