January 8, 2014 in Slow Food Schools
The Southold Edible School Garden never ceases to amaze with its bountiful production. At the October 16 meeting of the Edible School Garden Group of the East End, attendees were greeted by Emmie Karam and her beautiful 7th grade girls, giving tours around the garden and telling tales about their work at the Greenport Farmers’ Market.
After their tour, the group took a short trip over to KK’s Farm which added another incredible dimension to the meeting. In late October, the garden was densely planted and full of produce ready to pick. KK gave great advice on extending production into the winter by using remay (Agribon), a porous fabric that can increase the temperature of the soil quite significantly (from 10-15 degrees). She advised using cold tolerant varieties of lettuce such as Rouge D’Hiver and Winter Density, which can be ordered from Johnnyseeds.com.
Vitamix Machines for School Garden Programs Thanks to the amazing Stefanie Saks, Vitamix has agreed to supply Edible School Gardens with re-furbished Vitamix machines. The Springs Seedlings Project has already received one for their Food Justice and after school programs. In order to receive a Vitamix, schools must submit a description of their school garden program and how it is incorporated into the school curriculum. You can see the materials that were supplied by Springs Seedlings as an example of what was accepted by clicking here. (It is not in perfect form but should be good enough!) Please send completed forms to Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “VITAMIX” and she will forward them to Stefanie.
Ghana, Africa Inquires About Our School Gardens The Edible School Garden Group has been contacted by a school garden in Ghana, Africa, which found the East End through the group’sedibleschoolgardens.org, maintained by Megan Schmidt. They were very impressed with our programs and wanted to collaborate with us. It would be great for students from both countries to Skype and/or communicate. This is of great interest to them. The Edible School Garden Group is looking for someone in the group who would like to further investigate how they might be able to help this garden as we did with the “Wings Over Haiti Garden”.