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Greenhorns and Scythe Supply present: One day short-course in Scything
June 15, 2018$40
Taught by scything legend (and neighbour farmer) Jim Kovaleski and Carol Bryan of Scythe Supply. You will learn to manage fencerows, roads, paths, lawns, orchards – all without motor noise! Find the optimal physics, the romance of the swing, and learn some small tricks for sharpening and blade maintenance. (If you are coming from away, plan to arrive the evening of June 14th)
Jim Kovalesky has been a nomadic farmer for the last eight years, spending spring and summer farming in Downeast Maine, growing food for the local farmers market and Eat Local Eastport Co-op. In early fall Jim has traveled south bringing an abundance of Maine grown produce to Florida and Freedom House Farm, where he grows veggies and subtropical fruit through the winter. In Florida, Jim is an Urban farmer growing in two front yards, about 1/2 acre of land in downtown New Port Richey. From this land he supplies a farmers market, a buyers club and Wrights Natural Market the local health food store, with Fresh organic produce through the winter.
He grows food in both places using hand tools and concentrate large volumes of organic matter in no-till garden beds making a living for himself producing nutrient dense tasty food for friends, neighbors, and patrons.
Jim is very excited about a practice he calls “Grass Fed Vegetables.” In this system he uses a scythe to mow 7 acres of meadow hay and concentrate that onto 1/2 acre of garden beds as a thick layer of feeding mulch for the micro-herd populating the rich soil. In the in the last 7 years using this system he has not watered or fertilized and has weeded very little while increasing both the amount of food coming from the land he tends and the vitality of the land itself. This system relies heavily on the the European style scythe, which he says is the best hand tool that he has ever used.
2018 finds Jim moving his Maine farming efforts to Pembroke on the homestead known as Hopes Haven, situated next to Smithereen Farm, the Greenhorns new adventure Downeast. He plans to offer scythe instruction through the summer of 2018 and for many years to come with the tool he loves and sees as a gateway to regenerative small scale organic farming
No purchase of Scythe is required, but all equipment will be available for sale. The daylong course costs $20 for downeasters/$40 from away and includes camping, picnic lunch, use of outdoor kitchen.