On November 21st from 1:30 to 4:30 pm anyone who would like to help out in getting the herb garden shaped back up should come out to the Student Farm to volunteer. Afterwards there will be a pizza party, pot luck to reward everyone for all of their hard work. Hillary our student farm manager will be making pizzas in the fire brick oven. If you have not had a chance to eat one of her amazing pizzas then you are missing out. Also the student chef’s will be preparing different sweet potato dishes from the wonderful bounty of this year’s harvest.
If you cannot help out with working in the herb garden there is another opportunity to get to try some yummy pizza by bring a few canned good items to donate to CORA Food Bank in exchange for a slice at Noon that day.
Other things happening at the student farm on November 21st:
The winner of the Guess the Total Weight of the Sweet Potatoes Harvest contest will be announced around 4:30-5 pm. The winner will receive a case of mixed sweet potatoes from the harvest. So just another good reason to come help out in the herb garden to see if you won! If you win, but are not present you will be able to pick up your prize after the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Students for Sustainability meeting will be at 5 pm.
This week’s CSA box contains:
• Sweet potatoes
• Bok Choi
• Baby carrots
• Baby beets
• Green beans – The last of them due to colder weather.
• Peppers: Sweet Anaheim, Hungarian Hot Wax, Red & Green Jalapenos. The sweet and hot peppers will be in separates bags. This will also be the last of the peppers too.
We are planting lots of garlic right now at the farm, three 100 ft beds of it to be exact. We are planting soft neck varieties of Inchilliem, early California, and New York White and hard neck varieties of Chesnook Red, German Extra Hardy, and Ontario Purple.
I learned a lot about garlic during planting, like did you know it’s a member of the lily family? Or that with the hard-neck variety you can use the immature scapes, the flower stalks part of the plant like scallions? Also you can plant the smaller seed bulbs that are too small to grow a mature size bulb for “green garlic”. I cannot wait until next year for planting these on my own farm and giving them a try. I am going to plant some of the soft neck varieties just so I can braid them together to save since I love the way they look and want some hanging in my kitchen.
If you are planning on planting any this year you’d better hurry up because for our area they need to be planted by mid-November. Be sure to buy your garlic local even though garlic acclimatize to where they are planted it will take several years for this to happen if you buy from out of state.
Garlic originated from Central Asia and dates back 6000 years. It’s was actually worshiped by the Egyptians and was found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Garlic was so prized that it was used as currency. It wasn’t really embraced in America until the 1940s other than in working class neighborhoods in ethic dishes. Ancient Indians valued the medicinal properties of garlic. You can find a whole list of possible medicinal properties that peple use it today for here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/300.html
The food drive for CORA Food Bank (http://www.corafoodpantry.org/) is also starting up between now and Thanksgiving. Please be sure to check the list posted on collection boxes around campus for items that are needed before you bring a donation of non-perishable items.
Sonya K Capps