This growing season we will be offering Growing Solutions, a series at Wild Goose Farm for people interested in learning sustainable growing techniques. We will be learning together how to design gardens to maximize outputs, build soil fertility, and grow perennial vegetables and plants for medicinal use. Vance Reynolds (medicinal plants), Elizabeth Sterling (permaculture design), myself (perennial vegetables) and one or two others (to be confirmed) will share our experiences and support you and your garden this growing season.
The cost is free for Wild Goose Farm members and $5-$10 sliding scale per session for non members. Plant starts will be available for purchase. Perennial Vegetables need to be order ahead of time late summer/early fall. Stay tuned.
Sunday, May 15th 12:30-2:30pm
Growing Unique Medicinals
Vance Reynolds will share his knowledge of medicinal plants, in particular Ashwagandha (pictured above), Gotu Kola, Dang Shen (Poor Man's Ginseng, very sweet and tasty roots), Goji Berry (Wolfberry, great cold hardy fruit) and He Shou Wu (Chinese Knotweed). He will have some starts on hand for sale, at cost, of these medicinals for you to take home and plant in your own gardens. The second half of the workshop Vance will talk about growing other Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs including Wild Asparagus (Chinese and Ayurvedic), Velvet Beans (Mucuna),Chinese Rubber Tree (Du Zhong) and Rhodiola. Though he will not have live plants of these medicinals, he will bring seeds to distribute. If time permits, he'll talk about preparing Ashwagandha tinctures and capsules. The cost is free for Wild Goose Farm members and $5-$10 sliding scale per session for non members.
June (Date to be decided)
Elizabeth Sterling will share some tools and techniques from permaculture design we can take with us and to plan our own gardens this growing season.
Sept (Date to be decided)
Perennial Vegetables & Soil Fertility
Kathy K-G will share what she has been learning about Perennial Vegetables. including Sea Kale, Turkish Rocket, Perpetual Sorrel, and Perennial Leek. We'll order ahead so people can take starts home. Perennial vegetables are a terrific, low maintenance solution for producing nutritious, affordable organic food while maintainint the health of the soil. Perennial Vegetables need to be order ahead of time late summer/early fall. We will order in bulk from the Food Forest Farm in Holyoke, MA. Once registered, we will send you a link to a google doc for ordering.