One Book - One Town: Farm and Garden Expo this Saturday

Local farmers, gardeners and chefs are converging in Trumbull this weekend for the Trumbull Library System’s Farm & Garden Expo.

The event is the culmination of the library’s One Book-One Town program. This year’s theme is “The Food We Eat” and the book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.

The free expo is Saturday, March 28, from 10 to 2:30 at the Trumbull Agricience and Biotechnology Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road. According to Library Director Susan Horton, the expo is a unique undertaking for the library, though it is in line with a major goal of the One Book-One Town program.

“One of the main focuses of this program is to partner with community organizations,” Horton said. “This is the first year we partnered with the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center; we also work with the Trumbull Historical Society, Rotary. Now we get to show off this great agriscience center.”

Agriscience students will be giving tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with plant science teacher Chris Allen. Weather permitting, visitors can enjoy the animals outside the center.

Featured speakers throughout the event will include Al Avitabile of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association, Claire Criscuolo of Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven, German Cutz of Sustainable Families and Communities at the UConn Extension Center, and Lee Ganim, “The Gardening Guy” from WICC 600 Radio.

“A lot of farmers we talked to have said this time of year isn’t a good time, since they are just getting ready, but for people interested in getting going, this is a great time,” Horton said.

Display tables include Aquaculture of Bridgeport, Gourgonics Organic Salsa, Walnut Beach Creamery, Seasonal Sweets & Catering, Moorefield Herb Farm of Trumbull, and more. People’s Bank is also providing a children’s table. Girl Scout troops 35246 and 08313 will be helping with children’s activities.

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