What's Happening on the Farm?
You can find current information about our summer workshops, events, current and future happenings on this page, so check back frequently or visit us on our Greentree Naturals Facebook page for updates. If you want to visit the farm, please read the section About Visiting the Farm on the home page.
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Farm Gift Certificates Available
Having trouble finding a gift for a family member, friend, or business associate? Greentree Naturals Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. It's a gift that's perfect every time! Our gift certificates fit your budget. Just pick your gift amount from $5 to $500 and can be used towards any products or services that we offer to include:
Instead of the typical “stuff,” give that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member a fun, memorable experience of an educational gift certificate. Greentree Naturals offers many engaging and enriching workshops throughout the growing season that cover all aspects of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. Gift certificates can be redeemed direct from the farm.
Purchase gift certificates by emailing email@example.com or call us for details of how to purchase using our PayPal account.
- Certified organic garden plants, farm fresh vegetables, garlic
- Value added farm goods such as jams, tinctures, herbal infusions, dried herbs, garlic braids
- Educational events/On-Farm Workshops
- CSA Share (Full Season share, one month, or one week share)
Thursdays On the Farm / On-Farm Stand
Visit our Farm Stand and choose from a wide variety of fresh, certified organic produce grown right here! Greentree Naturals Farm Stand is open during the peak of the harvest season. We are open on Thursdays from 3pm to 5:30pm. If you would like to be informed of what we will have available every week for sale and to be notified of when we open for the season, sign up for our "Fresh from the Farm" mailing list. Sign up for our "Fresh from the Farm" email list so we can keep you up to date on what will be fresh from the field! Know that we never ever share our email list with anyone else.
The main purpose of opening up the Farm Stand was to provide an opportunity for our local community and former farmer's market customers to be able to come to the farm and get to walk through our gardens to see where the food you buy from us is being grown. During the growing season, Thursday will be the day that Greentree Naturals is open to the public for self-guided garden walks and an opportunity to shop with us at the On-Farm Stand between 3PM and 5:30PM. Please review the information about visiting the farm before you come out and please leave your dogs at home.
We are a working, active, productive farm dedicated to bringing wholesome organic food to your table. We’re proud to tell you that over 25 years after its founding, Greentree Naturals is still rooted in to the organic values we’ve always believed in. Greentree Naturals brings fresh, certified organic produce from our fields to your table during the peak of the harvest season. We always strive to offer the best in new selections of certified organic vegetables, garlic, herbs and garden plants. We also have Thom's famous certified organic jams and a limited supply of farm fresh eggs.
Custom Grown Garden Variety Seedlings and Plants
Greentree Naturals offers a Custom Growing Service for special orders of garden variety herbaceous plants. With this service, we will custom grow plant varieties and plant quantities you require. We grow and sell an assortment of vegetable, herb, and flowering plants in the springtime and have added a few new species of native plants to our plant inventory this year as well. Every plant we sell has been field tested and the same varieties that we grow for harvest on the farm. Many of the species are grown from seed that we have been saving for many years, so the plants are well adapted to north Idaho growing conditions.
Reasons to buy transplants from Greentree Naturals for your gardens:
If you are interested in having us grow your garden starts, let us know via email and we will send you our plant list to choose from. We prefer custom growing, which means pre-ordering so we know exactly just how many plants to grow. Please contact us to discuss your particular need.
- When you buy seedlings from us, you're buying plants that are typically 6 to 8 weeks old, that have been nurtured through the most delicate early stages of growth right here in our greenhouse.
- You can buy the seedlings that you need. Our plants are grown from 100% certified organic seed, organic potting soil, and fed organic worm tea throughout their seedling growing time, produced right here on the farm.
- We offer over 80 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Many of the vegetable varieties that we grow are grown from seed that we have saved that is well adapted to this northern micro-climate.
- Your garden starts out stronger! Seedlings are started in our greenhouse (think ideal temperature, moisture, and regular feeding) and have been grown in conditions that encourage well-developed root systems and vigorous growth. Starting out with healthy transplants means earlier harvest!
- All of our plants come "hardened off" and are ready to be transplanted!
Summer CSA Program
"Eating is an agricultural act" ---Wendell Berry
Buying a CSA share from Greentree Naturals is a healthy, fresh alternative to conventional food. Fresh, certified organic produce tastes better, is brimming with nutrients, and preserves our soil, our water, and the entire ecosystem. We have been working with the CSA model on our farm since 1998 and have one of the oldest successful CSA’s in our region. Having a CSA has helped us be more self-sufficient and sustainable as a small acreage organic farm.
