Plant of the Month software is chance to take a look at new foods

Right now, I am proud to announce the Plant of the Thirty day period Partnership, a collaborative work among Alachua County, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food stuff and Agricultural Sciences, the Master Gardeners of Alachua County and Working Foods.

Our plans are the subsequent:

• Excellent tasting, clean, affordable, nutrient-packed greens, fruits and herbs. 

• This will spur sustainable improve, make considerably less food squander, have considerably less environmental effects, generate more healthy soils, and eliminate the packaging and transport of the food items solutions we mature. 

• After this calendar year of COVID, we want strain relief, we will need sunshine, we want the delight and pleasure that will come with generating our own food items.

• Rising, harvesting, cooking and eating food items grown at house saves income and assists us be far more resilient in the face of any foreseeable future disaster. 

• Lastly, food stuff is a require we all share. Politics apart, we can all talk with a neighbor about tomatoes, blueberry bushes or zucchini. This can deliver our neighborhood alongside one another, aid us know our neighbors, and support us trade knowledge, experiences and successes collectively.

Like a lot of of you, when COVID very first hit, I wished to increase a little something, do a little something basic and essential, and experience safer and far more secure. My brother and I planted a backyard: We planted fruit trees, greens and blueberry bushes. 

Some things we planted thrived. Some did not. 

I only produced a pair of mottled tomatoes and sickly squash, and my blueberry bushes all died. But my fruit trees have grown tall and healthful, and sweet potatoes took above my entire aspect yard!

Relatively than chalk it up to fate, inexperience or other problems, I was definitely curious about why some items were so much additional effective than other folks. But I was overcome making an attempt to discover almost everything at at the time.  

I observed some others that shared this experience. We were being enthusiastic to continue on gardening but desired to dig in and truly discover about each matter we grew. This system grew out of that have to have.

So several of us develop collard greens in September and strawberries in Oct, and onions in November. We have meals with cultural heritages like Seminole pumpkins, tomatillos and roselle, together with pantry staples like potatoes, tomatoes and onions.

Just about every month will offer a chance to explore new food items and develop your palate. As we go forward, we want to expand and include things like recipes for cooking and strategies for preservation. We want to also grow to fruit trees and bushes, herbs and perennials. It is an remarkable application — make sure you develop with us!

Initial, check out the web page at https://tinyurl.com/Plant-of-the-Thirty day period. Then, engage and connect on social media and share your successes and your challenges.

Watch for these backlinks to be posted. Then, run suitable in excess of to a area home advancement, hardware, farm or seed retail outlet and choose up a bundle of collard green seeds. Or you can end by and take a look at our partners and Doing the job Food and choose up a bundle there.

Let us get developing!

Mary Alford is an Alachua County commissioner. 

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