Organic Gardening Intensive register online
June 4-8 or 6-8, 2014

You really can grow most of the food your family needs.

With this 5 day intensive, we'll garden every day and you'll get the hands-on experience you need an gain the confidence to get started on your own.

garden intensive
  • Begin each day in the garden at 5 AM and beat the heat.

  • At 9 AM we'll break for showers and breakfast.

  • Every afternoon we'll visit other gardeners,
    including CSA's and the local Amish community.

  • Plus we'll take time to relax in the swimming hole and hike in the creeks

June is peak garden time. We'll be planting and tending:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Corn, Field Corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • White Potatoes
  • Strawberries, Blackberries
  • Raspberries, Blueberries
  • Winter Squash
  • Black beans, Pinto beans
  • Field Peas
  • and more
garden hoops

I'll have suits so we can take turns going into the bee hives.

bees

You'll also learn how to preserve food, including:

  • Freezing food to maintain freshness and flavor
  • Using the dehydrator
  • Canning
dehydrator
Dehydrating Zucchini

More veggies in the garden:

  • Onions, Garlic
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Okra
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash, Zucchini
  • Carrots, Beets
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkin
peas
Freezing Peas

Only $400 for all 5 days
including all meals.

Don't have a week to give?
Come for just the weekend at my standard weekend rate, just $250 including camping and meals!

Please contact me to plan our week together!

square foot gardening
Square Foot Gardening

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Workshops and Activities
Farm School
Green Buildings and Homes Tour
Our 12th year!

community dinner
Life in Community

Gardening and Growing Food
garden
Meditation & Yoga
circle
The Spiritual Path

Health and Diet
vegan


Experience the Land April 12-14
swan trust
The Farm School Family Fest
May 12-13

Music, Tours, Hikes,
Games, More!

Community & Sustainability Conference May 24-26FIC..

Organic Gardening Intensive
June 3-10 or 8-10 A week (or weekend) of hands-on gardening as well as garden tours on and 0ff-The Farm to visit Shiitake operations, a bamboo nursery and more...more
Summer Retreat July 25-29 or 27-29 (weekend only) Swimming, hiking, kid activities, workshops and GREAT FOOD! Fun for the entire family. Includes camp sites. Click here for a list of accommodations
Midwifery Assistant Workshops
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Camp sites include
water, shower and bathroom facilities.
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Essay:
True Sustainability

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Organic Gardening Intensive Review  
To follow through on the descriptive word "intensive," at last year's event we had to cover a wide array of tasks and crops, techniques and hands-on experience. I think you'll see from the list below we did just that. I especially enjoyed visiting the many different permaculture homesteads in our area, each impressive in its own way. I'll never forget the tour of the Amish farm, with the barefoot matriarch leading us through vast rows of tomatoes, corn, cukes and more. Let me know if you would be interested in attending a fall session or one next spring.
Planted blue corn
Planted winter squash
Planted sweet corn

Started sweet corn in pots
Weeded & mulched strawberries
Mulched black beans
Mulched watermelon
Harvested white potatoes
Harvested onions
Created 75' wood chip path
Started blueberry wine
Permaculture Homestead tour

More Mulching
Inspected bee hives
Extracted 3.5 gallons of honey

Morning garden session
Visited Amish vegetable auction
Toured Amish farm
Made biochar stove
Reviewed advanced stove design Produced biochar
Started aerated compost tea

Planted watermelon
Planted Okra
Made/installed tomato cages
Permaculture Homestead tour
Applied aerated compost tea
Made compost pile
Permaculture Homestead tour
Morning garden session
Foliar feeding of plants
Picked raspberries
Planted summer squash
Japanese Beetle eradication
Permaculture Homestead tour
Visit to Stillhouse Falls
Morning garden session
Farm Gardens tour
Racked blueberry wine
Visited Farm swimming hole
Camp fire and drum cicle
Brunch, meditation and good-byes
 

 

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  Green Life Retreats
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PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483
931-964-2590 - office
931-626-4035 - cell
Douglas@villagemedia.com
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