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Jeff’s Schedule for September 24-29, 2018

I hope most of you have made it through the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The last reports I’ve seen indicate floodwaters to our east are receding, rising, and repeating that cycle. That produces a whole new challenge with clean-up, mold issues, and rebuilding. Never having been through that, I can’t begin to imagine what’s confronting folks. I wrote about flooded gardens last week, which I’m sure is way down the list for some of you. But when you get to that, the info is here.

This Week’s Tip

There are lots of ways to include more food plants into our landscape. Many plants that provide food also give us shade, seasonal interest, flowers, and a lot more. Using food plants to provide those extra benefits is called edible landscaping. Here’s my list of “The Top 10 Plants For Edible Landscaping”, including some of the other benefits the plants provide.
1. Pecan trees – shade, food
2. Apple/pear trees – shade, flowers, food
3. Rabbit eye Blueberries – seasonal color, food
4. Muscadine grapes – shade, screening, fall color, food
5. Strawberries (perennial matted-row culture) – groundcover, food
6. Fig trees – structure, winter interest, food
7. Living Garden plants
a. Aromatic herbs – beneficials, foundation planting (some), seasonal interest, food
b. Daisy-flowered plants – beneficials, aroma, flowers, beds/borders
c. Umbrella-flowered plants – beneficials, aroma, flowers, beds/borders, food (some)
d. Nectar plants – beneficials, aroma, flowers, beds/borders
e. “Beetle banks” of ornamental grasses – beneficials, seasonal interest, beds/borders
8. Perennial vegetables
a. Asparagus
b. Perennial onions
9. Pole beans – food, seasonal screening, soil improvement, some color.
10. Clover/buckwheat/vetch & other covers – soil building, ground covers, flowers, seasonal interest

Honorable mention:
Blackberries – food, seasonal interest, screening, security
Malabar spinach – seasonal interest, color, screening, food
Persimmon trees – seasonal color, understory, food
Pomegranate trees – seasonal color, understory, food
Sunchokes – flowers, beds/borders, beneficials, seasonal screens, food

If you want to know more about these great plants, come join me for the next Successful Gardener class at Renfrow Farm. Details are below.

Upcoming classes

Sustainable Ag 104, September 27 – November 15, 2018. 6-9PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This class is a part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Agripreneur Academy. If you want to learn to cultivate an income through growing food, flowers, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and fermented beverages (unfermented ones, too), then come learn my “Cash Crop” method. Details and registration are here.

Home Composting, Tuesday, October 3, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is our second class at our new location. Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Edible Landscapes, Tuesday, October 9, 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC We tend to look at our food crops through a single purpose lens. How much food will this plant yield? But many of our fruits and vegetables look great in the garden! Come learn how to add these plants to our landscapes. We’ll feed our souls beautiful gardens while we feed our bodies good food. Details and registration here.

Where I’ll Be

Monday, September 24, 2018 Matthews, NC
I’ll be working on my business, as opposed to in my business, but I’m in town if you need me.

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 25-26, 2018 Matthews, NC
I’ll be at either Renfrow Farm, or at Threefold Farm, my new urban ag venture.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Sustainable Ag 103 600-900PM
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for hot, humid weather. Closed toed shoes are required on the farm. This is a hands on class. Be prepared for most of the class to be in the field. Your own water bottle is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat.

Friday, September 28 2018 Matthews, NC
I’m available for home landscape consultations. Contact me here.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 On the road
I’m doing regional farm consultations. Contact me if I can help you.

How Can I Help You?

Well, it’s official; Fall is here! This is a great time in the garden, enjoying your garden, planting new things, building new projects. In all this activity, remember to feed your body good food from the garden. Feed your mind new knowledge as you learn more about nature. Feed your soul just by watching things grow. All this while having a beautiful place to sit and enjoy coffee before breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening. Get the kids outside and away from “the screen”. Decompress after a hectic day on the job. The movement and exertion of gardening has long been considered a beneficial physical activity, and you get food or flowers as a result!

If you’re not getting those benefits from your garden, right now is the time to change that. I can help you evaluate your home landscape and find the right landscape for your family. In a one hour consultation, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and teach you some cool shortcuts that make gardening more fun and interesting. If you’re interested in enjoying your garden even more, contact me here.

Organic farming has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, even while other sectors of agriculture have slumped. I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

As a former Small Business Center Director in NC, I can tell you that these are times of great opportunity for small business owners. Many small businesses can be started for as little as $100! To take advantage of these opportunities, strategic planning is essential. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for September 17-22, 2018

Like a lot of you, I’ve been kept inside by the rain from Florence. With so much flooding, let’s talk about what to do when your vegetable or herb garden gets flooded.

