We’ve been hosting a bunch of workshops lately, with lots of wonderfully inquisitive attendees. Half of our workshops have been covering different food preservation techniques such as dehydrating, freezing, and fermenting vegetables and other foods. The other half of our workshops focus on improved organic gardening techniques for small-scale backyard and community garden growers. Gardening topics covered so far have included efficient garden planning and arrangement techniques to maximize the efficient usage of small spaces, succession planting techniques, soil health and fertility characteristics, and cover cropping techniques. Here are some photos of one of our guest presenters, Grace Hall, leading a workshop on how to ferment your garden goodies into something that will keep even longer and taste delicious. Turns out it’s pretty easy!
More upcoming workshops to look forward to over the course of the next two months include water-bath canning, pressure canning, identifying and dealing with garden pests, and an introduction to small-scale season extension techniques. We hope to see you there. Check out the events on our calendar and facebook page for more details!
In other news, we’ve been hard at work maintaining and improving our community gardens around Athens County. Take a look: