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Garden Gala Recap

We had a lovely day for our Garden Gala this past Sunday. Sun & warmth allowed us to put tables in the courtyard. MCHS staff and board members scurried around ahead of the event, decorating and building temporary exhibits.

During the event, Erik Warner explained how he came up with his idea for The Soul Patch community garden and presented a slide show that illustrated the progression of the garden through the summer. The Soul Patch has produced over 850 pounds of food for the Morrison County Food Shelf so far. By the end of the growing season, that number will likely increase to over 1,000 pounds.

After Erik’s presentation, Jan Warner led a discussion about how gardening has changed over time, asking those gathered for their memories of gardening. People mentioned potato bugs and canning, the Little Pig Market and the Community Cannery in Little Falls.

During the annual meeting segment of the event, 3 board members, Gary Block, Laura Block, and Camille Warzecha, were re-elected to the board and members reviewed and approved the minutes of the last annual meeting and the Treasurer’s Report.

Following the annual meeting, we broke out the food … mountains & mountains of food … all containing some element of fresh produce. Here’s the list of what we had (mostly to aid my memory, but also to make your mouth water):

Orange zucchini marmelade, organic carrots, zucchini bread, organic veggie bread, zucchini relish, zucchini currant bread, chocolate zucchini cake, organic tomato basil bread, apple butter, zucchini pickles, pumpkin bars, sorghum cake, apple cake, corn salsa w/chips, gooseberry preserves, zucchini brownies, and carrot cake.

You’ll notice that people were pretty creative with zucchini.

In case you missed the event, we have pictures of the day’s decor, taken before anyone showed up.

The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum - front door decorated for Garden Gala - September 13, 2009

The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum - front door decorated for Garden Gala - September 13, 2009

Royalton flour sacks on display during Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Royalton flour sacks on display during Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

The Rosenmeier Room decorated for the Garden Gala, September 13, 2009. The centerpiece plants are beets. The photos on the mantle were taken by Glenys Warner-Holman and Ariel Kelash, using The Soul Patch produce as subject matter.

The Rosenmeier Room decorated for the Garden Gala, September 13, 2009. The centerpiece plants are beets. The photos on the mantle were taken by Glenys Warner-Holman and Ariel Kelash, using The Soul Patch produce as subject matter.

File cabinet arrangement, MCHS Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

File cabinet arrangement, MCHS Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Centerpiece of food table, Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Centerpiece of food table, Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Tables in the courtyard, Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Tables in the courtyard, Garden Gala, September 13, 2009

Garden Gala exhibit, September 13, 2009

Garden Gala exhibit, September 13, 2009

Garden Gala & Annual Meeting Sunday

This Sunday, we will be hosting our Garden Gala from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum. The program, which starts at 2:30, will focus on all things gardening, including a presentation about The Soul Patch community garden that benefits the Morrison County Food Shelf.

The Morrison County Historical Society annual meeting will take place after the program, and a variety of foods made with home-grown produce will be served.

If the weather permits, there will be tours of The Soul Patch at 4:30.

We are fully aware of the fact that the Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair is taking place this weekend, but we hope you’ll battle the traffic to join us. If you would like to find a route that gets you to the museum without passing through downtown Little Falls, give us a call at 320-632-4007 and we’ll see if we can help.

- Mary

Garden Gala

Break out the garden hats and your extra fresh garden produce!

We’re hosting a Garden Gala on September 13, 2009, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and you are invited. We’re celebrating home-grown produce with our event, which includes a program by Erik Warner, who will discuss The Soul Patch, his community garden project that benefits the Morrison County Food Shelf.

Jan Warner, our Executive Director (and Erik’s mother, in case you were wondering), will lead a discussion on gardening and food preservation of the past.

The Morrison County Historical Society annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the event (after the program, which starts at 2:30.). (This is painless, usually taking 10-15 minutes, and includes board elections.)

There will be light refreshments served. (Who can pass up food?)

You are encouraged to bring your extra home-grown produce to trade or share.

Come, join us! There’s no charge and the public is welcome to attend.

- Mary

P.S. We know the Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair is going on the weekend of the Garden Gala, and there will be traffic, but that’s okay. We’re going to live a little.