Fertile Ground was one of the many community organizations and businesses at the expo. Several local businesses and community organizations had booths with a focus on natural health and wellness.
Through Fertile Ground, Zitterkob and fellow owner Terry Craghead teach Oklahoma City residents and restaurant owners how they can raise their own gardens and maintain compost piles. They also build raised gardens and help customers set up composting bins.
In past years, Zitterkob grew 30 percent to 50 percent of his own food. Anyone can have a garden, he said, regardless of whether they have a small patio or a nice-size backyard.
“Sometimes it's just so intimidating, like, ‘How do I start a garden?'” he said. “I remember that, for myself when I started my first garden, I was like, ‘What do I do?' It would have been really helpful if I could have just called somebody and said, ‘Hey, can you show me how to do this and get me started?'”
IF YOU GO
OSU-OKC Farmers Market
When: OSU-OKC's Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland Ave.
What's there: Organic fruits and vegetables; baked goods; eggs; organic meats
Upcoming: The Farmers Market will close Dec. 29 but reopen Jan. 5 with its 2012 Food Celebration. Kamala Gamble, a local chef and organic gardener, will give cooking classes with some of the foods found at the Farmers Market. Also, vendors will have recipes at their booths that include foods they sell.