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


  1. I took this class last year and highly recommend it! Learned a lot, enjoyed the gorgeous venue, and took home tons of healthy baby plants which were the backbone of my garden last summer!

    For new and experienced gardeners alike, this class is a bargain and well worth the investment! You will love it.

  2. I am wondering what plant varieties I might expect to start in the class. I scrolled down--didn't see a list.

  3. hi mary,

    I will have that posted in the next day or two. Still working on it