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It’s November!

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November on the Farm

It’s November and the light is shifting.

We have entered the darkened corridor of November, so it’s more important than ever to think happy thoughts and make plans for the festivities that lie ahead. When things get scary we love to decorate and plan feasts to distract from the impending doom. We, at Snug Harbor Farm, are hoping to provide the best distraction with a number of upcoming workshops.

Dead ahead we have our first Tillandsia workshop that will explore the care and feeding of your air plant collection, as well as artful ideas about how to display them. This class of plant has been getting lots of attention on the farm and will take place at 1pm on November 9th.

That workshop will be followed by our annual Thanksgiving centerpiece workshop. This year we are fascinated by the tradition of della Robbia style containers that incorporate fruits and vegetables into luscious compositions framed by greens and any other organic material that may capture your fancy. Get ahead of the mad rush of food prep and cooking and get your table set up to delight you in the days leading up to the big event(s). This workshop will take place on Sunday, November 24th at 1pm.

If you are just too busy to build your own this year, we’re so happy to create something beautiful for your table. Place your order here by November 19th for delivery or pick up.

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September Sunshine

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Soaking up the Sun

We are now halfway through September and summer is still hanging on with every drop of slowly dwindling sunlight. The crisp nights are prompting a last hurrah in our gardens with abundant blooms of dahlias, zinnias and cosmos. Time to make a plan for all the exterior containers and who will make the cut to move indoors.

Speaking of moving containers inside, check out our upcoming workshop that will address how to renovate your succulent garden for maximum indoor success. You’re welcome to build one from scratch, if you prefer.

cherry tomatoes at Snug Harbor FarmThe lush abundance of our gardens will sustain us through the months ahead until we get that first hard frost. We’ll be planning many meals around the vegetable patch. What has your garden produced that is bringing the most joy to your mealtimes? We’ve been partial to the patty pan squash and cherry tomatoes!

“Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe”

The last of our DIY series, “Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe” will discuss the ins and outs of designing with and planting bulbs. These Sunday garden discussions have been a big hit this summer. We love gathering and sharing our experiences and information with farm friends.

Stop by and get excited about fall! Not in the area?  Then visit our website calendar and join our newsletter!

The May showers of lore continue…

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Container workshop at Snug Harbor Farm

The May showers of lore continue throughout New England with very few breaks. They will most definitely produce more and more flowers at some point. Our production greenhouse is chock full of annuals while the farm has received some of the best trees and shrubs we’ve seen in recent memory.

This Sunday morning, May 19th, we’ll launch the first in a series of casual Sunday morning coffees with trade professionals coming in to offer whoever chooses to join, some good advice around different aspects of gardening. Tony Elliott will get the ball rolling with a discussion about garden design and where to start.

With hopes of things warming up a bit, we’ll be hosting a “Build a Flowering Planter” workshop on Saturday, May 25th. Sign up to add some color and life to your step, patio or to honor one you love on Memorial Day weekend.

Exciting new stuff is arriving on a daily basis. You should stop in for some inspiration, if nothing else. Let a smile be your umbrella.

The Japanese Art of Kokedama

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Kokedama at Snug Harbor Farm

The winter months have us digging deep into indoor gardening. A favorite practice that allows us to see our beloved plants in a 360 degree moving, mobile expression is kokedama. The Japanese art of kokedama, also referred to as string garden or moss balls. The root ball is actually wrapped in in moss (see nearai: which means “root wash” or “no pot”, where it becomes a combination of bonsai and kusamono planting styles).  You are binding the roots in moss and string and suspending it so that they float in space. Who doesn’t love a planted mobile!

Interested in learning more? We’ve added a morning class on February 9th at 10:30.  The 1:00 is full. Come and enjoy the green!
Register here.

You may be wondering how to pronounce kokedama. Here’s the phonetic spelling so you can impress your friends with your international knowledge of all things horticultural.



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2018, The Year of the Dog. We are well into the first month and all signs lead to dog energy. Our pack of poodles teach us every day about being loyal, warm hearted, good listeners. Now is the time to turn those insights inward and nurture ourselves so that we can go out into the world better people.

We are so fortunate to be in the company of plants and animals at Snug Harbor Farm. They require a lot of care but give back all the love poured into them one hundred times over. Feeding them the best quality food at the optimum time of day, regularly, is all part of it. Wintertime in New England is an endurance race, especially for growers of plant material. Our eye is always on the dicy weather conditions and checking in on systems that keep everything alive. We are constant witnesses to the life cycles of many different varieties on the farm. It does help us appreciate the many gifts we share that nurture us. In order to do our best by the plants and animals, we must treat ourselves with the same care and conscience.

