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Crop Sourcing: Project Garlic–Calling All Garlic Lovers & Growers!

June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in calendar, Event, Farmers' Market, Featured, SLOWednesday


We are excited to announce a new project from Slow Food St. Louis. Allium Sativum! No, it’s not a Harry Potter spell, it’s Latin for garlic. We want to grow garlic, lots of garlic and we need you to help us!

On a trip to any random grocery store in America you typically see just one variety of garlic. You know the one, it comes with two bulbs in a little plastic shrink wrapped box.  Well, as it turns out there are over 600 varieties of garlic cultivated around the world today. In celebration of this incredible diversity, Slow Food St. Louis would like to bring 100 or more of those varieties to our fair city. We are working with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, who carries 200 varieties of the Allium, to create a selection of garlic that will grow well in our climate zone.

In order to achieve local cultivation of so much garlic we need the help of farmers, gardeners, schools and anyone with an interest and a soil plot. We will be signing up growers to steward one or more varieties of garlic through the fall to summer growing season. GROWER ONLINE SIGN UP HERE!!

Our goal will be to create a shared harvest, expand the local biodiversity of garlic grown/consumed, and build the capacity for local farms to meet the garlic needs of St. Louis. Smaller growers of successful varieties will keep some garlic for themselves and share some with other growers for future annual harvests. We will work with larger scale growers to find markets for selling garlic and build up the capacity for St. Louis to produce a higher percentage of the garlic it consumes.

We are also looking for community partners interested in offering classes on garlic cultivation, cooking, medicinal properties of and more. Please contact kelly@slowfoodstl.org with your interest.


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