The City of Orlando and the Orange County IFAS Extension Office are partnering to bring you free composting workshops. Residents of the City of Orlando can pick up a FREE backyard composter. The first 20 attendees will receive a FREE kitchen scraps collector!
We’ve wrapped up our spring 2016 workshops, our summer 2016 workshop schedule will be coming soon.
Compost Drop-Off Sites
Can’t use all of your compost? A colorful bin will be placed at these community garden sites to accept finished compost in case residents are not able to use all of their compost:
- Parramore Community Garden
654 W. Robinson St.
- Colonialtown North Community Garden
1517 Lake Highland Dr.
- Festival Park Community Garden
2911 E. Robinson St.
Inspired by a FarmDaddy Customer
1 bunch collard greens, washed
1/2 cup olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup raw sugar – or to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cranberries
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained
Remove ribs and stems from collards. Dry collards and stack on top of one another. Roll collards into a cigar shape. Slice very thin using a serrated knife. Place into large bowl. Add olive oil to collards, work thoroughly into greens with hands or a wooden spoon.
Thinly slice red onions using a “v-slicer” or mandoline for best results. Mix apple cider vinegar and sugar together. Mix until sugar granules are dissolved. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place red onions into apple cider vinaigrette and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
Add red onions/apple cider vinaigrette into the collards greens along with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese. Gently combine ingredients. Top with mandarin oranges and serve.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia
My view is that life is too short. I’m not being melodramatic or anything, but when your mother dies in your arms – just you and her, and it’s one o’clock in the morning, and you’re waiting for her to exhale – you just think, life’s too bloody short to argue about the little things. Saffron Aldridge
I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields. Queen LatifahI
I found that if you take a few minutes out of your day to look around and find a few special little things in life— it is amazing how quickly all the big problems you thought you had all of the sudden seem smaller. Nanette Gregory
We have been up to FarmDaddy in the Sanford area to learn more about this growing system and what makes it different from many of the other systems out there.
One of the most ingenious features of the FarmDaddy is the simplicity of how the garden container is watered. The unit requires NO electricity, attaches to a common garden hose (or rain barrel) and is self-regulating . The garden container provides each plant the precise amount of water it needs at the exact time it needs it. Each self watering container maintains optimal plant hydration 24/7 which maximizes plant growth potential. One box can be daisy chained to up to 600 boxes. Due to the bypass in each box, only the boxes that need water receive hydration. Other so called watering box systems still need the user to physically add water at regular intervals.
The FarmDaddy garden container provides accelerated growth and increased productivity for growing fresh organic food or flowers.
Here is a video for you to watch to learn more:
makes one jar
This tasty, chunky spread goes great on toast, waffles, pancakes, banana bread, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt… just about anything!
- 1 mango, finely diced
- ½ tbsp coconut oil
- dash ground allspice
- ¼ tsp powdered ginger
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup brown or coconut sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
Simmer mango in a small pot over medium/low heat with coconut oil, spices, and vanilla – stir. Let cook for a couple minutes, then add sugars. Let this cook until desired consistency, which is thick and syrupy. Stir occasionally, cook approximately 45 minutes. The bubbles will get larger when it is close to done. After it is finished, remove from heat, let sit until cool. Then, either serve or refrigerate.
Looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. Then you might want to consider the Canoe Outpost at the Little Manatee River.
The Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River is located on the Gulf coast of Florida in southern Hillsborough County. We are near the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. So, whether you are visiting our area or live here, they are less than an hour’s drive away and their river trips are a great way to spend a part or all of your day.
They offer RV and tent camping for group or individuals, deluxe cabin rentals and a variety of lodging options. Relax and enjoy the river, fishing, hiking or other local activities like horseback riding or mountain biking.
The place has character, has a stage for live music and run moonlight paddles throughout the year. To learn more visit: http://www.thecanoeoutpost.com/
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Even though it is winter there is lots of beauty to see along the way on an early morning walk or anytime during the day.
Orlando has lots of greenery, along with wonderful flowering bushes and citrus.
Plus walking helps improve a mood, gives you time to think, helps keep your brain active, increases balance, cost next to nothing and much more.
- garlic – 2 cloves, finely minced
- yellow onion – 1 finely diced
- extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
- kosher salt – to taste
- vegetable stock – 2 cups
- cauliflower – 1 head, roughly chopped
- bay leaf – 1
- diced fire roasted tomatoes with juice – 1 can (15 oz)
- oregano – ½ tsp
- chili powder – 2 tsp
- pimenton (spanish paprika) – 1 tsp
- cumin – 1 tsp
- maple sugar – 1 tsp
- gravy master (optional; contains soy) – ½ tsp
Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Add in evoo, onion, pinch of salt. The salt helps draw the moisture out of the onion. Once the onion starts to brown, stir, reduce heat to medium, add garlic. Cook for a couple more minutes, then add veg stock, then cauliflower. Next, add bay leaf, diced tomatoes, oregano, chili powder, pimenton, cumin, maple sugar, pinch of salt, and gravy master.
After this starts to boil, turn heat down to low. Cover, let simmer.
Now is a good time to take a little break, maybe check out our Instagram page!
Simmer the cauliflower blend for 20-30 minutes until the cauliflower is as tender as you like. Uncover and simmer to cook down the juices some more if you like.
Warm some tortillas, and eat it up!
Good ideas for additional toppings:
avocado, cilantro, sliced radishes, salsa, diced tomatoes, refried beans, shredded cheddar (we used daiya), or whatever else your heart desires!
This week blog post features another local Orlando business: Farm Boy Kombucha
Farm Boy Produce is a Orlando locally owned and operated company that was established in 2011. At Farm Boy, they strive to produce the highest quality Kombucha by using only the best organic ingredients. All the teas used in the brewing process are USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. All the water used is treated with a four stage reverse osmosis system to remove all contaminants including chlorine and fluoride, to insure the healthiest Kombucha. In addition to this, all the tea used during brewing, and all other biodegradable ingrednts and materials are placed into productive compost bins and worm bins and recycled into productive soil, and generating hardly any waste in the process. These are some of key components on what makes Farm Boy different, and what makes Farm Boy a truly sustainable company.
Farm Boy Produce LLC
Local. Sustainable. Organic.
Farm Boy Kombucha can be found at Dandelion Communitea Cafe: