This past Saturday my mom and I attended Rooting DC. I had found out about this annual event from my friend Tiffany (who was supposed to go and meet us, but then decided to escape the cold weather with a spontaneous trip to Florida. Tsk task. :-))
Rooting DC is described as an all-day (8:30am – 4:00pm) gardening forum that aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment. The program includes 60+ interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, information fair, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event is hosted by DC Greens. And the kicker? It was free.
Mom and I arrived around 1:45pm to attend the last two sessions of the forum and walk around a bit to see what was what since this was our first time attending Rooting DC. We were pretty impressed. In addition to an incredible amount of diverse workshops and lectures offered throughout the day, there was an area where different non-profits, farms, and other organizations (compost businesses, gardens, etc) were able to set up shop and offer advice to people which we enjoyed immensely.
The first session I attended was “From Garden to Pantry: Using Herbs to Create Vibrant Food and Health”. I thought this session was very interesting and I loved that the guest speaker shared healthy recipes and healthy samples of food! (Mom stayed at this session for a little bit, but then wandered over to “Food Policy and You: What You Need to Know and How to Get Involved”).
Back to my session. The speaker spent a few minutes talking about a few different herbs that folks may or may not have known, including its origins, how to store it properly, how to cook with it, and what ailments it might cure. She then moved on to some choice recipes she had tried.
I think I’m going to try to incorporate more smoothies (green and other kinds) into my life.
After this session was over I met my mom in the lobby where various organizations and groups had taken up shop. We decided not to attend any of the last sessions as we were more curious to walk around the lobby and explore. Mom bought several seeds from one booth. In addition to keeping up with her small garden in D.C., she has big plans for us to have a bigger garden in our backyard, and a flower garden and herb garden in our front yard. Tommy and I are beyond excited!
We both were very glad to have learned about this event and definitely plan on attending next year. Maybe we’ll see you there!
Any green thumb people out there?