Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grow It, Eat It...Anywhere! University Gardening Expert to Introduce "Salad Table" on Martha Stewart Show!

We're hard at work promoting the Grow It Eat It initiative. Read the the Press Release for yourself!

The Obama Administration’s call for personal responsibility has inspired a “grow it yourself” movement across the country. And thanks to a new invention called the “salad table,” everyone—no matter how small their balcony, patio or backyard—can join in.

Jon Traunfeld, salad table inventor and director of the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) will introduce this unique gardening tool to audiences nationwide on the Martha Stewart Show on March 27. During the show, which will air locally on WBAL TV and WJLA TV, Traunfeld will instruct Martha on creating the table and describe the best ways to use it.

Essentially, the salad table is an improvement of a vegetable growing tool used during the Great Depression featuring a wood box, wire mesh and non-soil growing medium. Maryland Cooperative Extension faculty and volunteers have successfully grown lettuce, arugula, herbs, Asian greens, and even green beans in salad tables across the state.

Traunfeld’s appearance on the Martha Stewart show coincides with the kick-off of the new “Grow It Eat It” campaign designed to promote and teach food gardening with the vision of 1 million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food in the next two years. The campaign is a joint venture between the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener program and its Home and Garden Information Center and features a dynamic, informative website: www.growit.umd.edu.