Living on the border of Agricultural Zones 9b and 10a, gives us the ability to grow edible plants much longer than most areas of the country. Our South Florida location also presents some unique challenges for farmers and home gardeners, who wish to grow organically.

Most of the food gardening information shared online and in printed literature doesn’t address our area-specific needs.  At Shadowood, we do our best to offer educational opportunities for those who wish to learn more about creating responsibly grown, organic food in Martin County, FL.

At the beginning of our annual food growing season (mid-September), we offer a variety of “How To Garden” Workshops that are open to the general public. These classes are geared towards beginner gardeners who have no prior food growing experiences in this part of Florida. The workshops are also great for transplant gardeners from up north, or for experienced gardeners who feel they would benefit from refresher courses. These workshops occur in a specific order, in the early fall, for very important reasons.  We want people to be able to learn as they start to grow, at the appropriate time of our south Florida growing season.

All of our educational programs are fee based. In order to attend any of our programs, you must register online, at least 24 hours in advance of the workshop you wish to attend. 

Season #10 Workshops!

Planning Your Fall Garden Workshop

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 from 10:30AM until 11:30AM

This workshop is designed for EXISTING gardeners who need assistance with planning their garden spaces and/or container gardens. (Please note this is not a comprehensive, “how to” gardening course. Those types of courses are offered below.) Topics will include space utilization, basic design/layout, companion planting, which veggies are best started from seed and which things are best from starter plants. Though this will begin as a group workshop, we'll be happy to assist attendees individually as well. All Shadowood workshops are designed for adults who wish to garden organically.

So that we can better assist you, bring notes/photos regarding your bed/container dimensions, light exposures, etc. and any seed packets you've already purchased. Note that retail, organic growing supplies such as soils, seeds, plant labels, etc. are all available for sale here at the farm after the workshop. Advance Registration is required by Friday, August 16th at 6PM.

Intro to Organic Vegetable & Herb Gardening

Saturday, August 31st, 2019 from 10:00AM until Noon-ish

 Have you dreamed of growing your own food at home, but don't know how to get started? We’re here to help you make that dream a reality. But-before you spend a dime on supplies, you REALLY should attend this workshop! Our two hour comprehensive workshop provides you with loads of information to get off to a good, solid start. Topics discussed include: why to grow organic; the best type of gardening for your specific situation and location; supplies you'll need and how to save money on them; soils; plant choices; as well as basic planting and maintenance techniques. This is an adult workshop intended for beginning gardeners or new northern transplants:). Mature teens are welcome. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

Seed Starting and Soil Preparation Workshop

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 10AM until Noon-ish

During this Seed Starting and Soil Prep Workshop, we discuss all aspects of seeds; from the realities of GMO's, what types of seeds to buy, to the best ways to get your babies to grow! In addition, we'll also be sharing information about how to get your garden soil ready for planting your miraculous seeds. This workshop is for beginner home gardeners, or experienced gardeners who want a refresher course. All of the information shared is geared towards organic food gardening. Since most people have a tendency to over plant, we highly recommend attending this workshop prior to purchasing/starting any seeds. All participants will have the opportunity to start seeds here at the farm, with supervision, following the workshop. This is an adult workshop, but mature teens are welcome. No supplies are needed, but if you've already purchased seed elsewhere, feel free to bring them with you. Organic seeds  and other gardening supplies are also available for purchase at the farm. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

How to Plant, Weed and Feed Workshop

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 10AM until 11:30AM

This Plant, Weed and Feed Workshop covers a lot of important information for food gardeners. Learning the best ways to plant starters into your garden or patio pots; how to identify weeds and your organic fertilization options are all covered in this hands on event. This workshop is for beginner home gardeners, or experienced gardeners who want a refresher course. All of the information shared is geared towards organic food gardening. All participants will have the opportunity to install starter plants, direct sow seeds, identify and pull weeds; as well as apply different types of granular and foliar organic fertilizers during the workshop. This is an adult workshop, but mature teens are also welcome. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

 Repeat of Intro to Organic Vegetable & Herb Gardening

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 10:00AM until Noon-ish

Have you dreamed of growing your own food at home, but don't know how to get started? We’re here to help you make that dream a reality. But-before you spend a dime on supplies, you REALLY should attend this workshop! Our two hour comprehensive workshop provides you with loads of information to get off to a good, solid start. Topics discussed include: why to grow organic; the best type of gardening for your specific situation and location; supplies you'll need and how to save money on them; soils; plant choices; as well as basic planting and maintenance techniques. This is an adult workshop intended for beginning gardeners or new northern transplants:). Mature teens are welcome. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

Bugs, Critters and Fungus Workshop

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 from 10AM until 11:30AM

Growing food in this part of Florida is an adventure. When you grow using truly organic practices, it quickly becomes a GRAND adventure! During this informative how to garden workshop, participants will learn to identify pests, common fungal issues and how to appropriately treat these things. We also discuss the best way to protect your food plants from common critters. This workshop is for beginner home gardeners, or experienced gardeners who want a refresher course. All of the information shared is geared towards organic food gardening. This is an adult workshop, but mature teens are welcome. No supplies are needed.  Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

Growing Tomatoes and Plant Staking

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 from 10AM until Noon

Who doesn't want to grow tomatoes that taste like REAL tomatoes instead of cardboard? This important "How To Garden" Workshop begins with an in depth look at growing tomatoes. Topics will include the best heirloom and hybrid varieties for our area; pruning and suckering; staking and more. Tip of the day: Florida gardeners should NEVER buy those silly tomato cages unless you want to turn them upside and decorate them as "trees" for the Christmas holidays! In conjunction with our tomato talk, we'll also teach you various styles of staking, not only your tomatoes, but beans, cucumbers and other plants that may need support during the growing season. This workshop is for beginner home gardeners, or experienced gardeners who want a refresher course. All of the information shared is geared towards organic food gardening. This is an adult workshop, but mature teens are welcome. No supplies are needed.  Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.