We are offering a new workshop in a couple of weeks, How to Build and Use an Apothecary Planter, in an effort to bring the many benefits of herbs to the student’s attention. We will be highlighting the simple pleasure of growing them, in addition to being able to ingest them, apply them topically and even clean with them. The whole process contributes to the health and well being of the gardener. Herbs are an amazing, multifunctional group of plants. (Disclaimer: participants will need a sunny spot for the planter to live for best results. Herbs are full sun plants.)

Prior to getting our health on, we will be celebrating all that is romantic with our third annual Build a Bouquet for your Valentine workshop. Show the one you love your creative side and play with a gorgeous collection of stems to create a bouquet that reflects all that is beautiful about your feelings! They pack a powerful message that transcend words (and doesn’t that contribute to one’s emotional well being well?) If your time, energy or interest don’t align with our workshop opportunity we would be happy to design a special floral offering for your Valentine. Just let us know how we can help.

These activities, along with some quality time outdoors, even in the coldest of temperatures, help us appreciate the world we live in and the possibilities for growth at any time of year. The cold isn’t all bad, in fact there are many benefits if applied properly. Whether you want to go deep internally or want to push your limits externally, we wish you a happy and healthy, frosty season and hope we will have a chance to connect over the coming weeks. Take good care of yourself, and your animals, plants and people.

More info about the Year of the Dog: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_(zodiac)

Warm Up Winter at Our Succulent Workshop

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Join us at Snug Harbor Farm for our Midwinter Succulent Workshop being held on Saturday, January 28th to learn about all things succulent and build your own mixed container to take home. We will provide all the material you will need to create a gorgeous little garden. The fee for the workshop is $45.00. You can sign up using the form below.

1:00pm Workshop SOLD OUT

11:00am Workshop has been added. Sign-up Below!

Houseplant Workshop

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Join us on Saturday, September 12th from 12-2 to learn all about caring for plants in your home. Learn about various house plants and their needs. We will discuss the art of topiaries and learn about pruning and propagating. The workshop is free. Students are welcome to purchase plants and practice principles being discussed. Anthony Elliott will share his vast knowledge with the first twenty people to sign up.

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Winter Tablescape Workshop

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The Winter Tablescape Workshop will deal with floral design and seasonal offerings mixed back to objects and candles to create a one of a kind personal tableaux.

A fee of $45.00 covers materials, containers and use of tools while we discuss ways of incorporating the natural landscape into your holiday celebrations.

Noon to 2pm Saturday November 14th.

Register online below and call 207-967-2414 to pay via credit card or stop by the Shop and pay via cash or check. Look forward to seeing you soon.

A spring workshop that’s the bee’s knees!

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We are very pleased to announce a free beekeeping workshop to be held at Snug Harbor Farm on Saturday April 3 from 12 to 2pm.

“How and Why to Keep Bees in Top Bar Hives” is an introductory workshop to demonstrate this natural, green method of keeping our important pollinators. A top bar hive lets bees make their own wax – learn why this matters! This workshop is hosted by Gold Star Honeybees at no charge. For more information on Gold Star and other workshops they are hosting this season, please visit there website at goldstarhoneybees.com.

Please register for the workshop and confirm your spot with Christy through an email at Christy@goldstarhoneybees.com or call her at 207-449-1121 with any questions.

Countdown to the Open House Weekend

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     Things are getting quite festive at the farm this week in preparation for the Open House events this weekend. We are really looking forward to meeting and greeting you all. Here’s a quick look at the things starting to come together in the shop and some busy workers putting together wreaths  and holiday arrangements in the barn.

     Be sure to stop in sometime Saturday or Sunday for some fun and refreshments, we will have events going on all weekend. 
     Here’s the rundown of events once more:

Snug Harbor Farm Open House 9am to 5pm. 
Visit our greenhouses and enjoy some holiday cheer and refreshments.

Wreath making workshop 10am to 2pm.
$10 material fee. No registration necessary. Please bring your own pruners if you have some available as we have a limited number to share.
Artist’s reception 2pm to 4pm
‘Views of Snug Harbor Farm’ art show featuring works by artists who have painted and drawn at Snug Harbor Farm. Presented in conjunction with River Tree Arts.

Snug Harbor Farm Open House 9am to 5 pm.
Open greenhouses and refreshments. 

Terrarium making workshop 10 am to 2 pm.
Workshop is free, with plants and containers available for purchase a la carte. 
All events are open to the public at Snug Harbor Farm, 87 Western Ave. Kennebunk.
FMI: 967-2414

         Hope to see you soon!