Monday, July 30, 2012

August 1: Fodor Farm Speaker Series

We are excited to announce that on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00PM, Nick Mancini will be giving a presentation at the Main Branch (Belden Avenue) of the Norwalk Library on ORGANIC SOLUTIONS FOR PESTS AND DISEASES.

Those of you who have been lucky enough to hear Nick speak at Fodor Farm can attest to his expertise as a master gardener. If you haven’t heard Nick speak, do not miss this opportunity. Nick has created a power point presentation for us and will be happy to answer questions on any gardening subject.

This presentation is open to all, so bring a friend (even if they don’t have a garden at Fodor Farm).

See you on Wednesday August 1 at 7:00PM at the Main Branch of the Norwalk Library (Belden Avenue).

Friday, May 11, 2012

Guest Speaker Series: Success with Tomatoes and Peppers!

Join us on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. for the next in our Guest Speaker Series. Jim Hunter will be presenting Success with Tomatoes and Peppers!

Jim is a Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher at Wilton High School who has installed a student-farmed organic garden at the high school that will be supplying fresh produce to the school's cafeteria. Jim was formerly a naturalist and educator at Earthplace in Westport.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Guest Speaker Series: DIRT on April 28

Join us on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. for the first in our 2012 Guest Speaker Series.  Master gardener Teresa Mucci will be presenting DIRT: 10 Dirt Simple Things You Can Do to Enrich Your Garden.

Teresa Mucci is an ecological landscape designer working in sustainable design and land restoration.  A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden, she specializes in Native Meadows.  She represents the Connecticut NOFA as an Organic Certified Professional Lecturer on organic lawn care.  She is a member of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Group, the Connecticut Environmental Leaders and a Trustee of the Wilton Land Trust.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Opening Day 2012

Opening Day for Fodor Farm Community Garden is Saturday, April 21.

You can plant these herbs and vegetables in the ground in April and May:
Arugula                   Chives                      Cilantro
Dill                          Parsley                     Watercress
Beets                      Broccoli                    Broccoli Raab
Cabbage                 Carrots                     Chard
Kale                        Leeks                       Lettuce
Mache                     Scallions                   Pak Choi (Asian greens)
Peas                        Radishes                   Spinach
Salad Greens           Stir fry greens

Thursday, October 6, 2011

End of Season

Dear Fodor Farmers,

After a very rainy start and ending this season at Fodor Farm, our thoughts turn to the coming winter months and beyond. Over the next month there are several steps that must be taken to assure that our community garden continues to flourish into the future.

Fall Harvesting

Many plot holders still have plenty of vegetables to harvest, but we have noticed a high number of plots with vegetables falling off the plants and being left to rot on the ground. Not only does this create an environment for plant diseases to flourish, it attracts unwanted animal pests to the garden. Please keep your beds clean of any rotten plants and vegetables.

Fall Cleanup

Every farmer is responsible for both cleaning up their own plot(s) as well as helping to clean up the entire garden area. The official fall cleanup days are Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, and all plot holders are required to participate in at least one day. Plants that are still producing may be left in the ground, but the remainder of the plot must be cleaned. All beds must be re-edged back to the original size (4 x 12). Personal items may not be stored over winter in the garden.

As of December 1, the garden will be locked for the winter. Any plot that has not been cleaned/prepared for winter will be forfeited, and will be reassigned to those on the waiting list.

Putting your planting bed to rest for the season

If you are intending to participate in the community garden next year, there are two good options for putting your bed to rest, as follows.

Option 1:  Remove all plants, weeds, etc. Add compost and granular fertilizer (we recommend Garden Tone) and turn into the soil. Rake out and re-edge to create nice uniform planting bed. The benefits of this option are that all of the beneficial micro-organisms in the soil will have all winter to break down the compost and fertilizer, giving you a really healthy plot to return to. The negative is that you will probably have quite a bit of weeding to do when you return in the spring.

Option 2:  Remove all plants, weeds, etc. Rake out and re-edge your bed. Cover your entire bed with plastic sheeting (must be pinned down well enough to withstand winter weather). This will prevent most weeds from growing; however, the heating affect will also damage many of the soil organisms. Compost will need to be added to your bed in the spring to create a healthy planting environment.

The plots will not be tilled by Recreation and Parks over the winter.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August 6: Qigong and Tomato Lecture

We have a double header this Saturday, August 6 at Fodor Farm!

At 10:00AM, Bill Wrenn will be leading a Qigong exercise class/demonstration.  Qigong includes gentle dance-like movements, and deep breathing.  Scientific studies have shown that practicing Qigong for just a few minutes daily can lower blood pressure, reduce the chances of stroke and heart disease, and speed healing.  This is the low-impact stretching you keep promising yourself you'll start.

Then at 11:00AM, educator and naturalist Jim Hunter will be on hand with info and advice about tomato plants-- caring for them, cutting them, getting the best yield.  Jim will also be available to take any gardening questions you may have.  (Jim was rescheduled from an earlier date due to illness.)

There is no charge to attend – FREE!

See you Saturday August 6 at 10:00AM at the Fodor Farm pavilion for this double event.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 16: Tomato Advice

On Saturday, July 16 at 11:00AM, educator and naturalist Jim Hunter will be at the Fodor Farm pavilion with info and advice about tomato plants-- caring for them, cutting them, getting the best yield. Jim will also be available to take any gardening questions you may have.

There is no charge to attend – FREE!