Over the last twenty years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from your local farmer. Basically, we offer a “share” of our gardens, which is one way for us to know what our market is going to be like before the field season begins. As a consumer, the advantages of becoming a CSA member are significant: you get to eat ultra-fresh, certified organic food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits, you will learn to eat new vegetables and new ways of cooking, and you will develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown. The closer to the food source, the higher the nutritional benefit. Your weekly CSA share is delivered to your door if you live inside Sandpoint city limits. If you live out of town, other arrangements can be made for a drop off, or can be picked up at the farm.
Most of our customers have been with us for many years, which tells me that we are doing something right (See the CSA page for comments from our members.) We offer a limited number of shares, so if you are interested in signing up for our 2020 CSA season, let us know so we can get you on the mailing list!
We encourage early commitments so we know how much to grow for the CSA, however, we do offer a month-to-month option for shares as well. When you support a CSA farm, you are supporting agricultural diversity and a local community farm. For more details and pricing, please visit the CSA page. Contact us with any questions you may have or to receive a CSA application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON-FARM WORKSHOPS CANCELLED until Covid-19 threat has passed
Greentree Naturals Organic Gardening Workshops
If you are already gardening, or thinking about starting a garden, it makes sense to do it organically, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and herbicides. Organic Gardening is all about growing food in a sustainable, environmentally sound, and nutritionally dense manner. Growing food organically will maximize the health benefits of raising and eating your own home grown food, while at the same time enriching your garden soil.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the vast quantities of gardening information that are available to you. We offer a comprehensive set of organic gardening workshops for both beginners and for experienced gardeners to cultivate your skills throughout the growing season.
These workshops are designed as a hands-on basic introduction to the principles of successful organic gardening. We strive to provide you with the information and experience to grow a successful North Idaho garden. Diane Green has been teaching this comprehensive set of Organic Gardening on-farm workshops since 1996 and is a certified Farmer Mentor/Instructor for University of Idaho Cultivating Success Small Farms program. Click to see comments and quotes about past workshops.
Workshops are scheduled every other Saturday from 10:00a.m to 12:30p.m in early May through July and are designed to coincide with what is happening in the gardens. Sessions will cover all aspects of organic production and management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony in a rural farm and garden setting. Class size limited and is kept small to ensure individual attention. Fees include materials and supplies needed.
You can pick and choose your workshop, or pre-pay and sign up for the entire 7 workshop series for a 7% discount. Cost is $25 per workshop. These workshops take place outside on a covered deck overlooking our gardens with a portion of each session spent in the field, rain or shine. Please be prepared for inclement weather. Participants must register in advance for workshops. Contact Diane to reserve a space!
Seed Starting: This workshop is for gardeners who want to start their own seedlings at home or in a greenhouse to be used as transplants in the spring. You will learn about equipment, containers for indoor seed starting, soil and seed starting mixes, grow lights and more! We will go over which vegetables grow well in our climate, which will do best as transplants or directly seeded into your garden. You will gain an understanding of basic seed biology and planting needs to create the best environment for seedlings to thrive, seed bed preparation, seeding methods, seed depth and seedling care.
Planning Your Organic Garden: It is important to think through your garden project before you buy seeds or transplants. What should I plant? How much should I plant? And Where should I plant it? With a little careful planning and the right plant choices, your veggie garden can provide a bountiful harvest of all your favorites! This in depth workshop will cover planting schedules, plant spacing, succession planting, crop rotation, creating a garden map, companion planting, and planting for beneficial insect habitat which are all a part of planning for a successful harvest. If you can't make this workshop, check out our "Planning the Garden Workshop on CD" available for sale on our website!
Fertilizing Organically: Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields. When it comes to adding nutrients to your garden soil, there are many organic options. Cultural practices such as cover cropping, and composting will ensure balanced nutrition of your soil in the long run, and organic amendments will help your garden thrive. Learn about foliar feeding, which plants are heavy-feeders, and which ones are not, and how to take a soil sample.
Natural Weed Control: On any organic garden or farm, particularly newly cultivated ground, it is likely that weed control commands a major part of the gardeners' time over the course of the season. There are many ways for growers to implement non-toxic weed control methods in the garden. The primary weed control strategies for organic systems are cultural and mechanical, focusing on prevention crop rotation, crop competition, and cultivation. We will look at using different types of organic mulches and weed prevention strategies used to control unwanted plants.
Natural Pest Control: Join us to find out what's "bugging" your garden and what you can do about pests using informed decisions and sustainable approaches for pest control. This workshop will provide an overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). Participants will learn to assess pro-active control practices, insect identification, natural pest formulas, and plant-pest relationships for successful natural pest control. Learn how to make your own insect traps and natural insect sprays.
