It's time to start stocking up on your organic fall gardening supplies! We're offering a 3 day retail sales event for those of you who want to get a jump on your fall garden prep. Come visit us on Thursday, August 3rd; Friday, August 4th from 10AM until 6PM; as well as on Saturday, August 5th from 10AM until 1PM. We'll have garden soil (bagged and bulk), seed starter soil, seed starter trays, quite a few seeds, and plant labels in stock. Please note: 1) Our starter plants will NOT be ready until mid-late September. 2) Some seeds may not arrive until early September when we officially re-open for the season.
The time to start your fall vegetable and herb gardens is just around the corner! If you'd like some guidance to prepare for this growing season, then we're here to help.
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.
We'll offer the exact same workshop TWICE. The fee is $10 per person plus online service charges. Advanced ONLINE Registration is REQUIRED 24 hours prior to the workshop.
The first option is for Thursday, August 3rd from 6:30 until 7:30PM. To purchase tickets, click here.
The second option is for Saturday, August 5th from 10 until 11 AM. To purchase tickets, click here.
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 10AM until Noon. Tickets $25 each plus $2.22 handling fee. Ticket deadline, Friday, May 5th at 7PM.
Wanting to grow organic vegetables and herbs at home? Already a home gardener who wants to learn about what you should be doing over the summer months? This comprehensive workshop will help you with both!
Preparing for an organic, fall garden isn't rocket science, but there's just not a lot of good information out there for south Florida gardeners. We purposely offer this workshop in early May for two reasons: 1) So that new organic gardeners can spend the summer preparing their new beds or containers; 2) So that existing gardeners can properly tend to their soil in anticipation of another growing season and plan a great garden.
During this two hour workshop, we'll discuss various styles of containers and raised beds; soil, composting; cover crops and garden planning.
This workshop is designed for adults.
Saturday, February 11th was a lovely, full moon night at the farm. Though not everyone was able to attend, sixty one Shadowood Gardeners and Supporting Members gathered for our Season #7 Annual Potluck to celebrate the amazing food we grow here! How wonderful it was to know exactly where all of the organic produce on our plates came from.
There were lots of loving hearts and helping hands that made our evening complete. Shadowood Gardeners contributed fresh produce from their gardens and many folks chipped in to help with everything from table and chair moving, to flower arranging, food preparation, clean up and bonfire building!
The evening began with Fresh Smoked Fish Dip, Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms, Falafel Balls with Hummus; Fresh Hummus boats of Pak Choi and Lacinato Kale; Freezer Pickles, two kinds offresh Salsa; a Crudite of mixed Radishes, Romanesco Cauliflower and baby Carrots; Shadowood Slaw; Bulbing Fennel & Cara Cara Orange Salad; roasted Red & Gold Beets (some topped with organic goat cheese); Sinful Collard Greens....; Spicy Chili with grassfed beef and loads of Shadowood hot peppers; Vegan Chili; sauteed Swiss Chard with Balsamic glaze. Five of our people proved that there is more than one way to cook up some totally yummy cornbread. Former Gardener, now Supporting Member Anne Smith even made sure that her batch was 100% organic and made her own creamed corn to finish out her Caribbean recipe! And then there were the deserts...Holy Moly! If we listed them all, it would be cruel for those reading. Let's just say that there were more than ample delicious choices for vegans, gluten free folks, light weights and heavy weights too.
This was a private farm event (not open to the public), but stay tuned for future farm events where the public is welcome.
Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast will host their 6th annual U-Drive Farm Tour on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. This tour spans three counties and gives people an opportunity to visit local farms, gardens and businesses who all support the Slow Food movement.
As an organization, Slow Food inspires individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement creating dramatic change in more than 160 countries. In the US, there are more than 150 local chapters and 6,000 members.
This year the tour will include: six locations in Indian River County; five in St.Lucie County and four in Martin County. Shadowood Farm will welcome Slow Food visitors between the hours of 11AM and 1PM for self guided tours.
