I don’t know much about gardening. My mom has always had a green thumb, kind of like Mad Faffer. My grandparents also tended to a huge garden and fruit orchard in their back yard, but my sisters and I were never expected to cultivate the vegetables and fruits–only to pick them. The only way in which my grandparents spoiled us was with the amount of canned fruits, vegetables, and jams they gave us. (Not to mention my grandma’s otherworldly fruit pies.) As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more interested in gardening. If E. and I had a yard, I think we would start a humble huerto with at least carrots and potatoes.
Today, I attended a small organic garden fair hosted by Huerto Orgánico Hada Verde.
The manager tends to a large garden and hen house in her back yard in the middle of the city. It is a time consuming labor of love in which the neighbors pitch in. The eight year old next door was so comfortable in the garden that he laid down in the middle of the vegetables and crawled into the henhouse to hold the surprisingly calm chickens. What a cool experience to be raised next to a garden and henhouse in the middle of the city.
The sale offerings included dried herbs, seeds, and leaves; a salt and herb mix; fresh eggs; garden fresh tomatoes; pesto and garlic bread; hot pepper bread; cookies and cupcakes; pots of live herbs; homemade jam; bath salts; face tonic; and necklaces. The organizer also offered a workshop on organic gardening. There seems to be at least one fair each month, perhaps more. The schedule is available on the Web site.
While we were there, a baker kneaded and baked a group of wheat pesto and garlic bread loaves rolled in flax and sesame seeds. As we were leaving, she was just about to bake fresh red pepper bread. I would have waited, but I figured that one pesto loaf was sufficient. I also took away six brown eggs and a bottle of rosemary, thyme, and parsley salts for soups or rice. Did you know that the freshest eggs are hardest to crack? I didn’t either.
Huerto Orgánico Hada Verde is located in Providencia, Santiago de Chile. The next workshop is on using natural fertilizers and avoiding plant pests in healthy ways.