Friday, November 25, 2016

Essence & Aroma Soap Making Workshop

Ten of us learned to follow an ancient formula of (Lye + Water) + Fats = Soap + Glycerin. The smell of lavender oil was  a m a m a z i n g !
We each left with one pound of soap, which we cut into bars two days later. Now, the bars will air dry for 4 - 6 weeks . . . just in time for gift giving.

Thank you, Melissa!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Clean-Up in The Kitchen Garden




Marcelo, Gabriela, Linda H, Els, Susan, Laura and Iris met for a final time this fall. We put some chopped leaves on the beds, removed the final tomato cages, and generally finished the fall clean up. 

We found another praying mantis! Some discussion and googling occurred to determine if they are or are not beneficial insects. It seems they are bc they eat many insects but that can also be a problem because they are apparently indiscriminate and sometimes eat other beneficial insects. This one did not seem at all rattled by all of us clustering around and pointing at it.

Lots of talk of next year. A few last photos for now. . . .signing off till the spring!

If you are interested in a plot for next season, please contact Marcello at marc2life@verizon.net

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Roots & Wings at the Ferry Festa


Roots & Wings shared a table with our friends at Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at this year's Ferry Festa. We had a great location--across the way from the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct booth, with the fragrance of Sushi Mike's BBQ and music from the Main Stage filling the air.







It was a beautiful day to greet many Kitchen Garden, CSA, and Food Pantry friends, and introduce ourselves to others.

Our bean bag toss and farmer photo opp was a hit with all ages.



Our Festa Special is a Farm to Ferry Thanksgiving Delivery of lettuce, butternut squash, potatoes, brussel sprouts, beets, turnips, and whatever else is ready to be harvested.

Pick up is Sunday, November 20, for a cost of $30--if interested, please let Nancy, our CSA Manager know.











Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kitchen Garden party report - October 8th

We had a great time last Saturday at the Kitchen Garden! Marcelo, Laura, Blanca, Akiko, Iris, Linda H, Linda M​, Susan, Gabriela and her friend Chiara gathered around the table. In addition to great conversation and exchange of ideas and recipes, we shared a wonderful potluck breakfast that included coffee, South American mate, muffins, casseroles, among a host of yummy delicacies, and the star of the party: our own mini watermelon, just harvested--it was delicious and we are so proud of it!

Enjoy the pictures below (​thank you Iris for great pictures as usual)!









Monday, September 19, 2016

September 17 at the Kitchen Garden


We had just about everyone at the garden on Saturday (except for Gabriela who was deep in applesauce making! We watered and weeded, cut back dead plants, staked the ever tilting tomatillos and cherry tomatoes, and had a good time together.

Some of the harvest butternut and acorn squash, eggplant, Black Krim and cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, plus a tray of greens to plant for a (hopeful) fall crop.

Linda H. and Iris (behind the camera) took out the old lettuces and planted baby spinach, kale, arugula and cilantro.

Els working on the tomatoes

Susan and Linda M. deep in discussion.

Mark outside the fence checking on some small squash.

Marcelo in the collard patch.

Laura and Blanca at the produce table.

Eggplants and cherry tomatoes are still coming!

Linda M and Els’ beautiful rainbow chard.

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 10th at the Garden

Els, Linda H, Marcelo, Mark, Blanca, Laura, and Gabriela endured the heat this past Saturday at the garden.

In addition to the usual watering, harvesting, and weeding (and trying to straighten some of the tomato and tomatillo plants!), Mark brought the weed whacker and worked on the garden borders. We also removed the lambs quarters, then Marcelo applied some newly sifted compost and used the broad fork to aerate the soil. Then we planted some greens that Els had--we don't know the English name, but Els tells us it's a mild and yummy green!

Food Pantry: We left two containers with cherry tomatoes (one red, one sungold) and several green peppers in the fridge for the food pantry (Molly, please let me know if you find  them and whether they made it alright through Wednesday; if possible, please leave the containers in the toolbox or keep them somewhere so we can reuse them).


Watering schedule:
Susan won't be able to water on Mondays anymore but she'll be doing Sundays instead. Schedule for this week so far (please let the core group of gardeners know about any changes or if you're able to fill any of the missing spots):
Sun: Susan
Mon: --
Tue: Gabriela
Wed: Iris/Linda H
Thu: Marcelo
Fri: --
Sat: Group