Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gardening Intensive 2012

Howdy Gardening Enthusiasts,

Another spring is rolling around and it is time to think about gardening. This year, we are offering an affordable, all in one day, Organic Gardening Intensive.


SUNDAY APRIL 15th 10am-4pm

Make potting soil, Learn soil test analysis, Greenhouse management, Propagation from seed, Woody plant propagation, Insect and disease management, Organic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, How to grow fruit and nut trees, and much more!!

Create your own potting mix and start a flat of seeds to bring home and get your garden going!!!

$90 includes soil, organic seeds, flats and hands on experience!

Instructor Joseph G. Allawos holds a Master's degree in Botany with emphasis in horticulture and agriculture. He has 20 years of practical experience as an organic grower at Sugar Creek Farm Organics, LLC.

TO REGISTER: Call 828-350-1221 or visit

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Howdy Folks,
Sugar Creek Farm is happy to announce the dates for the Sixth Annual Organic Gardening Intensive, 2010. The class will begin on Saturday, April 10th, meeting six consecutive Saturdays and ending on May 15th. Class time is from 10 am to 2 pm with an hour break to eat lunch, socialize and wonder around the picturesque Sugar Creek Farm. This schedule allows us to cultivate both spring and summer plants in the greenhouse. Same as last year, we will be starting an entire greenhouse full of plants together, which you will be taking home to plant in your gardens as they become ready. I definitely got a bit carried with the seed order for this year's class; 85 varieties!! And this doesn't even include the varieties that we saved seed from last year. Check out the very end of this blog for the list. Absolutely nothing beats grow your own food! Please read on for more info on the class:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Organic Gardening Workshop

Start an entire greenhouse full of plants (over 80 varieties) and take home HUNDREDS at the end of the six week course!!
◊ Topics covered (hands on format!) include: Making potting soils, soil test analysis, greenhouse management, propagation from seed, woody plant propagation, insect and disease management, organic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, fruit trees and more


COST: $275 covers seeds, soil, ammendments, flats, plug trays etc; basically everything we need to start an entire greenhouse full of plants!

Currently enrolled student: 10% off
Early Bird Special (enroll before March 1st): 10% off
Enroll with a friend: find a friend to enroll with and you both receive 15% off! BEST VALUE!!

Payment plans available!
Work trades available! (call 828-273-9141)

Make Checks Payable to:
Joseph Allawos
518 sugar creek rd
leicester, NC 28748

As soon as we receive payment, you will be notified that you are officially enrolled in the class!

CALL FOR MORE INFO: 828-273-9141 or email at

About the instructor: Joseph Allawos holds a Master of Science Degree in Botany, with emphasis in agriculture, horticulture and native plants of the Blue Ridge Province. He also has 15 years of practical experience as an organic farmer. He is also a full time instructor of Botany at Asheville Buncombe College.

Friday, January 1, 2010

photos from last year's class


Folks getting their of fill of plant starts, by the crateful! This class typically pays for itself just in plants.

Six Days at Sugar Creek Farm

A student holding Vanilla Ice, one of our Katahdin hair sheep. To learn more about Sugar Creek Farm and the upcoming Organic Gardening Intensive Workshop, please READ ON:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hello Organic Gardeners

The 80 acre Sugar Creek Farm (click here for map) has been a working organic vegetable farm for 15 years! Although we spent many years doing local area tailgate markets, we now focus more on education, consulting and self reliant living. The farm operates completely off-grid and generates all of its electricity needs from solar panels. We also utilize compost toilets for dealing with human waste. Finally, the farm is part of more than 6,000 acres of land protected from development forever by way of a conservation easement donated to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

We are currently still enrolling and have space for a few more folks, so if you have called recently please note that the only way to enroll is to pay for the class.

Please make your checks payable to Joseph Allawos and NOT sugar creek farm. The mailing address is: Joseph Allawos, 518 sugar creek rd., Leicester NC 28748
Please be aware that this class in not just a seed starting/greenhouse class. It is a six week, hands on intensive that covers all aspects of organic gardening, from disease management to insect management to weed management and beyond!

PLANT VARIETIES: NEW INFO: PLEASE SCROLL TO THE END OF THIS BLOG FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF PLANT VARIETIES! Still finalizing the list but you can sure bet it will beat anything you can find at the garden store or farmers market. Nearly all of our seeds come from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. Please check out their website at . They offer only naturally grown open pollinated varieties and we absolutely LOVE these folks. Last year, students were a bit overwelmed by the numbers and varieties of plants they took home. Way over 300 plants each! This means: FIND SOME DIRT! to make the most out of this class. Talk to friends and neighbors about using theirs and share the bounty with them.

STARTING YOUR OWN SEEDS: We do have limited space but we will let each student start some of their own seeds if they like and we can share the starts with the class. The instructor does reserve the right not to use some seeds, if they have been collected by the student and are of a variety that cross pollinates (Ex. squash).

