Taking Root #25

Munch Night, Starts Market and Community Garden, Oh My!

By Gini Bramlett
Did you know that tens of millions of people depend on coffee for their livelihoods? Did you know that coffee is the second biggest commodity in the world after oil? Did you know that the United States drinks one fifth of the world’s coffee?
These are all interesting statistics. But, more importantly, what’s really in that rich, pick-me-up that many of us indulge in upon rising each morning? And, how is coffee grown? We drink it, we crave and covet the decadent elixir, but what do we really know about it?
University of Oregon student, Wen Lee takes us on an adventure to Costa Rica to answer these questions and many more in the movie, “Know Your Stuff,” which will be shown this Friday, April 24 at the former Corner Café on Main Street at 7 p.m. at the monthly “Munch Night.”
In addition to the “stimulating” film (couldn’t resist the pun), the CFA board will be serving a complete salad bar, and all for a mere $10 donation. The film will be followed by an open discussion and stimulating conversation. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your own place settings and utensils.

Brownsville Community Garden

Things are hoeing and growing at the CFA’s community garden already this year with plantings of broccoli, kale, lettuce and much more. Did you know that most of the harvest in the CFA’s plots is donated to the food bank, meals on wheels and the senior center?
According to garden manager, Ally Maser, a couple gardens are still available to the public to rent. One of the best things about renting a plot at the garden is that the low cost includes water and use of soil amendments, and best of all, helpful gardening advice and help from other gardeners.

For more information about renting a plot or to volunteer to help out, call Ally at 303-726-5719 or email her at gardens@gocfa.org.
Plant Starts Market Begins Saturday

This Saturday is the beginning of the 2015 Brownsville Farmer’s Market season at the corner of Main and Park streets. The “starts” markets are from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will also be on May 9 and May 16.
Vendors are needed to sell produce, crafts and other locally produced commodities. For more information about the farmer’s market, call Diane Remoir at 541-359-5898.

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