is joining other gardeners around the world in celebration and connection within the International Kitchen Garden event
; a vital part of our food security efforts.
There is a great networking site for Kitchen Gardens International
- promoting the localest
food of all...globally. There is even a group there for Transition Ohio Kitchen Gardeners
. There's also a discussion there titled How will you be celebrating International Kitchen Garden Day 2009?
with comments coming in from around the globe. Here is my contribution:
8/23/2009 1014 AM
Here in Southeast Ohio, USA we're hosting an open kitchen garden event on Broadwell Hill. It's also a Transition Ohio event with the goal of helping strengthen our neighborhood connections toward great resiliency within interdependent systems.
I have four roosters and one hen. They're fighting, giving the hen a hard time and have out-grown the chicken house we made when a friend gave us the Buff Cochin chicks.
I was a vegetarian for over 25 yrs and don't like killing things and have no idea about how to deal with these roosters.
A neighbor is coming over who has tons of experience and we're going to have a chicken harvesting re-skilling party.
We've also got spuds, greens, tomatoes, red cabbage, garlic... hmmmm, what else?
So, we're going to have a campfire potluck with fresh killed free range organic chicken, organic fresh dug spuds with chicken gravy, roasted garlic, salad, greens, local microbrew beer.
Of course, we're also going to tour the gardens and the off-grid systems here, have lots of conversation/dialogue about food security, networks and who knows what else and maybe take a walk in the woods. I just received a couple of environmental improvement grants for work with the sustainable forest and woodland products farm. It sounds like a neighbor wants to help with that so we'll probably also come up with a plan for that project.
We could go fishing and throw some fresh catfish and bass on the fire but I think the chicken will suffice.
Anyways, I'll also share info about the International Kitchen Gardeners and perhaps we'll get some more Ohians to join us here.
I think having such an International event is fabulous...thank you all! And, I am so passionate about gardening that I have a lot of fun here and really appreciate all the tips, info and news that you share.
So, I'm off to wash dishes, make some kind of red cabbage salad, do some mowing and weedwacking and get my weekly composting chores done. We'll also tour the compost/soil ammendment processes here and the worm farm as well. FUN, FUN, FUN!
I'll be thinking of all the other kitchen gardeners and will make a toast to you all!
Have a great time!
Feel free to join us if you have an interest in a journey out to the frontier of eastern Athens County! Let me know if you are also hosting a Garden event and we will make a toast to you too!
Hope you're all having a fantastic day.