Have you ever wanted to garden but have no idea where to start? Do you have a green thumb already but nowhere to put it to use? Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center on White Oaks Road in Laconia welcomes you to join us for our new Introduction to Organic Gardening program, beginning Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10am. In this 6-week series you will get your hands dirty learning all of the basics – garden planning, soil preparation, starting seeds, building raised beds, weed identification, care, maintenance and more. By June you and your newly “green” thumb will have the skills to start your own backyard garden and become part of our essential garden volunteer crew.

“I am so excited to get this year’s garden underway,” says Andie Hessian, Naturalist and Educator at Prescott Farm. Andie began with Prescott Farm in October 2017. She graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a B.S. in Public Health, where she became interested in the connections between food, the environment, and health. She spent two years as a FoodCorps service member in rural Arkansas where she managed a school garden and taught food- and garden-based lessons to students of all ages. Andie has great plans for Prescott Farm’s teaching gardens throughout the Spring, Summer and into our Farmhouse Kitchen series this Fall. More information, program details and registration are available online at prescottfarm.org.

“We have been blessed with the help of our friends and volunteers Ursula and John Allen for many years,” says Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Program Director at Prescott Farm. “They have helped create simply amazing heritage gardens here at Prescott Farm. We are looking to grow our volunteer base to continue to maintain these beautiful gardens, especially as we expand our teaching gardens and programs.”

If you are really interested in becoming a backyard farmer, and engaging even more with Prescott Farm, don’t miss our new Keeping Chickens program on Saturday, June 30 at 10am, as we reintroduce chickens to Prescott Farm.