Sponsored by Ozark Natural Foods & Fayetteville Public Library
All classes will be held in the Walker Room at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Friday, August 25
2:30-3:30 pm Vermicomposting—Composting with Worms
Join Jane Maginot with the U of A System Cooperative Extension Service for an in-depth look into vermicomposting. Find out how creating this rich compost can benefit your garden and reduce your food waste. This course will take you from the basics of what you need to know to start a worm bin to troubleshooting problems for established ones.
3:30-4:30 pm Backyard Gardening and Organic Pest Control
Luke Freeman will discuss how to grow a successful vegetable garden in the Arkansas Ozarks complete with tips and tricks for controlling garden pests organically. This information-packed presentation will also include strategies for weed control, fertility, irrigation, and deciding what to grow. Luke is a horticulture specialist who works for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and he is the owner of Freckled Hen Farm and the general store Freckled Hen Farmhouse with his wife Natalie.
Saturday, August 26
2:00-3:00 pm Late Summer Harvest Cooking
Join Chef Heather Artripe of Ozark Natural Foods and Hey Good Cookin for a Late Summer Harvest cooking class. In this class we will be using some summer favorites to make mouthwatering dishes. We will make a Smoked Summer Pasta Salad which includes bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, smoked cheddar, and the secret ingredient, applewood smoked salt. We will also make a Goat Cheese Tomato Pie. This savory pie will be sure to leave a wonderful taste in your mouth and inspire you to use this season’s harvest to cook your own delicious dishes at home.
3:00-4:00 pm Tincturing and Extracting Herbs and Foods
4:00-5:00 pm Raising Backyard Chickens
Eryn Johnson of Ozark Natural Foods will teach you everything you need to know to raise healthy chickens in your backyard! Choosing the right breeds, raising baby chicks, and caring for adult chickens will be covered, including feeding, housing, equipment, and predator control. Local chicken ordinances will be discussed so you can make sure you are following the rules. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced grower, you’ll find something for everyone in this fun and informative hands-on workshop. Come and meet some baby chicks!
Sunday, August 27
3:30-4:30 pm Growing Fig Trees
Stephen Vallus will share his expertise and answer your questions about cultivating one of the true wonders of the natural world, figs. From Florida and California to Fayetteville, Stephen has extensive experience as a grower and has been selling fig trees at area Farmers’ Markets since 2011.