April Meeting

April 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hill's Farm Fresh Produce, dba The Fruit & Veggie Wagon
359 Old Country Club Rd
Charles Town, WV 25414
Carole Brooks

Fruit and Veggie Wagon“Seeds to Seedlings” with Dave Hill of the Fruit and Veggie Wagon.

We started seeding on February 2 and now have a couple thousand vegetable seedlings. Some of them (broccoli, cauliflower, greens and tomatoes) are in the ground and many more will be planted by the time GEG visits. We also have hundreds of hanging baskets and planters. Bedding plants and herbs number another couple of thousand, so you are coming at our most heavily populated time.

I will discuss how we start our seeds and grow our seedlings. I will also provide a quick primer on our greenhouse and high tunnel ecosystems, from how we build them to how we maintain them and the benefits of their use as a produce and flower grower.

This year we began grafting five varieties of tomato plants and one variety of bell pepper. I will have some in the ground and some ready for sale. All of our plants and flowers will be available for those who would like to get an early start.

We are opening the Fruit and Veggie Wagon the day of of the GEG visit, so it may get a little bit hectic around 10am. We will also be selling our products at the Charles Town Farmer’s Market that morning, so my wife Missy will not be at the farm when you arrive. We are constantly improving, automating and expanding our facility, so bear with us on any of our construction areas.

Directions and Parking: Watch for the helpful GEG signs as you arrive. Drive down to the barn and we will find you a place.

Breakfast at 9am: GEG members are encouraged to bring a breakfast item to share. As usual, bring a chair and your breakfast tableware.

Plant Exchange:  Do you have extra seeds or seedlings of your own? Too many perennials? Bring them to share with GEG members. If possible, please identify the plants.