Come tour a school garden, sample delicious treats from a local farmer's market, and experience hands-on activities that will teach you the essentials of becoming a "locavore"! Each participant will take home plants and seeds to start growing their own food gardens, as well as tools for finding local food.
This is an Eat Local Week event organized by Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services and Slow Food Greater Sarasota. Held at the permaculture food forest at Bay Haven School to mark its one-year anniversary, come take in the natural beauty of a food production system while you plant, commune around food, and gather skills for eating more locally. A food forest functions by taking advantage of ecological services like water catchment, microorganisms, and perennial plants, and requires fewer inputs from humans; therefore, it is a more ecologically-sound method of food production.
Instructor Camille Van Sant is a grower, chef, and horticulturalist who has been gardening in Florida for many years. Camille will share her vast knowledge on seeding, transplanting, and other ecological gardening methods.
8:30am: Welcome. How to be a Locavore. About Sarasota school gardens. Educating children to be locavores through school gardens.
8:40am: Tour of Bay Haven's food forest.
9:00am: Easiest step in becoming a locavore is to shop at a Farmer's market. How to pick a local vendor. Names of markets. Introduction to Greater Sarasota's Eat Local Resource Guide & Directory.
9:15am: Taste some of the fruits of local eating. "I eat local because I can." Taste lemongrass tea.
9:30am: Essentials of school gardening and backyard gardening, planting dates, resources, planting fruit trees, planting annuals.
9:50am: Planting activity.
10:25am: Sharing other Eat Local Week activities.