As the calendar creeps toward spring, having braved a much longer, colder, and snowier winter than usual, it's time to start thinking about the 2014 vegetable growing season.
Smart Farm of Barrington will host its annual spring vegetable seedling sale from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 17, at its hoop house on the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Campus, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington.
Seedlings will include a variety of tomatoes, including heirlooms and grapes; 10 different kinds of peppers; various types of squash; lettuce; kale; eggplant; and cucumbers, as well as many types of herbs, including basil, thyme, oregano, mint and parsley.
All seedlings are organic and locally grown from non-GMO seeds. Preorders will be accepted at www.smartfarms.org.
Smart Farm's head gardener will be at the sale to answer questions about planting and caring for your vegetable seedlings.
Funds from the sale will assist Smart Farm in its mission to help educate the community about the benefits of sustainable gardening and healthy eating and to help support Smart Farm in its efforts to raise fresh produce for neighbors in need.
During the 2013 growing season, Smart Farm donated more than 6,700 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries.
Smart Farm will be holding a number of classes and workshops throughout the spring and summer. To see a complete list of workshop topics and dates, and to learn more about Smart Farm, its programs, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.smartfarms.org.
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