Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Master Gardeners & Preservers this Sunday, August 26

ABC's of home-preserving...plus seeds

& seedlings

UC Cooperative Extension LA County Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers take over the Green Tent on August 26th. Master Food Preservers' Erik Knutzen (co-author with Kelly Coyne ofThe Urban Homestead and Making It) will show you his sauerkraut kit, while Shelley Marks brings some of her delectable and beautiful preserved food in jars, all to encourage you to learn the art of food preservation to enjoy seasonal produce all year long at home.

Meantime, the Master Gardeners will give away seeds and seedlings as usual. Master Gardener Julie Strnad says: 

We are now in the in-between season: too late to plant summer veggies, too early to plant fall. But the Master Gardeners are pushing the season, expecting that it will continue to be warm and sunny.  They'll have:
  • Poblano peppers
  • California Wonder Bell peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Velvet Queen Sunflowers
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Lemon Cucumbers
  • 3 flavor melons (a cantaloupe type melon, could be one of 3 different kinds)
Our wonderful Master Gardener volunteers complete an intensive training program in all aspects of gardening and are a font of information. The Master Food Preservers complete an intensive training program in the basics of safe and successful food preservation. They both give their time teaching others, especially in low-resource communities.

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