Food Education, It's Not All About Gardens
April 24, 2015
On Wednesday night, we happily hosted our first gardening class with Dabble St. Louis taught by our amazing farmer-friend, Whitney. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do, their mission is community-based education and it’s awesome. Given our mission for helping gardeners and urban farmers find each other and grow more together, it only makes sense for us to offer classes about food - growing it, cooking it, preserving it, using it. We hosted our first class in the garden where the idea for Sprouthood first…sprouted, and as I introduced the class with the story of how we began I told everyone that our goal was to take some of the intimidation out of growing food so that more may do just that. After the class several of our students thanked us and told us specifically that they were much more confident in starting their gardening projects than they had been before. We were humbled and our mission was accomplished. For one night.
photo by risecoffeestl
This is important stuff and we had so much fun that we’re going to repeat that same class again in a month or so so that we may help more of you get your garden growing! Please check our Dabble page for updates, as we will announce that date soon.
photo by risecoffeestl
In the meantime, our next class, “Pickle This: Spring Edition” is up and running and waiting for your signups. As I alluded to, classes about gardening only tell part of the story. If we are really going to change the food landscape across our cities, then we need to tell the whole story of food from planting to harvest and into the kitchen. Luckily for us, we have some awesome friends in all aspects of the food community. We originally introduced our friend Robin in our very first blog post as she, like Whitney, was part of the inspiration that led to Sprouthood. As a seasoned chef and teacher of all things cooking, there may be no-better person to teach our food-preservation classes. On May 20th, join us and our friends at Old North Restoration Group to learn all you need to know to preserve the food you are growing. We ask that you bring a jar so you can take home what you learn to make.
photo by Robin Wheeler
We’re excited to share our experiences with all of you and help everyone grow and eat more fresh and local food. Our third round of classes will involve medicinal plants and herbs - stay tuned for those dates. We plan to continue partnering with Dabble to facilitate this portion of our mission - in and out of St. Louis - and we hope that we can continue growing more with all of you.
From our gardens to yours, Sprouthood + Dabble