How to get your seedlings going: a class with WNC grower Patryk Battle

Announcement from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association:

February Class: Seedling Production

Saturday February 25, 2012 from 1:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Location: 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, NC

Instructor: Pat Battle, with Rocco Sinicrope & Jeremy Ghrist

Students will learn the information and resources needed to establish a seedling production area at home. We will briefly examine and discuss the advanced infrastructure our January class created here at Mills River Educational Farm. We will help each individual to strategize practical versions of this infrastructure for their situation.

Students may bring their own seeds, and we will have a limited, but reasonably comprehensive selection to purchase from. Attendees will learn what must be started now and what to plan on starting when, in the future, to insure that they have an ongoing supply of vegetable and flower starts for their gardens/farms. Based on each individual’s time constraints and infrastructure, we will decide what seedlings we can start successfully, and which ones we should plan on purchasing from reputable growers.

All aspects of seedling starting and care will be demonstrated. Attendees will learn about watering, determining if their seedlings need supplemental feeding, and how to accomplish this, thinning, dividing, stepping up and when and how to the harden off their starts. Mills River Educational Farm will supply the materials needed for this class and the students will take up to three flats of starts home with them. We will then have biweekly check in sessions here at Mills River Educational Farm lasting between half an hour and an hour and a half depending on the needs of the class and their starts. Mills River Educational Farm will endeavor to provide space for the flats of those who absolutely cannot develop a space at their homes. This will be on a case-by-case basis as will any attendant fees. As always here at Mills River Educational Farm, inputs and techniques will be National Organic Program compliant.

This four hour workshop will start at 1:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. with a 15 minute break with light snack provided. Cost including soil, cell packs and flats, but not seeds will be $30.00. French Broad Food Co-op members pay $25.00.

Register at the French Broad Co-op or at

For more information, contact Kelly at the French Broad Food Coop at 828-255-7650, or click this link:


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