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Delaware Valley Unit Member Wins Best in Show


November 2015

Grace Majorossy a young member of the Delaware Valley Unit won a Best in Show for her herb garden called: "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme". This was at the Hunterdon County 4H and Agricultural Fair held in Ringoes in August. Grace has been entering her horticulture for at least three years. She has had an interest in growing things for many years and decided she wanted to be a farmer. Her family has had a little pop up green house for 2-3 years and she has grown plants for her friend's gardens in there, as well as for her own family. The teacher at her polytech class has put her in charge of the kitchen garden, where she plants donated and homegrown plants with her fellow students and afterwards they cook with the vegetables and herbs. She has enjoyed learning about herbs and is developing a special interest in culinary herbs.

The herb display is Grace's award winning entry.

A WWOOF Experience

April 2016

In the Fall one of our members, Pat Beckman, participated in a WWOOFING experience in Denmark. The program was founded in 1971 in England to encourage urban dwellers with access to the countryside while supporting the organic movements. WWOOF originally stood for Willing Workers On Organic Farms. By 2000 the program had been so successful that the acronym was changed to Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Volunteers must first choose what country they would like to visit and volunteer in. They sign up for their desired country on the WWOOF website. After signing up volunteers have access to a list of farms located in their country of choice. From this point it is up to the volunteer to review the farm profiles to determine the best match and contact their desired farms and arrange the dates and duration of their stay. The duration of a volunteer's stay can range from days to months, but is typically at least one to two weeks. Volunteers can expect to work for 4-6 hours a day for a full day's food and accommodation. A volunteer could be asked to help with a variety of tasks, including: sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread baking. WWOOF promotes participation as a way to experience firsthand a local culture, customs, and nature through farming.

Pat selected Denmark because her grandfather was Danish and she had been to school there. To appreciate how the WWOOF program worked, Pat volunteered at WWOOF farm in Frenchtown, N.J. before going to Denmark where she was for two months. In Denmark there were three to four workers on the 80 acres farm where she volunteered. They fed the livestock, planted and harvested vegetables and even prepared food for tourists to the farm. Pat found the WWOOF program a fascinating and rewarding experience.

Farm and out buildings Potato harvesting Onions drying