Grow Your Own Organic Garden in Belfast

Mar 12, 2014
MOFGA's C.J. Walke will cover the basics about how to Grow Your Own Organic Garden Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — C.J. Walke of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will cover the basics about how to Grow Your Own Organic Garden Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

This free workshop is for anyone concerned about the rising cost of food, unsure what the term “certified organic” means and interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a more sustainable manner. C.J. will talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The workshop will also cover the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

C.J. Walke began working for MOFGA in 2006 as the landscape coordinator for their Common Ground Education Center in Unity. In 2011, he shed his landscape duties and moved into his current position of development associate, focusing on grants and fundraising projects. He is also MOFGA’s Organic Orchardist, Librarian, and Computer-Fix-It-Guy. In addition to his work for MOFGA, Walke is the interim farm manager at College of the Atlantic's Peggy Rockefeller Farms on Mount Desert Island, where he and his family reside.

Sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the Belfast Free Library, and the Belfast Co-op. For more information, please call the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext.10.

 

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