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Cropsourcing Project: 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 actually over 600 varieties of garlic cultivated around the world today. In celebration of this incredible diversity, Slow Food St. Louis will bring over 200 of those varieties to our fair city.

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 of 2014 to the 2015 summer growing season.

Our goals are to create a shared harvest, to expand the local biodiversity of garlic grown and consumed in our region, and to 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.

Starting in September 2014, we will start distributing over 220 rare and heirloom varieties of garlic to those who signed up for the crop sourcing project. Scheduled pick-up dates for the garlic are:

SloWednesday, Sept. 10 at Schlafly Bottleworks

SloWednesday, Oct. 8 at Schlafly Bottleworks

We would like to thank Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for their help with this project. Please support this great company from Mansfield, MO!

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