‘Get Outta Town’ for Gardening from Aphids to Zinc

Spring is almost here and so are the annual ambitions of the backyard weekend warriors. It might seem like a romantic notion to till the soil, drop in some seeds and let the sun do the work as you lie around in your hammock and watch it all grow. For a reality check, get outta town this weekend to Trinity County and let the pros at the Small Farm and Garden Show demonstrate how it’s really done.

Folks with experience in many facets of agriculture will gather to share their knowledge and experience with you – all for free! Lectures will be in Dining Hall: soil testing, building and management; an in-depth presentation on bee keeping in Trinity County; Hayfork homesteaders will share their wisdom and experiences; Hayfork Growers Alliance founders will discuss Farmers’ Market and their vision for promoting farm and garden production in Hayfork and Trinity county. A farmer with many years of experience will share insights into harvesting, preparing and storing seeds. Eco-farming, composting, mulching, making some natural fertilizers, vermiculture and tomato culture will have their expert advocates present. Knowledgeable entrepreneurs of herbs, salves, flower essences, tinctures and soaps will show and explain their products. Wild-crafter Adrian Keyes will teach about edible mushroom collection. Cheese making, wine making, solar dehydrating, and crafting fine wood products will be presented. Community gardens for children and adults will be discussed. Local people from various agencies will have info telling what assistance their organizations can provide, including help with the organic certification process. Christina Pierce of Sunshine Nursery, and someone from The Feed Store will be present. Tractors, tillers, farm and garden equipment will be on display, including some from Mulvey’s Electric Alternative Energy, where many equipment repairs can be made.

What: Small Farm and Garden Show & Potluck Lunch, hosted by the Hayfork Grower’s Alliance

Where: Trinity County Fairgrounds Dining Hall and Commercial Building, Hayfork

When: Saturday (March 19) – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: Noon Community Potluck in the Dining Hall. Diners welcome with or without a dish.

For more information, Call Louis Ruud or Bobbie Chadwick at (530) 629-6429.

Don’t have a green thumb? There’s spring fun to be had all over the North State, so visit the following sites for information about events in ten North State counties:

Click here for Butte County events.

Click here for Del Norte County events.

Click here for Glenn County Events.

Click here for Humboldt County events.

Click here for Lassen County events.

Click here for Modoc County events.

Click here for Plumas County events.

Click here for Siskiyou County events.

Click here for Tehama County events.

Click here for more Trinity County events.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your NorthState weekend events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

This portrait of Adam Mankoski was created by Shasta High School students Chance Norman and Kenzi Bell.

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is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner are the owners of HawkMan Studios and the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday Art Hop.
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