SAWBO Partners with ECHO to Deliver Agricultural Assistance to Farmers
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Spots can be reserved online through our event calendar or by clicking on the time for the event you wish to attend below. All workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Farm tours will be offered at a discounted rate and tickets can be purchased through our event calendar.
Saturday, October 22
Bunches of Bananas! 9:30 am
Do you have or want to plant bananas at your house? Are your bananas not producing the abundance you desire? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to banana botany and considerations for planting bananas in Southwest Florida. Then, the instructor will go over basic banana management including propagation, irrigation, and fertilization while demonstrating with bananas on the farm. This will be an on-farm walking workshop.
Grafting Demonstration 9:30 am
Grafting fruit trees is a great way to propagate the varieties of fruit trees that you want and expedite the fruiting process. Come and see two types of grafting demonstrated, as well as a short presentation about aftercare.
Tree Pruning Essentials 10:45 am
Take a look into the philosophy of pruning, tree biology and response to pruning, as well as the main types of pruning.
Food Forest Design for SW Florida 10:45 am
Come and learn about designing your food forest! Discover the unique opportunities and challenges of planting perennial food crops using agroforestry techniques and elements of permaculture design. This very popular and exciting yet very old approach to agriculture is well adapted to the climate and soil of SW Florida. However, good design is crucial for success! So, come and learn from Ecovision Lead Designer Tim Watkins and start your journey toward designing and planting your food forest!
Fall through Spring Gardening for Florida Newcomers 12:15 pm
Many newcomers to gardening in SW Florida will be surprised to learn how different the fall through spring seasons can be.
When I moved to Florida from Ohio in 1981 to start ECHO’s agricultural ministry, I too was astounded at how different year-round Florida gardening can be. This slide-illustrated talk will feature the three seasons from fall through winter and spring. (There is not enough time to cover the VERY different summer gardening.) We will look at how the gardening seasons change from early fall, to later fall, winter, early spring and late spring. Special attention will be given to temperature changes, protection from freezes and frost, and changes shadows will have as the sun moves north and returns.
Garden as You Grow (Kids Planting Activity) 12:15 pm
A workshop highlighting a plant’s life cycle from seed to maturity, kids will get a chance to observe plants at different stages, participate in some fun and educational activities, learn how to sow seeds in a take home container, and get excited about gardening! Plant with us!
Building with Bamboo 1:30 pm
Did you know that bamboo has a greater strength-to-weight ratio than steel, a higher tensile strength than wood, and produces harvestable timber in 3 to 4 years? Come learn some basic construction techniques for building with bamboo so you can utilize this incredible resource in your garden or home.
Year-round Gardening 1:30 pm
Gardening tends to be a reactive activity, responding to the season and putting in what seems good at the time.
Join this walking tour to talk about changing this paradigm to a gardening systems approach.
We will tour ECHO’s Global Farm garden beds and talk about strategies to think about your garden bed planning as an annual system.