FALL EVENTS CALENDAR

Organic Day at Native Nurseries

Saturday October 5, 10am- 12pm
Native Nurseries

Get the scoop on our area’s finest local organic producers, like Ten-Speed Greens! Go visit Danielle and the farmers from Holly Hill, KBH, and SRSLY Chocolate will be present with products to sell and to tell you all about what they do.

 

Organic Gardening 101: Salad Gardens

Saturday, October 12, 10am-12pm
Ten-Speed Greens

$15 advanced registration, $20 day of workshop

Tired of paying out the nose for mediocre greens at the grocery store? It’s time you learned to grow your own! Organic Gardening 101: Salad Gardens will teach participants about our favorite varieties of salad greens, how to plant them to get the longest harvest, and best harvesting techniques. Come out to Ten-Speed Greens on Saturday, October 12, 10-12 pm. Cost of this workshop is $20, or register by October 10 for $15.

 

New Leaf Farm Tour

October 19 and 20 at participating farms
Take advantage of this once-a-year event! Over 40 farms open their gates to show local food supporters how and where their food comes from. Ten-Speed Greens is on the tour this year, and we’re open both days from 9am-3pm. We’ll have farm tours and plenty of veggies, jams, hot sauce, pesto, and T-shirts for sale. Make sure you visit us!

 

Seven Days of Local Delights
October 21-27 at various locations

This local food week features 17 events throughout the week of October 21-27. This week will feature cooking demonstrations, to gardening workshops, to a film showing, to a farm to table dinner. Ten restaurants will be featuring farm fresh specials, so make room in your schedule to go out to eat!  MORE INFO HERE

 

Get Your Worms On Worm Bin Workshop

Tuesday, October 22 at 5:30pm
Ten-Speed Greens
Advanced Registration $10

As a part of Seven Days of Local Delights, Ten-Speed Greens is happy to host this workshop on worm bins. Worm compost makes a great organic soil amendment and is easy to do. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn all they need to know to start a worm bin at their home, apartment, dorm, or farm. We will discuss worm care basics, different worm bin methods, harvesting worms and worm compost, and ways to use the finished product. One lucky participant will go home with our prepared worm bed.

 

Please register by October 21, 2013. Your registration will be confirmed after we receive payment, either by check, money order, or PayPal.

 

Holy Shiitakes! Mushroom Log Workshop

Sunday, October 27, 11am-2pm
Ten-Speed Greens
Advanced Registration Required: $25

As a part of Seven Days of Local Delights, Ten-Speed Greens is happy to host this workshop. Enter the world of low cost/ low tech mushroom cultivation. Scott Dantzler of Bent Tree Farm in cooperation with Ten-Speed Greens will demonstrate hands on inoculation techniques for log and grow bag cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms. Workshop participants will leave with practical knowledge of how to cultivate their own mushrooms as well as a multi species/ multi season log kit for their own home use.

 

Please register by October 24, 2013. Your registration will be confirmed after we receive payment, either by check, money order, or PayPal.

Fall Season is Bumping!

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Typically, Spring is the time of the year that everyone else in the rest of the country associates with garden busy time. Well not here, folks. October is THE month for farm and garden activities. And this year Tallahassee has a dynamic new week of events called Seven Days of Local Delights. During the week of October 21-27, you can participate in 17 events around town, and eat out at a dozen restaurants serving local food specials. This Local Food Week was the brainchild of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, the farmer non-profit that brings you the Red Hills Online Market. Support our local food movement and check out these events!

Back To Work Fall 2013

 

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Time for fall already! We came back from vacation last week, and now we’re back to our regular farm schedule. Cover crops are mowed, soil blocks are started, and now salad has been seeded. It’s already looking great. It certainly is wet and hot out there, but we’ll manage till the cooler weather comes. We have our volunteer hours back in action– Monday and Wednesday 9am-12pm. We usually send our volunteers home with some goodies, so let that be an incentive for us to see your face! Check out the info below to see what we’ll be up to this fall.

 

Get our greens on the Red Hills Online Market

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We are already harvesting greens this fall and they are flying off the shelves! The virtual shelves, that is… Our arugula, salad mix, and baby kale is available on the Red Hills Online Market, as well as produce, meat, eggs, and bread from other local producers. Shop online and support your local farmers!

 

 

Market stand

 

Did you love our on-site market stand this past Spring? We will be continuing to sell produce at the farm on Thursday evenings 3pm-6pm starting in late September/early October, depending on how the Fall season treats us. As always, we harvest our veggies to order, so you get the freshest produce available.

 

Internships

 

Are you looking to break into the small farm scene or to fulfill class credit? Ten-Speed Greens is recruiting five Fall interns this season. Get some consistent training on how to grow food by assisting the farm with seed starting, transplanting, harvesting, running a farm stand, children’s gardening, and community outreach. Positions to be filled by September 16.  Check out our Internship Application.

 

Organic Gardening 101

 

Want to learn more about growing your own food without chemicals? Learn from the experts at Ten-Speed Greens at our Organic Gardening 101 workshops. Workshops happen at Ten-Speed Greens (400 W 6th Ave) on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm. Cost is $15 if payment is received the Thursday before the workshop, $20 otherwise.  Register for Organic Gardening 101 Workshops.

Community Garden

Ten-Speed Greens has eight garden plots open for community allotment gardens. Each raised bed plot is 4’x8′ and filled with mushroom compost. Plots cost $30 for the Fall season, which lasts from September 2013-March 2014. Water and a fresh dressing of compost is included in the cost. Gardeners must sign a community garden agreement to participate. Email tenspeedgreens@gmail.com for more information.

Putting the farm to bed

Waat? But it’s July! It’s the height of summer! WHY would you tear out the garden??? Well ladies and gentlemen, in Florida the height of summer means everything dies– the tomatoes are melting, the squash has succumbed to powdery mildew, and the arugula is bolting.
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So it’s time to put the garden to bed. That means clearing out most of the beds and planting cover crops. Cover crops are planted with the express purpose of improving the soil, and are not to be eaten.
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This year we’re planting buckwheat and Cream 12 peas, which will provide food for pollinators and fix nitrogen in the soil, respectively. Most importantly, they will both smother weeds while we close up shop for a month.

Want to get some summer volunteer hours AND take home some free tomatoes? Come tear out some tomato plants and you can have whatever you find on the vine.
IMG_4190We’ll be open for volunteers Monday July 8th, 9am-12pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm, Wednesday July 10th, 9am-12pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm, and Saturday July 13th, 9am-2pm. We will be tearing out plants, weeding, mulching, mowing, planting cover crops, and setting up raised bed irrigation. Danielle and Claire are both leaving town mid-July, we’d love to see you before we go!