WRJ Community Garden

The WRJ Community Garden aims to be a nurturing place for individuals and families regardless of age, race, class, gender, and ability. It is a place where the community can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The CG supports Community Food Security by teaching and demonstrating organic, ecological and sustainable growing methods and by donating food from the garden to those in need.

The WRJ Community Garden is a collaborative project of the Upper Valley Food Co-op and Hartford Parks & Rec Dept.

Summer 2014 Tentative Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 3rd

Designing, Planting, & Tending Your Herb Garden with Misha Johnson

Part I: Designing, Planting, & Tending Your Herb Garden

Learn how to design & plant an herb garden for your home in this interactive workshop at the Upper Valley Food Coop. Topics covered will include: sourcing & selection of the right herbs for our climate, soil preparation, sowing & propagation techniques, garden design, and maximizing use of space. Handouts will be provided, techniques will be demonstrated, and there will be plenty of time for questions & discussion.

The Instructors: Misha Johnson & Taylor Katz run Free Verse Farm, a small community farm in the Upper Valley specializing in naturally-grown tisanes, culinary herbs, medicinals, and herbal remedies. Their herbs & products are available at local shops, farmers markets, online, and through their Farmshare Community. Visit www.freeversefarm.com for more information.

This event is FREE for Coop Members, $5 for Non-Members.

5:30 – 7pm @ the Walkway Garden at the Upper Valley Co-op

 

Monday, June 9th

How to Start and Maintain a No-Till Garden with Carol Stedman

Hartland Grower, Carol Stedman, will show us how to set up a no till garden bed while reclaiming that garden space that has gone astray. This is a free workshop open to the Upper Valley Community.

5:30 – 6:30pm FREE Workshop @ the WRJ Community Garden @ Ratcliffe Park

 

Saturday, July 12th

Farm Tour: Solstice Seeds & Heartland Farms

10am – 2pm @ Hartland, VT

 

Thursday, July 24th

Bloom n Buzz! Weeds and Insect Guests and Pests
with Cat Buxton from Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center
Learn to identify weeds and bugs and find out which are harmful and which are beneficial. We’ll show ways to keep pests in check, and tricks for keeping your gardens looking lush and full throughout the season without harmful chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Bring your pests in a jar and we’ll help you ID them. Topics include: Common garden pests and organic controls, beneficial insects and companion plants, responsible Integrated Pest Management, feeding and forcing blooms, edible weeds.
6 – 8pm FREE Workshop @ the WRJ Community Garden @ Ratcliffe Park

 

Saturday, August 16th

Ferment Your Harvest with Karen Ganey

Discuss the best techniques for harvesting and utilizing fall crops such as kale, cabbage, carrots, brussel sprouts, and more. Help prepare a crock of lactic fermented vegetables.
FREE Workshop @ the WRJ Community Garden @ Ratcliffe Park

 

Saturday, August 23rd

Farm Tour: Free Verse Farm

The tour will cover every aspect of this small herb farm. We will begin in the fields, examining the wide variety of flowers and herbs, where we will discuss growing methods, medicinal uses of herbs, and do some smelling and tasting. Next we will have a look at the processes and equipment used for harvesting and drying. Next we will enter the apothecary, where we will discuss the processing & packaging of our products. During this tour, there will be plenty of opportunities for sampling Free Verse Farm herbs and herbal products.

Folks should be prepared to be walking in the sun, high grass, and in potentially muddy fields. Bring a water bottle, as well as appropriate layers, a hat, and shoes/boots that can get dirty. A Light lunch will be provided by the Upper Valley Food Co-op. Pre-register in person at the Co-op, by email at chris@uppervalleyfood.coop or by phone 295-5804.

Cost is $10 per member, $15 per non-member.

11am – 2pm @ Chelsea, VT

 

Tuesday, September 16th   

Harvesting and Preserving Your Herb Garden with Misha Johnson

Part II: Harvesting & Preserving Your Herb Garden

Learn when & how to harvest & preserve herbs from your herb garden in this interactive workshop at the Upper Valley Food Coop. Topics covered will include: optimal times for harvesting different herbs, techniques for drying & storing herbs, as well as instructions for making basic herbal preparations. Techniques will be demonstrated, handouts & recipes will be provided, and there will be plenty of time for questions & discussion.

The Instructors: Misha Johnson & Taylor Katz run Free Verse Farm, a small community farm in the Upper Valley specializing in naturally-grown tisanes, culinary herbs, medicinals, and herbal remedies. Their herbs & products are available at local shops, farmers markets, online, and through their Farmshare Community. Visit www.freeversefarm.com for more information.

This event is FREE for Coop Members, $5 for Non-Members.

5:30 – 7pm @ the Walkway Garden at the Upper Valley Co-op

 

Tuesday, October 21st

Planting Garlic with Chris Jacobson

5:30 – 6:30pm FREE Workshop @ the WRJ Community Garden @ Ratcliffe Park

 

Look for additional workshops, events and Open Hours on the Shed Board, at the Co-op Front Bulletin Board, and on Facebook.

 

History

The White River Community Garden was established in 2006 by Nancy Bloomfield as a program of LISTEN for the purpose of having a Youth Garden. In 2008 the sponsorship and coordination was taken over by the Upper Valley Food Co-op and the Town of Hartford. The garden has since more than doubled in size to include 24 member/donation plots and three teaching plots.

The WRJ Community Garden has become an essential part of the Latham Works Neighborhood as well as the township of White River Junction and Hartford by providing a safe space for community to come to garden, learn and grow.

© 2014 Upper Valley Food Cooperative