Library to play host to gardening program

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a program, “Organic Gardening Demystified,” March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Local professional farmers Alexis Barbalinardo and Enya Cunnningham of Back 40 Farm in Washington will lead the visual presentation at the Wykeham Road library.

A snow date of March 27 is planned.

Barbalinardo and Cunningham will offer participants some practical hands-on advice and inspiration on growing flavorful fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers.

They will also share their expertise on a wide range of topics including soil health, composting, using space efficiently, growing plants from seed, controlling weeds and pests, inviting beneficial wildlife and preserving home-grown produce.

Question and answers, as well as open conversation, will follow the talk.

In addition, Barbalinardo and Cunningham will provide more information about Back 40 Farm and their roles in this venture.

Back 40 Farm is a family-owned business nestled in 85 acres of farmland in Washington.

The farm began the Back 40 Farm Group, an ecologically and socially responsible restaurant and retail group based in Greenwich.

Their mission is to grow quality organic vegetables and flowers for our communities in Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

They strive to not only feed our communities, but to serve as an educational source that inspires dialogue about the sustainable food movement, seasonality, stewardship, and family.

Barbalinardo, farm manager, began managing Back 40 Farm in 2015.

Since graduating from Vassar College in 2007, she has worked as an outdoor educator and naturalist, a bread baker, cheesemaker, cowherd, flower grower and vegetable farmer.

Barbalinardo is committed to translating ecological stewardship into nutritious vegetables of Back 40 Farm.

Cunnningham came to Back 40 Farm in 2015 after graduating from Vassar College.

She was drawn to farm work through a passion for working with her hands and a desire to do meaningful work for the food system.

She arrived at the farm with little practical experience growing vegetables and an enormous desire to learn.

Under the tutelage of Barbalinardo, she has become a capable farmer and continues to hone her skills daily.

Registration is requested by calling 860-868-7586.