7th Annual Harvest Celebrations

September 7, 2017 by  
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October 15, 2017
12:00 pmto3:00 pm

Celebrating 7 years of the Victory Garden Community Gathering

The Harvest Gathering is a celebration of the connections we experience to the Earth, for each other and tasting delicious foods.  This is the 7th year of the Victory Garden Celebrations and due to the response for the hearty soups last year, we decided to bring it back.  For the Victory Garden, the 2017 season was challenging from a weather perspective, fixing equipment and installing technology.  The great news is our friends and faithful supporters, who as always gave all.

There is much to celebrate with our local friends.

The weather definitely have changed and so must we.  Our future plans include more greenhousing strategies and digital education.   Learning to cope and reducing our carbon footprint increases our resolve and response to changing conditions.  Greenhouses, Hoophouses, coldframes and other season extension strategies are ways will influence the operational side of the garden in the coming years.

 

6th Annual Victory Garden Harvest Celebrations

November 5, 2016 by  
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November 20, 2016
12:30 pm

 

 

Nail Soup:A traditional Swedish folk-tale

Once upon a time there was a tramp walking through a deep forest. He made his living selling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Now he was cold and tired and hungry and what was even worse, he had nothing left to sell. All he owned were the ragged clothes he wore and an old, bent nail. When he came out of the forest he saw a little cottage, with smoke rising from the chimney. He knocked on the door, the door opened and a woman looked at him suspiciously.

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– Please, could you be as good as to give a poor man shelter for the night, he asked.
– I know your kind, she said, if I let you in you won“t leave before you have eaten everything I have. And I tell you, I“m so poor I haven“t had a bite for three days. So you just go away!
But the tramp was a clever fellow, and the woman was so greedy that she immediately invited him when he said that of course he didn’t want to eat the little she had. On the contrary, he wanted her to share his evening meal.
– But first I want to see the food you say you want to share, she said. – This is all I need, he said, and took an old, bent nail out of his pocket. Just bring me a pot and some water, and I“ll cook the best soup you ever tasted with this nail.
The woman brought a pot and looked with amazement as the tramp made a fire, cooked some water and dropped the nail in it. – The soup might be a little thin, he said, you see I have been using the nail for seven days now. It is a pity you don“t have a little salt, that would surely make the soup taste like a soup fit for any gentleman“s house. But what we lack, we don’t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have a little salt left since Christmas.
– How lucky, said the tramp and put the salt in the pot. Well I was thinking that perhaps you could even serve this soup to the priest, if we only had some vegetables also. But what we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have some vegetables in the cellar.
The tramp praised the wisdom of the woman and the excellent taste of the soup.
– I think it would even be fit to serve the king, if we only had a little meat to add, said the tramp. But there is no use longing for the impossible. What we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. There might be some dried meat left somewhere.
“>The tramp happily added the meat to the by now sweet-smelling soup, the woman made the table with her finest silver spoons and her best plates. When she came to think of it, there was actually some wine left since her husband’s funeral.
So she felt almost like a queen when they shared the soup the tramp had cooked with his nail. The next morning the tramp left without his nail, because the woman wouldn’t let him go before he agreed to sell it. And still to this day, the nail has been very useful. Not only can you make a wonderful soup, but you can also use it for cooking tales with. True, what we lack we don’t have, but if you add a little of this and a little of that it will certainly be a story fit for telling to a king!
Ulf Ärnström 2002
http://www.berattarverkstan.se/net/soup.htm

Celebrating World Planting Day 2016

March 21, 2016 by  
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March 21st, 2016: World Planting Day

Plant food, trees, berries, edible flowers with the world and celebrate taste, beauty and healthful living.  Today

World Planting

 

World Planting Day is March 21, 2016, a special event to celebrate with people around the globe. It’s a day that helps us remember that our gardens are beautiful, and delicious. How you may ask. Consider growing foods for:

  • Fresh, nutritious eating
  • Nourishment
  • Outdoor activities
  • Addressing climate change
  • Being Climate Smart
  • Tasting delicious foods
  • Beautification

Will you start planting and celebrate with the world.  The rewards are countless.