Friday, May 8, 2009

Farm Fair

On Saturday, May 16, the interns of Green String Farm are putting on a special event to cap off three months of living, learning, and working on the Petaluma farm. Everyone is invited to the Farm Fair, which will feature workshops, hands-on projects, incredibly fresh food, and more.

The interns and other members of the Green String community will share some of the knowledge we've gained from the farm in quick, hands-on workshops. Most of the workshops will be one hour long and repeated throughout the day, so participants can rotate through the different workshops and get a complete experience. You're encouraged to join in on as little or as much as you'd like; come for the whole day, or just stick around for an hour or two.

The event will run from 11am to 5pm. We'll accept donations to help offset the cost of the event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We're just excited to get people out for a fun day on the farm! Below is a schedule for the day:

All Day (11am - 5pm)

Adobe brick making: Join Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures at any point in the day as he demonstrates how to make traditional style adobe bricks using earth from on site. The bricks will be used to build an earthen bench at a workshop the following week.
Family day: Join intern Jenny for arts and crafts, games, and fun lessons about gardening, farming, and nature. Kids of all ages can come and go throughout the day.

Hourly (11-12, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5)

Farm tour: Intern Mark will lead one-hour walking tours of the farm. Participants will see our different crops and animals, and get an insight into Green String's farming practices. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a bit of a hike!
Compost and compost tea: Intern Phil will discuss the basics of compost and compost teas, focusing on beneficial microbes and a do-it-yourself approach.
Plant life cycle in an hour: Intern Sean will give you a condensed version of Growing Plants 101, beginning with seed-starting and ending with harvesting.

Lunch! (12-1)

We're making a ton of pizza with homemade dough and different veggies from the farm. You haven't truly lived until you've tried intern Chris's arugula pesto pizzas! We'll also have plenty of salad fixings available.

Afternoon (3pm - 5pm)

Greenhouse building: Intern Chris will share the Green String method for building a very simple mini-greenhouse. The group will begin with scrap wood and a roll of greenhouse plastic, and end up with a small greenhouse very similar to those that we use at the farm to start seeds for most of the year.

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