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No Gardener Left Behind Expo Returns

By way of highlighting its campaign to encourage everyone to be gardening this coming growing season, Post Oil Solutions will hold its free 2nd Annual No Gardener Left Behind Expo on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro.

This year's event will focus on kids and youth, and therefore, also serve as a fundraiser for the area's community school gardens, with donation buckets throughout the venue, as well as a raffle for seeds, gardening books, and tools. There will be a number of schools present to display their achievements and talk about their future plans.

In addition, there will be hammered dulcimer music by Lerna, and light refreshments sold by the Winter Farmers' Market highly popular Indian prepared food vendors, Leda and Nash.

Throughout the River Garden, there will be a number of demonstrations and displays including low-cost tools, local brewing, canning, drying, worm composting, cooking with greens, and container planting. Several organizations, such as area community gardens, CSAs, Brattleboro Farm to School, Brattleboro Time Trade, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project, and Putney Transition Town, will be present. There will also be gardening resources including High Mowing Seeds, gardening books, food maps, recipes, kitchen tools, Neighborhood Garden Support Group sign-up lists, UVM Master Gardeners, and gardening product sources. Finally, we are hoping to be visited by some of our local legislature representatives.

Growing our own food is the lynch pin of food security and food sovereignty. It is taking responsibility for our food, and no longer leaving it up to the supermarket or fast food joint to feed us, or even of the farmer, alone.

Not only do we grow our food, we learn to extend the growing season through cold frames and greenhouses, as well as the eating season, by drying, canning, fermenting and root cellaring our food. In this way, one growing season merges with the next as we learn to eat out of our gardens 12 months of the year.

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