Thursday, November 10, 2016

MG Quarterly Meeting: October 27, 2016

By Stephanie Rukowicz

Held at the extension office on Sansom ST, the October 27th quarterly meeting kicked off with a potluck. The most sought after recipe: Dottie Allison's brussel sprouts! 25 members attended. After a brief round of introductions, the agenda followed with updates.
Reflection of potluck spread.
MGs catch up over a meal before the meeting.
Introductions over pizza.
It was great to hear what the attendees worked on in 2016.

Anna presented the updates and made sure the meeting stayed on schedule.

There is a new program for Master Gardeners to mentor teachers from PHS' Green City Teachers program. All levels of involvement are encouraged. Contact Anna if you are interested.

The City printed up 100 Soil Health lawn signs, 60 are available to those who can use them at their
gardens. Spanish translations of both the pollinator and growing healthy soil brochures are available thanks to the City.
Lawn signs made available by the City.
Contact Anna if you'd like one for your garden. 

The EPA soil free lead test at this year's MG garden day was the EPA's largest one-day test. Thank you for getting the word out!

Together, the Philadelphia County Master Gardeners worked over 3,700 volunteer hours in our city this past season. Ten Master Gardeners performed more than 100 hours of service. In alphabetical order:
Leslie Cerf
Elisa Ruse Esposito
Lois Fischer
Howard Goldstein
Linda Grimwade
Guina Hammond
Marty Hudson
Silas Johnson, Jr.
Mary Anne Pedrick
Eldredge Ragsdale

A current map of MG project locations throughout the City.

Marty gives an update on the 2017 Garden Day/Plant Sale plans.
Marty Hudson provided an update on the 2017 MG Garden Day. Planning has begun! This year MGs are taking cuttings of plants and we are using the Horticultural Center green house to grow them out, along with starting plants from seed. Please make sure each individual seedling is labeled when dropping off donations. This year photos of plants will be provided at sale so the general public shopping the sale will know what the plants look like in bloom. Photos can be uploaded to Google drive. If anyone has suggestions of what plants or variety of plants would sell well that should be grown out from seed, please provide your suggestions. Most planning will be done via internet (no meetings!). Please contact Anna or Marty if you would like to be involved.

After updates were presented, the attendees broke out into small groups to discuss:
Plants to grow for Garden Day sale
Possible events to have at Garden Day sale
Speaker Bureau topics: follow up from survey that was sent around.

One of the rave reviews for our potluck was for the brussels spouts brought by Dottie Allison.
It was very good and everyone wanted to know who made this dish. Here is the recipe hope everyone enjoys.

The recipe I used comes from the stalk Brussels sprouts that Trader Joe’s is selling right now.  I modified it as follows:

2 lbs Brussels sprouts - sliced

1/2 to 3/4 maple syrup (depending upon desired sweetness) - I used Trader Joe’s bourbon maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk maple syrup, olive oil, salt and pepper, toss with Brussels sprouts.  Place in a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Keep oven at 400 for crispy Brussels, turn heat down to 350 for less crispy, for another 20 minutes or until Brussels are tender.  Garnish as desired.  (I used toasted pumpkin seeds and currants)

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