Farm Day

Join us Sunday May 27th from 2- 5 pm at Wagon Wheel Farm, 1132 Gold Hill Rd, Independence VA for an afternoon of hands-on activities.  See and try out some of the best market garden tools. If you’ve taken our “Grow More Vegetables” class, you’ll see those spacings and planting ideas in the ground and[…]

Fertilizer Calculator

Thanks to Don and Michelle Pridgen for this resource. The fertilizer calculator helps growers determine how much Lime, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium to apply to the land based on soil tests. It features Harmony Organic Fertilizer, available from Seven Springs Farm in Check, VA (just outside of Floyd, VA).

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Winter Egg Production

I. Understanding Why Egg Laying Stops

The winter slack in egg laying is not usually about temperature. Unless it is bitterly cold–for example, below 0˚F–chickens usually do just fine in the cold. The real problem is the changes in their environment that come with the winter.

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Raised Bed Workshop Saturday November 11th

Did you miss our raised bed workshop this spring? Here’s your chance to join us Saturday, November 11th from 9 am to noon for a hands-on raised bed workshop for all skill levels at the Grayson LandCare/IFM office at 108 Courthouse Street.  Cost is $10 and light refreshments will be served.

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Free Raised Bed Workshop April 1st

Plan to join us Saturday April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm for a potluck lunch and a hands on raised bed workshop for all skill levels at the Grayson National Bank conference center in the Gywnn shopping center next to FoodCity . We’ll talk about planting dates, spacing, interplanting and succession plantings. Using[…]

Happy New Year

We’ll be posting events for 2016 soon. A few large conferences coming up include: Southern SWAG conference January 27-30th in Lexington Kentucky www.ssawgconference.org Virginia Biological Farming Conference. JANUARY 29-30 2016. W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. http://vabf.org/conference/    

Building a Hoop House

Anthony Flacavento led a very popular Hoop House Demonstration Monday September 30th 2013 at the Bill Smith Farm. The workshop was sponsored by the NCSU Extension Service and Blue Ridge Seeds of Change. Alleghany High School Students attended as well as interested people from Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Grayson Counties. A hoop house is a[…]

Gardening workshop with hands-on activities APRIL 18

Looking for a way to garden or farm and grow food and flowers for yourself, or to provide some extra income? Interested in a small way, a big way? Head for the next Independence Farmers Market workshop on April 18th at the Grayson Bank Conference Center in downtown Independence, VA. It’s a two-part all day[…]