I have long held that no food is more local than that grown in your own garden. I was recently reading an article in Today’s Garden Center magazine, “Farm to Table Will Change Us” (Februrary 2015). The editor, Carol Miller, discusses the impact of the Farm-to-Table movement on the retail garden center industry. She makes an astute observation: “At its heart, it’s about actual gardening.”
“Admittedly, many who are into the farm-to-table movement just want to buy fresh, locally grown produce.
But Gen X and Gen Y also celebrate the geeks among them who dive deeply into whichever hobby they take up. Call it geek chic. Enough of these new customers are geeking out over the trend and want to know everything they can about growing the tastiest tomatoes, greens, squash and herbs they can. And they want to learn inventive ways to prepare their harvest to show off to their friends.”
Mississippi State Trial Gardens will present a workshop on ‘Pollinator Condos’ on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dorman Hall Greenhouse on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville. Please come join us and learn how to create a unique habitat for native bees and pollinators. For a small fee, participants will make their own ‘condo’ and will be able to invite some of nature’s best pollinators to call their backyard home! For more information, and to register, find us on facebook at MS Trial Gardens or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BYOC – Bring Your Own Container
Mississippi State Trial Gardens will present a workshop on ‘BYOC – Bring Your Own Container’ on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dorman Hall Greenhouse on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville. Bring your own container, join us and learn all about container gardening, just in time for spring! Bring any container – 12″ or smaller – and everything else you need to make a stunning container will be provided! Registration is limited with a fee of $20 for each participant. For more information, or to register, email email@example.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mstrialgarden
pollinator condos flier
container workshop – april 2015
There are many food policy-related bills under consideration in the Mississippi legislature this term. Here is a quick rundown. Be sure to check out any legislation you’re interested in and contact your local representatives to offer your support or voice your opposition.
It’s been a while since I last posted (a LOOONG while). I had back surgery right before Thanksgiving and it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. One of my goals for this year is to post at least weekly. I hope you’ll find my blog informative and entertaining.
Please continue to join me on my journey to grow (food, farmers, and myself) throughout the coming weeks and months!
I know, I know! I have been a total slacker when it comes to my blog! But I have been on the road learning and teaching! Last week I was in Orlando, Florida for the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science. I presented a poster about teaching Good Agricultural and Handling Practices to Mississippi producers. I was also invited to speak at the Industry and Extension Division breakfast about using Pinterest for programming! There was a lot of interest and the group was very receptive. I hope I gain a few new Pinterest followers as a result! You can follow me on Pinterest, too! Just look for veggiedr!