New Opportunities as Community Classes Roll Out

This year, we are offering a diversity of opportunities for our community to engage with the OFS and our students. The first round includes three classes offered by UW Professor and Maxwelton Valley Neighbor Eli Wheat, PhD, of SkyRoot Farm. Eli is a phenomenal teacher, and there is not a fee for these classes and space is limited, so be sure to RSVP quickly HERE..

 Friday, March 22, 1-3pm - Development of US Agriculture: review the history and large-scale changes in US ag; explore the economic and political causes and repercussions of overproduction; understand the current US food and farming system.

Thursday, March 28, 3:30-5pm - Social & Environmental Implications of US Ag: Understand labor dynamics in the US food system;explore the effects of corporate consolidation on the US food system; get to know the health impacts from the economic and political dynamics of the US food system; understand the effects different technological advances in ag have had on the environment; explore the major environmental impacts and human health risks from agriculture on water, soil, and air quality

Monday, April 1, 1-3pm - Farm Bill Discussion: what's in it and what's not; what does it mean for smaller scale farmers?; what does it mean for YOU? (check out this recent article about the Farm Bill or this one)

Watch for additional opportunities to join discussions and for tours of the Farm throughout the year. 

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough? -Wendell Berry

Whidbey Island Community Seed Swap
Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Clinton Community Hall

Bring seeds, plants, cuttings and garden know-how to swap and share at our annual Whidbey Island Community Seed Swap! Learn from Aaron Varadi on the importance of local food systems and seed saving.

In partnership with WSU Extension Master Gardeners, The Organic Farm School, South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island, seed swaps are events where gardeners meet to exchange seeds and are great ways to learn about local seeds and build community around seed sharing. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, this swap will provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own local harvest. Even if you have nothing to swap, come and get a few seeds; you will then have them to grow and share next year! Be a part of the Whidbey Island seed saving movement and learn to pass onto future generations.

Aaron Varadi, Program Manager and Lead Instructor from The Organic Farm School, will start the swap off speaking on the importance of local food systems and providing instruction on the basics of seed saving followed by Q & A.

We invite you to contribute what you can!
Here are some helpful guidelines:

Edible and ornamental seeds welcome.
Bring open seed packets from the garden store.
Bring seeds you have saved in a clearly labeled baggie or envelope.
Do not bring seeds collected from hybrid plants, as they won't grow true to type.
Bring seed that is viable--in other words, not too old! Most seeds will remain viable for 2-4 years if kept in a cool, dry place, out of the light. Some seeds (onions, leeks, parsnips, celery, spinach) are only good for a year unless stored especially well.
Make sure your seeds are clearly labeled with crop type, variety name, and the date they were packaged/harvested.

Supported by Friends of the Clinton Library.

Community Potluck!

Tuesday, July 10, 5-8pm. RSVP strongly encouraged (so we can set up enough tables!) 

The Organic Farm School, Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island Waldorf School, and Aldermarsh Retreat Center invite you to come see how much progress the students at the Organic Farm School have made and revel in a sense of community! Hang out with Farm students and wander the Farm site. Learn something new about the network of small scale farming on Whidbey Island. And enjoy the laughter and meaty conversations that always go with a community potluck!

Please RSVP by clicking HERE so we know how to best handle parking and table set ups. We’ll do our best to have adequate tables and chairs but if you have a couple of lawn chairs, or a nice blanket for old-school picnicking, please think about bringing such things. The RSVP is also helpful so we can send additional info/directions to you as the event gets closer.

Schedule

Tour of the Farm available at 5. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Place dishes out on community table at 5:30

Come and Get It at 6pm

Short Program at 6:45

more eating, conversation & wandering 7:30-8pm

Logistics

Bring a dish that travels well and can serve 8-10 or more (with a card that identifies its ingredients, for the safety of those who food allergies). Also, bring your own serving utensils, plates and silverware.

The OFS will provide iced tea and lemonade. You are welcome to BYOB, but drink responsibly knowing this is a family friendly event.

Can’t join us right at 5:30 or 6?…come when you can, just know the “menu” will change as folks move through the line.

Farm Tour

Friday, June 1, 2018, 3-5pm. RSVP required.

Join OFS Executive Director, Judy Feldman, for a walking tour of the Farm. You'll learn about our students, what they are growing and learning, and how you can get involved.

 

September 14, 2017

Getting Started With Seed Production

Join OFS Instructor, Aaron Varadi, and OFS grad, Nathaniel Talbot, from 5-8pm on September 14, for a lively and real conversation about the economics, biology, mechanics and practical considerations for growing vegetable seed, as well as differences between seed and veg production. We'll be doing lots of hands on threshing, screening and winnowing at both a hand scale as well as with the OFS equipment. The event is geared toward folks interested in doing seed production on a small commercial scale, but totally applicable to the home gardener interested in seed saving.

Free Admission - but RSVP to receive parking directions (email aaron@organicfarmschool.org)

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