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Karen Epple Looking for some great groups, like you folks,, to table at the event. No fee to participate. We'll have a great time and share our vision for a better world. Please join us!
We will have some help to
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Crystal Hartman Captain's log, plant date 3/22/15:

Great Scott Captain, she can't handle anymore! Unexpected overload of eager volunteers! Any more and she'll blow. I'm a farmer, not a manager! You get the point.

We
See More had 12 students from Alpha Epsilon Delta visit the nursery today and lend many hands to get this place ship shape. Swabbing the deck is arduous work so we took breaks to pot some arrowroot and sunchokes into pots for sale at the Market. There were so many of each we have 2 plots in the gardens and about 40 pots of each for sale. One volunteer took on the massive task of removing all the sprinkler heads for cleaning.

The sun was hot and as the students had their sweaty fill, Nancy and I cleaned up and knocked off early.

However, the work continues at the seed plots...See Less
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Crystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmCrystal Hartman 22.03.2015 at 07:45 pmview 9 more commentsNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:10 pmNancy Hendler 22.03.2015 at 09:11 pmSteve Blackhawk Barb here: WooooHooo! You GO girl! Many hands make for lighter work! Keep up the good job and delegate delegate !22.03.2015 at 09:16 pm4Michael Adler :-) did you make sure the sprinkled heads are pointed in the right directions?22.03.2015 at 10:21 pm3Susan Marynowski Alright...great work everyone!23.03.2015 at 12:15 am1Gabriela Waschewsky Glad to hear the day went so well.23.03.2015 at 01:08 am1Evelyn Giansanti Reedy Happy to hear you so many volunteers.!23.03.2015 at 01:36 am1Deborah Aldridge You have sunchokes? And you are there this Wednesday? Please LMK. I've been looking for them.23.03.2015 at 11:40 pm1Crystal Hartman Hi Deborah, we just potted some sunchokes for sale. I can meet you there Wednesday (tomorrow) by appointment, or I will be there Thurs 4-6. 352214817924.03.2015 at 06:22 pm
Crystal Hartman GREEN SUNDAY this weekend (March 22) from 12-4. Nancy Hendler and I will be at the helm. Please stop in for an hour or two to help this community project stay active.21.03.2015 at 04:13 pmLike
Crystal Hartman OPEN FOR BUSINESS this Thursday 4-6.
Come if you can to help me catch up on all the stuff that's getting behind.

NEED SOMEONE to cover this Sunday 12-4. There are 5 Sundays this month and there was some
See More confusion. I will be performing with my choir at the Kanapaha Spring Festival and NOT available that day. Saturday I have a class field trip. PM me please!See Less
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Edulis Exsto Anyone open to do Saturdays?19.03.2015 at 11:57 pm
Crystal Hartman No Green Sunday March 15.

I could not find someone to cover this Sunday and I am away with my family for the weekend.

Please join us Thursday or next Sunday for our regularly scheduled program.
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Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Sorry folks, I am also out injured. :(15.03.2015 at 08:21 am
Deborah Aldridge Hi and thanks for accepting me. I have a question about pigeon peas. I got seeds from someone in Brandon, but I don't know the variety. I planted them today, but I'm moving in August, so what are my chancesSee More of getting peas by then? I'm thinking I should just dig most of them back up and put a couple in pots to take with me.See Less11.03.2015 at 12:27 amLike
Michael Adler They won't make peas by August, but if you keep them in pots, they won't do much after August. catch 22. Maybe just try again next year?11.03.2015 at 01:54 amDeborah Aldridge That's what I figured, Michael Adler. I guess I should just give them away, since I doubt I'll be anywhere with a yard next year.12.03.2015 at 05:40 pm

Chaya


Chaya or spinach tree or Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is actually about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a good source of nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a fast growing dense shrub, native to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It grows to about 6-8 feet tall.

Soil: Tolerates most soil conditions, but might dislike acid. Liming and fertilizing should benefit Chaya. The leaves contain a lot of protein, calcium, and potassium, so the soil must have it for the plant to extract, if it is to be healthy. (Nitrogen to make protein)
Water: well to somewhat well drained. Tolerates brief flooding and droughts
Sun: full is best, tolerates shade
Cold: Can be killed by a hard freeze, but will usually resprout from the roots. Mulch the base to protect it.
Pruning: Unnecessary, but sometimes used to control height. Crowded internal branches can be removed for propagation or aesthetics.
Propagation: Easily propagated by stem cuttings.
Pests: none
Other problems: It can be slow to get going.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Most recommendations say not to harvest until the second year, because the plants are slow to establish before they can grow quickly. Our plants seem to take very quickly to our special potting mix. Never harvest more than 50% of the leaves, except from stems cut for propagation. Leaves must be cooked to release cyanide, which evaporates. Apparently aluminum cookware can cause a diarrhea-causing reaction with the cyanide compounds when cooking. We are not sure if this is true. On principle it’s wise to cook all fruits and vegetables in non-aluminum pans because of their high acidity.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cnidoscolus%20chayamansa
More information, including recipes: http://thematrix.sureste.com/cityview/merida2/articulos/chaya.htm

pdf – Chaya Information Sheet (to print out)


3 comments to Chaya

  • Brian

    Hey everyone,
    So, I planted on of these at the Health Department in Belle Glade ~2 years ago. It’s about 5-6 ft now. I have not tried this until this weekend. I boiled it 2x, then I added them to some mashed potatoes. Not bad.

    For some reason, our ECHO link doesn’t work. This does.

    http://echotech.org/mambo/images/DocMan/Chaya07.pdf

    FYI for nutrition
    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-516.html

  • Natalie L.

    I have one for 3 to 4 years that i started from cutting. it just grow by itself in poor sandy soil and part shade with very little watering. I use it like cooked spinach or collards greens and add in in soup or curry. tolarate light frost, drought.

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    A friend gave me a plant, 12 inches long. I planted in poor soil but building it up. It grew to 6 feet. The branches easily break. I just make a hole and plant them all over, here and there. So far 4 are growing. They do not take much room and are delicious. I mix my greens and cook in coconut milk and spices, so good. Thank you for the pictures and the name. I did not know. The samoan people love this and eat a lot. Aloha from hawaii Jeanne

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