What's Happening on the Farm?
You can find current information about our summer workshops, events, current and future happenings on this page, so check back frequently or visit us on our Greentree Naturals Facebook page for updates. If you want to visit the farm, please read the section About Visiting the Farm on the home page.
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Farm Gift Certificates Available
The perfect gift: Looking for a sustainable gift to give? Greentree Naturals Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Any time of the year is a good time to give friends and loved ones a Greentree Naturals Gift Certificate. Gift certificates are available in any denomination for our certified organic garden plants, vegetables, garlic, farm goods, workshops or on-farm events offered from the farm. Instead of the typical “stuff,” give that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member a fun, memorable experience of an educational gift certificate. Greentree Naturals offers many engaging and enriching classes throughout the growing season that cover all aspects of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture.
Gift certificates can be redeemed direct from the farm or at our booth at the local Saturday Farmers Market. Purchase gift certificates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to purchase using our PayPal account.
Thursdays On the Farm / On-Farm Stand
The main purpose of opening up the Farm Stand was to provide an opportunity for our local community and regular farmer's market customers to be able to come to the farm and get to walk through our gardens to see where the food you guy from us is being grown. During the growing season, Thursday will be the day that Greentree Naturals is open to the public for self-guided garden walks from 10:00a.m. till 6:00p.m. While the official Farm Stand may or may not be functioning, if you are interested in purchasing some farm fresh certified organic produce, jams, or vegetable plants in the spring, we may be able to accommodate your needs. You might want to call us before you come to see what we might have available so we can include your order when we harvest; otherwise, just check with us when you are here to see if we have anything available fresh from the gardens.
We are a working, active, productive farm dedicated to bringing wholesome organic food to your table. We’re proud to tell you that over 20 years after its founding, Greentree Naturals is still rooted in to the organic values we’ve always believed in. Greentree Naturals brings fresh, certified organic produce from our fields to your table during the peak of the harvest season. We always strive to offer the best in new selections of certified organic vegetables, berries, herbs and garden plants.
About Visiting the Farm
Summer 2015 CSA Program
We have been working with the CSA model on our farm since 1995 and have one of the oldest successful CSA’s in our region. Having a CSA has helped us be more self-sufficient and sustainable as a small acreage organic farm.
Over the last twenty years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from your local farmer. Basically, we offer a “share” of our gardens, which is one way for us to know what our market is going to be like before the field season begins. As a consumer, the advantages of becoming a CSA member are significant: you get to eat ultra-fresh, certified organic food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits, you will learn to eat new vegetables and new ways of cooking, and you will develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown. The closer to the food source, the higher the nutritional benefit.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about this year’s CSA and dreaming about those big bags of veggies that will start coming weekly in the spring and summer.
Most of our customers have been with us for many years, which tells me that we are doing something right (See the CSA page for comments from our members.) We offer a limited number of shares, so if you are interested in signing up for our 2015 CSA season, let us know so we can get you on the mailing list! We encourage early commitments so we know how much to grow for the CSA, however, we do offer a month-to-month option for shares as well. When you support a CSA farm, you are supporting agricultural diversity and a local community farm. For more details and pricing, please visit the CSA page. Contact us with any questions you may have or to receive a CSA application by emailing email@example.com .
ON-FARM WORKSHOPS - SUMMER 2015
Greentree Naturals 2015 Organic Gardening Workshops
Greentree Naturals is happy to announce another amazing summer of on-farm workshops! Learn the basics of organic gardening, including seed starting, testing soil, making compost, natural pest and weed management. You will learn useful information about sustainable and environmentally friendly gardening in north Idaho. Take the principles from Greentree Naturals gardens and learn how to transform your own backyard into a food forest, whether it’s a tiny garden or a small acreage.
Diane has been providing on-farm organic gardening workshops since 1995. Greentree Naturals is dedicated to promoting organic and sustainable agriculture by providing gardeners and small acreage farmers with the information and skills needed to have a bountiful and successful northwest harvest. We can help you grow a successful garden!
The Organic Gardening workshop series is scheduled on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the growing season beginning May 5 through July 28. Sessions will cover all aspects of organic production and management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony in a rural farm and garden setting. You can sign up for the entire series (and save 10%) or pick and choose individual workshop topics.
We are aware that this timeline may be prohibitive for people with regular work schedules, however, because we are a working farm, Monday is the only day that we can program this into our calendar of events. Plan ahead with your employer for time off! These workshops take place outside on the deck and in our gardens, rain or shine. Please be prepared to inclement weather and review our policy about visiting the farm on the home page of this website.
Quotes from 2014 workshop participants:
“I have been gardening for over 30 years with some success and knowledge. For some reason, after this workshop, I got what was needed for some real success. My garden has never done this well and it is due to the great information that Diane gave us. It was so pleasant looking over gardens and her depth of knowledge is a real gift to Bonner County.”
“I had been gardening for years and had read lots of gardening books and websites. And my garden had always produced well for me. Or so I thought . . . After taking Diane’s course, my plants grew 3-4 times as large and my yields were off the charts. I was doing so many things wrong, but because my garden was growing and producing, I had no idea. I never would have known it, had I not taken Diane’s classes. Who would have known that just a few simple changes could produce such dramatic results?
The great thing about Diane’s classes is that you get to see the information in action each week in her beautiful garden. You listen to Diane, read the information on her handouts and then you get to walk around her greenhouse and garden to see the information first hand. And the best part is that you get to go home, try it yourself and see the results in your own garden! Then the next week you come back and can ask all the questions you encountered during the week. It’s like having a personal gardening mentor for a season.”
