Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tomato Sauce Making and Canning!

Join us to learn how to make and can tomato sauce!

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 10 AM - noon
  • WHERE: South Church's kitchen
  • WITH WHO: Costanza Zordan, a native of Parma, Italy, and our neighbor from Hastings on Hudson!
  • HOW MUCH: $10 materials fee (we'll be using fresh ingredients from the Roots & Wings CSA). You'll also need to bring 4 things: (1) an apron, (2) a serrated knife, (3) a cutting board, and (4) a couple of jars (can be twist-off tops or mason jars).

Costanza Zordan is a health coach and graduate of the  Institute for Integrative Nutrition. "I help people make changes in their life starting with what they eat."

A native of Parma, Italy, Coco has lived since 2007 in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and 3 daughters. She has participated in many Roots & Wings programs, and blogs about  her love of good food at Coco's BreadHer life motto is Mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a healthy body).

"Since I moved from Italy to the US twenty years ago, I tried to recreate the flavors that I had left behind. Flavors that were deeply connected to my mom, my childhood, and my memories. Food is the main meme transmitted among Italians. We love spending time at table, while talking about what we’re eating, what we have eaten and what we’re going to eat next. Exchanging recipes is our favorite hobby (also among men), along with sharing food with others as a sign of friendship and love."

the time to start composting is NOW!

Thank you Elisa Zazzera for three fabulous Composting is EZ classes! 

For me, these classes clarified the two most compelling reasons to compost:

1.  it returns nutrients to the earth 

2.  it is stupid to pay for organic material to be hauled away and burned. See Elisa's slide on that below.

In response to these classes, Roots & Wings has opened its compost bins to the community. They are behind South Church, at The Kitchen Garden, which is 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. We ask that you first come to one of the regular gardening hours and introduce yourself so we have a sense of how many people are using these bins. Hours are Saturday mornings: 10 AM - noon, and Thursday early evenings: 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  

Marcello, our garden manager, reminds us, "If you are bringing fresh kitchen scraps to our compost please deposit it in the far left compost bin and try to cover it with dried leaves that can be found in the compost bin on the right. This keeps the smell down and adds the carbon component needed for proper composting."

Roots & Wings was heartened to receive an encouraging note from Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor of Greenburgh, about our Composting Is EZ with Elisa Zazzera classes. He's had eight summer interns working on composting and recycling, alongside Greenburgh Nature Center. 

Attend their presentation to the Greenburgh Town Board on Wednesday, Aug.19, at 7:30 about promoting organic recycling and source separation. Click here to view their videos on YouTube.