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ROOT Phoenix 'Growing Bazaar' May 4th 8a-1p

  Join us for our Growing Bazaar this Saturday from 8am-1pm as we share all the resources you need to grow your own food; inspiration and education included! The days are getting hotter, and we have shortened the hours at Root to enjoy the cooler mornings in the garden and avoid the afternoon heat.

Bring the whole family to Root this weekend to celebrate Urban Farming Day. Urban Farmer Greg Peterson will be on the radio sharing his passion for urban farms with Rosie and Romey Romero of "Rosie on the House." Listen in on Saturday from 9am-11am on Phoenix station KTAR 92.3 FM. And visit Root Phoenix on Saturday for food, festivities, farming and fun! Experienced Urban Farmers will be on hand to answer your questions about urban farming, everything from quinoa to quail, chard to chickens, gardens to goats! You might even spot a mini goat or a rabbit...Farm Out!

Native Seeds/SEARCH seeds are in stock, including Armenian cucumbers, squash, melons, beans and cow peas (black-eyed peas). Buy 2 seed packets, get one of equal or lesser value FREE!

We are so excited to have the Kitchen on the Street food truck serving up delicious breakfast items at Root this Saturday. How Kitchen on the Street’s Menu was Born….Kitchen on the Street serves the community by providing food to those who go without, we are proud to feature a Global Street Food menu as a form of gratitude…. In that we have chosen to represent those we serve with our culinary offerings. We feel eating is about more than the food, it’s about taking in a culture, in our Kitchen on the Street journey we have been introduced to a culinary kaleidoscope of foods, flavors and cooking techniques; we have been given the opportunity to virtually wander the streets of far away cities, towns and villages through stories, recipes, aromas and best of all tasting the simplicity and tradition of various street foods. This collection is just a small sample of the indigenous selections that those we now call our friends have shared with us. We hope you find this menu enjoyable, and perhaps may even take you back to a small village somewhere far away and connect you with your own street food memory.

Some of the offerings you'll see this Saturday: Agave glazed French Toast made with Now Serving's Honey Wheat Loaf, mint infused chutney; Tiajuana Breakfast Tostada with eggs, chorizo, potato, cilantro crema, salsa crudo, queso fresco; Curried Tofu Omlette, spring vegetable medley, naan, tikka masala drizzle and more.....

Play in the dirt and learn about seed growth with a FREE hands-on activity! All kids will get to fill a container with soil and plant the seeds of their very own mini Sunspot sunflower.

Explore some interesting and useful new skills with these exciting classes: Infused Oils and Rabbits 101! Sign up today to secure your spot in these popular classes. Steve from The Style Nursery will share his knowledge about growing sweet potatoes at a FREE class in the outdoor classroom at 10am and again at noon.

Our wonderful local vendors join us with their warm season veggie plants, seeds and supplies: Vilardi Gardens, Style Nursery, Vermi~Love, Anna & Wilson from Turned Earth and Bokashi Evolution!

Vermi~Love Worm Farm and More returns! Compost piles are a wonderful thing, but not everyone loves the turning and the space they require. Are you interested in having worms create your compost? You can compost an amazing amount of kitchen scraps in a small area using worms to do the work! Rejuvenate the garden with beneficial microbes. Worm Castings are an all-natural plant-based soil conditioner. Great for all plants from edibles to ornamental plants. Worm castings are naturally slow-release, allowing the plants to uptake the nutrients as needed. A few monthly servings benefit potted plants, too. Live worms, vermi-composting kits and worm castings will be available for purchase from 8am-11am. Come early to ensure availability.Vermi~Love website


Bokashi Evolution! offers premium locally-crafted Bokashi, a natural compost accelerator and soil amendment. Reducing your landfill waste while creating rich healthy soil has never been easier! Bokashi is made up of naturally-occurring beneficial micro-organisms that when used within the soil can activate mycelium growth, ignite bio-diversity, aerate soil, help cultivate healthier plants and increase your yields. Bokashi Evolution offers Bokashi for $10 per bag and Kitchen Compost Kits to ferment your food waste - the easiest, cheapest, and most ODORLESS way possible for only $55.00. Like Bokashi Evolution on Facebook here.

Vilardi Gardens in the house of course! New this week: Sweet Peppers, Eggplants and Moringa Tree Starts! Also find Sugar Baby, Tohono O'odham Yellow-meated, Black Diamond, Moon & Stars and Mickey Lee Watermelon. Metki Dark, Beth Alpha & Piccolo di Parigi (Italian Pickling Cuke) Cucumber. Bolognese, Zucchino de Fiore (Zucchini for Flowers), Tromboncino & Romanesco Zucchini, Red Burgundy Okra, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Red Zinger Tea Hibiscus;) Ping Tung, Rosa Bianca & Black Beauty Eggplant; Charentais, Tigger, Ananas & Tasty Bites Melons; Waltham Butternut & Delicata Squash; Striped of Napoli Zucchini. Plus everything else (a few tomatoes left & Basils & herbs!) At 4/$10, how can you go wrong? Like Vilardi Gardens on Facebook here.

Style Nursery is excited to offer a selection of sweet potato slips: Georgia Jets (Traditional orange flesh, high yielding, early producer, vining variety,) O'Henry (White fleshed, good producer, vining variety,) and Vardaman (Orange fleshed,bush variety that is good for containers or limited space) for $1.50 each or 4 for $5! If you don't know what to do with a sweet potato slip, come to a free mini class at 10 am or noon! Also look for golden purslane starts, Swiss chard, and Quinoa! Specializing in hard to find seasonal edibles, like Style Nursery on Facebook here.

Farmyard is back to answer your questions about growing edibles, raising chickens & goats, and their garden installation & maintenance services! Farmyard is a company dedicated to all facets of organic gardening in the Southwest. We offer comprehensive garden consultation services, specializing in the installation of edible food gardens using our organically grown heirloom seedlings and seeds. Our CSA urban farms in Phoenix & Scottsdale also deliver baskets of great tasting, wholesome, organically produced vegetables, fruits and herbs. Our philosophy is simple. Grow locally. Produce organically. Eat well. Farmyard website. Like Farmyard on Facebook.

Anna & Wilson Taylor from Turned Earth will be offering their homegrown luffa seeds and sponges. They will also have a variety of transplants, including black-eyed peas (aka cowpeas,) crimson sweet watermelon, and Italian large leaf basil. Pick up some lovely fresh-cut sunflowers, too!

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