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For anyone located near the Coastal area of Virginia...Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residents of all localities. Free event. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a large trash bag to place your tree(s) in, as one will not be provided. These trees are provided by the Virginia Forestry Department by way of a generous donation from the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. Event is organized by Mohamed and Cheri Elrahhal, Newport News residents. Available while supplies last and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

We do have a tentative variety availability list; however, these are seedlings that are still growing in the mountains of Virginia at the Forestry Department’s facility, and, it all depends on the success rate of the seedlings and how bad our Virginia winter will be. The tentative variety availability list is:

Apple, Common,

Pear, Common,

Buttonbush,

Dogwood - White,

Dogwood - Silky,

Dogwood - Red Osier,

Allegh. Chinquapin,

Hazelnut,

Elderberry, Amer.,

Maple, Red,

Maple, Silver,

Oak - White,

Oak - Chestnut,

Oak - Gobbler S.T.,

Oak - S. Red,

Oak - N. Red,

Oak - Pin,

Oak - Black,

Bald Cypress,

Pine, Longleaf,

Wash. Hawthorne,

River Birch,

Sycamore,

Locust, Bristly,

Locust, Black,

Indigobush,

Bicolor Lespedeza,

Crape Myrtle
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Free Community Native Tree and Shrub Giveaway in Newport News

March 10, 2018, 9:30am - March 10, 2018, 12:00pm

Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residen...

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Blood circle? Yay chainsaw workshop! Also learn how to create a hugelkultur self sustaining garden bed.

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Kelly's Chainsaw and Hugelkulture SEWP

December 10, 2017, 10:00am - December 10, 2017, 2:00pm

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE Steve Kanner, the tree guy & Grow Gainesville member - will be giving a CHA...

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Yellow/Lemon Guava, Strawberry Guava, and Pineapple Guavas planted in April? 2015. Kayla Susan Sosnow's yard. ... See MoreSee Less

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Goodies Kayla Susan Sosnow's Gainesville Garden Sweat Equity Work Parties (SEWP) have left over. Come get them dry loofahs, green loofahs, cassava sticks. See Kayla's post below for instructions on propagating cassava. ... See MoreSee Less

Here are goodies we have left over. Some dry loofahs, some fresh green loofahs, and cassava sticks f...

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Carolina Madera shared Debra Kuhn's post to the group: Edible Plant Project (.org). ... See MoreSee Less

Cranberry hibiscus from EPP is blooming! Planted at end of May 2017.

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Recipes

Spicy Callaloo and Tomatoes –  new!
Callaloo and Salt Codnew!
Callaloo and Sweet Potatonew!
Boiled Lamb’s Quarters – new!
Lamb’s Quarters and Lentil Soup – new!
Elizabeth’s Molokhiya Soup Recipe – new!
Abed’s Molokhiya Soup Recipe – new!
Craig’s Tanier Spinach Recipes – new!

Amaranth Flour Pancakes
Mashed Purple Sweet Potato
Okinawa Spinach
Okinawa Spinach with Rice & Mango
Okinawa Spinach
& Grits

Pindo (Butia) Palm
Sorbets

Stir Fry India Lettuce
Sour Sweet Potato Cream Pie
Elderflower Champagne

There is absolutely nothing like picking sun-ripened fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden. Growing your own food is a transformative process sprinkled with magic. Take a little seedling, add some good earth and just enough sunshine but not too much. Water daily and keep the weeds and insects at bay. One day it will produce something edible. My mulberry tree and my prickly pears fruited the first years of their little lives in my garden. The loquat will take a few years. At least three. So will the paw paws. Once they are producing, aside from munching on them just as they are, all fruits and vegetables can be cooked into a variety of delicious dishes.

Food self-sufficiency and sustainability means not only growing local edible plants but also finding tasty ways to prepare them. We are interested in recipes and preparation techniques for any local plants that grow abundantly and easily. Simple and yummy, or complex and elegant, all techniques and recipes are welcome. We are especially interested in tasty ways to prepare the plants distributed by the Edible Plant Project. Please do not contribute copyrighted material as we hope someday to publish an Edible Plant Project cookbook.

Some plants distributed by EPP: Okinawa Spinach, India Lettuce, Chaya, Katuk, Edible leaf Black-eyed Susan, Lambsquarters, Moringa, Callalo, Sugarcane, Cranberry Hibiscus, Jamaican Sorrel, Spiderwort, Cherry of the Rio Grande, Flatwoods Plum, Figs, Mulberries, Elderberry, Loquat, Winged Sumac, Seminole Pumpkin, and many more!

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2 comments to Recipes

  • wildchild934

    I cant wait to visit, we are just building a small retail nursery & would like to highlight more edible landscaping choices. We are committed to providing quality plants at wholesale or below pricing to the public. Since we are located near the villages & spruce creek we are hoping to reach a broad audience. I think you could become a very important source for us keep up the GREAT work. thanks wc

  • thanks so much! we look forward to meeting you wc!!

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