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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fresh From The Garden - Train-the-Trainer Workshop

I attended a great workshop today that provided terrific training on communicating information to children and adults about nutrition and how to use the fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested from home, school & community gardens.  The workshop, presented by Marisa Neelon, Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension, ably assisted by Carla Moore, also with the Cooperative Extension, was a multi-media event with forays into the garden to harvest vegetables & herbs.  We also covered canning, drying and freezing basics.  Marisa is a gifted instructor &  I highly recommend this workshop.  Besides the excellent presentation & great handouts with beaucoup resources, we prepared & tasted some mighty fine dishes.
After nibbling on raw kohlrabi crudités, I am a convert and plan to plant some tomorrow.  
I am also going to revisit my decision to skip planting of zucchini after tasting yummy zucchini pancakes prepared in class. The recipe we used can be found in this informative UCCE publication. 

FYI: my article on pruning hydrangeas published this week in the Contra Costa Times can be found at this link

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