Urban Harvest: Food For Thought

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Host:
Urban Harvest
Type:
Meetings – Club/Group Meeting
Network:
Global
Date:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time:
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:
University Of Houston
Description
Food For Thought From Urban Harvest

WHAT
Urban Harvest continues its Food For Thought series, a new, thought provoking cycle of panel discussions on today’s hot topics that support growing and eating locally. The panels will be lead by local and regional experts, and are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we call home. With three hard-working programs at its core – Community Gardens, Education and Urban Harvest Farmers Market – Urban Harvest supports a network of gardens, farms and orchards in the greater Houston area. Food For Thought is the perfect complement to further Urban Harvest’s core mission.

NEXT UP
• Tools Of The Trade.
Come enjoy a wonderful evening of exploration. We will be exploring, discussing and showing off a sampling of the best Tools Of The Trade. These Tools will include clever gardening gadgets, the most innovative gardening tools, the most helpful soil amendments and the best resources out there for gardeners looking for the best Tools Of The Trade. This panel discussion will be interactive in nature, so please bring your questions and your thinking caps. And once again, Grizzaffi Coffee will be on hand as one of our sponsors serving up their wicked array of beverages on a complimentary basis for attendees. So come join the fun.

WHEN
Wednesday February 17 from 6:30-8:30pm
(6:30-7pm- Social/Mixer; 7:00-800 pm- Panel Session ; 8:00-8:30pm- Q&A

WHERE
The Multipurpose Room of the Oberholtzer Residence Hall, 108 Oberholtzer Hall, University of Houston, Central Campus. For directions visit the link on the front page of our website at www.urbanharvest.org.

COST
Free – Open to the Public

SPONSORS
University of Houston, TX AgriLife Extension Service , Grizzaffi Coffee, Fischer Schalles Associates, Katy Bomar Creative, Patterson Murphy Public Relations

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Urban Harvest: Pre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

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Host: Urban Harvest
Type: Meetings – Club/Group Meeting
Network: Global
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Urban Harvest Farmers Market- 3000 Richmond @ Eastside

DescriptionPre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

(This is what everyone has been waiting for.)

What

Urban Harvest is now offering a pre-order monthly fruit tree sale with pick-up at the Urban Harvest farmers market. Every month, there will be a selection of fruit trees specifically for that month, depending on availability from the local growers. We suggest you check the availability monthly and place your order for that month. Your selection may only be available that one month.

How

There are two methods to pre-order.

Go to the Urban Harvest website (urbanharvest.org) and follow the links to download an order form, which you will email back to Urban Harvest.
Visit the farmers market (3000 Richmond Avenue at Eastside, in the back parking lot) on Saturday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon, and order at the Urban Harvest Greeter’s Booth.

When

Pickup will be at the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon, on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month for which you are ordering. Please plan to have someone pick up your trees, if you are not able to do it yourself. We have no way of storing the trees if they are not picked up.

Questions

For questions, email fruittreesales@urbanharvest.org

Food For Thought: Living the Locavore Life

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Description

URBAN HARVEST CONTINUES “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” SERIES
January 20: Living the Locavore Life

WHAT: Urban Harvest continues its Food For Thought series, a new, thought provoking cycle of panel discussions on today’s hot topics that support growing and eating locally. The panels are lead by local and regional experts, and are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month.

The third panel discussion will be January 20: Living the Locavore Life. The term “locavore” was coined by Jessica Prentice to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius. Come explore creative ideas for growing your own food, sourcing fresh local food and promoting the development of local food systems. Our expert panel will include Nell Wheeler, community farmer with Vegetable Matters who will discuss her personal experiences with urban homesteading and growing much of her own food; Teresa Byrne-Dodge, publisher/editor of My Table ~ Houston’s Dining Magazine specializing in celebrating local food endeavors; Executive Chef John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar; community farmer Joe Icet, the inspiration behind the urban farm Last Organic Outpost; and Randy Evans, Executive Chef of Haven and an Urban Harvest certified organic specialist.

This panel session will be emceed by Texas Agrilife Extension Service WaterSmart Program Coordinator Chris LaChance and moderated by Urban Harvest Executive Director Mark Bowen.

Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we call home. With three hard-working programs at its core – Community Gardens, Education and Urban Harvest Farmers Market – Urban Harvest
supports a network of gardens, farms and orchards in the greater Houston area. Food For Thought is the perfect complement to further Urban Harvest’s core mission.

WHEN: 7 to 8:45 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month

FORMAT: 7-7: 15 pm social ▪ 7:15-8:15 pm moderated panel discussion ▪ 8:15-8:45 pm Q&A

WHERE: Multipurpose Room of the Oberholtzer Residence Hall. 108 Oberholtzer Hall, University of Houston, Central Campus. For directions see link at www.urbanharvest.org.

COST: Free, and open to the public

FUTURE DATES: February 17 ~ Tools of the Trade

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST: Urban Harvest promotes healthy communities, sound nutrition and respect for the environment by educating children and adults and facilitating harvest and habitat gardens.

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market helps educate the public about the benefits of eating local produce in season and provides the local agricultural community with a direct outlet for their products. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org

SPONSORS: University of Houston, TX AgriLife Extension Service , Grizaffi Coffee, Fischer Schalles Associates, Katy Bomar Creative, Patterson Murphy Public Relations

For more information and directions visit: www.urbanharvest.org

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Urban Harvest 10th Annual Fruit Tree Sale Weather Related Update- The Show Goes On!

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There will be a sale regardless of the cold weather. All of the fruits that we have advertised will be available. Urban Harvest has prepared for the sale by doing the following:

Since the temperatures are likely to be freezing, the tropical fruits and citrus (see fruit listed below) will be protected in large covered trucks in the parking lot. This is to keep your plants well protected so that you will have a healthy plant.
A few varieties such as papaya can be purchased at the sale and then picked up at the Urban Harvest farmers market the following Saturday morning, between 8 a.m. and noon, at 3000 Richmond Avenue at Eastside.
* Tropical fruits and citrus are the following: Avocado, Cherry of the Rio Grande, B-17 Edible Barbados Cherry, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, limequat, citron, lychee, mango, orange, pumelo, satsuma, star fruit, tangelo, tangerine, banana, dragon fruit, guava, papaya, pitaya, sugar apple, sapote.

Customers need to be prepared to protect their citrus and tropical fruits from the cold on the journey home.

Take your citrus and tropical immediately from the truck and placed inside your vehicle. Do not transport your tropicals or citrus plants in an open vehicle, if the temperature is freezing.
If possible, bring blankets to wrap your tropicals for transporting them from the grower’s trucks to your car.
When you arrive home your tropical fruits and citrus will need to be placed in a location where the temperature will remain above 32 F.
Make sure you dress for the weather. This means layers of clothing, gloves, hat, scarf, etc..

For more information, visit the front page of our website at www.urbanharvest.org.

Thanksgiving FEASTival at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market

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Urban Harvest Farmers Market vendors are gearing up for the upcoming holiday with turkey, vegetables galore, cheeses, prepared food and much more.
The market will host cooking and design demonstrations for visitors to the market. Chef Ryan Pera of The Grove Restaurant will be making a pumpkin flan with walnut and sage pesto, a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving meal. Chef Hugo Ortega of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo’s Restaurant will be making either a sweet potato gratin or a spinach and pine nut dressing. Demos start at 9am.
Jessica Zapatero and Lauren Elizabeth Ballas of Green Lily Events will be at the market showing Houstonians how to design a show stopping, environmentally responsible Thanksgiving table, all under $30. They will be using products from our market, as well as recyclable, eco-friendly products. Stop by for some simple, beautiful tips!


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