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Spring Skill Share and Plant Sale 2013
CAC Beardsley Community Farm (behind the Laura Cansler Boys and Girls Club)
Knoxville, TN
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Spring Skill Share and Plant Sale 2013
CAC Beardsley Community Farm is happy to announce the 3nd annual Spring 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 this Skill Share; please see the following for more in-depth descriptions.  Participants can sign up for one, two, or all of the classes.  Sign up early to reserve your spot! Tickets are also available at the gate.

Our Spring Skill Share will also feature our plant sale. Choose from a wide variety of herbs, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, ornamentals, and more! A full list of plants will be posted on our website prior to the plant sale.


Schedule of Events

10:30 AM  Tour of CAC Beardsley Community Farm

11:00 AM   Pest Management and Beneficial Insects
Ticket Cost: $5

The first half of Mary Rogers' workshop will cover pest identification and organic pest management techniques in a vegetable garden; Attendees will also learn about beneficial insects and native pollinator conservation .

Mary Rogers runs the UT organic crops internship program with Jeff Martin. She recently received her PhD in Plants, Soils and Insects from UT. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher, studying organic management techniques for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, and as an Extension assistant in the UT bee program.

1:00 PM  Tips and Techniques for Producing Organic Compost with Neal Denton
Ticket Cost: $5

Neal Denton will be teaching a class on tips and techniques for producing organic compost. He will discuss bin and windrow systems, small to medium scale composting, covercropping, direct on the ground composting, and sheet composting.

Neal Denton is the County Director and Extension Agent with UT/TSU Extension-Knox County. He is responsible for farming, home horticulture and solid waste management education. Neal also does horticulture programming for Live at Five at Four and the Morning Show with WBIR Ch. 1O, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville.

Neal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Secondary Education from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, a Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and completed some post-graduate work in Agronomy at the University of Kentucky in Lexington before taking his current job with The University of Tennessee Extension-Knox County in 1994.

3:00 PM  Backyard Tomato Production
Ticket Cost: $5

Jeff Martin will discuss ways to increase tomato production with the use of companion plants and crop rotations.  He will also go over methods for starting seeds, how to choose varieties that work best for your garden, and how to extend your growing season.  Major insects and diseases affecting tomatoes will be discussed and how to limit their damage without the use of harmful chemicals.

Jeff Martin received his Masters degree from UT in organic and sustainable crop production. He studied high tunnels and effects on organic tomato production, and is working with Mary Rogers for UT's farmer's market internship program.  He will be discussing ways to maximize tomato yields, season extension tools, disease and insect identification and control, and other management techniques.

Ticket cost for all three workshops: $15

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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Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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