Calling All Gardeners!

The sun is shining and the soil is beginning to warm up, so now’s the time to order seeds and plant lettuce seedlings. We’re just a month away from planting potatoes, spinach, lettuce and peas!


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If you need more sunshine or more land, think of joining the gardeners at the Mayo Yowell Community Garden – we’re taking requests now for plots in Madison, Virginia’s only community garden..

Carty Yowell has been getting the soil ready and will do the last prep before mid-March. Drive by and see those plots just waiting for someone to use them! The garden is on the east side of Route 29, between Shelby and Gibbs Roads (just south of Lam’s Furniture).

Roscoe Barnes is returning as the on-site coordinator this year, which is great news. Roscoe did a terrific job last year of keeping in touch with gardeners and keeping the perimeter of the garden under control!

This year we have good news – we have received a grant from the Piedmont Environmental Council to help us promote and maintain the garden. We are hoping to stretch the PEC dollars by seeking donations of key equipment and supplies as well. If you have a working wheelbarrow to donate or manure you can deliver, please let me know!

Our community garden kick-off is scheduled for 2 pm, Sunday, March 24. James Barnes of the PEC will demonstrate how you can build suitable housing for birds that need a boost in Madison County – bluebirds, wood duck, kestrals, screech owls, barn owls, and bats. If you want to be a good bird landlord but don’t want to build your own housing, James can take orders for pre-made housing.

Please spread the word about signing up for plots in the community garden and about our Community Garden Kick-off at 2 pm March 24.

See you at the garden!

Jan Richter

There’s an Extra Seat at Our Table- Refer a Friend and Help Grow a Farm

There are lots of great CSAs in the Austin area (seriously, you really can’t go wrong!), but Farmhouse Delivery is the one that I’ve stuck with for some of the best in all-local produce, pastured meats and dairy, fresh eggs, herbs and a growing list of artisanal products..

“Turn good eating into a revolution! Locally raised and produced food is better tasting, better for the environment, better for our local economy, and better for your health.”

“Now YOU can help revive the family farm, reconnect with the seasons, and reap the rewards with a Farmhouse Delivery Membership. Fall season begins August 16th and our farmers need to know how much to plant and allocate for this bountiful harvest. Limited Membership helps ensure we deliver the highest-quality seasonal produce, meat, dairy, and artisanal products to your home!”

The Fall Season starts on August 16th, so if you’re ready to join go here to signup and mention “@EdibleAria” in the comments box during checkout for a chance for both of us to win a local, free-range turkey OR two free weeks of produce delivery!

“What’s in season this fall?  Look for late-season tomatoes, heirloom peppers, pumpkins, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, persimmons, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, beans, corn, sweet potatoes, radishes & more!”

“Have more questions about how farm membership works? visit the FAQ page for more details.”