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March Events at Greensgrow

March Events at Greensgrow

March Events at Greensgrow

             
Winter Farmstand & CSA Pickups • 10am–3pm
Feb 21 • Mar 7 & 21 • April 4 & 18
March Events at Greensgrow!
    We have a month of great workshops for gardeners, food lovers and DIYers. Greensgrow Founder Mary Seton Corboy & our farmer Katelyn will be teaching seed starting, Amanda Feifer from phickle.com and Pizza Brain return to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen.
    We’re proud to have the Philly Fixers Guild coming to the farm to teach you to repair rather than replace! And you’ll get to meet Nic Esposito, author of Kensington Homestead.
    Read more about our line up of events below or go to greensgrow.org/events anytime. Get your tickets early-many of these will fill up fast!
Seed Starting Demo with Founder Mary Seton Corboy and Greensgrow’s Farmer Katelyn Repash

March 7  • 12-1pm • Free!
   They will demonstrate how to start a tray and discuss what to choose for your location, planning and planting times, what kind of soil to use and why, soil temperature and watering for success. They will show you how to identify leaf sets and true leaves, when to transplant and how to harden off your starts. We’ll touch on nutrients, feeding, compost and vermiculture.
   Everyone will get a handout of our planting calendar with recommended seed varieties for our region. We’ll have seeds and seed starting supplies for sale in the greenhouse to get you started. If you want a more hands on class, check out the workshop on March 21.
Cheese Tasting with Valley Milkhouse and Madame Fromage

March 13 • 7–9pm • $35.00 • Tickets
    Madame Fromage will guide guests through the tasting of four cheeses paired with a selection of beverages and light accompaniments. You’ll hear about the cheesemaking process and story behind featured cheeses, and learn more about tasting notes, and pairing profiles.
    Dean Browne, local distiller behind Rowhouse Spirits will introduce you to his Bear Trap herbal liqueur and tiny batch Gin. We’ll have Philadelphia Brewing Company Cider as a bonus treat!
    Madame Fromage is known around the country for her cheese blog and writes for various magazines and food publications, throws the best cheese parties in Philadelphia, and authored the book “DiBruno Bros. House of Cheese”.
    Stef Angstadt • Valley Milkhouse: Stefanie explores old world style cheesemaking. She loves bacteria, mold and yeast equally, and is inspired by the French and Belgian traditions of developing a cheese’s character through the rind. She handcrafts each cheese with special attention to texture, and is always excited about allowing the terroir of the region – that sweet, bright creaminess that can only come from fully grass-fed herds of cows and sheep – to shine. She finds it fitting to name her cheeses after those pesky Pennsylvania weeds in the pasture: they represent the humble and inconquerable vegetation of our beloved home state – and they, too, are part of the terroir of the land.
    Valley Milkhouse partners with nearby dairy farms for the highest quality milk in the region. The farms graze their animals rotationally on chemical-free pastures and never feed their animals grain. These are 100%, nothin’-but-grass fed milking herds – and the proof is in the curd!
Tickets: online here • Location: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street
Fermentation Basics with Phickle

March 14 • 12–2pm • $35
    You’ll get hands-on making sauerkraut and kombucha while covering some of the principles of fermentation such as the relationship between microbes and our food, the essential elements of a good ferment, and tips and tricks. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of fermentation versus other preserving methods, discuss health benefits, taste finished ferments and have fun while learning about the benefits of bacteria. Everyone will get some kraut, kombucha and recipes to take home with fermentation tips to guide fermentation on your own.
    This is a great time of the year to get your skills in order before the season get going! Get to meet Amanda before her book, Ferment Your Vegetables, comes out this fall.
Volunteer Day on the Farm

March 14 • 10am–3pm
    Come prepared! Please bring work gloves and dress for dirty work. Some folks will be working outside, others may be inside-so layers are best.
Seed Starting Workshop with
Mary & Katelyn

March 21  • 12-2 pm • $25
    Everyone will learn as they plant their own trays of pea shoots and veggie starts to take home. (We’ll have tomato and peppers seed varieties on hand for you to choose from.)
We will demonstrate how make paper pots at home and how to start a seed tray. Learn what to choose for your location, planning and planting timing, what kind of soil to use and why, soil temperature and watering for success. They will show you how to identify leaf sets and true leaves, when to transplant and how to harden off your starts. We’ll touch on nutrients, feeding, compost and vermiculture.
    Everyone will get a handout of our planting calendar with recommended seed varieties for our region. We’ll have seeds and seed starting supplies for sale in the greenhouse to get you started. Don’t forget – you’ll need a way to transport your seed trays home!
Kensington Homestead Book Signing

March 21 • 11am-2pm
Nic Esposito will be at the farm to sign books, meet & greet the Greensgrow community. We have the book in stock now in the greenhouse.
    Mary wrote one of the blurbs for the book cover; 
“In Kensington Homestead Nic Esposito recounts the daily grind, calamity, futility, and insanity of his life as an urban farmer/homesteader. Whether he’s tracking imaginary voodoo chicken thieves, finding himself in the middle of a real Halloween shootout, or finding inner peace as he harvests his first jars of honey, Esposito delivers in poignant prose and a journalist’s detail his stories of seeking an antidote to the blandness of modern urban life. If you think you know city life, think again.” 
– Mary Seton Corboy, CIO, Greensgrow Philadelphia Project. You can check out the recent Philadelphia Inquirer article online here.
Pizza Brain Workshop: Mozzarella Making and Pizza Dough and Tossing

March 28 • 12–2pm • $35.00
    Everyone will get a ball of mozzarella and dough to take home and experiment with. Stop by our farmstand after to pick up seasonal toppings for your at home pie.
Philly Fixers Repair Fair at Greensgrow

March 28 • 12-4pm • Free
Repair rather than replace! We are pleased to partner with the Philly Fixers and we invite our community to embrace the values we share with them–promoting resourcefulness in our community. Bring out your broken stuff, get it fixed while learning how to do simple fixes and troubleshoot. More about the repair fair guidelines and how it works online here.  
Greensgrow West
Greensgrow West is Hiring!
All the info is on the website here.
Get Ready for Gardening Season!
Shop this Spring & get a little back. You can purchase one of these cards at the cashier shed at the farm or at Greensgrow West. Enjoy a built in discount of 10-20% off retail purchases at the nursery or farmstand.
Guest Blog: A Quick Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Winter CSA
Your CSA shows you its love by giving you the absolute best flavor and nutrition available all year round. Love it back by learning to get the most from it. Follow these tips and don’t let a single serving of fresh, local goodness go to waste.
How to was & store your greens & herbs.
Tips for all of those winter root veggies.
A quick pickling guide.
What to store at room temp.

In the News
Greensgrow Farms, David Lynch, and Visual Soundscapes, WHYY’s Friday Arts
Best of Philly Garden Center 2014, Philadelphia Magazine
Best of Event Calendar for Health Nuts 2014, Philadelphia Magazine
Mary & Chef Justin Swain, Fox 29
Solar Power, No Charge Grid Magazine

Background illustration by Melissa McFeeters.

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