Celebrity farmers, chefs, and artists come together for stimulating

program series.

Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island and the Centre For Arts, Ecology, and Agriculture has launched its 2010 summer program series.

Building on last year’s success, the centre has expanded its offerings with a focus on the culinary and agricultural arts.

Join Eliot Coleman, author of the New Organic Grower, Andrea Carlson of Bishop’s Restaurant, ecologist and author Briony Penn, farmer and author Michael Ableman, plant breeder John Navazio, chef, author, and mushroom expert Bill Jones and other  world class instructors for a thought provoking, informative, and delicious program series.

Executive Chef Andrea Carlson - Bishops

The workshops are held at the 120 acre historic Foxglove Farm – one of Salt Spring Island’s original homesteads, bordering Maxwell Lake and surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected forest and agricultural fields. The farm now produces 50 different organic fruits and vegetables, orchard crops, and 10 acres of grain.

This year’s workshops include a three-part ‘Field to Plate’ cooking series, The Art of Wild Crafting, Four Season Harvest, Seeds For Change, a ‘Farm, Arts and Culinary Camp for Kids’, Small Scale Grain Production, Foraging for Fungi, Farmstead Cheesemaking, The Artisan Baker, Growing For Market, Growing For Family, Backyard Poultry, Growing Tree Crops, and Preserving the Harvest.  There is also the annual Foxglove Festival – with live music, tours, fresh food and home-made ice cream.

2010 Workshop Schedule:

July 20-23: Seeds for Change – Organic Seed Production and Crop Variety Improvement

July 25: Foxglove Festival (free event)

July 26-30: Farm, Arts & Culinary Camp for Kids

August 8: Field to Plate

August 15: Farmstead Cheesemaking

August 22: The Artisan Baker

August 24-27: Small-Scale Grain Production

August 29: Preserving the Harvest

August 31- Sept. 3: Growing Tree Crops for Home & Market

September 12: Backyard Poultry

September 23-25: Growing for Family

September 27 – October 1: Growing for Market

October 2: Field to Plate

October 24: Foraging for Fungi

Online registration and information on 2010 classes can be found at www.foxglovefarmbc.ca.  For information about Michael Ableman visit www.fieldsofplenty.com.