Monthly Archives: February 2015

Farm to Table at the Garden Center

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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.

2014-03-12 11.57.51 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.”

Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress

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As a Board member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, I am happy to share blog posts! Check this one out!

Mississippi Food Policy Council

by Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Stephen Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen Vogel, and Becca B.R. Jablonski

Administrative Publication No. (AP-068) 89 pp, January 2015

Cover image for ERS report "Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress" (AP-068) This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems. Click the report to access.

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Fun and Informative Garden Events @ MSU

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Pollinator Condos 

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 ekg19@msstate.edu

 

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 ekg19@msstate.edu or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mstrialgarden

pollinator condos flier

container workshop – april 2015