Turn Your Zucchini or Summer Squash Into “Pasta”

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Julienne slicer

 

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Standard vegetable peeler

 

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Large holed grater or microplane

 

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Wide vegetable peeler

 

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Serve uncooked as a salad….

 

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… lightly sauteed and seasoned…

 

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…or topped with your favorite pasta sauce.

 

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Use your imagination!

 

Posted by Sylvia Hacker, Dona Ana Co. New Mexico EMG

AmpleHarvest.org: Sharing Your Garden Bounty with Neighbors in Need

What has 180,000 hands and is changing the world? The Extension Master Gardeners of the USA! That’s how we at AmpleHarvest.org think of you—thousands of hands working in the soil, sharing valuable knowledge with growers in every corner of America, and changing the world one garden at a time!

AmpleHarvest.org is a national program, connecting gardeners with local food pantries so that excess garden bounty can be shared with those in need. Gardeners everywhere can use our site to find a pantry for those times when they just have too many greens or cucumbers (or any other extra veggies, fruits, herbs, or nuts).

Food Pantry volunteers, happy to receive donations of fresh food to share with their clients
Food Pantry volunteers, happy to receive donations of fresh food to share with their clients

We have nearly 7,000 food pantries registered on our site from every state. These are pantries that may not have the time or budget required to maintain a website or advertise their services online. For many pantries, their free profile on our site is the only web presence they have, and the only way that gardeners can find them when they have food to share.

We’ve got some exciting news! We’re celebrating our 5th birthday with a complete overhaul of our website. We will be adding new and exciting features to make it easier for gardeners and pantries to work together to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in America. We hope you’ll bookmark our page (AmpleHarvest.org) so you can see the new site when it’s up and let us know what you think.

If you’re growing food at home, helping in a community garden, or working with Plant-A-Row, we want our site to be another one of your gardening tools. Whenever someone asks us for gardening help, we send them your way and we hope that when you encounter someone whose gardening experiments yield too many tomatoes, you will send them our way so they can help feed a hungry family.

 

Harvest day at a community garden and this is just what was left over after the gardeners took their share! It all went straight to a pantry found on AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry.  Send photos of what you’re growing and sharing to ishared@ampleharvest.org
Harvest day at a community garden and this is just what was left over after the gardeners took their share! It all went straight to a pantry found on AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry. Send photos of what you’re growing and sharing to ishared@ampleharvest.org

Like us on Facebook and share our page with your gardening friends to help us spread the word. If you are already growing and sharing with a food pantry, share this blog with the pantry coordinator to encourage them to register on our site so that other gardeners can find them and donate their excess produce as well.

Thank you for teaching and leading by example. Thank you for keeping the knowledge of our national agricultural traditions alive in your communities. Thank you for changing the world.
Emily Fulmer is the Grower Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org. She is a back (and front!) yard vegetable gardener and she has recently added a small flock of Buff Orpington hens to her tiny urban farm. You can reach her at Emily@ampleharvest.org

Master Gardeners and Food Day 2013!

 

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Food Day Oct. 24, 2013

Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens, Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it. Food Day 2012, the 2nd annual celebration, featured more than 3,200 events in all 50 states!

This year, Food Day.org wants to reach 4,500 events! And Master Gardeners will be a huge help in reaching our goal. Let’s Get Cooking with Kids is the theme of this year’s Food Day in an effort to teach our children about nutrition and decrease childhood obesity. Gardening with kids is an important part of teaching kids where our food comes from and that fresh, unprocessed foods are the best for us. Not only that, but instilling a love of gardening will get kids away from the TV and computer and outdoors getting activity!

Food Day isn’t just for kids either! Getting adults involved with Food Day and educating them about our food system is just as important. Here are some ways the Master Gardeners can get involved in Food Day this year:

 

Get Involved

  • ·         Start a school garden
  • ·         Teach a kids class on growing, harvesting, and identifying fruits and vegetables

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  • ·         Take kids on a garden or farm tour
  • ·         Have a fresh veggie taste test
  • ·         Apple and/or pumpkin picking

You can do similar things for adults, along with:

  • ·         Hosting a gleaning day
  • ·         Teaching a class on composting
  • ·         Teaching a class on winter gardening

Register Your Event

Any classes or events that you already have planned that involve food for the month of October can be a Food Day event! Just register your event on the Food Day website: http://www.foodday.org/host_an_event

 

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Molly Geppert is a Food Day fellow at Center for Science in the Public Interest. She has had a love of gardening from a young age, when she would grow pumpkins and sunflowers on the side of her home in Colorado. Two of her family members are Master Gardeners in Maryland and Florida.