Our fall harvest dinner, held Nov. 30th, was a great success! Although stormy weather contributed to a limited turnout, we had a great night of food and family conversations. It was all anchored by our menu, which our talented and passionate JobCorps culinary students and I crafted; just some of our selection included buffalo chicken (with homemade sauce to use our abundance of cayenne peppers), roasted Chioggia beets, deviled eggs from our own laying hens, Southern-style mustard greens, barbeque kale chips, and a truly first-class Swiss chard salad with red wine vinaigrette.
One of my favorite aspects of our garden program is its interdisciplinary nature. One of our teachers, for instance, who specializes in music and drama, put together a little experiment with his one of his music classes. The goal has been to measure plants’ response to stimuli – in this case, the mood of a particular song, artist, or genre of music. And yes, the hard rock plant was named Robert Plant (you can’t miss an opportunity like that).