This Week’s Tip

Most of these tips are common sense, but in the aftermath of a weather emergency, we don’t always think clearly. I pulled many of these from Carolina Farm Stewardship’s Hurricane Florence Resources For Farmers webpage.
First, establish what kind of flooding you’re dealing with. Is it simply rainfall that hasn’t had time to be absorbed by the soil? Are you dealing with runoff from a neighboring property? Or has a nearby surface water source overflowed its banks onto your garden? While the runoff from adjoining properties can be contaminated, it’s the creek, pond, or even river that can carry some real danger. In a true flood, water may be contaminated by pesticides, gas, oil, or even sewage. Any of those make garden produce unsafe to eat.
Remember to protect yourself from that same contamination. Handling and even walking in the left-behind sediment can be a hazard. Don’t forget to use safety gear when you’re using power tools, too.
Don’t be in a hurry for the floodwaters to recede. Let the garden drain naturally. You stomping around in all that muck won’t help things at all. You don’t have to wait for the garden to be bone dry, but wait for a bit. The soil structure will thank you.
Establish a flood debris compost area. If your community is picking that up, great. If not, put all of that storm debris in a separate pile and get the compost pile as hot as you can. This will help deal with pathogens and contaminants. Then keep all the waste in the pile for a year or two. I’m erring on the side or caution here, but some chemicals re quite persistent. I wouldn’t use that compost on vegetable and herb crops, either. Again, I’m being very cautious, because every situation is different.
If there’s any debris to remove, do it as carefully as you can. Fallen trees and branches will have done enough without you adding more. And it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, be careful with the chainsaw!
Take up all of the loose debris and add that to the flood compost pile. Prune away any damaged plant parts, like broken vines or snapped stems. Remove all plants that are too damaged to survive, and put all that stuff on your flood compost pile. By the way, if you can chip this to a smaller size, that will help the microbes in the pile break the material down faster.
Rinse all of the plants left in the garden, especially on the underside of the leaves. This will remove or dilute remaining contaminants. And irrigate the garden to dilute any contaminants in the plant systems or in the soil.
I’d take all of the food that’s been in contact with the floodwaters and compost it. Don’t eat it, and under no circumstances should you give it to somebody else. If the plant can still grow on a bit, the new edible parts should be OK in a month or so. That’s a little arbitrary, I’ll admit, but better safe than sorry.
Add a bit of compost to the beds to add some new microbes to the soil. All that water will have drowned a lot of the good “critters” that live in the soil. An inch or two of a good quality compost should be enough.
Over time, your garden should become the same productive source of good, fresh food you had before. And if it floods again, it might be time for a new garden site. But that’s another story…

Upcoming classes

Sustainable Ag 104, September 27 – November 15, 2018. 6-9PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This class is a part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Agripreneur Academy. If you want to learn to cultivate an income through growing food, flowers, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and fermented beverages (unfermented ones, too), then come learn my “Cash Crop” method. Details and registration are here.

Home Composting, Tuesday, October 3, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is our second class at our new location. Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Edible Landscapes, Tuesday, October 9, 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC We tend to look at our food crops through a single purpose lens. How much food will this plant yield? But many of our fruits and vegetables look great in the garden! Come learn how to add these plants to our landscapes. We’ll feed our souls beautiful gardens while we feed our bodies good food. Details and registration here.

Where I’ll Be

Monday-Wednesday, September 17-19, 2018
Storm clean-up

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Sustainable Ag 103 600-900PM
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for hot, humid weather. Closed toed shoes are required on the farm. This is a hands on class. Be prepared for most of the class to be in the field. Your own water bottle is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat.

Friday, September 21 2018 Matthews, NC
I’m available for home landscape consultations. Contact me here.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 On the road
I’m doing regional consultations. Contact me if I can help you.

How Can I Help You?

Summer is great for spending time in the garden, not just working, but enjoying your garden. Feed your body good food from the garden. Feed your mind new knowledge as you learn more about nature. Feed your soul just by watching things grow. All this while having a beautiful place to sit and enjoy coffee before breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening. Get the kids outside and away from “the screen”. Decompress after a hectic day on the job. The movement and exertion of gardening has long been considered a beneficial physical activity, and you get food or flowers as a result!

If you’re not getting those benefits from your garden, right now is the time to change that. I can help you evaluate your home landscape and find the right landscape for your family. In a one hour consultation, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and teach you some cool shortcuts that make gardening more fun and interesting. If you’re interested in enjoying your garden even more, contact me here.

