(co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program)
This class meets on Mondays, 6-9pm, on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4.
Whether starting a new vegetable garden or caring for an established one, CSA owner Peter Salinetti of Woven Roots Farms is the one to turn to for a deeper understanding of soil and nutrient management, seed selection, crop rotation schemes, bed preparation, seed sowing and planting, pest management, and specific plant cultivation. Each week, the class will investigate a different vegetable family to insure that all questions are answered about cultivation of these important crops for the home vegetable gardener. He will pass along traditional and environmentally sustainable practices for growing cole crops such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage; umbellifers such as carrots and fennel; legumes such as peas and beans; greens such as lettuce, radicchio, and arugula; herbs; corn; onions, leeks, and garlic; cucurbits such as melons, squashes, and pumpkins; and perhaps one of the most coveted groups: the solanums—tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and eggplants. All in all, the perfect primer for planning and growing a well-balanced vegetable garden and diet.
Peter Salinetti, B.S., with wife Jenn owns Woven Roots Farm, a small family farm and CSA that grows vegetables and culinary herbs using traditional and environmentally sustainable farming practices. For over ten years they have grown produce for Berkshire County families. They have lectured for both NOFA and other regional organizations.