Open Farm Day
May 26, 2018
You are invited to the 2nd annual Open Farm Day at Indian Creek Orchard Gardens. This event started out last year as a way for us to meet our CSA shareholders and introduce them to the farm and to answer their questions about our natural growing methods. The turn out was overwhelming, and extended well beyond our season’s shareholders. We gave tours non stop until my voice finally gave out at 4pm.
This year we are doing it again and adding some structure to the tours, of which there will be two. The morning tour is for those who would like to come to a deeper understanding of how it is possible to farm naturally, without the use of chemicals or pesticides. The afternoon tour is a more general overview of the orchard garden. Attend one, attend both, bring your family.
Indian Creek Farm Stand
On May 26 we officially reopen the farm stand, with the first harvest of the season, spring greens, spring onions and spring garlic. We also have an array of heirloom vegetable and herb transplants you can take home for your own garden. All grown naturally from certified organic seed.
Deep Organics Walkabout
May 26, 10am – 12noon
For those who are interested in a comprehensive review and discussion of the natural growing methods used at and in the context of Indian Creek. We will elaborate on the following topics; 1) Organic pest and disease control strategies including an overview of orchard garden structure, crop rotations, physical and other barriers, compost tea brewing, beneficial habitat, and intercropping and the use of livestock.
2) Fertility management and soil building including, soil testing, green manures and cover crops, pastured poultry rotations and other local manures.
3) Weed control including both man made and organic mulches, green mulches, top dressing, mechanical cultivation and stale seed beds.
4) Water autonomy and protecting the orchard garden from offsite or upstream contamination.
May 26, 1pm – 2:30pm
During the garden tour we will take a casual narrated stroll through the different areas of the orchard garden. We will touch briefly on some of the more unique organic growing methods we use. We will visit the market garden, the orchard garden, the orchard, the greenhouses and other season extention structures we use, such as hoop houses, caterpillar tunnels and the propagation house. We will also discuss the unique closed loop irrgation and drainage system at Indian Creek. A system that allows us to avoid any agricultural runoff, to recycle nutrients, to avoid ground water use, protect local waterways and give us water autonomy. We will also briefly touch on the different low tech and minimally mechanized farming tools we use. You will see how your food is harvested, cleaned and stored.