here now and the summer harvest is starting to wind down. We thought
you might want to catch a couple of late summer/early fall field trips,
so here they are.
On September 13 at 9 AM: Be
sure to attend this field trip to Orchard House Farm for a prime
example of diversity in small scale farming. Mary Berglund is growing
over 30 varieties of fruits and nuts, and has over 60 orchard trees,
four varieties of berries, grapes, chickens, and a bountiful vegetable
garden all on her family's one acre. Learn how Mary protects her citrus,
avocados and winter garden, and hear about how to can, dry, freeze and
store to provide year around food for your family.
has studied with Carl Rosato of Woodleaf Farm and with Guy Baldwin of Towani Farm, and her orchard and gardens show the level of garden expertise she has to share. We visited Mary's garden and were very impressed with the vitality of her fruit trees, her fences covered with beans for drying, her spacious and usable chicken coop, her
90 heirloom tomato plants, and I could go on and on. Mary will have a table full of a large selection of interesting and unusual seed catalogs and books on gardening and food preserving, and sample jars of some of her canned vegetables. She is bursting with enthusiasm for home food production and loves to share her knowledge. Bring your notebook and pen, there will be lots of great ideas for your own garden and kitchen.
September 20 at 9 AM and 1 PM: Seed saving field trip to Bruce
Balgooyen's farm at Riparia. If you saw Bruce at the January class on
choosing seeds, or at his field trip in June, you already know that
Bruce is a fountain of knowledge on all aspects of organic vegetable
production. You may know his stall at the Saturday Farmers' Market,
where he has an amazing display of heirloom tomatoes and phenomenal
lettuces virtually all year. Bruce will expound on a few dozen topics de
jour. He is spontaneous, encyclopedic, eccentric, and right on the
money. We will each be getting our hands on an heirloom tomato, and you
will take home seeds you have saved.
The fee for either field trip is $15, payable either in advance or
at the gate. Make your check out to Valley Oak Tool Company. Or cash
works too. Please reply to this email to reserve your place. You
will get an email with confirmation and directions.
carpool if you can. If you drive, please drive very slowly so your car
doesn't kick up dust especially at Riparia. Both these gardens are
within easy bicycle distance for most of Chico.
the field trip to Bruce's farm, please state your preference for 9 AM
or 1 PM. If enrollment is small, we may only have the 9 AM section that
I hope to see you there.
Valley Oak Tool Company
Chico CA 95927