Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Fall Garden Fun for Kids

School is just around the corner, but who says kids have to be in the classroom to learn?

We are happy to announce Passport to Permaculture Fall Workshops for Kids! If you missed our summer camp, don’t fret- kids can join us for after school workshops this fall, Sept 25th & Oct 2nd at The World in a Garden. Activities include: planting with recycled materials, making a garden salad-to-go, getting creative with garden art and much more!

REGISTER HERE or e-mail Alicia for more details:


Read a testimonial from one of our camper’s parents from Passport to Permaculture Summer Camp 2012:

“Our daughter attended the Passport to Permaculture and said it was her best summer camp ever,  every day she came home excited to tell me what she had experienced.  She loved that she could touch everything in the garden and I appreciated that she could explore all the elements of growing, maintaining and learning about a garden.  She became aware of the importance of Bees from a bee keeper, the cycle of the chicken and the egg while the kids could hold the chicken and putting together a market to sell the produce that they had harvested from the garden.  I enjoyed seeing her and the other children engaged and taking ownership of the garden, identifying plants, enjoying the fresh produce and learning that vegetables don’t grow in the back of a store.”


Workshops of Plenty

What in the world is growin’ on at The World In A Garden?

Click on the images or visit our Events Page for more information!

On MARCH 6TH, we will be holding our first workshop of the season, focusing on INDOOR GARDENING. TWIAG will be joined by Ilana Labow of Fresh Roots Urban Farm. Ilana gained a great deal of knowledge working with Will Allen for several years on the urban farm project, Growing Power. She has some valuable information about soil fertility to share with us!

On MARCH 20TH, get back to the garden for our 2nd annual POTATO FUSION WORKSHOP. We will be teaming up with Project Somos as we fuse together potatoes & lettuce to create tasty and nutritious treats! Project Somos is establishing a sustainable eco-village in Guatemala for orphaned and abandoned children. All proceeds will be donated to TWIAG & Project Somos.

On APRIL 24TH, come celebrate EARTH DAY 2011 with TWIAG! We will be pairing with Growing City to discuss the importance of urban agriculture, do some digging in the garden, and feast in honor of Mother Earth!

These are just a few of MANY events that we will be hosting in the upcoming season. Keep your ears & eyes open for more information on The World In A Garden  2011 Workshop Series.  In the mean time, here are some fun facts about indoor gardening & potatoes!

  • Houseplants can remove harmful air toxins by absorbing them and emtting precious life-giving oxygen.
  • Houseplants also produce a more oxygen-rich environment by raising humidity. This is correlated with higher productivity in the workplace.
  • Houseplants filter allergens from the air.
  • You can grow plants all year long!
  • They beautify the home!

Potayto, potahto

  • With all those carbohydrates, potatoes are easy to digest and can actually facilitate digestion!
  • A single baked potato will also provide you with 11.7% of the daily value for fiber, but remember the fiber in potatoes is mostly in their skin. In addition there is a concentration of nutrients directly beneath the skin which is often peeled away!
  • The nutrients in potatoes (Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, etc.) are great for the skin.
  • The nutrients found in potatoes also improve brain functioning.
  • The fiber in potatoes helps to lower cholesterol and improves the functioning of insulin in the body, ultimately lowering blood pressure.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Calling All Gardeners! We’re recruiting a 2010 HARVEST TEAM…

Harvest Team poster

A Winter’s Garden

A Winter’s Garden

The garden naturally inspires me and as I tended to and observed the garden over the winter, I was indeed inspired. Through its natural processes, the garden acquired a new presence, inviting in the quietness and rest that the winter promises.

“A Winter’s Garden” works in ways that do not provide the instant gratification of bountiful summer crops or the splendor they accompany. Seedlings do not sprout every few days, for things grow slowly and on mild, almost warm, winter days there is a slight smell of decay in the air. Visitors are few in a winter’s garden and activity dwindles. There are even comments about how “dead” it looks and yet I see something different.

There is deeper work going on. Throughout the garden there are decaying plants that nourish the soil with seeds and nutrients. There is the tireless Earthworm assimilating the remains of a fall harvest to offer richer soil in the spring. Perhaps most importantly, there is quietness in this garden that reminds us to rest. It tells us that rest, too, is an important part of the cycle and a time when the learnings of our hard work can be integrated to create something richer in the season to come.

Purple Kale Crop

Purple Sprouting Broccoli


Some plants take on a restful nature just by growing slowly, like the purple sprouting broccoli I discovered 2 weeks ago.
The broccoli plant grows quite tall and wide before it produces the broccoli at the center of its leaves and after a full summer of growing and a fall of nothing to show for except an abundance of green foliage, it seems that these little purple “flower-ettes” have suddenly appeared! I have to confess I may have been overly excited to meet these little purple sprouts after months of waiting…as they say, “Infinite patience provides immediate results”.

Builders and Gardeners

The garden is continually blessed with people who desire to make a difference in their community. I meet people from many walks of life that I may have never encountered if not for the garden. They bring with them their own unique set of gifts, and most often they further open my mind and heart to the diversity that life has to offer. These people give in their own unique way with the resources they have.

One particular gentleman donated countless of hours to manage the building of our fence and shed during our uncharacteristically hot summer. He was a gift to the garden and continues to grace me with his presence and insights on life. Recently, he recommended a book by the famous Paulo Coelho that makes reference to gardeners. This quote helps put words to the feelings I have for the many that bless our garden with their giving nature.


“In life, each person can take one of two attitudes: two build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.
Gardener’s always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.”

– An excerpt from “Brida”, a novel by Paulo Coelho