I just wanted to take this opportunity to post a quick update about what Maloca-related activities have been transpiring around the empty halls of York University. On Tuesday, April 12TH from 12:30 – 2:00 PM we transplanted some tomato seedlings in the HNES lounge, and now they’re soakin’ up some artificial sunshine in the Maloca office in some bigger pots. They have taken well to the move ’cause they’ve already sprouted taller. Come on by the HNES lounge and take a peek through Maloca’s office window, or stop in if the door’s open and give them some good intentions and positive feedback – they like the encouragement! You’ll notice that our office is much more organized now, so we can entertain visitors.
We also hosted a drop-in sprouting workshop. Patti graciously stopped by and demonstrated how to grow your own edible sprouts @ home using a glass jar. I was hesitant because I didn’t think my dim basement apartment would provide good enough growing conditions, but they did great – see below! I have been eating my assorted sprouts by the handfuls and tossing them in salads. Patti also suggested that you could use them in smoothies. All I had to do was soak the initial seeds overnight, and then continue to rinse them with water 2 times a day. After 3 days of sitting in my cupboard (Patti told me seeds like to germinate in the dark – makes sense!), I put them on a bench in some indirect sunlight to “green them up” – which means I let ’em work their magic and make chlorophyll. It only took 5 days total for them to grow to an edible size! I highly recommend this project.
Maloca has many more workshops planned for the season – so keep an eye out here, on Facebook or join our listserv by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday, April 30TH we are hosting a major garden clean-up. The garden could use some serious landscaping! There will also be a BBQ and outdoor games following all of our hard work, so stop by and lend a hand! If you are interested in volunteering please RSVP using the e-mail address above.
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