**SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL OFFSITE EVENT**
Want to know how to grow really great garlic and amazing perennial onions? This is your chance!
Central Virginia Master Gardener and owner/worker of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Ira Wallace joins forces with Forrest Green Farm owner Krista Rahm for a hands-on event dedicated to learning everything you’ll need to know about adding heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties to your garden. Participants take home samples and must-try recipes!
Each guest will attend two workshops:
The How-To’s of Garlic and Onion Planting with Ira Wallace
In this course, Wallace will cover soil preparation, weed control and disease prevention, as well as curing and storage requirements. Guests will take home a summary sheet with key tips, as well as a selection of garlic and perennial onions.
Eight Ways to Preserve your Garlic Harvest with Krista Rahm
Did you know that 80% of the garlic sold in the United States is imported from China, and is required to be treated with methyl bromide to kill any lingering insects? Much of the garlic is whitened with bleach and treated with growth inhibitors to delay sprouting. These facts alone are motivators to grow and preserve your own garlic crop. In this workshop, Rahm will cover creative methods to safely preserve garlic. This hands-on presentation is combined with tastings of garlic honey, garlic vinegar, pesto and garlic oil as she covers topics ranging from fermenting to freezing and powdering garlic.
Your event includes a delicious lunch from the award-winning Blue Ridge Pizza Food Truck—on-location, wood-fired pizza right from the oven. Menu also includes fresh salads, desserts and refreshing beverages from the farm.
About Forrest Green Farm
Forrest Green Farm is a small, family farm dedicated to producing products that support health and wellness through a whole living lifestyle. The Rahm’s work closely with the patterns of nature to sustainably produce products beneficial to the community around them. In the spring and fall, they offer a huge selection of culinary & medicinal herbs, flowers and vegetable plants. Year round they produce and sell 100% grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, pork, eggs, vegetables as well as a full line of herbal products.
Forrest Green Farm
2317 Evergreen Road
Louisa, Virginia 23093
About Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
SESE is a worker-run cooperative where every contributor has a voice in the decisions of the company and receives equal compensation regardless of the economic value traditionally placed on the jobs done. With an unwavering commitment to quality in all aspects of service to their customers, SESE offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. Over 60% of the varieties are Certified Organic. SESE offers many unusual Southern heirlooms, including peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans. No seeds are chemically treated.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (www.SouthernExposure.com ), which offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She is a member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia. Ira is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello (www.HeritageHarvestFestival.com), a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. Her book, “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast,” is available online and at booksellers everywhere.
Forrest Green Farm
In 1992, Krista and Rob Rahm purchased a farm in Louisa, Virginia, with the dream of raising their children with a close connection to nature while respecting seasonal living, and experiencing the value and health benefits of producing their own food. The Rahm family began the journey to make their farm sustainable by growing fruits and vegetables, raising animals for their meat, and growing and cultivating herbs for healing. After many years of learning to live off the land, studying with medicinal herbal mentors and making farming their full-time occupation, the Rahms began a new mission to educate people about “whole living” by supplying products and offering classes to support their mission. At Forrest Green Farm, they offer educational classes, more than 400 varieties of herbs, vegetables and flowering plants, pasture-raised chickens, grass-fed beef, eggs, herbal teas, dips, seasonings, personal care products, naturally grown hay and registered Miniature Hereford cows. During the winter they use their greenhouses for a winter CSA of specialty greens and salad mixes.