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Backyard Farm & Garden Free Lectures
Marshfield Senior Center
Marshfield, MA
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Brought to you by The Marshfield Agricultural Commission

The Backyard Farm and Garden lectures are free and open to all!

It is a half day of fun education with lectures, vendors, door prizes and light refreshments.

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 9:00 to 9:45 am
Registration, vendor booths, snacks
 9:45 am
- Opening Remarks/Introductions/First  session
          (select one of the following three lectures):
     Organic Seed Starting      
     Design basics for Home Gardens    
     Raising Alpacas and using their Fiber    

 11:00 to 11:20 am
 Break, vendor booths open

 11:20 am
 - Second session (select one lecture)  
     Xeriscaping (low water gardens)
     Sun Gardens for All Seasons    
     Goat Keeping        

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Lecture Descriptions:

9:15 - Organic Seed Starting:

Lecture teaches home gardeners the skills needed to      propagate seeds. Principles and techniques for variety selection, timing, starting herbs, vegetables and flowers from seed, growing, transplanting, and harvesting. Demonstration includes planting a table top propagation chamber and participants will take home seeds, propagation containers and samples of growing medium.  There will also be items for purchase. Includes Q&A session with Paul F. Split.

9:15 - Design Basics for Home Gardens:
The key to a successful garden is in analyzing your site and matching plants to the light, soil type, and exposure your growing conditions offer.  The presentation will cover site options, garden styles, forms, andthemes, basic design principles, and plant selection for a garden that offers year-round beauty.  Q&A session included, taught by Suzanne Mahler.

9:15 - Cheryl and Bronie Rozanus of Sippican River Farm tell their story of how they breed, raise and use the wool from their herd of 18 alpacas. Talk will cover the basics of raising alpacas, why the wool is so valuable, as wellas fiber harvesting and processing including handmade and manufactured products. Q&A session included and products available for purchase.


11:20 -
Xeriscaping (low water gardens):
Discover how to create bountiful gardens and landscapes with less water using the 7 principles of xeriscaping. Some of the topics discussed during the lecture will be soil improvement, mulches, proper watering and maintenance, turf alternatives, and drought-tolerant plants for New England.  Q&A included with Paul F. Split.

11:20 - Sun Gardens for All Seasons:

An effective garden is a pleasure to view in all    seasons.  The program identifies plants offeringa succession of bloom and interest for sunny sites, including a wide array of woody plants, perennialsand annuals.  Good design principals and tips on plant combinations will be illustrated via garden photos taken throughout the growing season. Q&A with Suzanne Mahler.

11:20 - Goat Keeping:

This program is designed for anyone interested in goat keeping or aiming to increase their knowledge.  Lecture will cover basic husbandry, behavior, diet, medicine, parasites and common diseases. The talk will be adjusted to fit the knowledge level of the audience. Includes Q&A with Dr. Karin Kaczorowski.


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Speaker Biographies:

Paul F. Split
the dynamic horticulturalist and chef, returns to entertain and delight with his vast knowledge and  over 50 years experience with organic gardening.  He frequently presents to large audiences including the Boston Flower Show. Paul will have items for sale at the event.  Presents on seed Starting and Xeriscaping.

Suzanne Mahler
is a horticulturalist well recognized for her local column, Green Thumbs Up, and for her thoughtful and inspirational presentations, sharing her 40 years of passionate gardening experience and 30 years of lecturing at garden clubs, flower shows and horticultural societies.  Presents on Design Basics and Sun Gardens.

Bronie & Cheryl Rozenas
- have been raising alpacas on their Rochester, MA farm since 2008 in hopes of it leading into a nice retirement job. They  maintain a herd of 18 alpacas, harvest the highly sought after wool, and sell a variety of products.  They will share their stories in their presentation on Keeping Alpacas and Using the Fiber.

Karin Kaczorowski, DVM
studied at Tufts University.  She is a mixed animal practitioner but is best know for her work with goats.  Her mobile           veterinary practice covers southeastern MA.  She enjoys rowing, running and riding in her free time.  Presents on Goat Keeping.

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Location & Directions:
The Marshfield Senior Center,
230 Webster Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

Directions from Boston:
Take Route 3 South to Exit 12, bear right onto Route 139 East, Marshfield. Go 3.6 miles (Rite-Aid & CVS on left)  into town, turn right at traffic light at CVS onto Webster St. (Dairy Queen is after the turn). Senior Center is 1.8 miles on your left.

Directions from the Cape:
Take Route 3 North to Exit 11, Route 14 East, Duxbury.  Turn right onto Route 14/Congress St.  Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Route 14.  Stay on Route 14 for 0.7 miles, then keep straight to go onto Church St/Route 139 East. Continue to follow Route 139 East for 2.5 miles.  Turn left onto Webster St.  Stay on Webster St.  Senior Center will be 0.6 miles on your right.

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Saturday Mar 04, 2017 9:00 AM - Saturday Mar 04, 2017 12:30 PM | Free



Marshfield Senior Center (View)
230 Webster Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society
On BPT Since: Feb 25, 2015
Marshfield Agricultural Commission

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