Category Archives: Previous Meetings

April 13, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our April Meeting

Program – Mushrooms: Our Biological Allies

 

Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Email us at gardenclubweaverville@gmail.com if you are not a member & would like to join the Zoom m
eeting]
 

Learn everything from recycling and composting household items using fungi to bioremediating oil spills and toxic waste with native mushrooms. Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain will delve deeper into the fungal kingdom than ever before, describing new research with medicinal compounds and remarkable new applications for fungi in agriculture, medicine, and bioremediation.

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world.

In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 300 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. In 2014, Tradd completed and published the best-selling book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

february 9, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our February Meeting

Program: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the American Chestnut

Tuesday, February 9 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Just over 100 years ago about 400 billion American Chestnut Trees towered over our present day oaks and other  broad-leaved trees as the predominant hardwood.  As the premier Chestnut Tree in the world, they provided fast growing lumber that was light, straight-grained, and rot resistant.  The American Chestnut Tree was also a pivotal part of a native, healthy, diverse ecosystem ranging from Canada south to Mississippi and from the Ohio Valley to the eastern seaboard. Lisa Thomson, President & CEO, and Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration of The American Chestnut Foundation will explain the demise of the American Chestnut Tree, the science that could save the species, and their non-profit’s collaboration with outside partners to restore this grand tree to its native range.

Our Speakers:
In 2015, Lisa joined The American Chestnut Foundation as its President & CEO to build on its loyal constituency and help restore the magnificent American chestnut tree to its native range. Her expertise includes conservation land management and species restoration, family philanthropic advising and estate planning, and the building and mentoring of staff teams.

Sara Fern Fitzsimmons has worked with The American Chestnut Foundation at Penn State University since 2003, assisting chestnut growers and researchers throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Sara hopes her research and professional work will facilitate long-term conservation and restoration of native tree species at risk from exotic pests and diseases.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

january 12, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our January Meeting

Program: Saving Seeds From Your Garden

Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Seed saving is a powerful and simple act that can launch you into a world of heirloom seed stories, varietal adaptation, seed swaps, seed preservation, and increased biodiversity. Chris Smith will offer a glimpse into the joys of seed saving and leave you with some practical knowledge and follow up resources to start (or continue) your seed saving journey.

Chris Smith is the executive director of the Utopian Seed Project, a crop-trialing non-profit working to celebrate food and farming. His book, The Whole Okra, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2020. He also co-hosts The Okra Pod Cast. More info at  blueandyellowmakes.com

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

December 8, 2020 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our December Meeting

Program: An Update on Recent Work of the Bountiful Cities Non-Profit

Tuesday, December 8 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Cathy Cleary will update our group on the recent work of the Bountiful Cities organization for which she is the outreach coordinator. 

Bountiful Cities is an Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Non-Profit working towards long-term food security for our community. As is true for many organizations in 2020 they have had to get creative! Their educational programming has shifted largely to virtual platforms (see the photo below of Jordan giving a virtual garden tour to 4th graders on her phone!) and instead of working with kids in school gardens they have relied on volunteers to do the work that many small hands usually do during school days. They have directed food from donors and gardens to communities that are most marginalized, and many of the gardens in our community garden network have focused more on growing more to donate.  They recognize the need for resilience and are so grateful to volunteers and supporters who have helped them continue to do the work of serving our community. 

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.