June 8th: School Gardening Workshop

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On June 8th, the HOT Urban Gardening Coalition will be hosting a School Gardening Workshop! This workshop will cover topics related to school gardening such as:

- Outdoor Classroom Management
– Funding/Fundraising Opportunities
– Lesson Ideas/ Incorporating TEKS into a School Garden
– Local/National Resources for School Gardens
– Tips and Tricks/ Stories of Success and Failure

The workshop will be held at: Indian Spring Middle School (next to the greenhouse) located at 500 N University Parks Waco Texas 76701.

When: June 8th, 2014. 4:00p – 6:00p.

Free for UGC members or $20 for the general public

To register, please visit UGC’s Eventbrite page here.

Peppers, Peaches, and Plums – Oh My!

May and June are such beautiful months to be perusing the cornucopia of beautiful vegetables at the Waco Downtown Farmers.  So much so that we could not help but share a number of photos showcasing the beautiful bounty.  Enjoy – and meet us out at market next Saturday (just make sure to get there nice and early, before your favorite farmers sell out!)

What’s in Season: June.

jbg tomatoes PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, blackberries, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, dandelion greens, sweet corn, eggplant, garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, okra, onions (full size and green), parsnips, peppers (sweet and hot), peaches, plums, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes (green and red), turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Basil, bay, dill, fennel, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), coffee & espresso, cookies, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, juice, kimchi, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sesame seeds, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, vinaigrettes, wheat flour, wheatgrass (for juicing), wine, yogurt.

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Art (local designers and artists), charcoal & smoker chips (mesquite), children’s books, compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), flowers (seasonally), firewood, local garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, laundry detergent, locally crafted leather goods, mulch, natural body care products, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags, vermicomposting worms and kits.                                                                                                            

PREPARED FOODS:  Breakfast burritos and tacos, crepes, gluten-free lunch and breakfast wraps, Indian, kurryworst, pretzels, wood-fired pizza, tamales.

What’s in Season: May.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, blackberries, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, eggplant (later this month), garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions (full size and green), parsnips, peas (sugar and snap), peppers (sweet and hot – later this month), potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes (green and red), turnips, turnip greens.

 

HERBS:  Basil, bay, cilantro, dill, fennel, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

 

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chaga, chicken (whole, breast, ground), chocolate (artisan & raw), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, kimchi, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sesame seeds, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, turkey, vinaigrettes, wheat flour, wheatgrass (for juicing), wine, yogurt.

 

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Art (local designers and artists), bamboo vases and garden trellises, charcoal & smoker chips (mesquite), compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), flowers (seasonally), firewood, garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, laundry detergent, lotion, mulch, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags, vermicomposting worms and kits.

                                                                                                                                              

PREPARED FOODS:  Breakfast burritos and tacos, crepes, Indian, ice cream, kurryworst, wood-fired pizza, pretzels, tamales, waffles – and more gluten-free goodies, starting May 2014!!

April 12th Handmade Market

On April 12th, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market will be celebrating Spring and partaking Downtown Waco’s Weekend in Waco Events with a Handmade Marketplace.  We want to support small-scale craftsters and promote buying local and handmade!!

Here’s a run down of what you’ll be able to find at Market this Saturday:

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  • Herban Farm – featuring homegrown dried herbs, handmade soaps, home decor incorporating herbs and flowers (lavender wreathes, lavender pillows, etc.), crocheted baby costumes “fresh from the farm” such as carrots, peapods, bumblebees, etc

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  • Mad Farmer + Mother Hen –  salves, soaps, and balms, dried herbs for tea and cooking, hand-knit cotton washcloths and more goods for mamas and babies!

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  • Bryngelson’s Wooden Toys – lots of hand-made wooden toys and whirlygigs for the family

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  • Eco-Chic Jewelry – creating the utmost quality jewelry from the most environmentally sound components

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  • Recycled Love & Amy’s Angels – handmade angel pins and necklaces and recycled jewelry  + sterling silver necklaces set with crystal
  • Good Neighbor House – handmade scarves and more raising funds for the Waco Good Neighbor House Project in North Waco

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  • Turnip Tots/Creations – Handmade Hair Accessories, such as shabby fabric flower headbands, hair ties, shabby flower headbands, OTT headbands, top hat fascinators, embroidered felt hair clips, felt play food sets, etc.

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  • Liz Bisson/KJ Possum – men and ladies aprons, table toppers, lunch bags/purses, pillowcases and some children’s dresses

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  • LoYoDesigns – wreaths, swags, centerpieces, and mailbox toppers

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  • Your Little Beauty - handmade and hand-sewn headbands and clips for you and all the little beauties in your life

Job Opening: WDFM Market Manager

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The Waco Downtown Farmers Market (WDFM) is seeking a creative, organized and energetic person qualified to assist the WDFM Board of Directors to manage the weekly, year-round farmers market on a part-time basis (20 hours per week).  The WDFM is a year-round riverside market, featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco, TX.  Since opening in 2011, the WDFM operates every Saturday from 9am-1pm, plus additional hours for seasonal events.   

The successful market manager candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Basic knowledge of and interest in farmers market operations, agriculture, and food systems issues

  • Outstanding ability to communicate verbally and in writing

  • Experience with project management, program coordination, event planning or community building

  • Effective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Excellent time and management skills

  • Interest in working with people – farmers, vendors, and community residents

  • Excellent people skills: friendly, outgoing, tactful, able to listen

  • Webpage management and design skills are highly desirable

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis

  • Public speaking experience is a plus

Job Description: This position will be responsible for promoting and overseeing the operation of the market.  A partial list of duties includes:

  • Manage the overall operation of the market every Saturday

  • Direct Farmers and Vendors to their designated spaces as they arrive

  • Manage community education events, music, volunteers etc.

  • Collect fees from vendors

  • Manage credit card transactions and food assistance programs

  • Assist with special events

  • Communicate with vendors and customers throughout the week

  • Promote the market throughout the week through the website and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram)

  • Attend and speak at local community meeting to promote the activities of the market

Start Date: June 1, 2014 – to start training under the current Market Manager

Time Commitment: This is a part-time job – approximately 20 hours per week.

Pay rate:  Depends on Experience

 

To apply, send a cover letter and resume (including a list of references):  wdfm.manager@gmail.com

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

PO Box 1834

Waco, TX 76703

What’s in Season: April.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions, parsnips, peas (sugar and snap), radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes (green and red), turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Bay, cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), chocolate (artisan & raw), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, turkey, vinaigrettes, wheat flour, wheatgrass (for juicing), wine, yogurt.

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Art (local designers and artists), bamboo vases and garden trellises, charcoal & smoker chips (mesquite), children’s books, compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), flowers (seasonally), firewood, garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, laundry detergent, lotion, mulch, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags, vermicomposting worms and kits.                                                                                                                                              

PREPARED FOODS:  Breakfast burritos and tacos, crepes, Indian, pita, pizza, tamales (beef & black bean and queso), Vietnamese.