SP 17 Zingiberaceae! Growing Ginger, Turmeric and Galangal in Appalachia

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Saturday April 1

1:00 PM  –  4:30 PM

Explore the plant family Zingiberaceae, specifically turmeric, ginger, and galangal and how these plants have been used by humanity for over 2000 years. Learn organic gardening principles and how to grow your own tropical perennial spice plants. We will pot up rhizomes to take home and discuss how to maintain your potted plants over summer into fall harvest. Sharing a cup of turmeric ginger tea the class will discuss flavors and benefits of these amazing plants.

Karen Hurtubise is an avid gardener and co-owner of Qualla Berry Farm with her husband, now growing ginger and turmeric for market.  They won a Southeastern Regional Rodale “Organic Gardening” Garden-of-the-Year contest and continue to promote organic and sustainable agriculture. Karen is the John C. Campbell Folk School Resident Artist for Gardening and Nature Studies and teaches classes on growing your best tomatoes and pollinator friendly gardens. Their website is quallaberryfarm.com