Lactofermentation Workshop October 3rd

The Helena Community Gardens is having a lactofermentation workshop on Saturday October 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Plymouth Church, on the corner of Oaks and Winne, behind the community gardens. Presented by CJ Puotinen and Stephen Nagy

This year’s buzz word is MICROBIOME, the population of bacteria and other microbes that help define our state of health. Search online for microbiome and you’ll get more than 2 million hits. As Robynne Chutkan explains in her book The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out (Penguin Random House, 2015), “Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are microbiome rock stars because they contain live bacteria (probiotics) and prebiotic fiber to nourish gut bacteria. You should try to include some of these fermented foods in your diet every day.”
            Celebrate your garden’s harvest by turning carrots, cabbages, radishes, onions, and other vegetables into yummy ginger carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi, side dishes, salad ingredients, old-fashioned dill pickles, and condiments like sriracha (hot sauce). Lactofermented foods are easy to prepare (Mother Nature does the work), plus they’re delicious and more nutritious than plain vegetables. In addition to providing probiotics and prebiotics, their vitamin content is higher and they are easier to digest than other raw veggies.
            Learn how to turn your own vegetables as well as locally prepared salsas and other foods into tangy lactofermented dishes. This workshop is fun, fast-paced, and informative. You’ll take your transformed ingredients home with you and your microbiome will thank you!
            Things to bring: vegetables, sharp knife, hand grater or electric shredder, and glass jars or a pickle crock. The instructors will provide demonstrations, handouts, recipes, unrefined salt, liquid whey, cultured vegetable starters, extension cords,  Cuisinart, mandoline slicer, graters, and other supplies. We’ll be working in the church kitchen. Wear casual clothes. RSVP – helenacommunitygardens@gmail.comor (406) 438-6049

Come Learn about Winterizing Trees October 1st

The Helena Garden Club is hosting a program on preparing our trees for winter at 6:30 on Thursday,   October 1st. The discussion will be led by Greg Chadwick from Chadwick Nursery. We will also be sharing some ideas to prevent desiccation and sun scald.  The monthly meeting will begin at 6 pm at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue, followed by the program. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Orchid Show starts today 

The Great Divide Orchid Society’s Annual Show and Sale is happening this weekend. Stop by the Capital Hill Mall today through Sunday and check it out. More details are available on their website at http://www.greatdivideorchidsociety.org

Upcoming activities for the 6th Ward Garden Park Edible Forest Project

Help heal our ancient Mother Earth — Helena, Montana, National Public Lands Day, 9/26, 9 – 2 pm, 6th Ward Garden Park, 1325 Bozeman Avenue, Helena, MT. Help lay a living forest floor on the mid-bioswale. Good fun, exercise, and picnic after.  Connect to the Facebook event at “Celebrate Our Ancient Mother“.

Everyone is also invited to attend any of the following Forest Garden Design Intensive Public Sessions below and spread the word to others on Facebook.  There is a suggested donation of $5 for each session.
FGDI Public Session #1
Sunday, October 4th from 7:30 to 9 pm – a close look at some of the forest garden projects that instructors and course participants have been a part of designing, implementing, and maintaining. Hear inspiration and lessons learned for your own forest garden project!
Introduction to Forest Garden Case Studies (with people who have worked on the gardens)
 
FGDI Public Session #2
Monday, October 5th at 9 am to 10:30 am.  Hear Dave Jacke’s introduction to the vision, theory, and practices that form the foundation of wholesome, dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems.
 
FGDI Public Session #3
Saturday, October 10 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
See ecological design processes applied to a range of food-producing ecologies and scales on sites in Helena.

Celebrate Soils this Thursday

Join InsideEdge Design tomorrow at the Blackfoot Brewery for an evening discussion, film, and a few Blackfoot brews. The focus will be on the importance of building microbial life in your soils and offering some simple techniques for doing so. More details can be found on the Inside Edge Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/events/431400947031352/. There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. 

Beneficial Bugs for your Garden Saturday June 20th

Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 1pm – 8pm

Tizer Nature Connection, a non-profit organization is hosting this event at Tizer Gardens near Jefferson City. It will be family fun from 1-5. Cost is $10 and goes to support the gardens. 
Learn about mason bees and their habitat. See honeybees up close and real personal. Enjoy programs on butterflies and what attracts them to your garden and then what keeps them there. Learn all about those bugs in your garden you have never even noticed before.

The cost is $10 per adult, and kids are free. If you want to stick around for the dutch oven dinner from 5-8 the cost is $10 per adult or $25 per family. Master Gardeners who wear their Master Gardener shirts get $2 off at the gate.  Garden Club members who show their Montana Federation of Garden Clubs card will also get $2 off. Check out the Tizer Gardens web site for more details at http://www.tizergardens.com/calendar.html. 

Get Out and Celebrate National Gardening week

This week is the perfect opportunity to get out there and do a big or small gardening activity in honor of Natiinal Gardening Week – http://www.gardenclub.org/projects/ongoing-projects/national-garden-week.aspx. 

The 6th Ward Park Crew is having another event is, this Saturday, June 13, 8 am – 11 am. The “Tuck In the Edible Meadow” party with Coffee, tea and aussie bites. Come pitch in and make this new edible forest a reality. More details are available on their web site at http://6thwardgardenpark.com. Bring your tools and dress for safety.