Saturday, May 21
10 am - 1 pm followed by a potluck meal!
at littleGrasse Farm Site and Share Barn, Canton, NY
Each month during the growing season, littleGrasse Foodworks CSA ( Community Supported Agriculture * ) farm hosts a Garden Morning where their CSA members all join in for the gardening and farming tasks at hand. Anyone interested in learning about gardening, food, and community are welcome to join in through this collaboration between little Grasse Foodworks and the Local Living Venture!
Participants are encouraged to learn by doing, to share in the working of the soil, the weeding of the plants and the building of hop trellises, or whatever else needs to be done that day! This event will not include formal instruction, but is instead structured to allow the space to learn by doing and talk with other eager participants, sharing information and exchanging tips. It is an informal work day, followed by a shared meal by the river.
It may be important to you to know that littleGrasse uses no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on the fields. They rely on building healthier soil to in turn grow healthier plants. This entails adding organic matter through compost, cover cropping, mulching, green manures, and rotating animals through the fields. You can be some small part of that!
* A "CSA" or Community Supported Agriculture farm operates on the model of community buy-in to the harvest. CSA members buy "shares" of the harvest in advance of the season, providing (literally!) seed money for the farmers at the leanest time of year, and receive their share of the harvest in the form of weekly boxes of delicious home grown food, fresh off the farm!
RSVP IS NECESSARY PLEASE
There is a limit of 5 LLV participants for this event. In order to plan the garden adventures, our hosts need a head count and, since the LLV will be chipping in a quantity of food for the potluck, it is helpful for us to know as well. Helpful children are welcome to attend, and do not count as registered participants, though a head count for the meal is appreciated.
Send an email to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot.
Please note the number in party, contact phone number and email address when reserving.
Please also note what potluck dish you will bring to share, if you are able.
Email confirmation will be sent to all registrants within 24-48 hours.
This event is at no charge to the participants as we are all "paid" in community spirit when we grow food together!
Approximately one mile from downtown Canton, NY. Exact details, including directions, will be included in the RSVP Confirmation that is sent to all registered participants.
Come meet the farmers and kick up your heels at their second annual Barn Party from 5-11 pm on Saturday, May 14 as well! Live bands, good food, dancing and camaraderie are the hallmarks of this wonderful celebration of food and community!
A potluck dish to share (the LLV will also provide a pot of something tasty if this isn't possible for you to do)
Work attire that is weather appropriate, including gloves if you wish
Solid shoes or boots
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
WIllingness to learn, work hard, and eat well!
Our Friends at littleGrasse CSA coordinate a garden project that feeds people living or working in the Canton area.
"Our CSA encourages a meaningful connection with the foods you consume daily. This naturally grown food is distributed weekly via an interactive share in quantities that significantly impacts our shareholders diets. Conveniently located a mile from downtown, we require member involvement in the garden during the growing season. We have a variety of different vegetable share options. We welcome all people genuinely interested in gaining more knowledge of food issues and gardening skills."
littleGrasse Foodworks was started by Bob and Flip in 2009 and is named for the two rivers that flow through the area. Flip and Bob are both are passionate about creating a vibrant farm for all ages with fresh food and many opportunities for community engagement and learning too.
littleGrasse is located a mile from downtown Canton, near Taylor Park Community Beach. They have six fields and many landscaped areas around the barn and fence lines. While Canton is in a rural area, some have said that the farm feels like an oasis, the same way some urban community gardens feel. This is due to the diversity and density of the plantings. Since most tasks are completed with human power, rather than by machines, the spaces look welcoming for people, rather than equipment. As such, their beds and aisles are designed to accommodate humans, not the wide spacing for tractor tires and cultivators.
Before 2008, this land had become neglected, due to changing hands and families moving out of the area. It was exciting to clean and renovate the barn to create a useful space. They chose this spot due to its proximity to Canton and the college campuses there. It was essential that community members could easily get here from town. The soil is sandy and they continually work to improve the tilth and soil structure by adding organic matter.
During the growing season, there’s an abundance of folks around the farm participating in a host of ways. In addition to Bob and Flip there are several apprentices who live on the premises. This season that’s Jacob, Julia and Maggie. Between on-farm veggie pickup and shareholder participation, there are many more people who spend time and energy making the landscape a fun and vibrant place to be.
THE L L V MISSION
The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, community events and information exchanges - sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.
T h e L o c a l L i v i n g V e n t u r e
Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future
The Local Living Venture is coordinated entirely by volunteers.
With a small staff, and your support, we make big things happen!
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