Raised Beds & Field Preparation

April 28th, 2015

plowed plots with kids 2Using the SN Community Farm Institute’s new walking tractor, learn how to make raised beds of plowed and banked soil, with John Kuszpa, Site Manager

At the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm

9am – Noon, 168 Hummock Pond Road

Heavy rain cancels. Call 508-524-0823 if weather looks questionable. Dress warmly in work clothes.

See you all there!

CANCELLED Learn how to do Seeding at Moors End Farm in this greenhouse workshop!

March 9th, 2015



We’re sorry but this workshop has been cancelled – we will try to reschedule to another date and time – stay tuned!

Saturday March 14
10 – 11am

Moors End Farm, 40 Polpis Road

Join the SN Community Farm Institute in a field trip to Moors End Farm greenhouses to learn how to handle those tiny seeds so that they yield a healthy and successful crop!

Meet in the Moors End Farm parking lot.

Learn how to transplant at Bartletts Greenhouses in this seedling workshop!

February 9th, 2015

Barletts greenhouse with geraniumsSN Community Farm Institute presents
A Hands-on Growers Morning in the Greenhouse
with organic grower Andrew Spollett
Saturday February 14
9am – noon

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Becoming a Beginning Farmer through the SN Community Farm Institute (CFI) Program

January 26th, 2015

group lookingHow Do I Become a Beginning Farmer at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm?

There are 2 tracks for prospective beginning farmers to apply for a 1/8 acre parcel on the Farm and receive the benefit of our shared infrastructure, tools and training. Track One is for less exprienced begining growers. Track 2 is for beginning growers with some experience in farming.

All interested parties must fill out and submit a commitment form / application to the program and complete an approved business plan.

Track 1: Complete the Farm Business Training Course (minimum 2/3rds attendance required) and develop an approved business plan.  Track 2: If you feel you have enough growing experience already, complete and submit an approved business plan.

If your business plan is accepted,  you will be asked to remit an annual program participation fee of $200.

The Winter Course (for Track One)

Farm Finance with Julia Shanks
Wednesday December 17, 6:30-8pm
Basic Accounting for Farmers
Thursday December 18, 6:30-8pm
Basic Crop & Profitability Analysis

Farm Business Planning
with Eero Ruutilla
Saturday January 17, 1-4pm
Business Plan Fundamentals in Soils,
Nutrient Management & Crop Cultures
Sunday January 18, 9am – noon
Farm Business Planning Workshop

Market Gardener course
with John Kuzspa

All dates are 6:30-8pm
held at the Westmoor clubhouse (yellow building)
Thursdays January 22, 29
Mondays February 2, 9, 16
Thursdays March 12, 19

Hands-on Workshops in the Greenhouse
with Andrew Spollett, Bartletts Farm
Saturday, February 14, 9-noon
Seedling Transplanting & Greenhouse Propagation

March: In the Greenhouse with Sam Slosek, Moors End Farm
(dates & times to be announced)

Accepted farmers will participate in the following required classes:

Hands-on Learning at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm
April: Irrigation & water
May 16, 9am-noon: Raised Beds & Field Preparation
May 30, 9-noon: Organic Fertiliziers
June 9, 5-7pm: Organic Pest & Disease Managment
July 7, 5-7pm: Weed Management
August 11, 5-7pm: Food Safety & Good Agricultural Practices & Composting
September 8, 5-7pm: Cover Cropping


Big THANK YOU to Ventuno Chef Andrea! Delicious chef demo at Market!

October 3rd, 2014

Chef with crowd (2)What A Demo!

Chef Andrea Solimeo, chef de cuisine at Ventuno Restaurant, captivated an audience at last Saturday’s Market!

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Family Garden Workshop – Spring Planning and Planting

May 9th, 2014

greenhouse2It’s time to start your garden! Join us in the Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden on May 18th from 1:00-2:00pm for our Family Garden Workshop on ‘Spring Planning and Planting.’

This adult and child-friendly workshop will have activities for all ages demonstrating how to start seeds indoors, plan your garden design and prepare your garden plot.

Our family garden workshops are put on with the support of the Nantucket Garden Club.

Learn All About Growing Grapes, Strawberries, Blueberries & More! ~ Please Join Us!

April 2nd, 2014

Sonia in grapes photo

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Agricultural Workshop Friday on Soil Chemistry

November 19th, 2013

Please Join Us! And bring your questions!


Russell Norton, Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator

Friday, Nov 22, 3-5

at the Nantucket Atheneum, Gallery (downstairs)

will speak about soils and soil chemistry. Q&A.

Sponsored by Sustainable Nantucket & MDAR

Free & Open to the Public – Refreshments will be served

Family Garden Workshop – “Art in the Garden”

October 24th, 2013

matt & Lin

Our Fall Family Garden Workshop will be held this Saturday, October 26th from 10:30am – 12:00pm in the Joyce N. Furman Youth (Farm to School) Garden located on the NES playground.

Join the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program and local artists Matthew Oates and Lindsay Feller in creating wonderful pieces of garden art.

In this hands-on workshop, these two artists will share their expertise, teaching participants how to create wonderful pieces of artwork to add year-round beauty to any garden space.

Please contact Kathleen with any questions. This is program is fun for all ages and held thanks to the Nantucket Garden Club.


Family Garden Workshop – Preparing your 4-Season Garden

September 11th, 2013

4 Season Garden

Wednesday, September 18th from 2:30pm-3:30pm kids and parents are invited to join Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program for this one hour hands-on workshop where you will learn how to prolong your harvest by helping prepare the F2S garden for the cool weather growing season. Read the rest of this entry »