The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest

On Friday Oct 21, the EARTH Center will offer a garden/cooking workshop entitled, The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick. The workshop aims to introduce attendees to the love of hot peppers and will feature some great recipes, growing considerations and of course, ways to cool the burn…

The workshop will be led by Rutgers Master Gardener and chef, Cynthia Triolo, who attended cooking school in both New York and Paris. She has worked at some of the finest restaurants and hotels in New Jersey and owned her own bakery/cafe for over 10 years. Cynthia has taught cooking to children and adults for the past 20 years. Her love of food has led her to a passion for gardening. Currently, she is the Horticultural Education Assistant at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum where she teaches and runs the Morris County Park Commission’s Community Garden.

Some of the featured peppers will be harvested from the EARTH Center’s demonstration gardens. These demonstration areas include a 1000 square foot vegetable garden, the 13-bed “Circle of Thyme” herb garden, water conserving rain garden and a compost bin display. These demonstrations are used to spark conversation about local agriculture, basics of horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, and many topics that are the focus of the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Department.

Registration is required by Wednesday Oct. 19. The program fee is $20. The size of the class will be limited, so register early to insure a space. For more information contact the Ag office at 732-398-5262.

This 2011 gardening workshop at the EARTH Center is a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the weekday sessions of the Middlesex County Master Gardeners Classes. Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.