ANNUAL JACKSON COUNTY FARM TOUR takes place each summer. The 2017 Farm Tour is scheduled for June 24 and 25 so mark your calendars.
2017 Seed Order Day
2012 markedhe first year that we have done a Winter Garden Workshop, but we hope that it becomes an annual event. The event was held at Dan Pittillo’s home in Cullowhee, NC. Dan is an avid gardener and extremely knowledgeable about plants. Participants learned how to protect plants from frost, when and what to plant for a fall crop, how to keep weeds down (with newspaper and grass clippings), and about using beneficial insects to keep the bean beetles at bay.
The first winter garden workshop, held in the fall, was such a success we decided to do another in late winter with Adam Bigelow which included a tour of the Sylva Community Garden.
Adam Bigelow is an organic gardener, who has been a member of the Sylva Community Garden for 8 years. He has a horticulture degree from Haywood Community College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from WCU. An avid winter gardener, Bigelow will demonstrate techniques and methods of season extension, including cool season crop choices, row covers, plastic covers, low-tunnels, and many other methods as described in books by Elliot Coleman.
TASTE OF THE MARKET
Taste of the Market is our annual opportunity for customers to sample many of the items available from our vendors and learn to prepare the food that they can purchase at the market. Past Taste events included how to prepare rabbit, chicken, greens and more. Taste of the Market also offers our craft vendors an opportunity to share their crafts through demonstrations, spinning wheel demonstrations, and more.
SYLVA SPROUTS SEED LENDING LIBRARY
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Center is home to Jackson County’s seed library. Sylva Sprouts is a free seed project committed to increasing the quality and quantity of wholesome food in our mountain town through education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. The Library is currently undergoing changes and we plan to make it available for the 2017 growing season.
The native garden was created with care to surround our outdoor market sign. On the back of the sign is a map of the plants along with an article about why native plants are important and a list of native and invasive plants organized by trees, shrubs and vines.