Certified Organic Apples- $2.75/lb.
Available varieties include:
Wealthy: (Heirloom) An apple for all uses: baking, sauce, cider, and eating. Special use as an excellent jelly apple due to high pectin levels.
Gravenstein: (Heirloom) Great for pie and sauce.
McIntosh: (Heirloom) A Classic New England apple for all purposes.
Black cohosh root
All items are certified organic.
August 9-11, 2013, UMass, Amherst, MA
Sunday August 11, 1pm-2:30pm -
Organic Apple Growing with Cathy Harragian:
Owner / Operator of Bird of the Hand Farm, a 3.5 acre organic apple orchard in Sterling, MA.
Campus Center Reading Room (Concourse Level)
Learn organic techniques to control apple pests.
Insect pests covered include: plum curculio, coddling moth, and apple maggotfly.
Diseases covered: scab, powdery mildew, and apple cedar rust. Pruning and maintenance of orchards and apple variety selection will also be addressed.
Marketing discussion covers issues related to the perception of a perfect apple.
Friday, August 9, 2013, 3:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
on the Sterling MA Town Common in front of the Butterick Building
Celebrating 10 years in business
Guest Speaker Schedule:
Organic Lawn Care by Cathy Harragian
Cooking demonstration using market foods by Richard Gibbons
Bee Keeping by Liz Joseph
Saving Seeds by Will Sherwood
Special appearance by Moo-Moo the Cow from Davis Farmland
Bring family and friends to share in the fun . . . exciting local foods and products/music/children's activities-all the ingredients for a great time!
Organic Garden Design can provide all of your landscaping needs such as mulching, edging, weeding, planting, designing, pruning, landscape renovation, and lawn care. Our goal is to help our clients reduce any exposure to chemicals from around their homes. We accomplish these goals for your home and landscape by using professional organic techniques. Chemicals that enter your home from your lawn due to regular walking traffic will be reduced. Your pet's exposure to chemicals from the lawn through the pads of their feet will be reduced. Chemicals percolating through the soil and into well water will be reduced. Water conservation can also be achieved through the reduced use of irrigation for a healthy lawn.
Our organic techniques include a lawn fertilization program which involves fertilization, liming, pest control, and over seeding. Corn gluten is used as a pre-emergent for crabgrass control. In an organic approach, having a healthy lawn involves having healthy soil. This involves feeding the soil with compost and compost based fertilizers, as well as soil feeding fish emulsion. Grub pests are controlled with milky spore bacteria or beneficial nematodes. Over seeding is an annual part of lawn care. Turf management mowing and fertilization programs make lawn care the most expensive service per square foot for clients. Having an organic program that eventually reduces your need for continual annual inputs will reduce your yearly maintenance costs.
Another principle of organic landscaping is to plant the right plant in the right place. This refers to grass seed, perennials and shrubs. For lawns use endophytic enriched grass seed that has disease resistance. Plant shade seed in shaded areas and grass seed specifically for sun in sunny areas. Reduce lawn areas where they are not necessary. Plant perennials as a permanent mulch and give them plenty of space to fill up areas normally given to grass. Plant the right perennial in an area where you have a problem growing grass. Grass is a perennial for a cool wet climate so, for example, plant a self sustaining perennial bed with drought tolerant plants. In the case of shrubs don't plant large growing shrubs right up near the foundation of a home, as constant high pruning costs a lot and shortens the life of expensive woody plantings.
Organic Garden Design's approach to land management provides our clients with an interesting, low maintenance, self sustaining landscape. Our method incorporates these design principles gradually, working with the client to solve landscape problems over time with reduced overhead. These activities build the health of the soil as it reduces chemical applications to your yard, resulting in the increase of its natural beauty. Contact us today, we look forward to working with you. Contact Us Today