May 5 - Seed Starting: Gain a solid understanding of seed starting, and in doing so create the best environment for seedlings to thrive; learn what crops should be direct sown and why; review optimal environmental considerations for seed germination; preparation of seed bed; seeding methods, seed depth and seedling care for growing your own vegetable, flower and herb plants for transplanting into the garden.
June 1 - Planning the Garden: Preparing the soil for planting; direct seeding and transplanting; companion planting; intercropping and crop rotation; record keeping, garden maps and succession planting are all a part of planning for a successful harvest. If you can’t make this workshop, check out our Planning the Garden Workshop on CD! Available for sale on our website!
June 15 - Fertilizing Organically: Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields; examine your soil and its needs; learn how to amend your soil and improve its structure; review organic amendments, compost, manures, organic matter and foliar feeding; learn how to take a soil sample. Participants will test soil from their own garden to determine basic NPK and receive a composting wheel.
June 29 - Natural Weed Control: On any organic garden or farm, particularly newly cultivated ground, it is likely that weed control commands a major part of the gardeners’ time over the course of the season. We will look at using different types of organic mulches and weed prevention strategies used to control unwanted plants.
July 13 - Pest Management: Learn to assess pro-active control practices, identification, natural pest formulas, trap/catch-cropping and plant-pest relationships for natural pest control. Learn how to make your own insect traps and natural insect sprays.
July 27 - Harvesting the Bounty: We will look at how to increase yields and get the most out of your garden harvest. We will also cover post-harvest handling techniques to maintain quality, to protect food safety, and to reduce losses between harvest and consumption as well as proper curing and storage techniques for fruits and vegetables.
August 10 - Seed Saving: By saving seed from your garden, you can produce plants best suited to your specific site and micro-climate; we will discuss plant selection, hand pollination, seed cleaning and seed storage.
Later in the season, we may offer a “Putting the Garden to Bed” and “Growing Great Garlic” workshops. Let us know if you have an interested in either of these events.
All workshops require pre-registration & pre-payment is requested. To find out more and reserve your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 263-8957. All workshops are at Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm outside of Sandpoint, Idaho. Class size is limited. Individual workshops are $25.00. Sign up for all seven workshops by May 1 and prepay to receive a 10% discount or pick and choose for $25 per workshop. All workshops include comprehensive written handout materials.
We wish you a bountiful gardening season!
Season Extension Workshop – Date to be announced (likely in April or early May)
Spring and fall season extension techniques work primarily by providing frost protection. In addition, most early and late-season vegetables benefit from the increased soil warmth and protection from wind and pests that many protectors offer. A wide range of techniques are available, from simply planting heat-loving crops in a particularly warm and sheltered spot, to complex greenhouse culture. There are numerous non-greenhouse options suitable for home and market gardeners — primarily cultural practices, plastic mulches, and row covers.
We will review ways of extending the growing season using an assortment of different kinds of materials for extending the growing season and include review of cloches, cold frames, floating row covers, slitted row covers, and hoop houses. Greentree Naturals has been reviewing a wide variety of season extension methods over the years and will share their well tested methods with you.
Date to be announced! We like to have this workshop as early in the spring as weather allows, but always have to wait for the snow to melt away and the earth to be ready for us to be in the fields to begin the season. My goal is to host this workshop on a weekend in Late April or early May. Come prepared for any kind of weather as due to the busy spring planting schedule on the farm, we only have one day that we can have this workshop, so it will happen rain or shine! Class size is limited! We will only host this workshop if we have enough people signed up for it. Please plan and call ahead to reserve a space! Cost is $25. Call 263-8957 or email email@example.com
High Tunnel/Season Extension Field Day at Greentree Naturals / DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join Diane Green of Greentree Naturals and Jennifer Jensen from the University of Idaho Extension as they discuss the second year of their high tunnel trial comparing different types of season extension techniques to growing in a high tunnel. We are taking a closer look at the benefits of hoop houses, high tunnels, and plasticulture for increasing yields and extending the season. This is an excellent opportunity to network with other small acreage farmers and home gardeners.
This event will be scheduled on a Sunday afternoon in early September 2015; date to be announced. Includes catered lunch featuring Greentree Naturals produce from Seven Sisters Catering. Cost will be $10-$15 per person to cover lunch.
If you are interested, you might want to go ahead and get your name on the invitation list to reserve a space for the Field Day with the Bonner County Extension Office by calling (208)263-8511.
Autumn 2015 GROWING GREAT GARLIC WORKSHOP (date to be announced)
Fall is the ideal time to start your garlic for a summer harvest next year. Join Diane & Thom in exploring the best ways to maximize your harvest, and grow excellent garlic. We will only host this workshop if we have enough people signed up for it. Please plan and call ahead to reserve a space! Cost is $25. Call 263-8957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greentree Naturals Pumpkin Project
The Pumpkin Project is a wonderful opportunity to connect school children with farming and get them to think about where their food comes from. What better way to plan for the future than to share a farming project with the local school children? We need to cultivate our future farmers and one way to encourage this is to start with the kindergartners and first graders, although this project would be a success with other grades as well.
We typically start planning the Pumpkin Project with a local kindergartner or first grade teacher in March or April so they can work us into the lesson plan to include a biology lesson that includes how a pumpkin grows. We are willing to work with two or three classrooms each year to grow pumpkins for the students. We will provide the pots, soil, labels and pumpkin seeds, plus come and visit the classroom to assist with the planting of the pumpkin seeds. Each class will grow their pumpkins for 3-4 weeks, and then have a field trip to Greentree Naturals to transplant their pumpkins onto the farm. Each pumpkin plant will have a tag or stake with the child’s name on it.
We will grow the pumpkins through the summer; in the fall, after the frost, the children will return to harvest their pumpkin. Cost is $5 per child. To schedule a pumpkin project with us, contact us at your earliest convenience.