January 20, 2015

(MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ) ― The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are teaming up again to present their fifth Annual Community Garden Conference.

This year’s keynote speaker is the renowned botanical explorer and food plant ecologist, Joseph Simcox. Joseph has spent decades traveling the globe, documenting and tasting thousands of edibles. He has traversed wildernesses with indigenous peoples, interviewed thousands of villagers and searched the markets from the Arctic to the tip of Africa. His passion is to bring little known foods to the table and preserve species and varieties that are in danger of extinction. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds carries a line of seeds based on Joseph’s explorations which they are generously donating to each attendee along with their beautiful catalog.

This year’s sessions include:
•Crop Rotation and Succession Planting – how to grow four crops in succession, how to extend the season and the best way to rotate crops in a small space.
•Growing Asian Vegetables – from leafy greens to fruits, expand your edible vocabulary. Early spring greens seeds provided.
•Successful Seed Saving – gain knowledge in the best way to save seeds from your favorite vegetables.
•Beneficial Insects – learn how to introduce “good bugs” to combat insect pests.
•Preserving Your Harvest – learn the techniques to best preserve vegetables, how to grow enough to preserve in a small space and how some community gardens use the preserves to fundraise.
•Coordinator’s Roundtable Discussion – garden managers and coordinators come together to find solutions to problems and learn about best management practices.

Lunch is provided and the snow date for this conference is Sunday, March 8.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.

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