About Chesapeake CRAFT

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Welcome to Chesapeake CRAFT! Modeled after other CRAFT programs around the country, the Chesapeake Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training is an exciting way to learn about different approaches to farming during the season while visting farms and connecting with new farming peers.

Founded in 2010 by a few local farmers, Chesapeake CRAFT brings together the community of new and aspiring farmers in Northern Virginia and Maryland for farm tours and potlucks throughout the growing season. These simple gatherings are fun, informative, and build networking amongst the farming community.

How it works:

Chesapeake CRAFT events will take place on twelve Mondays throughout the growing season, April- October. CRAFT  farm tours commence at 3:30pm, followed by a potluck dinner.

Chesapeake CRAFT fee: The fee for a farm’s participation in Chesapeake CRAFT is $150.00 which includes attendance of your farm staff to any CRAFT event during the season. It is understood that most farm crews cannot attend every event, due to schedule conflicts etc. The $150.00 goes towards compensating special presenters at CRAFT events, and will also offset the costs of the Summer Solstice conference. Individuals can sign up for the CRAFT program for $50 for the season. Single event attendance is $10.

How to sign up:

Accokeek Foundation will handle money for the Chesapeake CRAFT program, and serve as an organizational sponsor for the program. Please make checks payable to Accokeek Foundation and either bring to the tour event or send to:

Chesapeake CRAFT

c/0 Maureen Moodie

15290 Purcellville Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Questions? Contact chesapeakecraft@gmail.com

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Join us for our next CRAFT tour at Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, Virginia THIS COMING MONDAY, May 13. Tour starts at 3:30 and will be followed by a potluck! You can find the farm at 5167 Jeffersonton Rd  Jeffersonton, VA 22724. 

We’re excited to learn all about flowers this tour! Wollam Gardens is an 11 acre, commercial cut flower farm selling in the metro DC area at six farmers’ markets, numerous specialty florists, wedding and party designers, and select Whole Foods stores.
Wollam Gardens is also a “destination” flower farm where painters, photographers, garden clubs, families, and plant lovers stroll our fields, talk to our employees, and enjoy the beauty of our 80 plus varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals.

First Tour of the Season!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Potomac Vegetable Farms for the first CRAFT tour of the season! It was a great event and a huge thanks goes out to the whole PVF crew for hosting! (thanks, Hana!) We can’t wait to see you all again next month!

Haven’t joined CRAFT yet? Sign up for the newsletter and come see us! Socialize! Meet other farmers! See other farms! (Sign up HERE)

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Chesapeake CRAFT Calendar 2013!

2013 FARM TOUR CALENDAR!

April 22 Potomac Vegetable Farms, East (Vienna, VA)
May 13 Wollam Gardens (Jeffersonton, VA)
June 3 Common Good City Farm (Washington, DC)
June 24 Summer Solstice Conference @ Red Wiggler (Germantown, MD)
July 15 Flying Plow Farm (Joppa, MD)
August 5 Holter Home Farms (Jefferson, MD)
August 26 Moutoux Orchard (Purcellville, VA)
Sept 16 Radix Farm (Upper Marlboro, MD)
October 7 Smith Meadows (Berryville, VA)
October 28 Accokeek Ecosystem Farm (Accokeek, MD)
November 11 Willowsford Farm (Willowsford, VA)

Come join us Mondays throughout the season for good times, good friends and good farms. If you have any questions, please e-mail chesapeakecraft@gmail.com. To get on the mailing list and receive all the updates, add your name HERE!

Spring is Here!

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Welcome to the new and updated 2013 Chesapeake CRAFT webpage! We are so excited for a new year and a new growing season! We are working to finalize the 2013 tour calendar, so check back soon for dates and locations!

New to CRAFT? Join us every couple weeks at farms around the region to socialize, celebrate and learn! For $150, your farm can join the Chespeake CRAFT network– this allows your farmworkers, interns, apprentices and staff to join us at all our events and participate in the 2nd annual Summer Solstice Conference.

See you on the farm!

-The CRAFT Team

Summer Solstice Conference Tentative Agenda

9:30am- REGISTRATION/COFFEE/TEA

10:00am- Welcome to CRAFT SUMMER SOLSTICE. Introductions and Shop-Keeping

10:15am- Workshop Session I

a)      A Behind the Scenes Look at the Seed Industry- Shep Ogden

b)      Full Spectrum CSA (With Emphasis on Small Scale Dairy)- Rob Moutoux

c)       Raw Foods- Simple, Quick Recipes to Maximize Your Vitality Through the Day- Katie

11:15-11:30- BREAK

11:30-12:45- Workshop Session II

a)      Resources and Inspiration for Beginning Farmers- Alice Chalmers, Chip and Susan Planck, New Farmers (TBD)

b)      Understanding Chickens and Eggs- a Close-up View- Elise and Claudette

c)       How We Amend Our Soils and Plants for Productivity- Susan Planck, Rob Moutoux, Mike Snow

d)      Anybody Sore? Practical Yoga for Farmers- Anna Whalen (Bring a Yoga Mat and Small Towel if You Can!)

1:00-2:00- LUNCH

2:00-3:00- Workshop Session III

a)      Thinking about Leasing or Buying Land? Let’s talk strategy. Chip Planck, Rachel Bynum, Eric Plaksin.

b)      The Salatin-style Pastured Eggs and Poultry Thing. My Experience. Jesse Straight. To Be Confirmed Sunday.

c)       Compost, PVF Style. Farmer Ellen.

d)      Pizza Making Anyone? Sophie Mendelsohn.

3:15-3:30- BREAK

3:30-4:30- Workshop Session IV

a)      Yoga for Sore Farmers II- Anna Whalen.

b)      Effective Management of Youth and Volunteers on the Farm- Kara Desmond

c)       Basic Edible and Medicinal Weeds- Tess

d)      Farm Tour One (da veggies)- Attila

4:30-4:45- BREAK

4:45-6:00- Workshop Session V

a)      Food Justice Roundtable Discussion- Led by Tess and Peter

b)      Basic Pickle Making- Casey G.

c)       Farm Tour Two (the animals). Shawna Dewitt.

d)      Looking at Trees from a Sustainable Foresty Perspective- A Walk in the Woods with Mitch G.

6:00-7:30- Potluck Dinner & Wrap

 

If you have paid your CRAFT fee for the year, you are covered! If not, you can either pay for the year, or if you just plan to come to this one event it is $20/person. Email chesapeakecraft@gmail.com with questions and to let us know you are coming!

2012 Craft Schedule

All visits are on Mondays starting at 3:30 unless otherwise noted! Please see the “About” page for additional info!

This schedule is tentative. The dates are likely to stay the same, but some locations may change. Please check back often!

April 16th   Red Wiggler Community Farm (Germantown, MD)
May 7th    Smith Meadow (Berryville, VA)
May 21st    Open Book Farm (Myersville, MD)
June 4th    PA Bowen Farmstead (Brandywine, MD)
June 25th    Mountain View (Purcellville, VA) (Summer Solstice Conference! More details to follow)
July 9th    Gorman Produce (Laurel, MD)
July 30th    Waterpenny/Mt Vernon (Sperryville, VA)                                                       August 6th Peace Hollow Farm                                                                                      August 13th    PVF/Greenstone (Purcellville, VA)
September 10th    Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (Beltsville, MD)
September 24th    Stoney Lonesome (Gainesville, VA)
October 8th    TBA
October 13th (Saturday)    Accokeek
October 29th    Even Star (Lexington Park, MD)
November 12th    Moutoux Orchard (Purcellville, VA)