Food Resilience Newsletter: Farm Tours, Field Trips, & More

The Bainbridge Prepares Food Resilience team has issued short seasonal newsletter that we are republishing here for any and all interested. Take a look below at all of the fun and educational events happening over the next several weeks and months.

Tour Bainbridge Farms with the Farmers Who Know Them Best

Come learn their history, how they grow, and why they’re so important to our community today. Each farm is unique, and many will offer u-pick or produce sales on the day of our visit. Spend a lovely morning connecting to your farmers, your food, and your community… and it’s free!

Second and fourth Sundays (unless otherwise noted) in July, August, and September, 2022, from 10 am to noon.  All locations are on Bainbridge Island. Sign up link below.

July 10: Bainbridge Island Farms: U-pick raspberries & dahlias amidst corn fields & Christmas tree groves

July 31: Bainbridge Blueberry Company: U-pick blueberries & dahlias, teas, picnic area (Note this is the 5th Sunday rather than the 4th.)

Aug 14: Butler Green Farms: Greenhouse-growing on T&C Market founders’ historic Middlefield Farm

Aug 28: Laughing Crow Farm: Horse-powered, historic land full of produce & vineyards

Sept 11: Peaceful Morning Farm: All-volunteer farm growing food for our food banks.

Sept 25: Vireo Farm: Hydroponic produce farm and native plants restoration

Farm locations may change date order.

Sign up & get details at  https://bit.ly/Farmtrips 

Email Farmtrips@hawkapp.com or all Carol at 206-331-1979 with any questions.

Summer & Fall Bring Bumper Crops of Fruit and Veg. Learn to preserve them at our Veg Club Session at B.A.R.N. 

Join us at the amazing campus of our community partner, BARN  (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network). Instructors will show you successful, safe practices for easy water-bath canning as they make dill pickles and strawberry jam. These skills transfer to other jams, pickles, chutneys, and preserves. Free class. Space is limited.

Date & Time: Tues, July 12th 5-7 PM

Location: BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island

Registration is required at  https://bit.ly/VegClubCanning

Grow tree fruit in your yard, large or small

Learn how to grow and maintain fruit trees in our Veg Club session in Darren Murphy’s incredible fruit garden. The head of Bainbridge Island Fruit Club, Darren grows dozens of fruits, including berries, grapes and multi-grafted tree-fruits in his small suburban garden. He’ll show you how you can do it, too, whether you have a postage stamp plot or a large expanse. This is a very popular tour so we encourage you to carpool, bike, or walk to the venue if you can.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30-7:30 PM Free.

Location : 762 Klickitat Place, NE Bainbridge Island

Email Carol@hawkapp.com with questions about any of these events.

Watch previous Veg Club sessions on the Bainbridge Prepares YouTube channel. Click the links below.

Feb: Starting Your Garden: What, When, Where, Locally Adapted Seeds

Mar: Season Extension: How to get more from your garden over a longer season

Apr: The Power of a Healthy Soil Ecosystem

May: Common Pests & Diseases + Predatory Insects & How to Attract Them

Jun: Eat from Your Garden All Fall, Winter, & Early Spring + irrigation resources

Jul: Preserving Your Harvest: Canning at BARN In-Person Field Trip

Aug: Fabulous Fruit Tree In-Person Field Trip

Sept: Storing Your Harvest in Garden, Garage, and Pantry

Oct: Composting

Veg Club & Farm Trips are presented by the Bainbridge Prepares Food Resilience