Flavor Share Final Recap

21 Apr

I can’t believe the semester is already coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was trying to figure out what I would focus on for my Land Art class. For my semester long assignment, I wanted to do something that could benefit others in my community. I also had an intrest in gardening and wanted to learn about planting seeds and watching them grow.

My Flavor Share was inspired by The Urban Farming Movement. The Urban Farming Movement encourages people to start growing plants and vegetables for their community. This is beneficial for families, especially during times of economic hardship. I was also inspired by visual artist, Allison Knowles, who is known for her “Make A Salad Exhibition.” Allison created a salad in front of over 3,000 people and then shared it with her audience. Once I learned about the benefits of planting and sharing the plants, I knew I wanted to bring this to FIU. Organic herbs are a wonderful way to add flavor to a meal while keeping calories low. Most importantly they are fresh, and something that many college students need more access to.

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Pip helped me brand my movement by bringing me clay pots to carve. I branded all the pots with the words “Flavor Share” to create buzz about the movement. Once I finished carving the pots, Pip would have them fired and glazed. The pots really added the wow factor to my plants.

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What started off as seeds in starting pots, soon turned into over a dozen plants. When I first started the class I didn’t know a thing about gardening. As a matter of fact, I killed every plant I ever touched. Pip helped guide me in my flavor share journey and taught me what I needed to know about planting. Soon after I had adopted a green thumb of my own. I never expected to grow this many herbs to share with students at my school!

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I enjoyed the Land Art class more than I expected to. I’m very happy that I had the opportunity to learn how to plant seeds and care for a garden. I’m even more happy that I was able to share this experience with the FIU BBC students. Since the semester is over, I have taken my plants home. I’m going to fertilize them and care for them for a a few more weeks and then I will continue to share them. I’m giving them away to new families in my community so that the sharing can continue. I have also asked the new parents to please share these herbs with their friends and families.

How to plant herbs in pots

14 Apr

Today I decided to create a step-by-step tutorial of how I plant my fresh herbs for the flavor share.

 

I started off with my new pot and one that one of my classmates made.

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Then, I placed small rocks at the bottom of each pot. The rocks are used to allow water to exit the pot, while keeping the fresh soil in place.

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Next, I filled the pots half way with soil and lightly packed it.

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Then, I placed my herbs in the locations that I wanted them. I decided to use a few different types of herbs per pot to add more variety to the flavor share. 

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The last thing I did was add water. Here’s the finished product, what do you think?

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New Pots and Progress!

14 Apr

I thought I would put together a quick post about what’s going on with the Flavor Share. 

 

To begin, the baby herb plants are doing great. Take a look!

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Pip also brought me a finished pot that I carved a few weeks ago. It has now been fired and glazed. Look how pretty!

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I going to plant my herbs tomorrow. I will post those pictures in a day or two to share with everyone. 

Finished Pot!

10 Apr

A few weeks ago I started to carve a new pots. As I mentioned before, I really enjoy carving pots. It’s a therapeutic experience and is a new way for my to channel my creativity. I have carved the words ” Flavor Share” into all of pots. This is my way of branding my movement and hope to create some buzz about it around campus.

Take a look at this finished beauty! 

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Keep an eye out for this post with yummy herbs inside around the BBC campus this week!

Flavor Share: One month later!

30 Mar

It’s been about a month since I planted my herb seeds. I originally planted 10 pots, and 9 of them ended up growing. What started off as a slow growing process has taken a rapid change. I have been watering them daily and watching their progress.

My herbs are incredibly big!

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I have never planted anything successfully in the past, but with Pip’s guidance I have been able to get these little guys going. The onion plants have responded the best and have grown the quickest and biggest. I think they are ready for a splash of Miracle Grow to give them the finally boost before I re-plant them in the carved pots.

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These are a few of my biggest and oldest herbs. I have had these at my house for a few months, but I rarely use them. Any suggestions on what meals I can create using rosemary and parsley?

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Flavor Share: Progress Report

14 Mar

After planting my seeds two weeks ago, I have been waiting for some activity. The first week I didn’t see anything and I was starting to feel discouraged. I still continued to water the sends and give them adequate sun light.

On day 10 I finally saw something!

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One of my onions had started to sprout! I was so excited to see this and I stayed positive about the others.

 

Today, 15 days later, I went to check on my green children and Iook what I found.

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Six of the 10 planters have sprouted! I’m so excited!

 

This onion plant was my first to sprout and look how big its gotten.

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I’m very pleased with my plants so far. I will keep posting the progress!

 

Flavor Share Progress

8 Mar

My flavor share movement is still going strong. I have been working on growing more plants to spread around the BBC campus.

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On Tuesday I purchased some seeds from Target to start growing my own plants. This is a completely new experience for me since I have never planted seeds. 

 

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I planted my seeds in these biodegradable pots that are designed to plant seeds. I keeping light on the seeds, as well as keeping them moist until they begin to sprout. I’m hoping to see something in the next 10 days.

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When why seeds are growing, I’m going to work on carving more pots. Here is one of the pots I am currently working on. I really enjoy carving and find it to be very therapeutic. 

 

I will keep you all updated with the growth of my new plants!