Because I am both silly and literal, I can imagine a globe on my plate. OK, so maybe a big, round cake, decorated to look like a globe. Hmmm, that sounds delicious... but no, no cake.
World on Your Plate as an interesting event. On the evening that I couldn't attend, there were both a keynote speaker and a panel discussion. Maybe next year, I'll attend the entire conference, including the first day's keynote speaker and panel discussion. I did attend on the second day. I had my choice of a variety of workshops and I also enjoyed a delicious vegetarian lunch. The food for the lunch is donated by local farms. So everything is fresh and tasty, both delicious and nutritious! You can't beat that. There was also a room, where people with something to sell displayed their wares. The variety was quite interesting!
Below are photographs with stories describing the workshops and the display tables.
|Here is a closer view of the wallets and bags and other things.|
|Merchandise sold at El Buen Amigo.|
|Vase with a design that seemed very photogenic to me!|
|Awesome jewelry fashion statement! Courtesy of El Buen Amigo.|
|Delicious taste test of cookies!|
|Rob D'Alimonte is an artist and a business owner. He said that he worked in Information Technology for 20 years. While he was working in the cubicle and "chasing the dollar," he became interested in gardening, in addition to art.|
|After reading the works of Mohawk iron worker Stan Hill, Rob decided to follow his example of pursuing his passion, rather than money. At the age of 55, Stan Hill gave up "chasing the dollar" and became a bone and antler carver. Rob, who is Tuscarora and belongs to the Beaver Clan, got into wood working and began a business, called Tuscarora WoodWorks (click website to see more about Tuscarora WoodWorks (that's not a typo; it really is all one word).|
|Rob said that another important factor in square foot gardening is making your own soil. Do not use your existing soil he said. He described "Mel's Mix" as having three components to it:|
You don't need to add fertilizer to your garden, ever! You need eight cubic foot of homemade soil for your box. The soil is totally organic so that you will know, if you grow food, your food will be organically grown. You can have three growing seasons per year: spring, summer, and fall.
One warning: Do not walk on the soil! Also there is a suggestion: keep a bucket of water next to each box. The water is sun warmed and very nice for watering your garden. Try to avoid using a hose when watering your garden. Rob said that is too impersonal and that the square foot garden needs a more personal approach.
Winter is coming, and gardens are going dormant but it is never too early to plan for how you plan on gardening next year.
Another thing that you can start planning for in the next season is joining a CSA (community supported agriculture). That is a good way to get fresh fruits and vegetables through the growing season.