Farm Shop celebrates first year with courses, cake, fun

City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St., soon will observe one year of offering hoses, pots, seeds, canning jars and a few chicken items.

"We honestly weren't sure what the response would be," said Shawn Fiegelist, who opened the store in March 2012 with her husband, Gerry. "The response has been overwhelming," she said.

To celebrate the anniversary and meet what Fiegelist called "the demand for knowledge as well as supplies," the schedule of classes offered at the business is being expanded.

Offerings started this week. Future classes include:

* 7 p.m. March 14, "Soil Health" with Ted Stutz of Ohio Earth Food.

* 7 p.m. March 21, "Fermenting from Wild" with practitioner Janine Harris Degitz.

* 7 p.m. April 9, "Powerful Pollinators" with Beth Richardson.

* 3 p.m. April 13, "Urban Foraging Workshop" with Rachel Tayse Baillieul and Kate Hodges.

Other planned classes include "Climate Change," "Gardening Naturally," "Homemade Cleansers," "Concrete Pot Making" and "Rain Catchment," all set for May and June, according to an announcement.

A week of special events and a silent auction are slated to mark the actual one-year anniversary, which arrives March 20 -- the first day of spring.

"The celebration will start Wednesday with birthday cake, followed by a homestead tool swap on Thursday, chicken-feed giveaway on Friday and breakfast Saturday," Fiegelist said. "We hope to reward regular shoppers and meet new friends over the anniversary weekend."