Silver Spring Garden Club November 2022 Meeting: "Growing Tropical Edible Plants" Talk
The next speaker meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club...
Tropical plants have a special draw with their big leaves and colorful palettes, finding their way into both our outdoor gardens and homes. Many people are hesitant to grow rewarding tropical fruits and vegetables in northern climates due to their limited hardiness and necessary winter care. With a little bit of planning and preparation, we have had success grow various tropicals including but not limited to: bananas, guava, passionfruit, sorrel, sugar apple, curry leaf, ginger, turmeric, taro, and perennial peppers. We will discuss some easy growers, tips to success, pest management, and sources for reliable cultivars.
Speaker Bio: Niraj Ray is an international pioneer of urban and rural vertical agriculture. From his first backyard garden in Daytona Beach, Florida to vertical gardens for underserved schools in Washington, DC, and strawberry farms in Maharastra, India, Niraj is intent on finding innovative and sustainable ways to bring fresh produce to communities that need it.. Niraj holds a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Integrated Environmental Science from Bethune-Cookman University, and is a former National Wildlife Federation Emerging Leader Fellow and used to work with the US EPA - Office of Water. He founded Cultivate the City in 2015 with the mission of transform urban food deserts into thriving local food systems. Cultivate the City currently manages farms at Gallaudet University, Nationals Park and in Silver Spring, distributes produce through a Community Supported Agriculture program and teaches gardening classes throughout the DMV area.