As awareness of the health and environmental threats posed by our modern food production system grows, we find ourselves thinking about where our food comes from and wondering just what we are eating. One way of knowing exactly what you are eating is to grow your own food, but where to start? Here in Sarasota, we are fortunate that we can grow food year-round. Join us for a presentation by Michelle Stears on the basics of starting a home garden. From container gardening to raised beds, Michelle will cover some tips and options for getting started, which foods to plant when, and what basic tools or supplies you need to get started. Michelle’s advice is to start out as simple as might be necessary to make home-gardening a sustainable part of your life. You don’t need to be a seasoned farmer to successfully grow and reap your own vegetables and you don’t need to grow all of your fruits and vegetables in order to reap the benefits of homegrown goodness. So bring your questions, your gardening enthusiasm and stories, while we dig into the topic of home gardening.
About Michelle Stears:
Michelle Stears has an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC-Davis and dual BS degrees in Ecology and Agricultural Journalism from UW-Madison. She has worked with small-scale farming households from Madagascar, to California, and Mexico. Michelle and her family eat from their home garden year-round, thanks largely to Michelle’s husband, who is dedicated to turning their entire yard into an organic fruit and vegetable oasis. Michelle has also acted as lead parent for her son’s school garden, planning and planting the class plots with students and teachers, and conducting weekly garden lessons on everything from “The Grasses that Feed Us,” to identifying plant parts, to distinguishing high-nutrient from nutrient-void foods, to the biogeography of school garden plants.