421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8848.
The Litchfield Garden Club on April 18th will host an open meeting with renowned horticulturist and organic gardening advocate Pauline Lord of White Gate Farm, East Lyme, CT, who will be giving a presentation entitled Growing Organic Food- How and Why. In it, Pauline will share her contagious enthusiasm, creativity and tips on raising a successful organic garden. Pauline Lord and her partner David Harlow are the principals behind White Gate Farm, a certified organic 100-acre gem in East Lyme, CT. Although their respective roots were laid in New Hampshire and Connecticut, both Lord and Harlow migrated back from California in 1998 to White Gate Farm. Their careers had not prepared them to be farmers. Lord, a graduate of Stanford University, was a therapist who specialized in eating disorders and Harlow was a volcano seismologist who worked with the US Geological Survey. Both wanted to become farmers so they headed east to White Gate Farm, a former dairy farm owned by Ruth Lord, Pauline's mother and the founding president of Long Wharf Theatre. One might say as well that gardening was in Pauline's blood as Ruth Lord's father was the legendary Henry Francis Dupont of Winterthur. By 2000, the farm was thriving. Greenhouses were built, fields were cleared, and produce, poultry, and flowers were raised. White Gate Farm is currently recognized as being one of the leading exemplars of organic farming and practices in the nation. Pauline and David have created a true organic Eden at White Gate, with their fresh, organic, year-round produce as well as organic turkeys and chickens, organic eggs, and flowers. Their mission is simple: to provide healthy, delicious, beautiful, organic food to local consumers as well as increased understanding about the food they eat, the farms that produce it, and the looming dangers of non-biodiversity and genetic modification. To further espouse the "organic way", they have recently instituted "Farm-To-Table" cooking classes at White Gate. The open meeting of The Litchfield Garden Club will be held at The Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 18th. Admission is free to the public. Registration is not required. Refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact Sylvia Abbott at 860.567.8848. Check the website for further information.