Growing in the Creston Valley

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April 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Creston Public Library Meeting Room
531 16th Ave. S.

Come Learn With Us!

Growing the Creston Valley continues April 13th at 7pm in the library meeting room for a presentation of alternative gardening techniques that have been touted in the media and gardening circles lately.

Local farmers Tim and Kim Cook of Cookville Farm will share their journey of sustainable farming and gardening. Their no dig approach has changed the way they grow vegetables and they are excited to share their story including their failures and successes.

Is there a better way to grow vegetables? No-dig gardening advocates would answer with a firm yes. What is no till, no dig gardening other than simply not tilling and hoping for the best? We will look at the process and maintenance of a no-dig garden and how it differs from a traditional garden space.

Hugelkulture, a garden bed construction method brought to prominence by permaculture farmer and author Sepp Holzer, focuses on duplicating the natural process of decomposition that occurs on forest floors. What is the process of making these and what are the benefits? Tim & Kim have a bed that they have been experimenting with and will discuss their results.

We’ll also learn about the “Back to Eden Garden Method”. Again based on the benefits of natural decomposition this method mimics nature with layers of decomposing materials that nourish the garden in place. This one isn’t based on beds but is rather a garden wide ground level way to enjoy these natural advantages.

Growing in the Creston Valley Series is a partnership between Creston’s Food Action Coalition and the Public Library. Every month we will look at either how a commercial grower here in the valley produce the food we all eat or concentrate on an aspect of gardening skills that we can use at home.

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