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Dig In with Slow Food – It’s a Gardening Day at Pine Jog Environmental Center Saturday

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s a National Day of Action Saturday, Sept. 25, and the Slow Food Glades to Coast is getting involved with the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center and Pine Jog Elementary School for a day of home and community gardening events.

The program – bring the kids and grandkids – is called Growing Green Communities: Sprouting Ideas for a Green Table.

It’s a full day of learning about growing fruits and vegetables, getting the community involved in town gardens, teaching kids about gardens and how to get them involved and excited about  growing their own foods.

A buffet lunch provided by Whole Foods is part of the bargain – tickets to this event are only $10 or $5 for young kids. (Must get tickets in advance.)

Vegetable gardens, bees, soil, rare fruits and more

Gardening seminars include four lectures on various elements of gardening, including talks on gardening in small spaces, best soil or growing mediums, bees and their importance to food, and rain barrels – how they work and how to use them in the garden.

A special kids’ area will include a hands-on planting table, storytelling and more. Panel discussions will focus on Slow Food in the Schools, and Why Buy Local.

Exhibitors will be showing and offering samples of tropical and heirloom fruits, heritage poultry and bees. Cooking demos will be given by chefs Michael Wagner of Lola’s on Harrison, Hollywood, and Daniel Ramos of Market 17, Fort Lauderdale.

Guided walks and talks in the Pine Jog forest, and tours of green-certified buildings are available.

Growing Green Community Event

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach
  • Cost: Adults – $10; children under 12 – $5. To ensure entry, tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Information and to buy tickets: SlowFoodGladesToCoast.com

Tags: Gardens: Grow Your Own Food · Kids' Cooking

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