Thursday, March 19th at 6pm
Garden Panel Forum: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Upstairs at the Co-op
Upper Valley Food Co-op
193 North Main
White River Junction, VT 05001
More and more people are looking for ways to grow their own food. The Upper Valley Food Co-op has invited four individuals to discuss the thought process for developing small scale food resilience. Our panelists, from their personal perspectives, will give us a quick background of what needs they seek to fill in the ideal home garden with a focus on perennial plants and permaculture concepts.
Tina Barney has been planting a diverse fruit and nut orchard at Myrrh Meadow Farm in North Hartland over the past 13 years. She loves fruit, and wanted a delicious and ecological alternative to those selected for transport rather than flavor. Inspired at a NOFA-VT winter conference, she started to grow her own, with an aim for sustainability. She is excited by the increasing varieties of cold-hardy species. Older plantings are maturing, and 2014 marked her first sales of figs, plums, and hardy kiwi at the Hartland Farmers Market and the Upper Valley Co-op. She hopes to provide a cornucopia of familiar as well as unusual fruits and nuts for local fresh sale in the future.
Tina loves Vermont’s commitment to small agricultural enterprises. She has completed the Master Gardener, Master Composter, as well as the Holistic Farm Management course through the Beginning Women Farmers program. She has presented on topics related to growing fruit and supporting pollinators, for the Extension Master Gardeners, the Hartland Garden Club, the Upper Valley Food Co-op and Vermont Coverts—Woodlands for Wildlife.
Karen is an organic grower, educator, and community organizer. She graduated with a self -designed BA titled Social Engagement in Environmental Awareness and Human Rights from Western WA University (’04) and has since completed her Permaculture Design Certificate (’10) and worked with various farms and farm education programs in the Upper Valley since 2006. She is a co-founder of Transition 5 Villages and the Upper Valley Apple Corps, a community initiative to plant fruit and nut trees around the Upper Valley. Most recently she has designed and implemented a diversified garden at the White River Elementary School with The Creative Lives After School Program where she teaches garden and earth based education.
Karen recently started her own permaculture consulting and edible landscaping business and also works at Henderson’s Tree & Garden Services. As a permaculture designer, she strives to cultivate landscapes that provide both sustenance and sanctuary by choosing high yielding, nutrient dense crops and working with the spirit of the land (genius loci) develop holistically enriching space.
Susan Hoffman is a community herbalist, certified aroma therapist, local foodie farmer and all around medicine woman. She apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar in 1994 and completed her advanced herbalist training program in 2005. She has continued her education with many world renowned herbalists for the past 21 years. She is the founder/owner of Wild Hill Soap and Herbals, a small herbal product company she began in 1995. She and her husband live on a small herb and vegetable farm in Chelsea Vermont where they grow much of the food they eat and the herbs they use in their body care products and herbal medicines. She is passionate about preserving our native medicine and wild food plants and teaching others to incorporate them into their everyday lives.
Carol operates Clay Hill Corners, a seven acre market garden and blueberry farm in Hartland Vermont. Adept at cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables, Carol shares her knowledge and experience through workshops, farm tours and talks in the Upper Valley. Carol provides the Upper Valley Food Co-op with salad greens, herbs and flowers each season as well as quiche made with local ingredients including seasonal vegetables.