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.
Get Ready to Grow Organic Workshop- Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 9:30AM
This is our FINAL workshop of this growing season!
Register now to reserve your space.
Thinking about starting a vegetable garden at home? This 2 hour "How To" workshop is designed to help you start with a great foundation! Though our time to grow most annual vegetables in south Florida is winding down, summer is the perfect time to get ready for your fall garden. We're here to help you learn the things you can do over the next few months to give your garden a wonderful foundation. Already grow food at home? This workshop will also discuss summer cover crops, soil building and solarizing.
The reason that many home gardeners have problems growing their own food is due to the lack of proper information and preparation. We're here to help you learn about creating good soil, how to Vermicompost (worm) and what style of food gardening will best fit your space and your budget. We'll also have a drawing and one lucky attendee will get to take home the worm bin we create during the workshop!
Avoid the urge to buy materials or start construction until you attend this valuable workshop. We'll cover various styles of home vegetable and herb gardening from starting small with containers to constructing large beds. Though you can find loads of general info and products on the Internet, you'll gain a lot more practical knowledge by talking to your local food farmers!
This workshop is designed for an adult or mature teen audience.
Season 8 Monthly "Help Me Grow!" Meetings
Every gardening season is a brand new adventure. We learn something new every day! Over the last several years, we've found that the best way to help our gardeners is with a very "hands on", garden walk through. During these meetings at Shadowood, we go from garden to garden, talk about what's working well, see what's going wrong and discuss ways to make things better.
Home gardeners are welcome to join in these meetings, which typically happen the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month, at 9AM from November through April. The fee is $5 per person. Please e-mail us to reserve your space and for further information about attending our meetings.
February Meetings: Saturday, February 3rd at 9AM or Tuesday, February 6th at 9AM
March Meetings: Saturday, March 3rd at 9AM or Tuesday, March 6th at 9AM
April Meetings: Tuesday, April 3rd at 9AM or Saturday, April 7th at 9AM.
PAST Season 8 Workshops that you've missed....
August 3rd OR August 6th, 2017: Food Garden Planning Workshop
Our Food Garden Planning Workshop is designed to help people learn the best way to utilize their current garden space or patio pots for the upcoming growing season. 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 those who wish to garden organically. This workshop is for adults. Bring a pad, pencil and any seed packets you've already purchased. We strongly advise waiting to purchase seeds until AFTER you attend the workshop, since most people have the tendency to over buy. Note that retail, organic growing supplies such as soils, seeds, plant labels, etc. are available for sale here at the farm. Online registration is required at least 24 hours prior to the workshop. The fee for this workshop is $10 per person plus $1.48 ticket service fee. If you miss this workshop, some of the same information will be shared during our September 23rd Introduction to Organic Vegetable and Herb Gardening Workshop.
September 13th OR September 16th, 2017: Seed Starting and Soil Preparation Workshop* sEPT 13TH wORKSHOP POSTPONED UNTIL sATURDAY, 9/16.
During this Seed Starting and Soil Prep "How To Garden" Workshop, we discuss all aspects of seeds; from the realities of GMO's 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. No supplies are needed, but if you've already purchased seed elsewhere, feel free to bring them with you. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop. The fee for this hour and a half workshop is $15 per person plus $1.73 ticket service fee. *MWL
THE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE. THE SATURDAY WORKSHOP WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED. IF NO INTERNET SERVICE, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE, JUST SHOW UP. PAYMENTS WILL BE CASH OR CHECK ONLY.
September 23rd, 2017: Introduction to Organic Vegetable and 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; 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. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop. The fee for this two hour workshop is $20 per person plus $1.97 ticket service fee.
September 27th OR September 30th, 2017: Plant, Weed and Feed Workshop*
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. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop. The fee for this workshop is $15 per person plus $1.73 ticket service fee. *MWL
October 4th OR October 7th, 2017: Pest and Fungal 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. 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. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop. The fee for this workshop is $10 per person plus $1.48 ticket service fee. *MWL
October 11th or October 14th, 2017: Tomatoes, Staking and Frost Protection 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. We'll wrap up the workshop by sharing how to protect your vegetable and herb plants if we were to have frost warnings during the winter. 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. No supplies are needed. Online registration is required at least 24 hours PRIOR to the workshop. The fee for this workshop is $15 per person plus $1.73 ticket service fee. *MWL