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Up Next in Pollinators in the Piedmont: A History of Beekeeping

Join us for our next Pollinators in the Piedmont: History of Beekeeping on Wednesday, August 24, 6-7:30 PM – this time at Mordecai Historic Park!  We’ll be teaming up with Raleigh City Farm again for the next in our FREE series of Pollinators in the Piedmont.  Come tour the historical kitchen garden with us at Mordecai House and learn more about the history of bee keeping as well as the importance of pollinators to some of our favorite common kitchen garden plants.  Stick around for a free taste of Piemdont Picnic’s flower and honey delights!


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Free Program! Top 10 Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Your Home Garden

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us by joining us for this FREE program at Raleigh City Farm to learn ore about pollinators!  RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.  Special thanks to the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation for helping us provide this programming free of charge.


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Join us! Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop

Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, June 11, 9-11 AM


Reserve your spot here for our upcoming Tart & Tangy Yogurt Workshop!

Interested in learning to make your own yogurt at home? Want to know how to make extra-thick Greek-style yogurt? How about how to turn your yogurt into creamy yogurt cheese – labneh? We’ve got you covered!

Information will cover how to make make yogurt at home with no special equipment and then turn it into Greek-style yogurt or labneh yogurt cheese. We’ll provide a variety of mix-ins for you to choose from to make your very own ball of yogurt cheese to take home with you.

Reserve your spot here.

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Free Program! Fermentation History & How To

Join us for a FREE presentation on fermentation brought to you by Wake County Public Libraries!  We’ll give a general overview of fermentation history and methods as well as an in-depth demonstration on how to make your own sauerkraut.


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Free Program! The ABeeCs of the Pollinator Perimeter

We are excited to announce a new monthly series of classes at Raleigh City Farm – Pollinators in the Piedmont!   Join us one Wednesday evening a month to learn ore about pollinators and then try yummy flower and honey themed delights!  This month’s class – The ABeeCs of the Pollinator Perimeter – will include a tour of the history and purpose of Raleigh City Farm’s Pollinator Perimeter.  RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.  Special thanks to the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation for helping us provide this programming free of charge.


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Want to know how to keep spring flowers all year long?

Flower Power Preserving Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, April 9, 9-11 AM


Reserve your spot here for our upcoming Flower Power Preserving Workshop!

Interested in learning to make and preserve syrups and jellies? Want to know which wild or home-grown flowers you can actually eat and what to do with them? Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Information will cover how to make syrups and jellies out of edible flowers. Techniques generalize easily to herbs or fruit! You will leave with a solid overview of how to preserve your jelly using the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of jelly or syrup of your choosing that you help make!

Reserve your spot here.

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Get Cultured: Intro to Dairy Fermentation Class

Upcoming Class Schedule - Fall 2015

Join us for our upcoming class on dairy fermentation at Raleigh City Farm!

Location: Raleigh City Farm, 800 S Blount St., Raleigh

Time:  9-11 AM

Be sure to check out the Raleigh City Farm Stand (open 9-12) before you leave!


Get cultured: Intro to Dairy Fermentation + Fall Veggie Smoothies

Reserve your spot HERE for a place in our Intro to Dairy Fermentation class at Raleigh City Farm!

Learn some of the easiest dairy fermentation products to try yourself at home – including kefir, buttermilk, and creme fraiche! Receive kefir grains to take with you to try fermenting it yourself at home. Hear stories of Raleigh’s famous dairy history and how it affected what we drink today.  Enjoy smoothies made from kefir and fresh farm fall veggies while you learn.

And don’t forget to reserve your spot for our next class in November…

Ferment all the things: Intro to Veggie Fermentation + Pickle Bar

Reserve your spot HERE for a place in our Intro to Veggie Fermentation class at Raleigh City Farm!

Learn how to ferment your own vegetables at home! Hear stories about southern ferments…  is sauerkraut a southern tradition?  Find out!  We’ll use fresh farm fall veggies to make salty, sour, pro-biotic-rich fermented vegetables. Leave with a jar of your own to let ferment at home!

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September in the Piedmont: Monthly Planting Guide

You may have thought September marked the winding down of the gardening season as fall quickly approaches…  but you couldn’t be further from the truth!

It’s true that the time to plant any summer crops (with the exception of snap beans) has now passed, but for the fall garden, September is prime time!  And it’s also your last chance for most fall crops…  Note all the green highlighted rows in our guide below.

Upcoming Class Schedule - Fall 2015If you’d like to know more about how best to start your fall veggies, check out our upcoming:

Fall Veggie Gardening Class

at Raleigh City Farm

Saturday, September 12, 9-11 AM!

It will be part of a new series of classes we’re doing at the farm this fall – all using fall veggies!  For this class, you’ll learn about what to plant and how to plant it, hear stories of historical vegetable growing practices, and enjoy fresh juice made from end-of-summer veggies from the farm.  Recovering from Hopscotch the night before?  We’ve got just the thing…

It’s past time to start your fall seedlings indoors, but there is still plenty of time to purchase transplants from your local garden center or direct seed many others.  Some plants that we generally think of growing only from transplants can actually be direct-seeded in the fall, such as cauliflower and kohlrabi.  Who knew?

So take advantage of the milder weather fall brings, and start sneaking in some fall crops between your dwindling summer plants!  Don’t forget to give them a good helping of compost or well-aged manure.  Your garden will need a little pick-me-up after the toll summer production can take on it.

September Planting Guide


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Winter Gardening: A great time for lasagna

For those who garden or want to garden, winter can seem like a stagnant time when one cuddles up inside and dreams about spring.  Yet, there are lots of ways to grow things in winter or to prepare your garden for spring, even now!  Starting a lasagna garden bed is one of those ways…  You can start one at any time of the year, but winter can actually be one of the best times!  This makes it a great topic for our Feasting in Times of Winter Scarcity series.

What is Lasagna Gardening?  

  • Similar to no-till, no-dig, sheet mulching, forest gardening (permaculture)
  • Rather than dig a vegetable bed, you simply layer organic materials over your existing lawn/weeds to kill the grass and decompose into nutrient-rich garden soil.

Why Lasagna Garden?  

  • It’s easy.  No digging and no weeding!  Avoid two of the most laborious and tedious parts of gardening.
  • It uses up waste materials.  You can use your kitchen scraps, yard waste, old cardboard and newspapers…  even pick up waste from local coffee shops or breweries!
  • It’s cheap.  If you take the time to collect various organic waste materials from your kitchen, yard, or around town, you can do this for free!  If you are in a hurry, you can spend a little money on store-bought materials to speed things along.
  • It’s sustainable.  You use up organic waste materials that might have ended up in the landfill, while reducing soil erosion and nutrient loss, and start growing hyper-local food!
  • It’s scalable.  Use whatever you have when you have it and layer as you go!  No need to run out and buy large quantities of organic materials all at once.  Use it on any size bed!

How do I start a Lasagna Garden?  

Join us for a FREE DEMO this Saturday, January 16th at 2 PM as Piedmont Picnic’s co-founder, Elizabeth, acts as a guinea pig for learning about and building an lasagna garden!  Find details HERE.  

LasagnaAdvertNot able to make it this weekend but still want to learn more?  

See our CLASSES page for information on how YOU can host your own Lasagna Gardening Workshop for you and your friends!  

UPDATE:  See how it all turned out here!


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