Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Slow Food Gardening Series: Winter Gardening

Saturday, January 17th, Slow Food members met at North Haven Gardens in Dallas to learn about winter gardening and spring garden preparation. The class, organized by Kelly Ingram, had a good turn out and was informative no matter what the size of your garden.

The group discussed in-ground, raised bed, and container gardens. We learned about soil preparation and seasonal produce, as well as how to get rid of pesky garden critters (rascally rabbits)!

After members had a chance to ask questions of North Haven's Horticulture expert, we toured the display gardens. Even with the city's recent freeze, the gardens were abundant with leafy greens, herbs, broccoli, carrots, and more. Several members got to take samples home.

North Haven Gardens has an impressive inventory of items, and offers consultation and free classes. See their website for the upcoming event schedule:

Members attending this class had a lot of fun learning. We hope to see you at our next event - baking bread at Empire Baking Company!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Last Chance to Stop NAIS

"Protect Our Food Supply - Stop NAIS!" is still in the running at, but it needs over two thousand more votes to make it into the Top 10 Ideas.  And only the top 10 entries in this online contest "win" and have their ideas presented at the National Press Club on January 16th and advocacy campaigns organized to promote them.  
The competition ends this Thursday, January 15, at 5 pm eastern time.  In addition to voting for stopping NAIS, please let everyone you know who is interested in supporting local, sustainable agriculture know. 

Step 1: If you are not already signed up for the site, register at:  
Step 2: Go to   Be sure to click the box labeled "Vote!" to the left of "Protect Our Food Supply -- Stop NAIS!"    Leaving a comment does not count as a vote.  
After you click the Vote box, it will change color and show "Voted."  If it does not do that, shift your mouse a bit and click again, because it sometimes take several tries.