Organic farming has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, even while other sectors of agriculture have slumped. I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

As a former Small Business Center Director in NC, I can tell you that these are times of great opportunity for small business owners. Many small businesses can be started for as little as $100! To take advantage of these opportunities, strategic planning is essential. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for September 10-15, 2018

In doing leg work for my classes, I have discovered that composting seems to have lost some of its reputation among gardeners. Making and using good compost is a cornerstone of good gardening…and farming, for that matter. Here’s more on composting.

This Week’s Tip

Last week I wrote about some of the basics of composting. I want to add to that, and talk about how important compost is to good gardening. Remember, compost is decomposed organic matter, full of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that help plants grow. I have found that plants grown in soils that have compost added regularly are healthier than plants grown without compost.
Here are a few of the benefits of using compost in garden soils.
– Improved soil health & fertility
– Increased nutrient content of soils
– Higher yields of crops
– Richer, more diverse life in soils
– Soil are easier to work with
– Increased soil porosity & moisture retention
– Suppression of plant diseases & pests
– Reduced need for fertilizers & pesticides
– Healthy root systems
– Regenerates poor soils
– Prevention & management of soil erosion problems
– Reduced water demands of plants & trees
Read more at: https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/home-composting/

In my years as a gardener and farmer, making and using compost were at the center or my soil building practices. As an educator and consultant, I have helped many people start composting or improve their compost production and use. Just this year, tomato plant tissue tests have shown clients that adding compost and growing cover crops can provide 100% of the nutrients needed for tomato production. Granted, this isn’t common, and the farmer that had these results is very aggressive in cover cropping and composting. But it is an example of what can be done. And it can be done by anybody, because most of the compost comes from fall leaf collection, and the cover crops are often field peas, clover, and grasses.
Compost your leaves, collect the leaves from your neighbors, maybe have a landscaper drop a truckload at your house if you have the space. Let those leaves compost, and add the compost to your garden soils as amendments or as mulch. Plant beans or peas in your garden, harvest the food, and compost the vines. It’s really simple!
Want to know more? Come to my compost class at Renfrow Farm or at Lomax Farm. Details are below.

Upcoming classes

Sustainable Ag 103, July 26 – September 20, 2018. 6-9PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This class is a part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Agripreneur Academy. If you want to learn to cultivate an income through growing food, flowers, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and fermented beverages (unfermented ones, too), then come learn my “Cash Crop” method. Contact me for more details.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Monday, September 10, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is a new location for The Successful Garden Series. In Piedmont NC, we can continue the planting and harvest of food through the Fall and onto the winter months. It surprises many people just how long our growing season is, especially when your help it along with row covers and tunnel growing. More details here.

Home Composting, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC
Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Home Composting, Tuesday, October 3, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is our second class at our new location. Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Edible Landscapes, Tuesday, October 9, 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC We tend to look at our food crops through a single purpose lens. How much food will this plant yield? But many of our fruits and vegetables look great in the garden! Come learn how to add these plants to our landscapes. We’ll feed our souls beautiful gardens while we feed our bodies good food. Details and registration here.

Where I’ll Be

Monday, September 10, 2018 Fall Vegetable Gardening
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord NC
Details are above.

Tuesday, September 11 2018 Home Composting
Renfrow Farm, Matthews, NC
Details are above

Thursday, September 13, 2018 Sustainable Ag 103 600-900PM
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
Sustainable Ag 103 began July 26. Contact me for details.
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for hot, humid weather. Closed toed shoes are required on the farm. This is a hands on class. Be prepared for most of the class to be in the field. Your own water bottle is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat.

Friday, September 14 2018 Matthews, NC
I’m available for home landscape consultations. Contact me here.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 On the road
I’m doing regional consultations. Contact me if I can help you.

How Can I Help You?

Summer is great for spending time in the garden, not just working, but enjoying your garden. Feed your body good food from the garden. Feed your mind new knowledge as you learn more about nature. Feed your soul just by watching things grow. All this while having a beautiful place to sit and enjoy coffee before breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening. Get the kids outside and away from “the screen”. Decompress after a hectic day on the job. The movement and exertion of gardening has long been considered a beneficial physical activity, and you get food or flowers as a result!

If you’re not getting those benefits from your garden, right now is the time to change that. I can help you evaluate your home landscape and find the right landscape for your family. In a one hour consultation, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and teach you some cool shortcuts that make gardening more fun and interesting. If you’re interested in enjoying your garden even more, contact me here.

