Composting and Worm Bins

7 Feb

February Urban Homesteading Classes:

Planning a  Garden Throughout the Year

February 12th     9:00 am – Noon     $40.00

Composting and Worm Bins

February 26th     9:00 am – 5:00 pm     $85.00

Eliza "Worm Girl" Robles Photo Courtosy of Leslie Hotzman Photography

This class will teach the basics behind composting and worm bins.  You will see everything from big tractor compost piles, to worm bins that will fit under the sink of your apartment.

Composting is the basis for growing the healthiest, most nutritious, and most disease-resistant plants.  This composting method is simple and effective.  it is so fun and satisfying that we must warn you composting can become addictive!

Learn how to create a worm system to recycle food waste, produce rich organic castings (compost) for the garden, cultivate fish bait, and potentially reduce your garbage bill. This course will teach you how to setup and maintain a worm bin.

You will have the chance to purchase a starter worm bin or compost bin during this class.

Sneak Peek:

Oranges

Lettuce

Arugula

Spinach

Beets

Collards or Chard

Radish

Apples

Organic Beet Dip Recipe

  • 1 large beet or 2 medium sized beets {I used 1 large red beet and 1 small golden beet together}
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped {depending on how strong your garlic is}
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Method

First, drizzle some olive oil into a saute pan with 1 chopped garlic clove, cumin seeds, sprinkle of sea salt and some fresh ground pepper to taste. Lightly toast the garlic and cumin seeds on medium to low heat, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Instead of this step you can use 2 tablespoons of tahini, but making everything from scratch always tastes better!

Next, get your steamer out and cube the beets but leave the skins on. Add the beets to the steam and steam until soft, about 15 minutes. You can also roast the beets instead to add a different flavor to the beet dip, although I have not tried this yet.

Transfer the beets to a food processor and add the rest of the garlic, 6 tablespoons of olive oil and the cumin / garlic mixture. Mix in food processor until smooth. Then add vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper {or to taste}. Mix again until ingredients are blended. Taste and add more salt or pepper if you like.

You can also add the juice of 1 lemon if you like.

Enjoy!

Recipe from: http://www.heidihillyard.com

Organic Beet Dip

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