July 27, 2011
The harvest is coming in and after tending the Portsmouth Pantry Garden all summer, Danielle Boyles and Dot Flanagan, AmeriCorps/VISTA gardeners and students at Shawnee State University, are getting ready to share the bounty.
Boyles and Flanagan planted the acre plot with a variety of vegetables and fruits including tomatoes, beans, potatoes, corn, pumpkin, squash, radishes, peppers, onions, melons, cantelopes and a smorgasbord of delectable veggies.
Although some of the harvest won't be in until later, like the squash and melons, many of the veggies will be ready for picking and cooking.
Boyles and Flanagan are offering two workshops in August, Cooking with Fresh Vegetables and Fruits, and Canning and Preserving Vegetables and Fruits.
The first workshop, Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 and everyone attending will get to sample the fare.
The second workshop, Canning and Preserving Vegetables and Fruits, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Both workshops will be at All Saints Episcopal Church at 610 Fourth St. in Portsmouth. Vouchers to attend the workshops free will be available at Potter's House Ministries, St. Mary's, Cornerstone and Salvation Army. Door prizes will be given out at a random drawing during the workshops. Donations are welcome.
Volunteers are also needed to help at the workshops. For more information, call Nikki Karabinis, coordinator for the Office of Community Service at Shawnee State, at (740) 351-3572 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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