First of Five: Gardening Workshops in Floyd

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the first of five Biodynamic Gardening Workshops organized by our friends at Spikenard Farm, the newest addition to the Floyd agricultural community.

Floyd favorite Jeff Poppen (“The Barefoot Farmer”) will present “Let’s Talk Gardening,” a free workshop at the Floyd Country Store.

Whether you want to create a vibrant backyard garden or a professional one, Jeff will provide loads of information, suggestions and tips from his 30 years of growing at Long Hungry Creek Farm in Tennessee. There is no charge for the workshop but donations are appreciated.


Registration begins at 8: a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop 12:30 p.m – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own 1:30 pm -5:00 p.m. Resume workshop

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Fred do you know if anything like this goes on down toward Hillsville? We’re moving there in a few weeks and, while Floyd is certainly within an hour’s drive, I’m curious to know if the farming and gardening community in Carrol County is as progressive and active as their neighbors up in Floyd County.