CLASS FORMAT: We meet six consecutive Saturdays, April 10-May 15rd. If you cannot make it to a class you may send ONE proxy to take your place for that day. Classes start promptly at 10 am. and meet for 4 hours with a 1 hour lunch and wander break. Carpooling is encouraged! I will put you all in touch once we are done with enrollment.

Any other questions, please contact

Here is a partial list of seeds for the 2010 Organic Gardening Class

All from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company!! All open pollinated!!

To read about these exciting varieties, go to

CB111 Couer De Boeuf Des Vertus Cabbage $2.00
CB101 Nero Di Toscana Cabbage $2.50
CE103 Celeriac Giant Prague $2.00
CE106 Geant Dore Ameliore $2.00
CU129 Poona Kheera Cucumber $2.50
CU110 Telegraph Improved Cucumber $2.75
CU115 Snow's Fancy Pickling Cucumber $2.00
EG103 Applegreen Eggplant $2.00
EG102 Diamond Eggplant $2.00
EG157 Korean Early Long Black Eggplant $2.25
EG109 Ping Tung Eggplant $2.00
EG163 Violette Longue Hative Eggplant $2.00
GS107 Millet,German Foxtail $5.00
OR133 Green Leaf Gailan-Chinese Kale $1.50
FN101 Di Firenze Fennel $2.00
LK101 Carentan Leek $2.00
LT125 Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce $2.50
AML159 Far North Melon $2.50
AML140 Minnesota Midget Melon $2.25
AML154 Oka Melon ( Bizard Island Strain ) $2.50
OK102 Burgundy Okra $2.00
OK105 Emerald Okra $1.50
ON112 Red Creole Onion $2.00
HPP133 Caribbean Red Habanero Pepper $2.50
HPP117 Cayenne Long Thin Pepper $2.00
HPP150 Jalapeno- Craig's Grande $2.00
HPP129 Leutschauer Paprika Pepper $2.50
HPP104 Tam Jalapeno Pepper $1.75
PP136 Coban Red Pimiento Pepper $2.00
PP157 Corbaci Pepper $2.50
PP112 Corno di Toro Giallo Pepper $2.5
PP138 Doux D'Espagne or Spanish Mammoth Pepper $2.25
PP113 Corno di Toro Rosso Pepper $2.50
PP143 Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper $2.50
PP152 Melrose Pepper $2.50
PP153 Odessa Market Pepper $2.50
PP101 Topepo Rosso Pepper $2
PP126 Sweet Chocolate Pepper $2.50
SB106 Siamese Dragon Stir Fry Mix $3.00
SB103 Rocky Top Lettuce Mix $3.
SSQ115 Early Prolific Straightneck Squash $2.00
SSQ112 Lebanese White Bush Marrow Squash $2.00
SSQ104 Patisson Golden Marbre Scallop $3.00
SSQ120 Zucchini Black Beauty Squash $2.00
SSQ114 Zucchini Gray Squash $2.00
SQ104 Kikuza Squash $3.50
SQ218 Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash $2.5
SQ137 Sweet Dumpling Squash $2.50
TG113 Malakhitovaya Shkatulka Tomato $3.00
TO113 Moonglow Tomato $2.00
TO104 Orange Banana Tomato $2.50
TK115 Brandywine Tomato $2.2
TK123 Millionaire Tomato $3.00
TK158 Pruden's Purple Tomato $1.75
TP102 Black Krim Tomato $2.2
TP112 Carbon Tomato $2.50
TP114 True Black Brandywine Tomato $3.00
TM190 Al-Kuffa Tomato $2.50
TM161 Big Month Tomato $1.75
TM121 Cuor Di Bue Tomato $2.2
TM188 Koralik Tomato $2.
TM187 Rev. Morrow's Long Keeper Tomato $
TM122 Principe Borghese Tomato $2.25
TS103 Pineapple Tomato $2.25
TY128 Golden King of Siberia Tomato $2.75
WM136 Astrakhanski Watermelon $2.75
WM129 Blacktail Mountain Watermelon $0.00
WM107 Golden Midget Watermelon $2.50
WM167 Sweet Siberian Watermelon $2.50
WM132 Sugar Baby Watermelon $1.75
HB139 Borage $1.25
HB131 Oregano, Vulgare $2.00
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HB133 Parsley Giant Of Italy $1.75
HB113 Thyme $1.75
FL264 Celosia-Flamingo Feather $2.50
FL263 Cockscomb - Indiana Giant $3.00
FL479 Coral Beauty $2.
FL582 Black Peony Poppy $3.00
FL581 Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy $3.0
FL621 Black Prince Snapdragon $2.50
FL735 Mammoth Grey Sunflower $1.50
FL743 Tiger Eye Mix Sunflower $2.50
FL790 Irish Poet Tassel Flower $2.50
FL807 Bright Jewels Cactus Flowered Zinnia $2.00
FL812 Burpee Rose Giant Cactus Zinnia $2.00