Field Workshop on Growing and Caring for Elderberries ($25)

Greensboro Bend, Vermont
Friday, August 26, 2016

Field Workshop on Growing and Caring for Elderberries ($25)

Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Thornhill Farm
198 Taylor Road
Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842
United States

Phone: 802-656-2990

Thank you for your interest in elderberries!  This is such a popular topic that we've filled up. 

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Learn ​how ​to ​establish ​and ​maintain ​elderberry ​bushes ​using ​organic ​practices ​for ​home ​or ​commercial ​use. ​This ​two ​hour ​workshop ​at ​beautiful ​Thornhill ​Farm ​in ​the ​rolling ​high ​hills ​of ​Greensboro, ​Vermont ​will ​provide ​you ​with ​an ​overview ​of ​site ​preparation, ​soil ​fertility ​and ​health, ​weed ​and ​pest ​management ​and ​the ​basics ​required ​to ​grow ​certified ​organic ​berries. ​We ​will ​also ​have ​an ​opportunity ​to ​compare ​the ​seven ​different ​cultivars ​planted ​at ​Thornhill ​Farm ​by ​Todd ​Hardie, ​including ​Coomer ​and ​Berry ​Hill, ​both ​given ​to ​Todd ​by ​elderberry ​breeder ​and ​Vermont ​horticultural ​legend, ​Lewis ​Hill. ​ ​Workshop ​participants ​will ​receive ​an ​elderberry ​cutting ​to ​plant ​at ​home!

This ​workshop ​will ​be ​capped ​at ​30 ​participants.
Our ​presenters ​are ​some ​of ​the ​most ​experienced ​elderberry ​growers ​and ​processors ​in ​the ​state

Todd ​Hardie ​founded ​Honey ​Gardens ​Apiaries ​and ​Caledonia ​Spirits, ​both ​of ​which ​use ​elderberry ​in ​their ​products. ​He ​currently ​farms ​at ​Thornhill ​Farm, ​where ​he ​grows ​7 ​cultivars ​of ​elder ​on ​2+ ​acres, ​including ​Lewis ​Hill’s ​cultivars ​Berry ​Hill ​and ​Coomer. ​Winter ​rye, ​barley, ​Mangalista ​and ​registered ​Tamworth ​pigs ​are ​also ​grown ​on ​the ​farm.

John ​Hayden ​grows ​and ​processes ​elderberry ​with ​his ​wife, ​Nancy. ​Together ​they ​run ​The ​Farm ​Between, ​a ​certified ​organic ​fruit ​nursery ​and ​farm ​in ​Jeffersonville ​and ​make ​syrups ​with ​elderberry. ​

David ​Fried ​is ​a ​certified ​horticulturalist ​with ​over ​33 ​years ​researching ​and ​growing ​cold-hardy ​varieties ​suited ​to ​Vermont’s ​climate. ​His ​nursery, ​Elmore ​Roots, ​carries ​seven ​varieties ​of ​elderberries ​that ​will ​thrive ​in ​Vermont. ​

Nicole ​Dehne, ​Certification ​Director ​of ​NOFA-VT ​for ​Vermont ​Organic ​Farmers, ​will ​also ​be ​available ​to ​answer ​questions ​about ​organic ​certification
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