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Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org

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Growing Great Turmeric and Ginger at Home Class April 17 2-4:00

Posted 4/14/2016 11:53pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to come to our first class in Growing Great Turmeric and Ginger at Home this Sunday April 17th from 2:00-4:00 at my Young Harris office near the college at 155 Murphy Street. This will be a jam packed full afternoon of fun, information, samples of ginger and turmeric "tea", Carla's spice paste, candied ginger, turmeric lentil hummus and more! We will teach you the principles of organic growing and how to prepare your soil in containers or your garden, plant, water, fertilize, harvest, keep, and use turmeric and ginger in your kitchen over the season. We will show you many varieties of ginger and turmeric and share what we know about the herbal history and current health craze for turmeric and treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis and how ginger is used to aid digestive challenges.

Many have asked for us to do a class like this and we are always so darned busy. However I promised myself and others to teach and now we are finally ready, willing and able to teach a class. We are last minute getting out the info, but so we begin! Whoever signs up and attends this first class will receive a special surprise by being one of our brave first timers. You are helping us grow and get the word out by showing up. So come to Young Harris this Sunday and begin celebrating Earth Week. Be with us for this first Qualla Berry Farm class on growing and using these amazing spice plants. You will leave with a heap of garden knowledge, a potted ginger and turmeric plant guaranteed to grow plus have a fun afternoon with your hands in the coir. Be prepared for a fast paced afternoon and have your getting garden dirty clothes and gloves if you use them. 

To register: Call Karen or John at 828-389-3551 or send us an email at jkqualla@frontier.com.

Cost is $49.00 and includes all your supplies. 

We hope to offer this class again this spring so if you are interested but unable to attend, be sure to let us know and we will contact you for sure about the next offering. Also, we are willing to work out some work scholarships if you are interested in hard farm labor.