Triscuit Celebrates 'Home Farming Day' Event

by - 4/15/2011 01:14:00 PM

Recently I was invited to Madison Square Park to learn more about Triscuit Crackers joining non-profit Urban Farming in declaring "Home Farming Day". This event would kick off the 2011 planting season and celebrate the idea that everyone, everywhere can grow their own vegetables and herbs.

Triscuit Home Farming Day

Triscuit Home Farming Day

At the event aspiring home farmers had the opportunity learn tips and techniques by expert "The Gardener Guy" Paul James, Master Gardener and host of HGTV’s "Gardening by the Yard". During my meet and greet with Paul James, I asked him what are good plants city dwellers like me could try and grow.

Paul explained that while it take some special preparation to grow plants in a city dwelling it's not impossible. Buying special florescent lights bulbs would insure that plants get the right amount and type of light they need to grow. Also herbs like chives are easy to grow in a city environments. While I certainly don't have a green thumb, I thanked Paul for his suggestions and promised to try....one day in the future.

Triscuit Home Farming Day

After that I went around to the other activities at the event.


Triscuit Home Farming Day

On stage, Triscuit and non-profit Urban Farming unveiled plans for 65 community-based home farms in 20 U.S. cities in 2011, including five home farms to be grown at low-income housing subsidiaries. These farms, located in urban areas, will provide local residents with greater access to more nutritious and healthier foods, consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mission of creating more sustainable and diverse communities.

Triscuit Home Farming Day
Triscuit Home Farming Day

At one table, visitors could join the Home Farming movement online and mail plantable postcards with herb seeds to friends. I thought that was such an amazing thing. REAL herb seeds are in a post card that can be planted.

Triscuit Home Farming Day
Triscuit Home Farming Day

At another table, visitors could Taste Triscuit Home Farm snacks. Triscuit Crackers start with 3 real ingredients, (100% whole grain wheat, oil and salt) and from my personal repeated taste tests they go great with everything.

Triscuit Home Farming Day
Triscuit Home Farming Day
Triscuit Home Farming Day

Visitors could also plant fresh chives to take home. I thought that was a fun activity to give people the real feeling of what planting can be like. you started with a pot, added the dirt, then the seeds which you pushed into the dirt with fashionable gloves, added water and then took it home to sprout in about a week or two. How cool!

To learn more about the Triscuit Home Farming movement, visit www.homefarming.com or www.facebook.com/triscuit.

For more information about Urban Farming, visit www.urbanfarming.org

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