Organic farming has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, even while other sectors of agriculture have slumped. I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

As a former Small Business Center Director in NC, I can tell you that these are times of great opportunity for small business owners. Many small businesses can be started for as little as $100! To take advantage of these opportunities, strategic planning is essential. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for September 3-8, 2018

In my travels, I’ve noticed that fall color is starting to show in some of the trees. I first noticed this in some Sycamores in Greensboro, NC. Seems a little early to me, but possibly heat and irregular precipitation might be pushing things a bit.

This Week’s Tip

Since fall leaf color leads to lots of leaves falling from the trees, it’s time to set up your leaf composting area. I hope you’re composting already, but I’ve been told composting is “something that your Grandpa does”. I am a grandpa, and I do, of course, compost. I have to admit, though, I was a little taken aback when I heard this. Composting is such an integral part of organic gardening. With all of the interest in organics, I assumed composting was increasing through association. Since it is not, I’m teaching my class on making and using quality compost a couple of times this fall.
So what exactly IS compost? Simply put, it’s decomposed organic matter. Anything that is carbon-based will decompose, so anything carbon-based will make compost. This makes leaves a great source of compost. In time, leaf compost makes great soil when added to gardens and beds. So instead of blowing leaves to the curb to be picked up, why not compost them?
Composting leaves is very simple. Chop ‘em up and pile ‘em up. Let ‘em rot. It really is that simple. Anything we do only speeds up the process or makes it a little neater. That’s where bins come in. A compost bin confines the chopped, piled leaves and allows all the critters that do the work to be more efficient. Bins need not be fancy. Some wire and some posts are all you need. Chicken wire, hardware cloth, or field fence work fine as sides for bins. Pallets and stacked tree saplings work well, too, but should be wired together. I’ve seen concrete blocks stacked neatly to make a bin. Even metal or plastic drums work once the original contents are removed and the barrel cleaned out. They all work, because the bin materials aren’t central to the process.
You can, of course, buy a composter. There are all kinds out there, and they all produce compost. I will say that the volume of leaf material in the fall dictates a larger bin, and that usually means a D-I-Y bin. We’ll talk about bin construction in my Home Composting classes. Details are below.
More on leaf composting next week.

Upcoming classes

Sustainable Ag 103, July 26 – September 20, 2018. 6-9PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This class is a part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Agripreneur Academy. If you want to learn to cultivate an income through growing food, flowers, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and fermented beverages (unfermented ones, too), then come learn my “Cash Crop” method. Contact me for more details.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Monday, September 10, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is a new location for The Successful Garden Series. In Piedmont NC, we can continue the planting and harvest of food through the Fall and onto the winter months. It surprises many people just how long our growing season is, especially when your help it along with row covers and tunnel growing. More details here.

Home Composting, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC
Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Home Composting, Tuesday, October 3, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is our second class at our new location. Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Edible Landscapes, Tuesday, October 9, 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC We tend to look at our food crops through a single purpose lens. How much food will this plant yield? But many of our fruits and vegetables look great in the garden! Come learn how to add these plants to our landscapes. We’ll feed our souls beautiful gardens while we feed our bodies good food. Details and registration here.

Where I’ll Be

Tuesday,September 4, 2018, Matthews, NC
I’ll be working on my business (as opposed to in my business) in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Sustainable Ag 103 600-900PM
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
Sustainable Ag 103 began July 26. Contact me for details.
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for hot, humid weather. Closed toed shoes are required on the farm. This is a hands on class. Be prepared for most of the class to be in the field. Your own water bottle is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat.

Friday, September 7, 2018 Matthews, NC
I’m available for home landscape consultations. Contact me here.

Saturday, September 8, Matthews, NC
This time of year I may be at Renfrow Hardware, working at the Farm, or simply enjoying a coffee at Brakeman’s. Regardless of where I am, you can always stop by and find out more ways to enjoy your garden. Come see me!

How Can I Help You?

Summer is great for spending time in the garden, not just working, but enjoying your garden. Feed your body good food from the garden. Feed your mind new knowledge as you learn more about nature. Feed your soul just by watching things grow. All this while having a beautiful place to sit and enjoy coffee before breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening. Get the kids outside and away from “the screen”. Decompress after a hectic day on the job. The movement and exertion of gardening has long been considered a beneficial physical activity, and you get food or flowers as a result!

If you’re not getting those benefits from your garden, right now is the time to change that. I can help you evaluate your home landscape and find the right landscape for your family. In a one hour consultation, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and teach you some cool shortcuts that make gardening more fun and interesting. If you’re interested in enjoying your garden even more, contact me here.

Organic farming has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, even while other sectors of agriculture have slumped. I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

As a former Small Business Center Director in NC, I can tell you that these are times of great opportunity for small business owners. Many small businesses can be started for as little as $100! To take advantage of these opportunities, strategic planning is essential. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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