Community

Part of our mission and vision at Mustard Seed is to find ways for our program participants to be involved in the local community. We want to foster relationships and encourage collaboration with other local organizations.

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SUMMER NIGHT SEMINAR SERIES

 

We are thrilled to announce the return of our ‘Summer Night Seminar Series’ and hope that you will join us for these fun, fundraising events!

 

We will be co-hosting a series of 4 seminars this summer. Each evening seminar will be 2 hours filled with fun, food & drinks, and opportunities to learn something new, while gathering together (but not too close) in a safe outdoor environment. 

 

We hope you’ll help us spread the word and look forward to enjoying the summer with you!

Mustard Seed Farm & The Fort Bend Agrilife Extension Service Present:

THE SUMMER NIGHT SEMINAR SERIES

 

Hosted by Enchanted Gardens @ 6420 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406 

 

Sponsored by Enchanted Gardens, MicroLife Fertilizer, Fort Bend Master Gardeners, Teremana Small Batch Tequila, Total Wine & More, and TSHIRTXTREMES

With All Proceeds to Benefit Mustard Seed Farm & Market

 

YOU GIVE ME BUTTERFLIES (BINGO & BEER NIGHT!) on JUNE 23rd @ 6-8PM

This seminar is in honor of the future work program of Mustard Seed and the #milkweedmovement- we will cover everything you need to know about butterfly gardening, growing butterfly host and nectar plants, and all of our favorite local butterflies. Former director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and current Education Coordinator for the Houston Botanic Garden, Erin Mills, will be our guest speaker and bingo caller. This seminar will be in the form of a Butterfly Bingo game with the chance to win lots of exciting prizes, while learning great information to help you create your own butterfly oasis at home. Each ticket purchased will include one ice cold beer (or water).

 

THE ROMANCE OF GRAPES on JULY 7th @ 6-8PM

Come for a wine tasting, leave as a grape growing expert! The great folks at Agrilife Extension are bringing in Gulf Coast Viticulture Specialist, Fran Pontasch to discuss the differences between wine grapes, table grapes, and muscadine grapes. She will be ready to answer all of your grape growing questions to help you grow your own vineyard at home! Your ticket purchase will include a complimentary wine tasting for you to enjoy during the seminar. Join us for a great evening as we wander around Enchanted Gardens sipping wine, listening to some relaxing music, and enjoying the sunset! 

 

FARM_TO_TABLE @ HOME- MY BACKYARD ORCHARD on JULY 28th @ 6-8PM

This seminar will be in the style of a casual farm-to-table small-bites dinner. Fruit growing expert and Extension Program Specialist, Dr. Monte Nesbitt will be discussing how to grow your own olive trees, figs, citrus, pears, and berries to help you pick the perfect fruits for your home. The visionary behind @southernhomeandfarm, Rhonda Kaiser will also be attending with pictures of her transformed backyard space and plenty of inspiration to help you achieve the perfect combination of beauty and function. Sample some delicious food as you learn, including a custom creation from the wonderful culinary mind of Scott Chapman, owner of Proud Pie. It's sure to be an evening to remember! There will be 5 tasting stations for you to visit while you explore the nursery and enjoy some great music. Come hungry for tasty food and fruit growing knowledge! Each ticket purchased will also include one beverage of your choice.

 

SALSA NIGHT on AUGUST 18th @ 6-8PM

Our speaker, tomato growing expert and Fox Farm representative, Andy Chidester, will be discussing tips for growing great peppers, tomatoes, and herbs in your fall gardens. Bring your best homemade salsa to enter for prizes (and bragging rights). We will have a salsa tasting along with tasty Mexican food small bites. Following the seminar, Salsa music will be playing to get you moving while you explore the nursery and enjoy a frozen margarita to cool your taste buds! Each ticket purchased includes one beverage of your choice.

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We gladly sponsored Amber Richards, a Fort Bend County Girl Scout as she was pursuing her Gold Award. We are happy to announce that she achieved her goal. The Gold Award is a project that determines a need in the community, and takes steps to fulfill that need, therefore making the community a better place.

 

One of her areas of interest is urban farming, and specifically, the nutritional benefits of eating healthy, local produce. For her project, she has created a set of instructional cooking videos that not only involve ingredients grown in our Mustard Seed Trial garden, but also are easy enough to prepare for families with varying cooking abilities, so they can create them easily together. We are so proud of her effort and hope you will enjoy cooking with our ingredients!  

 

For a written version of the recipes, please see the recipe link below the videos.

Eggplant Pasta
03:54
Green Onion Omelette
05:23
Creamy Rice Pudding
03:16
Beet and Berry Smoothie
01:55
Honey Baked Lentils
04:48
Stuffed Peppers
02:40
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