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Friday, February 24, 2012

Organic Gardening Workshop and Seed Starting Party

Sunday, February 26th
10:30am - 4pm
871 N 22ND ST
In preparation for the upcoming VCU Community Garden or for starting your own garden at home, why not come out and learn some organic gardening skills and learn how to start your own plants from seed! Wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing that you can get dirty,and bring your own garden tools if you have them. We will have plenty of gloves and garden tools to share, and no previous gardening experience is necessary.

10am: Meet at the VCU Campus Connector bus stop in front of Cabell Library to bus or bike over together. Those interested in carpooling can post to this page if they are driving and have room for extra people.

10:30am-1pm: Get a tour of Rachel's organic garden and help prepare the Spring beds for planting while Rachel teaches you the basics of organic gardening. You'll get to see many sustainable garden features including rain barrels, worm composting, traditional composting, drip and soaker hose timer irrigation, hay bale gardening, raised beds, and the Ruth Stout mulch method. Lucky participants will take home new skills as well as some of Rachel's delicious organic potatoes and onions.

1pm-1:30pm: Break for lunch. Bring your own lunch to eat or about $5 to chip in for ordering pizza.

2pm: Bring your own newspaper, toilet paper rolls, and cardboard egg cartons to learn how to start seeds the eco-friendly way. Seed starting soil-less mix will be provided, as well as a variety of different organic and heirloom seeds. Bring your own seeds if you have them to grow or to trade. You will learn how to take care of your seedlings as they grow, and natural ways to prevent damping-off disease.

This event is pretty flexible and low-key, so show up when you can for part or all of the workshop. If you're coming on your own, here are the directions:

This event is free and open to everyone!
Green Unity merchandise will be for sale for those who wish to support our various community outreach efforts:
-Rain Barrels: $55
-Green Unity Recycled Cotton T-shirts: $10
-Green Unity BPA-free Water Bottles: $10
-Recycled PET reusable Earth Chico bags: $10 (reg. $13)

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