Published on February 18th, 2016 |


Farm Chastain gardening classes kick off Feb. 20 with mushrooms

The Farm Chastain gardening class season is kicking off Saturday, Feb. 20, with a special hands-on experience: How to Grow Mushrooms. The class is 10 a.m.–noon and costs $40 per person for the supplies used during the class, which can be taken home.

Interested? Spaces are limited. Register here.DSC_0364

In January 2015, Farm Chastain and North Fulton Master Gardeners joined together to formalize hands-on classes for the community, offering a total of 12 classes, two children’s camps with 60 kids, and visits by about 10 garden clubs. They also partnered with the Blue Heron Nature Reserve for a Farm Day.

They went to Warren T Jackson Elementary School to participate in its Health and Wellness weeks, donated food to the Women’s Shelter and covered a variety of topics, from vegetable gardening and pollinators to a healthy lifestyle.

About 15 master gardeners regularly helped with classes and two class attendees are now Master Gardener Interns for 2016.

Among the wide variety of produce grown were red okra black eyed peas, peanuts, artichokes, five different kinds of eggplants, celery and Jerusalem artichokes.

In 2016. there will be several changes at the farm. They are rebuilding the raised beds, and the new greenhouse should be ready for the spring. They also are planning to plant an orchard.

Farm Chastain is continuing its partnership with Piedmont Cancer Wellness and will be offering 10 classes for Horticulture Therapy, which will be open to the community. Ten classes are planned.

There are classes on vegetables, pruning, composting, containers, pollinators and many more. Garden clubs, book clubs, school groups and other clubs are welcome to hold a meeting at the Conservancy’s “Shabby Chic” Barn.


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