August 8, 2009

Backyard Locavore Success

Thanks to everyone who attended the Cooperative Extension's Backyard Locavore Tour on Saturday. The tour was a big success - we sold all of our tickets and had lots of positive feedback from all the Locavores on the tour.

I had the pleasure of staffing Old Ocean House Farms in Cape Elizabeth. This is a beautiful property, from the house (mansion, really) to the land, which is being farmed by a young couple (Maryellen and Chad, who now farm Green Spark Farm in Cape).

The landowner has beautiful ornamental gardens around his house, and I it was a pleasure to look at this cutting and propagation garden all morning.

The farmer, Maryellen, was happily escorting groups of Locavores around her fields.

And I got to hang out in the garden house (that's not me), explaining how to make herbal vinegars to those who were interested. A Master Gardener volunteer was on hand to answer any questions.

If you missed the event this year, be sure to look for it next year. Thanks to those who made it a smashing success!