Instructor: Tracey Broome and Adam Sherwood
Fifth Season Carrboro Outdoor Classroom
This class will focus on introducing children to the joy of gardening with an emphasis on sustainability through recycling. Students will gain practical knowledge and experience pertaining to gardening through a variety of fun horticulture projects with an artistic, creative focus. Specifically, children will learn about soil biology and the various factors such as sun, water, and nutrients that make plant growth possible. Practical discussion will revolve around the ‘Pizza’ veggies — tomatoes, basil and oregano, peppers, onions, etc. Students will leave with the fruits of their labor: egg carton seed trays, a hanging window garden, tomato and pepper starts and more! Recommended for ages 6-12.
About the Instructors
Tracey Broome’s interest in gardening started at a young age. She spent her summers off from school visiting her grandparents, helping in their garden, eating food picked fresh that day and prepared that evening with love. “The memories I have of sitting in the backyard under an apple tree with a lap full of beans to snap or a basket of corn to shuck and talking with my grandmother are priceless,” Tracey says. Tracey’s maternal grandmother also passed on her love of houseplants, especially african violets, and she inherited her knack for growing them.
It was that love of plants that brought Tracey to Fifth Season. She had a long career as a visual designer for the furniture industry, moved into set design for theaters later on, and when her time was needed as a full-time mother, she became self-employed as an artist and teacher so that she could work her schedule around her daughter. Tracey taught kids and adults pottery classes and summer art camps at The Artscenter in Carrboro as well as working as a designer for many of the theater productions presented by the Artscenter. She had a full-time pottery studio, was a member of the Chatham County Artist Guild, The Designer Craftsman’s Guild and had her pottery in several fine art galleries in North Carolina.
Then she hit a wall. Her daughter went off to college, her art was boring her and she needed a change. Tracey and her husband started a small garden in the back yard. Then her husband bought chickens. Then they started visiting Fifth Season every week for gardening advice and supplies. She applied for a job at the store. She now combines her merchandising experience, love for plants and enjoyment of talking with people about her interests all in one place with a new job she adores.
Adam Sherwood began working on small-scale, intensive organic produce and flower farms in 2010 after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. He first worked for Ken Dawson at Maple Spring Gardens in Cedar Grove, NC and then worked for Alice and Stuart White at Bluebird Meadows in Hurdle Mills, NC. At Bluebird Meadows Adam first began to farm year-round and in 2012 managed a 1⁄4 acre winter garden and sold produce in Durham. He is now operating Mighty Tendril Farm with his partner Emily on leased land in Randolph County, as well as working at Fifth Season. Some of his favorite crops are melons, green beans, and winter-grown spinach and lettuce. When he’s not farming or working at Fifth Season, Adam loves to cook with fresh produce and experiment with fermented and pickled vegetables.
You can find Adam’s produce at the Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday mornings and at Let It Grow Produce in Winston-Salem.
*Rain date will be Sunday, May 31st. No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather. Pre-Registration and payment required.