While visiting the Shadowood Farm gardens, our Shadoodwood Saturday Market will be in full swing on the 18th. You'll have the chance to purchase wonderful organic produce and chat with other local vendors as well. (Please bring insulated bags for produce and know that all produce sales are cash only.)
As an added bonus, Snail of Approval Award winner, Jennifer Holmes of Hani Honey will be here at the farm.Jennifer is a UFIFAS Master Beekeeper, Welsh Honey Judge, and Vice President for the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association and the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Jennifer is passionate about honey bees and all pollinators. Providing Native forage and an edible landscape in her apiaries and maintaining honey bee colonies in community gardens for the benefit of pollination and educating others about keeping honey bees, is held foremost in her activities. Jennifer will be sharing her bee-u-tiful knowledge with farm guests between the hours of 11AM and 1PM.
To learn more about Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast and see a complete tour guide for all area participants, visit: http://www.slowfoodgtc.org/
To learn more about Slow Food USA, visit: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/
The farm will be closed to the general public on Saturday, December 24th, 2016. Our regular, open to the public hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 10-5:30, as well as Saturdays from 10-1. Normal PUBLIC hours will resume on Thursday, December 29th.
What a week...We are thrilled to announce that our garden spaces for Season #7 are FULL! AND...drum roll please, our Supporting Member CSA Shares are officially sold out for Session #1. We're looking forward to an amazing growing season with lots of familiar faces and wonderful new faces as well!
Hooray! Our Fall growing season is just around the corner. We've got lots of wonderful workshops in store for anyone who wants to learn more about growing vegetables and herbs using organic practices. We try to time all of our workshops right around the dates that Florida gardeners need to be addressing specific aspects of their gardens. Here's the groovy line up to start off this growing season:
How Do I Begin? Saturday, September 10th at 10AM. Thinking about starting a vegetable garden at home? This "How To" workshop is designed to help you start with a great foundation! Check out our calendar (September) for more details and to reserve your space.
Seed Starting Workshops: Wednesday, September 14th or Saturday, September 17th. Learn lots about vegetable seeds and seed starting at these super informative "How To" Workshops. Check out our calendar (September)for more details and to reserve your space.
Weed and Feed Workshops: Wednesday, October 12th or Saturday, October 15th. Learn the difference between weeds and baby veggies and herbs in your gardens in this "hands on" workshop. Check out our calendar (October) for more details and to reserve your space.
Pest and Fungal Workshops: Wednesday, October 19th or Saturday, October 22nd. Come learn about the basic bug and plant disease issues that plague most Florida gardens. Check out our calendar (October) for more details and to reserve your space.
Tomato Care and Plant Staking Workshops: Wednesday, October 26th or Saturday, October 29th. WAIT!!! Don't buy those tomato cages until you attend this workshop! Check out our calendar (October) for more details and to reserve your space.
How to Harvest and Frost Protection Workshops: Wednesday, November 2nd OR Saturday, November 5th. How do you know when your food is ready to pick? What to do if a heavy frost or freeze is expected? Both of those things will be addressed at this "hands on" workshop. Check out our calendar (November) for more details and to reserve your space.
PLEASE NOTE WHEN REGISTERING: Only the Wednesday workshops appear on our calendar. If you click on the Wednesday Workshop Date, it will open a screen where you can register for either workshop date. We apologize for any confusion.
All of the above listed workshops are geared towards an adult audience.
No experience is needed to become a Shadowood Gardener. Here at the farm, we rent out ready made garden beds and teach people how to grow their own food in a sustainable and environmentally conscious way. We still have a few spaces available, but don't delay- our prime growing season is drawing near!
Last season, new gardener Marlene exclaimed, "You don't understand. I even kill silk plants!" Well last season Marlene and hubby Len created loads of amazing food while only using the required organic products. In addition to their Shadowood garden, Marlene and Len now have the confidence to grow a few potted veggies and herbs at home as well.
If you're interested in learning to grow delightful vegetables and herbs, e-mail us right away to schedule a visit to the farm. Our garden beds are currently taking their summer naps, so they can be ready for seeds and plant by October 1. Our various "How To Garden" Workshops begin in mid-September.