Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sundays In November at the Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden Campus

Come on out to the new Community Garden Campus for cooking demonstrations and tastings from the Live Fire Cooking Theater on Sundays in November! Jim Budros, Grillmaster and Owner of City Barbeque is passionate about wood fired cooking, will be heading up the demos from Noon to 2pm each Sunday in November. These demos are FREE for members or with admission to the Conservatory. There is a small charge $3 for the 'make your own' pizza on the 8th.

Sunday, Nov. 1: Wood-oven Pizza Nepolatana Vera ( the real pizza of Naples) and camp-fire Jambalaya
Sunday, Nov. 8: Make your own wood-oven pizza, String roast (at the Rumford fireplace - a la ficelle) leg of lamb and wood-oven roasted fall root vegetables
Sunday, Nov. 22: Texas Chile and Dutch oven corn bread
Sunday, Nov. 29: Argentine beef and vegetable stew in a wood-oven roasted pumpkin (Carbonada).

On the 15th, Bill Dawson will be holding a Loofah Gourd workshop from 11am-12:30 in the Education Pavilion on the Campus. see further info below.

‘Let’s Talk Loofahs’

Growing loofah sponges can be a fun and rewarding project if you have bit of unused space in your garden or on a fence. A loofah sponge as it is commonly known is actually a plant seed pod. The loofah has many names, both common and scientific. It is known as smooth luffa, loofah sponge, loofa, loufa, luffa, sponge gourd, Chinese okra, elephant okra, dishrag gourd, and many other common names.

Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Coordinator, will share his hobby of growing and processing loofah gourds or ‘gifts from the garden’.
You will learn how to start these plants early indoors, proper transplanting techniques, trellising, harvesting and drying methods.
For $3.00 participants will receive a finished sponge and some seeds to take home to try on their own!

When: Sunday, November 15th, 11:00am-12:30pm
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden Campus in
the Education Pavilion
Free with admission to the Conservatory
I hope to see you all there!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

2009 Growing to Green Awards winners and event photos

Hello All,
You must take a few minutes to look at these photos of the Growing to Green Awards ceremony held at Franklin Park on 9/10/09.
It is my favorite event of the year, a time when we can truly recognize the efforts of the groups and individuals for all they do in our communities.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!!