Harvest dishes abounded as we all included tomatoes, peppers, or herbs from our gardens. One special highlight was the fig tart by Sara and Stamos. The teaching garden students along with Laura L. harvested a cantaloupe to serve and created a bean, basil, kale salad.
We enjoyed real cutlery and dishes and cloth napkins! Thank you to all for bringing your own dishes and utensils, cups and napkins. At the "Sanit" station we composted all food scraps returning directly into the compost pile so that what comes from the earth, to the earth. As for zero waste we were so close! Because of all these efforts, we produced less than one pound (only a half of one container) of waste that had to go to landfill.
For after the meal, Janet brought the game 'Name that Plant' for folks to learn how to identify NYS invasive plants and some beneficial look alike alternatives. For example:
- Purple Loosestrife can be replaced by the long blooming Anise Hyssop
- invasive Sweet Autumn Clematis can be replaced by the similarly beautiful and also fast growing American native Virgin's Bower or Clematis virginiana
Special thanks to so many. We had 25-30 people who were able to attend. There were food contributors who brought a dish even though they couldn't stay. We had teams of folks who cleaned up before, David and Kaz; and those who set up on the day of the event; Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Mary, Mako, Alida, Stamos, Sara, Farouk, Yema, Luba, and Deb D. who also bought ice; then those stayed to clean up after Monica and Jack. We have certainly missed naming some people here, so once again, gratitude for all.