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Front Yard Grocery Stores and The Importance of Soil Quality

Topics Include:
Soil Testing…. know what heavy metals and other toxins may be in  your soil, and how it can effect your health.

Soil Preparation…..Understanding how to use nature to create healthy soil texture full of life that will guarantee a nutritious and productive garden.

Seeding and Transplanting….. We will give hand on demonstrations and let everyone have the chance to plant seeds, and transplant vegetable starts. As well as give you some to take home and plant.

Group Cropping…..We will teach the science, and benefit  of group cropping, and cover crops. Using what nature has readily available to us.

Soil Testing…Bring a ziplock bag full of the soil you would like tested. Select an area at home that you are interested in planting, gather a bag full of soil from there and we will test it and give you an instant reading to discover if you have toxins or heavy metals, such as lead in your soil.

Seed Packets…We will get you started with a few packages of organic non-GMO seeds for you to plant in your own containers or garden beds. 

Seedling…We will also be sending you home with a seedling to transplant and grow in your own space. Some thing you would normally buy in the grocery store.

Manual…We will be disseminating a lot of information over those 4 hours , it will be impossible to remember it all, so we will be sending you home with a printed manual  to take home and use as a source of information to help you start and matin your own front yard grocery store.

Give a man some vegetables, feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow some vegetables, feed him for life!  At Free Haven Farms, education is a fundamental aspect of our focus. Having years of experience working with children and adults, we have found successful ways to inspire and empower individuals to connect with nature, grow their own food, and improve their quality of life.

Ras Micaiah is the Founder of Free Haven Farms.  He developed a love for farming at the young age of 9 and continued his involvement in agriculture throughout his youth. He became certified as a plumber and was employed in the field for many years but returned back to his roots in agriculture. Micaiah was employed at Mill Creek Farm in West Philadelphia for over 4 seasons as the Farmer/Co-Director.  While he was there, he managed weekly farmer’s markets and grew over 6,000 lbs of food annually on a ½ acre lot.  Since his involvement in urban agriculture for the past 10 years, he has implemented lessons and curricula to youth in schools and after-school programs.

Dr. Cynthia Hall is the Soil Scientist at Free Haven Farms. She is currently an Associate Professor of Geosciences at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. Her research focuses on contaminants found in soil, such as lead and arsenic, which have negative impacts on human health and ecosystems. As a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, she studied the nitrogen cycle in an effort to understand nutrient deficiencies in certain soils and sediments. Dr. Hall brings over 15 years of experience in soil science to Free Haven Farms to assist with producing the highest quality soil, high in nutrients and no contamination, as well as the educational programs offered at the farm.

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