- Created: Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:23
As times change, people are beginning to think about where their food comes from and if it is done through sustainable practices. Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge began using organic gardening practices in the 90s to create a healthier, more sustainable garden, orchard and greenhouse. To celebrate and educate the benefits of gardening, and sustainable eco-friendly products, Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge will be hosting the first annual Organic Gardening Month all through the month of July.
The month will feature special blogs on gardening practices, as well as special interviews with experts and those close to Garland’s. We will also be hosting four events throughout the month, with all proceeds going back to Gardens for Humanity, a local Sedona organization that is creating community, peace and awareness through the cultivation of community gardens. Registration for all events is now open. Register now via EventBrite
Tuesday July 14, 2015 – Practices and Principles of Organic Beekeeping: An Educational Workshop Lead by Patrick Pynes
This educational workshop will be led by local beekeeper and expert Patrick Pynes (www.honeybeeteacher.com). Patrick is an expert on apiculture and will be speaking to guests about beekeeping, his extensive experience and the honey bee hives on the Garland’s property. Patrick has been an organic gardener and beekeeper since 1989, and is the President of the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers' Association This event is sure to fill you with buzz!
Registration Fee: $15
Thursday July 16, 2015 – A Day in the Gardens: Tour the Garland’s Orchards and Gardens with Tips from the Experts
Enjoy a tour lead by the Garland’s gardener, Mario Valeruz and their orchardist, Rob Lautze. Learn about Garland’s organic gardening processes, the produce that grows and get any questions answered that you may have. Mario and Rob are experts in their field and can offer many insights to participants. It’s a beautiful way to spend your afternoon.
Registration fee: $15
Tuesday July 21, 2015 – An Afternoon of Pairs: A Tasting Event Featuring Locally Sourced Wines, Chocolates and Cheeses
An Afternoon of Pairs is an opportunity to sample wines, cheese and chocolate that will make your palate sing. Javelina Leap Winery & Vineyard will be providing the wine at this delectable event. ChocolaTree Organic Oasis will be providing the chocolates for guests to savor. All products will be sourced locally and will shine a light on Arizona businesses. Upscale and tasty, this event is perfect for the foodie in all of us.
Registration Fee: $30
Thursday July 23, 2015 – Meet the Chef: Brian Widmer
Chef Brian Widmer is the mastermind behind the kitchen at Garland’s. An experienced executive Chef from Maine, Brian Widmer comes from the culinary program at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. He was as a chef for Grand Canyon National Park Lodges for 13 years and spent 8 of those years at Phantom Ranch. Chef Brian is creating and developing new recipes in the kitchen that add to Garland's well known reputation for dining.
At this event, guests can hear from Chef Brian his techniques, the way he creates and incorporates dishes using local products and produce straight from the garden. Participants will be able to ask Chef Brian questions and learn what it takes to be the chef at a highly rated retreat.
Registration Fee: $15
Stay tuned to our blog for more information on events, blog features and special interviews. Registration is now open! Be sure to pre-register since these events do have caps and we anticipate to be full to capacity. We hope to see you in July to learn about organic and local living in Arizona, and to support a wonderful organization Gardens for Humanity.