It's been so long since we reached out to our subscribers, that I figured the title would be quite catching. So...how are you? I hope all is well and that the spring and summer have been full of life and sweet memories. We think of all of you constantly and we continue the work we started with our customers, clients and subscribers in mind. Thank you for continuing to be with us.
With that said, grab a cup of coffee and backtrack with us a few months. We would like to update with you with all the happenings around the farm, with the coffee truck and with Thadora Farms.
Our May plant sale, though a little late than we planned, was quite the success. As always, the barbecue was quite tasty, and we enjoyed some breath-work and movement with Gabby. We weren't quite sure who would show up, so the practice was modified for a few seasoned folks, but they had a ball! We saw plants take new homes, and we still had quite a few left over, even after planting. The greenhouse is still full of peppers, tomatoes and a few herbs and are given quite the harvest of itself. We may be on to a new thing with growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. We'll see how the rest of the season pans out.
We had another successful spring and summer gardening classes with the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate. Our summer sessions at Chesnee Elementary and Drayton Mills Elementary were full of fun and learning. From growing mushrooms to releasing butterflies, the kids had fun. We look forward to gardening again in the fall. We also continued our classes with Unity in the Community finishing up the last week in July with summer camp where the kids learned how to make different herbal drinks and tie-dyed shirts with pokeberries. Our July Saturday class was one of the best as we officially deemed ourselves as "herbologists" (an herbalist who makes mixed drinks with herbs). We look forward to continuing our monthly classes this fall.
We will also begin an eight week class with the Wofford Lifelong Learning. There are a few spots still available. If interested in the Wofford Lifelong Learning sessions, please visit https://www.campusce.net/wofford/category/category.aspx
ACRE Grant Recipient
We are one of the grant recipients of the 2022 SC Department of Agriculture's (Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship program(ACRE). We plan to use these monies to continue our growth with The CoffeeLady31 and with Thadora Farms. You can read more about other awardees and the program at: https://agriculture.sc.gov/acre-awards-150k-in-funding-to-9-agribusiness-entrepreneurs/
We've harvested the garlic! It's cured and now just needs to be processed and dried. We plan to use half of this year's crop for planting this fall. We continue to progress there, looking for funding to continue the renovations on the homestead. Please consider helping us fund this endeavor. To learn more, visit: https://thadorafarms.wixsite.com/thadorafarms
The Coffee Truck
Summer's are usually tough for the coffee truck. But we made it through. With some renovations in play, our plans are to have it back in full operation on tomorrow, September 12th at North Grove. We will be showcasing our brand new fall menu including Caramel Apple Spice, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread lattes.
We were chosen to participate in the W.A.S.H. conference sponsored by Green Heffa Farms in Liberty, NC. We are excited to be a part of this event and will report back all we are sure to glean from this experience. We will also have our first halloween carnival at the shop. More details to follow soon.
We know we'll see you soon, we're looking forward to it!