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Fall Skill Share
CAC Beardsley Community Farm (behind the Laura Cansler Boys and Girls Club)
Knoxville, TN
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Fall Skill Share
CAC Beardsley Community Farm is happy to announce the 2nd annual Fall Skill Share: a day of workshops at the farm. We hope to bring together individuals with different levels of experience in gardening for a day of learning and connecting. We have three workshops scheduled for the Fall Skill Share; please see the following for more in-depth descriptions.  Participants can sign up for one or all of the classes until.  Please note that space is limited for some of the classes.   We have limited rain barrels and serviceberry trees for the pruning class.  Sign up early to reserve your spot!  

**The Tootsie Food Truck will be there, so bring your appetites and some spare change!**

Schedule of Events

10:30 AM  Tour of CAC Beardsley Community Farm

11:00 AM  "Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop" with Local Water Resource Professionals

Brown Paper Ticket Cost: $55
Walk-in price: $55

The Water Quality Forum in partnership with the Fort Loudon Lake Association will conduct a "Make Your Own" Rain Barrel Workshop. Participants will learn how to make, install, and maintain a rain barrel as well as how to help keep our local waterways clean -- all through fun and engaging presentations.  They will then assemble their personal rain barrel for take-home."  

There are only 30 rain barrels, so sign up early!

1:00 PM  Pruning 101 with Joe Cope of Cortese Tree Specialists

Brown Paper Ticket Cost: $20
Walk-in price: $27

This workshop will cover aspects of general pruning, as well as a focus on fall and winter pruning.  Topics covered will include reasons for pruning, tool selection, and pruning techniques. In addition, seasonal pruning will be explored, including shaping trees at planting, pruning for fruit production, and tree and shrub renovation.  Class participants will take home a serviceberry tree, a value of $24, made possible by Overhill Gardens.  

Joe Cope is a certified arborist with Cortese Tree Specialists, Inc. He has worked at the UT Gardens, Biltmore Estate, and the Arnold Arboretum. Joe received his B.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Charleston, SC, Joe now resides in North Knoxville in a house that has no trees.

3:00 PM  "Green Manure and Cover Crops" with Jeff Ross of Blackberry Farm

Brown Paper Ticket Cost: $10
Walk-in price: $13

Before the advent of modern fertilizers, farmers over the centuries have relied on cover crops, or "green manures" to rejuvenate and boost fertility in their soils. Whether you are farming acres of row crops, or simply putting your backyard vegetable patch to bed for the winter, cover cropping is more relevant than ever. Join Blackberry Farm's Jeff Ross to learn the ancient art of growing a living blanket in your garden, and take home some seeds to plant your own.

Jeff Ross joined Blackberry Farm as the Garden Manager in early 2006 and broke ground on the current culinary gardens and truffle orchard at the Farmstead.  Jeff Ross has worked in propagation, nursery management, garden design and restoration of period and historic gardens. His love for history colors his interest in the lore of the Appalachian region and its plantlife. Additionally, cooking is one of his greatest passions, and is what drives him as a grower of organic herbs and vegetables. Jeff has now been working with plants for a living for over twenty years.

Brown Paper Ticket Cost for all three workshops: $75
Cost for all three workshops day of SkillShare: $90

About the farm:
CAC Beardsley Community Farm has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach for 13 years. Beardsley Farm grows and donates over 4,000 pounds of produce annually to local food pantries, and a women's shelter. The farm additionally offers extensive child, youth, and adult education programing on growing food organically. We also offer 30 free garden plots for members of our local community and host an urban fruit orchard in Malcolm Martin Park.

And we need volunteers to make it all happen! Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of gardening skills, such as composting, seed saving, beekeeping, basic construction, and everything in-between. We welcome volunteers of all ages and skill levels to get involved. To learn more information please call 546.8446 or email



CAC Beardsley Community Farm (behind the Laura Cansler Boys and Girls Club) (View)
1719 Reynolds St.
Knoxville, TN 37921
United States

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