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Virus Prevention on a Lily Farm. It’s a Community Thing.

Imagine endless rows of fields of corn on a modern farm.  Now let the rows turn into endless pink flowers.  Sounds pretty right?  On our little farm, which specializes in one type of lily, we could grow that way.  But like the small farms that sustained and built this country, here, diversity is key.  Diversity… Read More

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The Crinum of Downton Abbey

Victorian Britain was the epicenter of fashion, trends, politics and horticulture.  Natural history and plants were serious study, serious hobbies for the rich. Sailors, explorers and traders brought plants from all over the world to tempt rich collectors. An abundant supply of coal meant hot-houses and conservatories allowed for tropical plant gardening. Those collectors who… Read More

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Picklin’ Okra

Learn some old-school pickling skills with a real Southern cook. Join Gloria Farm — she’ll lead and demonstrate while you prep your own pickles.  While they’re cooking, enjoy  handsome young, hip, British  Chris Smith, author of the brand new book The Whole Okra.

Chris grows over 70 varieties of okra.  70.  Yes. 70.  And he makes okra infused vodka, which is pink. Pink. We’ll all get to sample it. 

He’ll also have fresh bulk okra to sell, so you can take home plenty to teach your family how to pickle okra too!

We’ll focus on using okra for food and fun — it’ll be hot and we’ll mostly be inside.  But we’ll also do a lily farm tour — and if you want, pick okra from the farm.  Bring long sleeves for this part!

We have a full afternoon planned for you with light snacks recipes and all things okra.  Then a very personalized tour of the farm including the new classroom built into our 1900’s barn.

Chris Smith farms in Asheville NC

Gloria Farmer makes awesome pickles!

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Plant glads and hyacinth bean seeds in late July for fall.

It’ll Be Fine By Fall

Gardening, painting, sculpting. Those things have something in common– they all start with imagination of something you’ll bring to fruition. A vision. Sometimes these really hot days make me have visions.  Stiffling hot. Swooningly hot. I chop some crinum down to the ground; it’ll be fine by fall, I think to myself. I weed, pulling… Read More

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