Our first community education program of the year “started” us off right!
On March 29th, Jim Ramaneck, co-owner of Warner River Produce and long term vendor at the Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market, gave a great talk about how to start seeds. Jim’s 30+ years of gardening experience, including 11 years as a commercial grower gave both novice gardeners and pros a lot to think about. There was much scribbling in notebooks going on, that’s for sure!
We were all astonished to hear that Jim has 48 sets of grow lights in the basement, and over the course of the season sets out thousands of transplants. While some of us (like me) consider the season a success if we manage to get a handful of bush beans to come up, Jim and Anne are sprouting and growing more than 40 different kinds of veggies and herbs, including mushrooms and ginger! So you can bet he had lots of tales to tell, and good gardening tips to share.
If you couldn’t make it to this program, but would like to benefit from Jim’s experience, click this SEED STARTING SLIDESHOW link. Jim has kindly shared with all of us the abbreviated, hand-out version of his talk. There are a lot of “how to” instructions and resource lists. Even if you are a little late for starting anything this season (hey wait a minute…too late? Wasn’t it just snowing a few days ago?) you will certainly be more knowledgeable about and appreciative of any seedlings that you buy, or that one of your green thumb neighbors is kind enough to gift to you!
PS We are especially grateful to Jim for coming out to Canterbury to speak with us all that night, considering he had just had a total knee replacement the week before! Goes to show, ya just can’t keep a good farmer down. Thanks, Jim!
Mark your calendar for our next program, presented by long-term vendors Misty and James Batchelder from Our Place Farm in Loudon.
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“Critters on the Farm – their products and prosperity”
- All programs are free and open to the public, and include time for Q&A as well light “local” refreshments.
- Programs are held at the Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, NH.
- Many thanks to NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food for awarding the Canterbury Community Farmers Market a grant to support these programs, which are part of the Market’s 10th Anniversary Community Education Project.