Story last updated at 5/20/2009 - 11:06 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Sitka Local Foods Network will host Northwest garden guru and radio/TV personality Ciscoe Morris for his presentation on "Working With Nature For An Oh-la-la Garden."
The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 25, in the first-floor conference room at the SEARHC Community Health Services building, 1212 Seward St. (down the hill below Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the building with the totem pole in front). Tickets cost $5 and only 90 tickets are available at Old Harbor Books. The presentation is a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network. The cost of bringing Morris to Sitka was sponsored by Spenard Builders Supply, White's Inc., True Value, The Chocolate Moose and Old Harbor Books. SLFN board members Linda Wilson provided air miles and Sharon Romine provided accommodations at her bed and breakfast.
"Bringing someone like Ciscoe Morris to town is such a great opportunity for garden enthusiasts in our area," said SEARHC Diabetes Grant Coordinator Maybelle Filler, who first met Morris when she was a student at Seattle University. "He brings an energy into gardening and makes it fun, exciting and simple. He has such a wealth of knowledge about what works and what doesn't. Ciscoe would be the first to admit to many gardening mistakes, but without those mistakes he wouldn't have the gardening triumphs."
Morris is host of the Seattle-based weekly radio and TV show, "Gardening With Ciscoe," which airs on KIRO-FM, KING5-TV (GCI Cable Channel 2 in Sitka) and Northwest Cable News. Morris also travels around the world to give gardening presentations. He is the author of the national best-selling gardening book, "Ask Ciscoe" and he writes a Thursday garden column for the Seattle Times. His Web site is www.ciscoe.com.
"I'm totally excited to come up to Sitka to talk about new and old environmentally friendly ways to deal with pests in the garden," Morris said. "I think that after hearing my talk most of the attendees will agree that it actually is easier, more effective and a heck of a lot more fun to garden with nature than trying to fight it with pesticides. In my talk you'll learn all sorts of effective and fascinating natural ways to deal with pests, including weeds, and you'll learn all sorts of beneficial critters that can help you create an 'oh, la, la garden' without having to resort to using chemical poisons."
"The gardening season is upon us, and if the great weather we have been having recently hasn't been enough to inspire you to grow something, then come hear Ciscoe Morris speak," said Linda Wilson, one of the coordinators of the Sitka Local Foods Network. "His sense of humor, knowledge of and enthusiasm for gardening will get you in the mood to grow."
The Sitka Local Foods Network emerged out of two community wellness projects from the 2008 Sitka Health Summit - to start a public market for local fish and produce (the Sitka Farmers Market) and to expand community gardens/build a community greenhouse. The Sitka Local Foods Network also has taken on additional food security projects, such as providing education about gardening and promoting the use of local subsistence foods. For more information on the Sitka Local Foods Network, contact Linda Wilson at 747-3096 or Doug Osborne at 966-8734.