COMMUNITY GARDEN - FAQs:
WHAT IS THE SOIL LIKE?
DO YOU HAVE SUN?
IS THERE A FENCE?
IS EVERYTHING ORGANIC?
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION?
HOW DO WE START SEEDS?
HOW DO WE USE TRANSPLANTS?
WHAT SHOULD I PLANT?
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
CAN I USE THE BARN?
WHAT MUST I REMEMBER TO DO BEFORE LEAVING THE GARDEN?
HOW MANY PLOTS WILL BE LEASED THIS YEAR?
WHEN ARE THE EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS?
WHERE SHOULD WE BUY SEEDS?
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME AT THE FARM?
ARE THERE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FARM?


WHAT IS THE SOIL LIKE?
Our soil in the Community Garden is wonderful! We have grown just about everything successfully here. Any plots that have not been worked yet are acidic so it needs limestone. Add about 25 pounds per plot. A 40 lb bag costs $3.60 at Lowe's. Lime can be added to soil in the early spring (right now) or in the fall to overwinter. It should be pushed under to about 6 inches if possible. Ideally manure should be added a couple weeks later, but we have put both in together successfully for more than 7 years, as long as the manure is aged.


DO YOU HAVE SUN?
We have full sun most of the day. No shade problem here!


IS THERE A FENCE?
We have an $8,000 super-duper, 8 foot high fence with ¼ inch wire mesh along the bottom. Deer and groundhogs are foiled! We spared no expense to keep them out.


IS EVERYTHING ORGANIC?
No pesticides or herbicides are allowed, nor would any of our wonderful gardeners want to use them. (or eat them!). We are forbidden to use the dictionary word "organic" since we are not certified. Feel free to visit any time and see the amount of weeds we have because we are all natural. You can then answer that question yourselves.


WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION?
When you need questions answered or for us to show you something in the field, make an appt.  to be sure someone will be available to you. Visit us sunup to sundown by appt.


HOW DO WE START SEEDS?
If you plan to start seeds indoors, start in March or April. We will make handouts available to you on "how-to" do things in your garden, at our first instructional meeting.


HOW DO WE USE TRANSPLANTS?
Buy starter plants if you like, then just transfer them to your garden. We can show you how.


WHAT SHOULD I PLANT?
Plant what you enjoy eating. Most things grow well here. Peppers, tomatoes, melon, beans, potatoes, radishes, beets, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, squash, herbs, garlic, onions have all been grown successfully here. More challenging is broccoli (bolts), eggplant (gets flea beetles), corn (grows but pick off the cornworms and plant close. Cover new seeds and seedlings so crows don't eat them. )


WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
Over by the Community Garden, beyond the solar panels, not near the barn.


CAN I USE THE BARN?
Absolutely! There is a microwave, refrigerator and bathroom there. Please don't let children explore there alone, or in the loft. Remember to turn out the lights and close doors.


WHAT MUST I REMEMBER TO DO BEFORE LEAVING THE GARDEN?
PLEASE close the garden gate, be sure the lights are out in the barn, and turn off the hose water. This is imperative!


HOW MANY PLOTS WILL BE LEASED THIS YEAR?
We plan to lease 30 plots in 2017.  Last year we filled 56 plots, with a waiting list.


WHERE SHOULD WE BUY SEEDS?
SeedsofChange.com, rareseeds.com, Johnny's Seeds, anywhere that sells organic and/or heirloom seeds. We do not grow GMO plants.


ARE CHILDREN WELCOME AT THE FARM?
Oh my goodness, we are a teaching farm and we welcome children, families, seniors, EVERYONE who wants to learn and share knowledge. The more the merrier!


ARE THERE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FARM?
Yes. We lease the plots for a suggested donation of $200 for the whole year.   But it is our volunteers who put up the fencing, built the chicken coop, designed and built the produce stand, planted and tend gardens, mulch the roadway, cut back weeds, and much more. Volunteers are our lifeblood and much appreciated here!