Workshop Planned For Local Farmers

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"It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."

That's a line from a humorous TV commercial from many years ago.

But fooling Mother Nature is a way of doing business at Green Edge Organic Gardens in Athens County.

And the folks there are going to share their techniques with others.

They're hosting a workshop on how to extend the growing season.

Tom Redfern of Rural Action helped organize the workshop.

"Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture has a mission to increase local food production," says Redfern. "This workshop will help do that."

The workshop on December 6 will present what is being called The Green Edge Season Extension Model.

Redfern says, "Green Edge is in the forefront of season extension in oure area."

Green Edge Organic Gardens is a family owned, certified organic farm in Amesville.

They grow produce on 120 acres of rolling hills and fertile bottomland that is tended primarily by hand.

Redfern says their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensure a year-round selection of seasonal vegetables, micro greens and specialty mushrooms.

"Through the use of these structures they have been able to produce and market a crop through the winter season," says Redfern.

The cost for attendance of the workshop is $25.

Registration is limited to 35 people and Redfern expects a full house.

Current and prospective farmers are invited to sign-up.

Rural Action is a nonprofit organization promoting social, economic and environmental justice and working for sustainable communities, economies and environments in Appalachian Ohio.