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News & Events 2.25.15

News & Events 2.25.15

News & Events 2.25.15

             
Spring Hours Start Thursday, March 5
Winter Farmstand & CSA Pickups • 10am–3pm
Mar 7 & 21 • April 4 & 18
Opening Day at Greensgrow Farms!
Next Thursday, March 5 • 10am–5pm
Join us as the season kicks off for the year. Get Growing! Seeds, soils, seed starting gear will be in. 10% off seeds! (Greensgrow West opens March 20).
CSA Signup Starts March 4
Support local farms and producers all summer! Full Shares • Half Shares • Coffee Shares • Cheese Shares • online groceries too! We have pick ups on the farm in Kensington, at Greensgrow West, Center City and the Navy Yard too.
Shares include veggies, fruit and a protein choice and occasional suprises.

Congratulations St. Anne’s Senior Community Center!
Leadership, Civic Engagement & Community Development Award 2014 from the National Institute of Senior Centers for their Urban Farming Partnership with Greensgrow

The partnership includes many projects throughout the year. St. Anne’s distributes produce vouchers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, providing a service to food insecure seniors. During produce season, Greensgrow brings the farm to St. Anne’s. The seniors redeem their produce vouchers and learn about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. In exchange, members of St. Anne’s walk to the garden to volunteer with pruning, transplanting, and learning about horticulture. Last summer, St. Anne’s drawing class joined the volunteers for “sketching in the garden” at Greensgrow. This was featured in PCA Milestones September publication for innovative center programs. On Earth Day and throughout the year, volunteers from Greensgrow clean up the grounds and plant flowers to beautify the streetscape. Greensgrow donates flower bouquets for special events, provides plants for the lobby area, and provides pumpkins for the center’s annual intergenerational “pumpkin painting party.”

This partnership provides endless possibilities and opportunities for civic engagement, lifelong learning, and improving the longevity, health, and well being of older adults. The plan is to grow and expand the partnership with Greensgrow, increasing opportunities for older adults to volunteer at the farm and in the community, develop year-round programming, and work together to develop a vision and plan to engage the community to revitalize the Cumberland streetscape and surrounding neighborhood.

Visit the Subaru Booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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.
JUST ADDED: Seed Starting Demo with founder Mary Seton Corboy and Greensgrow’s farmer Katelyn Repash at Mariposa Food Co-Op

March 14  • 12-1pm • Free!  

Do you want to grow varieties that you can never find in 6 packs? Grow them yourself with our help! Greensgrow founder Mary Seton Corboy and our Farmer Katelyn team up to help you get started this year. Limited seats.

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. If you need supplies, we will open Greensgrow West after the workshop for participants.

If you want a more hands on class, check out the workshop on March 21.

Contact: [email protected]

Location: Mariposa Food Co-Op, 4824 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143

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.
Pizza Brain Workshop
March 28 • 12–2pm
 Pizza Brain comes to the Greensgrow Community kitchen to show you the basics of dough making at home. In this hands-on primer class you’ll get a glimpse into the weird wonderful brain of Pizza Brain with Joe Hunter. Everyone will get to stretch mozzarella, make dough and learn to stretch and toss it too!

Philly Fixers Repair Fair at Greensgrow
March 28 • 12-4pm
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 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.

Read more
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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