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Thank you Creative Vegetable Gardener!

We are super happy and excited to have the Creative Vegetable Garden as a sponsor for the second year in a row.  Megan Cain started this business last year and I think we should all support her.  Here’s what she says about herself.

I have spent the past nine years teaching hundreds of people of all ages how to get their hands dirty growing food.  It is my passion and my great joy.  I have designed, installed and maintained organic gardens of all sizes and shapes for clients (including the vegetable garden at the WI State Capitol) all over the Madison, WI area.

She has tons of experience and will be leading a couple of workshops at Food Camp this year.

So if you know anyone looking for gardening consultation, I think it’d be awesome if you sent them to Megan and her brand new small business.

New Sponsor: Wisconsin From Scratch

A big thank you to Wisconsin From Scratch our newest sponsor for Food Camp 2014.

Wisconsin from Scratch is Sarah Woolworth who…

I’m Sarah, an engineer and enthusiast of all things food related. As a foodie, I am interested in cooking (and eating) pretty much anything. The engineer side of me enjoys the scientific aspect of cooking. I think that understanding the science behind what’s going on in the kitchen makes cooking more fun and can  produce delicious results. I’m looking to use the power of science, along with fresh, local ingredients to bring you some incredibly delicious recipes and helpful cooking tips!

Our Latest Sponsors: Yum Butter and Food Your Body Likes

Hey, we have two new sponsors.  Yum Butter and Food Your Body Likes.  These are two local small businesses with a focus on providing healthy food.

From the FYBL website:

Our mission: To be the most responsible, innovative, and progressive food company in the universe.

Please take the time to check them out.  Adrian (head yumologist) will be giving a workshop at Food Camp about Making Your Own Nut and Seed Milks.

Our Newest Sponsor: The Creative Vegetable Gardener

We are super happy and excited to have the Creative Vegetable Garden as our first sponsor.  Megan Cain started this business this year and I think we should all support her.  Here’s what she says about herself.

I have spent the past nine years teaching hundreds of people of all ages how to get their hands dirty growing food.  It is my passion and my great joy.  I have designed, installed and maintained organic gardens of all sizes and shapes for clients (including the vegetable garden at the WI State Capitol) all over the Madison, WI area.

She has tons of experience and will be leading a couple workshops at Food Camp.  Cool eh?

So if you know anyone looking for gardening consultation, I think it’d be awesome if you sent them to Megan and her brand new small business.  Thanks!

A few ideas for workshop topics you should lead

We have a bunch of presenters signed up so far. From bees to chickens, kefir & injera, pasta making, knife skills, tapping maple trees…to yoga for gardeners. There are quite a few cool workshops being planned.

We still have a few openings and for some reason our gardening lineup is a bit sparse right now. So, if you know anyone who knows anyone who does the following. Please invite them to lead a workshop.

Some Workshop Ideas

(but don’t let this list limit your imagination.)

Gardening Related
Seedling starting
Seed saving
Garden sharing
Season extension tips
Building raised beds
Mushroom growing
Composting
Vermicomposting
Bokashi composting
Making a hoop house
Growing and using fresh herbs
Container gardening
Square foot gardening
Rain water systems
Raise bed gardening

Cooking Related
Coffee roasting
Canning
Gluten free living
Raw Food preparation
Make good coffee at home
Roasting peppers
How to make sushi at home
Using your freezer w/ the seasons
Meat butchering/curing
Smoking fish & meat
Kale 101: Grow & Eat
Dehydrating basics

Other Stuff
City foraging
Grass fed beef, why it’s good
Eating a Paleo diet
Making ginger beer

There are many more. This is just a quick list off the top of my head.  So, consider helping out your neighbor by talking about your experience with one of these topics – and remember even if you’re a beginner, you have more experience than someone who has never done it.  🙂

You Should Lead a Workshop. Yes You!

Food Camp is all about neighbors sharing with neighbors.  Lots of the presenters at Food Camp last year were just regular people – not professional chefs nor professional gardeners.

So, you should consider leading a workshop.  Food Camp is an intimate and friendly setting, not a formal powerpoint style corporate environment.  Some sessions are quite small – last year we had sessions with only a few people, the more popular ones might have up to 30 people (like the Bees presentation.)

If any of the following rings a bell for you, please consider helping out your fellow Madisonians by sharing your knowledge.

Things that you might think of as common place but that other people would like to learn how to do.
  • You make yogurt and/or granola
  • You know how to build a raised garden/3 bin composter/solar dehydrator
  • You sharpen your own knives and/or are really skilled at slicing and dicing
  • You Raise Urban Chickens/Rabbits/Goats/Bees/Kale
  • You are really good at keeping your food dollars local – or maybe really good at eating well on a tight budget. Maybe you know about hidden treasure places to procure great ingredients
  • You love to can and preserve fruits and vegetables
  • You use a freezer to eat seasonally like a boss
  • You shoot/clean/dehydrate/smoke/cure your own meat
  • You are the best at hosting a KILLER brunch that looks like it took no effort at all!
  • You have kept a sourdough starter alive for more than a a few months AND you make well risen tasty bread with it.
  • You have figured out how to make gluten free versions of your favorite meals
  • You are a master of Mixology. Maybe you even infuse your own spirits
  • You love to grow/hunt mushrooms and other “wild” food sources.
  • You throw your own sushi making parties
  • You grow amazing tomatoes in containers on your patio
  • You grow and use fresh herbs

And there are lots more.  For example, this coming Food Camp will have a session titled “Yoga for Gardeners“.  How cool is that?!

Convinced? I hope so.  Sign up to present here.  If not, then shoot Philip an email:  philip@seedly.me