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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gardening Classes at Love Apple Farm, Source of Manresa's Veggie Magic

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

click to enlarge Edible classroom: Love Apple Farm. - GREG @ FLICKR/FLICKR
For a few years now, Manresa, David Kinch's temple of vegetable voodoo in Los Gatos, has sourced nearly 80 percent of the plant matter it requires from the blissed-out biodynamic Love Apple Farm buried in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each year, in addition to working hard to keep Manresa's veloutés, foams, and purées brimming with the sweet natural juices that have made them quite famous, farm owner Cynthia Sandberg offers an assortment of intriguing classes ― like beekeeping (Jan. 16), herb growing (Feb. 21), and nontoxic gopher control (May 2), for example. There's a long list here.

The farm may be an hour and a half from San Francisco, but the reasonably priced classes look worth the winding drive. The gopher trapping class looks particularly fun, though we doubt we need expert hunter Thomas Wittman's advice when it comes to policing our Mission District patio for vermin.

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