Giroux to discuss organic herb gardening
Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a visual presentation on organic herb gardening March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Local organic horticulturist Renee Giroux will lead the program at the Wykeham Road library.
Giroux will provide information about the many types of herbs and edible flowers and highlight the benefits of having herbs for culinary and home use.
She will also offer ideas on preparing and treating the garden in new and unconventional ways.
Giroux has devoted the past 14 years to horticulture and sustainable agriculture.
She has developed greenhouse food systems using a biosphere growing technique and succeeded as the lead in obtaining USDA organic certification for the largest organic greenhouse system in New England.
Her strengths lie in connecting farming to the communities served and marketing the produce to the local chefs, farmers and gardeners.
She has built a major brand of cut herbs and greens at Gilberties Herbs in Easton — Petite Edibles — that is broadly served in area restaurants and available in markets in Fairfield County, New York City and northwestern Connecticut.
Giroux designs and installs living pantries in homes and restaurants. The concept of a living pantry is growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the kitchen year round for a more sustainable living style.
Recently, she installed living pantries at the Washington Primary's School.
Each grade has its own "farm box" in which the students grow vegetables using controlled Environment concepts.