While these low-sugar grapes are not great for wine, they make excellent jam and jelly! We are welcoming all community members to come harvest grapes for home use. Please maintain social distance from other harvesters and enjoy the grapes!
Apples are high on the list for backyard gardeners. Gathering Ground is working to identify delicious apples that grow relatively free of disease here on the Island, to assist home growers and help ensure their success. We are trialing a large variety of heritage apples that are known for being tasty and easier to manage … Continue reading How about them Apples?
Join us for Dinner in the Vineyard, Saturday Sept 1! We are exciting to be hosting some of the top local chefs. The evening will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and libations from local breweries and wineries. A vineyard tour will be followed by a big table, family-style meal featuring fresh, local ingredients prepared … Continue reading Dinner in the Vineyard! Sept 1!
The Farmers Market at Gathering Ground is growing! We are happy to have new vendors joining us, including Pat Nikolai with crafts and baked goods, D. Marie with Jewelry, Folk Tree Farm with mushrooms and goat milk soap, Island Edibles with delectable desserts and microgreens, Sweet Mountain Farm with Honey, and Island Harvest and Hoot Blossom … Continue reading The Farmers Market is Growing
So I must admit that I’ve become enthralled by the Farmers’ Bulletins. I now know the best way to remove coffee stains from artificial silk, “now commonly called rayon by the trade” from Bulletin 1474, entitled “Stain removal from fabrics: home methods.” And if I’m honest, I’m as pleased to learn that rayon was once … Continue reading A Look at Farmers’ Bulletin (Part 2)
Since 1889, the the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been publishing farmers’ bulletins to disseminate the latest in agricultural science and research. I was recently reading through the first bulletin and was surprised by its poetic language. In making a case for why the USDA was setting up research stations across the country (still recovering … Continue reading Elevating our thoughts and hopes
When I was in college, I spent a lot of time hanging out with people at potlucks. Many times we were asked to bring a food that represented our culture. I didn't identify with the casseroles a midwestern friends brought. I didn't feel kinship yet with apple pies. Perhaps I could have brought latkes, but I wasn't very good … Continue reading Is making a salad a work of art?
Louise Gluck is a contemporary poet who often writes about the natural world and captures the surprise of it, even in familiar landscapes. No matter how many times you see trillium on the Island, they are always stunning. This poem captures that beauty in such a way I didn't know it could be put to … Continue reading Poem for the Spring
It appears that even though the ancient poet Rumi lived centuries before we started Gathering Ground, he wrote us poem.