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Garden "Pint Chat" 2!

Monday Morning Update: we already have 6 RSVP's from NE Portland Homesteaders too, so it's shaping up to be a lively inter-Meetup night! Hope to see you there, bring your shades! 8D


Here's the much anticipated Pint Chat 2. It's becoming monthly, as anticipated, and meeting at a new place each month. This month: North Tabor/Hollywood, and the new Tabor Tavern!

Again, to facilitate Learning & Action over simply drinking, I encourage you to bring STUFF: pictures of your gardens, questions about your garden, wisdom about your garden, seeds to swap, garden journals, canning books, WHATEVER!

I'm hoping this becomes a forum not only to learn 'horizontally' from growers with similar skill, but also for newer growers to get ideas & feedback from those with valuable experience :)

I don't know about you but I prefer hearing how my neighbors' plants are doing right now over a dozen "experts"- since those experts aren't necessarily growing in my soil, in my climate, from my seeds, in this weather, etc. I'm also getting ready to can some stuff I've not canned before. We can talk about anything! I was reminded recently how in my time working as an Environmental Engineer, such a forum can be really productive & fun.

(note: 100+ degrees doesn't exactly scream "hot coffee" at me these days, so our "Coffee Talks" are on hold until the fall...)

Note: a few ppl asked about facilitation, so here's some discussions I'll facilitate Friday:
*e-z preservation by lacto fermentation
*what to do with extra squash?? Stews, Breads, Pizzas, & more
*what to do with extra tomatoes? Tomato leather, crockpot tomato paste, sun-drying & more
*wild foods to put into stews

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've posted the follow-ups I promised in the Discussion section Under Lacto Fermentation & Late Summer Stew :)

    August 24, 2012

  • Joanne

    Great turn out! Lots of interesting discussion. Not a good location, though. Too noisy and it wasn't possible to all interact as a group.

    August 12, 2012

  • billye t.

    I was glad to see so many people at the meetup, & it was good to talk to fellow gardeners. I didn't rate it 5-star because the place was so crowded and very noisy. If we do this again, I suggest Biddy McGraws (60th & Glisan). Biddy's has never been crowded when I was there, it's much quieter & plenty of tables. The only problem would be to avoid the times when they have live music..
    Anyway, the meetup itself was great, very impressive to get all the people from different meetups together, I would like to do it again soon--at another place.

    August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thrive in free-form, organic environments like this. So, I thought it was great! I got ideas, info, & inspiration from almost all of our 11 attendees, some from NE Portland Homesteaders. "Pint Chats" are likely not your environment if you prefer being lectured or are not a self-directed learner. I'll post the follow-ups I said I'd post under "comments" shortly... :)

    August 11, 2012

  • billye t.

    I'll bring my book on edible weeds: I've cooked some with my turnip greens & I'm still alive.
    O I do hope I eventually have extra tomatoes to worry about.

    August 9, 2012

  • Laurel Y.

    I'm wondering if this lasts past 7 potentially?

    August 8, 2012

  • Joanne

    I'll bring some seeds, metro brochures, and Master Gardener hot line numbers.

    August 6, 2012

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