Attend a Regional Food Workshop on Winter Gardening in Kutztown, Pa.

Reader Contribution by Shelley Stonebrook
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The Keystone Center, in partnership with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, is hosting a regional food workshop on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, called “The Traditional Winter Garden: Fresh Food From December to March.”

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center on Luckenbill Road in Kutztown, Pa.

During the workshop, heirlooms expert William Woys Weaver and co-instructor Josiah Taylor, former farm

manager for Colby College, will explore old-time as well as cutting edge techniques for using your traditional kitchen garden throughout the winter. The newly reconstructed kitchen garden of the historic Sharadin Farmhouse will be used as a classroom for demonstrating innovative ways to plant ahead using heirlooms that were developed for cold tolerance.

This workshop is limited to 30 people and the cost is $75 per person. Bring a bagged lunch; beverage and table setups will be provided. Part of the workshop proceeds will be given to the Heritage Center for the maintenance of the recently reconstructed kitchen garden. 

For more information and to see whether spots are still open, email Amada Richardson at To sign up, send a check payable to Kutztown University, and a note specifying the name of the workshop you wish to attend. Mail to the attention of:

Amanda Richardson, Public Relations and Events Coordinator
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
22 Luckenbill Road
Kutztown, PA 19530

More on the Workshop Presenters

Born in West Chester, Pa., William Woys Weaver is an internationally known food and plant historian who is the author of 16 books, his most recent dealing with Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. He is the winner of numerous book awards including four Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Awards, and is planning a book on the Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen garden. He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in food ethnography from University College, Dublin, Ireland. He presently maintains the Roughwood Seed Collection in Devon, Pa.

Born in New York, Josiah “Josh” Taylor grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. He is a multi-talented specialist in wild foods, herbal remedies and “green” farming. Josh pursued anthropology and environmental studies at Colby College in Maine, where he managed the school’s organic farm program. He is currently a farm and health consultant, educator, and writer who lives and gardens in Edgemont, Pa. 

Photo From the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center Facebok page

Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .

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