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, CLEAN 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.

Once the season is well underway, in November we switch gears away from workshops and offer “Monthly Grow Meetings”. Though we originally began these monthly walk through/help sessions for our Shadowood gardeners, we realized that home gardeners could benefit from this type of hands-on, ongoing education as well.

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.  In most cases, each workshop is offered twice in the same week.

Shadowood Farm Monthly Grow Meetings, December -April

These meetings are designed to help EXISTING food gardeners learn how to care for their gardens and tackle any issues they may be experiencing. During this very hands on, hour plus meeting, we walk garden to garden, discuss what's happening in the various spaces, how to identify and address problems. Please note this is class for people who already have established food growing in beds or containers. It is NOT a class for people who are "thinking about gardening". (The majority of our “How To Garden” workshops occur in early fall.) Though we attempt to keep the meeting about an hour long, sometimes it takes closer to 2 hours to assist everyone and answer all questions. These monthly meetings are typically held the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month at 10AM and are geared towards adults and mature teens. To attend, please complete the registration form below.

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Pick the date you wish to attend. Fee is $5 per person and must be paid via cash or paper check the day of the meeting.

Season #9 (2018/2019) "How To Garden" Workshops

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Intro to Organic Vegetable & Herb Gardening

 Have you dreamed of growing your own food at home, but don't know how to get started? Before you spend a dime on supplies, you should attend this workshop! This two hour comprehensive workshop provides you with loads of information to get off to a good, solid start. Topics discussed are: 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.

 

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 from 10:00am – 11:30am OR saturday, september 15th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

All About Seeds

During this Seed Starting and Soil Prep "How To Garden" 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! 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. In addition, we'll also be sharing information about how to get your garden soil ready for planting your miraculous seeds. 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. Seeds are also available at the farm. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am OR Saturday, October 13th from 10:00AM until 11:30AM

How To Plant, Weed and Feed

This Plant, Weed and Feed "How To Garden" Workshop covers a lot of important information for food gardeners. Learning the best ways to plant your garden or patio pots; how to identify weeds and 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 welcome. No supplies are needed.  Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am OR Saturday, October 2oth from 10:00AM - 11:00AM.

Bugs, Critters & Fungus Workshop

Growing food in this part of Florida is an adventure. When you grow using 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 treat these things. We also discuss the best way to keep common critters away from your food plants. 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.

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am OR Saturday, October 27th from 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Growing Tomatoes & Plant Staking Workshop

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.

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Our monthly Grow meetings (Help Sessions) will begin in November and will be held the first Tuesday and first Saturday of each month. Registration information will be posted here as of October 1st, 2018.