Published DateMEREDITH — Today both gardeners and food lovers have reason to celebrate as Moulton Farm re-opens for the season.
"We've been working throughout the winter, but it's wonderful to start welcoming our customers and seasonal crew back to the farm. Snow drifts don't talk much," John Moulton says with a laugh.
Work in the farm's greenhouses and yard has been underway for several weeks. "We've been growing plants for customers as well as for use on the farm and our farm kitchen," notes Moulton. To encourage more people to experience growing their own food, the farm has increased the variety of plants it will be offering and has created a package for beginning gardeners. This also means getting in not only the seeds and supplies for the farm, but also for home gardeners.
Moulton and his team have also been preparing for the free gardening workshops the farm will be hosting during opening week in celebration of Earth Day.
On Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to noon, "Varieties and Techniques for a Victorious Harvest" will be the free workshop exploring the pros and cons of various varieties of vegetable plants and seeds as well as techniques for achieving earlier harvests. The workshop will include a preview of the different varieties of plants, including heirloom vegetables, which will be available from the farm's greenhouses a little later in the planting season.
On Monday, April 22, at 6 pm the farm celebrates Earth Day with a workshop on how to grow asparagus, blueberries, and strawberries. "Adding these perennial favorites to a home garden can bring years of delicious eating, but people aren't too familiar with what needs to be done. It's one of the gardening skills that are being lost as more and more food comes from other regions and countries," comments Moulton. "We hope that this free workshop will change that."
More information is available at moultonfarm.com.
Dot Hartson is just one of the long time staff members waiting to welcome people back to Moulton Farm when it re-opens on April 17. In addition to plants, garden supplies and fresh bakery items, the Meredith farm is offering free gardening workshops on April 20 and 22. (Courtesy photo)