SUFCo co-founders Colin McCrate and Brad Halm are available for educational seminars, book signings and speaking engagements. They have been featured in The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Bon Appetit, GQ, Sunset Magazine, Grist, and numerous other publications and online news sites. Their new book, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard, has received national press coverage and helped thousands of beginning backyard farmers with instructional photographs and step-by-step information on setting up and caring for a home garden. SUFCo received a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Pacific Magazine Horticulture Award for the display gardens they constructed at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2008 and 2010.
Brad and Colin have led educational seminars for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, King County Master Gardeners Foundation and the National Restaurant Association. They also lead weekly tours of the rooftop garden that they installed and maintain at Bastille Cafe & Bar.
Examples of past seminar topics include:
The Peak of Perfection
How to Harvest Your Edible Garden Like a Pro
Even after successfully building and planting a home vegetable garden, beginners can still be confounded by the development of their crops. We are constantly answering questions like: How big should it be before I harvest it? Where do I cut? What is that long, curly shoot coming out the side? A series of garden harvest photos and specific instructions on harvesting your crops can help eliminate “harvest anxiety” and ensure that plants are picked at their peak and enjoyed to their fullest.
Simple Edible Garden Design
Design Primer for Edible Gardening Success
Home vegetable gardens don’t need to be overly complex to be beautiful. Colin will show a series of small, medium and large sized home food gardens and talk about the decisions he made in the design and construction process of each garden. He has found that nearly every home has a space for vegetable gardening. Finding the right space and coming up with a manageable design can make the difference between garden success and garden paralysis.
Sustainable Pest Prevention
Preventing Common Veggie Garden Pest & Diseases Safely and Sustainably
Tired of ‘aftermath’ gardening? Want to prevent pests and diseases? Years of experience managing commercial and home vegetable gardens in the Northwest have taught us that there are many unwanted insect pests and diseases that food gardeners will almost surely see during the season. The best chance for success in combating these problems is to anticipate them – and to be prepared to act even before they arrive. We will share photos and discuss preventative measures that you can take before problems arise and, and arm you with an arsenal of earth-friendly and sustainable solutions to existing problems.
The Essential & The Unusual
Which herbs are easy to grow in your backyard? In containers? On your windowsill? Colin will discuss the top essential culinary herbs and how to care for them organically, recommend varieties to ensure your success, and inspire you to try some more unusual herbs as well.
Contact us today for rates and scheduling!