2018 Annual Luncheon Concludes Another Great Year

Garden club members gathered at the Mile Away restaurant in Milford on June 7 for the club’s annual luncheon and final business meeting of the year.  The weather was perfect for touring the gardens. Thank you to Vice President Becky Stoughton for arranging this wonderful event, President Doffie Farrar for her heartfelt remarks looking back on the year, and Deb DellOrfano for the musical accompaniment. Photos below courtesy of the indispensable Marti Warren. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

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Mar. 1 Evening Meeting — Plants in Our National Parks

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

The Amherst Garden Club’s first evening meeting of the spring is Thurs., Mar 1, at Parkhurst Place (11 Veterans Road, Amherst) 7:00-8:30 pm.

Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar will take us on a whirlwind pictorial tour of plant life in our national parks, making the case that “plants” should be right up there with waterfalls and majestic rock formations on the list of “Why we visit our national parks.”

Steve’s passion for our parks is infectious, so come prepared to be inspired and bring your vacation planner!

Open to the public at no fee.

Mar. 1 Daytime Meeting — Meet Farmer Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

The Amherst Garden Club’s next meeting is Thurs., Mar 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church (9:00-11:30 am) with speaker Tom Mitchell.

Tom is the owner of Ledge Top Farm in Wilton, where he has been growing chemical-free vegetables and small fruit for 40 years. Formerly a biology teacher at Milford High School, Tom’s knowledge of genetics and plant life provided a good background for success in farming.

Along with running Ledge Top Farm, Tom once farmed the land that is now the Stearns-Davis Community Garden in Amherst. He can still be found there, supporting the community garden with his labor and expertise.

Next door to Ledge Top Farm is another of Tom’s endeavors: Four Seasons Aquaponics, which he and a business partner started in 2015. Aquaponics combines “aquaculture” (raising fish) and “hydroponics” (soil-less gardening). This innovative approach to growing plants and fish together in one integrated system enables Tom to produce fresh leafy greens and herbs year-round in his greenhouse.

Tom’s presentation will cover the history of Ledge Top Farm and Four Seasons Aquaponics, including the organic growing methods he uses. As a member of Certified Naturally Grown, he is committed to organic farming.

After the presentation, we’ll raffle off a Ledge Top Farm CSA membership valued at $100. The winner will enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables from Ledge Top Farm in 2018. There may also be produce from the aquaponics greenhouse for sale at the meeting, depending on what Tom has available at the time.

Open to the public at no fee.

Feb. 1 Daytime Meeting — Plants in Our National Parks

The Amherst Garden Club’s next meeting is Thurs., Feb 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church (9:00-11:30 am). Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar will take us on a whirlwind pictorial tour of the gorgeous plant life in our national parks.

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

Steve has extensively explored almost all the National Parks in the United States, and his passion for our parks is infectious.

After Steve’s presentation, please join us for a casual lunch, which will include a variety of soups and chilis, breads and desserts, homemade by our own garden club chefs — a great way to warm up a mid-winter day!

Open to the public at no fee. There is no evening meeting this month. Evening meetings resume in March.