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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:44

News for gardeners

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out gardeningBeginning farmers in Swain and Jackson counties can get an agricultural microloan of up to $35,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

The smaller, microloans are tailored to the needs of new, smaller growers, such as those who sell at local farmers markets. The loan features a streamlined application and a simplified qualification process with a low interest rate of 1.25 percent.

828.488.2684 (ext. 2).


Winter gardening class in Sylva

The Jackson County Farmers Market is hosting a winter garden workshop with Adam Bigelow at 2 p.m. Feb. 2. at the Sylva Community Garden. Bigelow is an organic gardener and is trained in horticulture. Bigelow will demonstrate techniques and methods of season extension, including cool season crop choices, row covers, plastic covers, low-tunnels and many other methods.

The cost is $5 per adult and all proceeds go to the farmers market. Tickets are available during the indoor winter’s farmers market on Saturdays at the Community Table from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or the day of at the workshop.

828.631.3033 or

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