Harvesting the Bounty: After putting a lot of time and effort into successfully growing your crops, you want to make sure you are harvesting at the correct time for peak flavor and good storage. We will cover how to harvest all of the veggies in your garden and techniques for getting optimal yields for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers along with best practices for post-harvest handling to assure food safety guidelines are met.
Seed Saving: Discover the security and abundance seed saving can bring to your gardens! Start saving your own vegetable, herb and flower seeds this year and save money, adapt plants to your garden's conditions and have seed to share with friends and family. Seed saving involves selecting suitable plants from which to save seed, harvesting seeds at the right time, and storing them properly over the winter. You will also learn about hand pollination, seed cleaning, and seed storage.
To find out more and reserve your spot, email email@example.com or call (208) 263-8957. All workshops are at Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm outside of Sandpoint, Idaho. Visit the Greentree Naturals Facebook page to keep up to date with farm activities.
Quotes from workshop participants:
“I have been gardening for over 30 years with some success and knowledge. For some reason, after this workshop, I got what was needed for some real success. My garden has never done this well and it is due to the great information that Diane gave us. It was so pleasant looking over gardens and her depth of knowledge is a real gift to Bonner County.”
“I had been gardening for years and had read lots of gardening books and websites. And my garden had always produced well for me. Or so I thought . . . After taking Diane’s course, my plants grew 3-4 times as large and my yields were off the charts. I was doing so many things wrong, but because my garden was growing and producing, I had no idea. I never would have known it, had I not taken Diane’s classes. Who would have known that just a few simple changes could produce such dramatic results?
The great thing about Diane’s classes is that you get to see the information in action each week in her beautiful garden. You listen to Diane, read the information on her handouts and then you get to walk around her greenhouse and garden to see the information first hand. And the best part is that you get to go home, try it yourself and see the results in your own garden! Then the next week you come back and can ask all the questions you encountered during the week. It’s like having a personal gardening mentor for a season.”
We wish you a bountiful gardening season!
Season Extension Workshop – Date to be announced (likely in April or early May)
Spring and fall season extension techniques work primarily by providing frost protection. In addition, most early and late-season vegetables benefit from the increased soil warmth and protection from wind and pests that many protectors offer. A wide range of techniques are available, from simply planting heat-loving crops in a particularly warm and sheltered spot, to complex greenhouse culture. There are numerous non-greenhouse options suitable for home and market gardeners — primarily cultural practices, plastic mulches, and row covers.
We will review ways of extending the growing season using an assortment of different kinds of materials for extending the growing season and include review of cloches, cold frames, floating row covers, slitted row covers, and hoop houses. Greentree Naturals has been reviewing a wide variety of season extension methods over the years and will share their well tested methods with you.
Date to be announced! We like to have this workshop as early in the spring as weather allows, but always have to wait for the snow to melt away and the earth to be ready for us to be in the fields to begin the season. My goal is to host this workshop on a weekend in Late April or early May. Come prepared for any kind of weather as due to the busy spring planting schedule on the farm, we only have one day that we can have this workshop, so it will happen rain or shine! Class size is limited! We will only host this workshop if we have enough people signed up for it. Please plan and call ahead to reserve a space! Cost is $25. Call 263-8957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn GROWING GREAT GARLIC WORKSHOP (date to be announced)
Fall is the ideal time to start your garlic for a summer harvest next year. Join Diane & Thom in exploring the best ways to maximize your harvest, and grow excellent garlic. We will only host this workshop if we have enough people signed up for it. Please plan and call ahead to reserve a space! Cost is $25. Call 263-8957 or email email@example.com
Greentree Naturals Pumpkin Project
The Pumpkin Project is a wonderful opportunity to connect school children with farming and get them to think about where their food comes from. What better way to plan for the future than to share a farming project with the local school children? We need to cultivate our future farmers and one way to encourage this is to start with the kindergartners and first graders, although this project would be a success with other grades as well.
We typically start planning the Pumpkin Project with a local kindergartner or first grade teacher in March or April so they can work us into the lesson plan to include a biology lesson that includes how a pumpkin grows. We are willing to work with two or three classrooms each year to grow pumpkins for the students. We will provide the pots, soil, labels and pumpkin seeds, plus come and visit the classroom to assist with the planting of the pumpkin seeds. Each class will grow their pumpkins for 3-4 weeks, and then have a field trip to Greentree Naturals to transplant their pumpkins onto the farm. Each pumpkin plant will have a tag or stake with the child’s name on it.
We will grow the pumpkins through the summer; in the fall, after the frost, the children will return to harvest their pumpkin. Cost is $5 per child. To schedule a pumpkin project with us, contact us at your earliest convenience.