Ready…Set…Start Your Seeds!

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!

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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.

 

NEW Program at the Elkins

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Honey Bees and Pollinators –

What they do for us

and how we can help them

Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for the production of about 1/3 of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. Some estimates state that 50-80% of our food supply is dependent on bees. Join a panel of local farmers to learn about these important insects. Tim Meeh will discuss the art and science of bee keeping and honey production. Harry Weiser will explain the vital job that pollinators perform in the orchard. Donna Miller will share ideas for home gardeners about how you can attract pollinators to your own yards and gardens. There will be time for questions and special refreshments from the bounty of hard working local bees!

  • Tim Meeh is co-owner with his wife Jill McCullough of North Family Farm. They produce (with help from the bees) honey, maple products, cut flowers, hay and fire wood.
  • Harry Weiser operates Hackleboro Orchards and grows a wide variety of orchard fruit, berries and vegetables.
  •  Donna Miller owns Petals in the Pines a place of learning and growing. She also sells cut flowers, hand-made garden art, and nature-themed silk scarves.

This program is free and open to the public. For those who are traveling to town, the Elkins Library is located at 9 Center Road, in the historic center of Canterbury.

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.