Adopt-a-Mirliton Saturday, May 9
We'll be looking for some new moms at the market this Mother's Day weekend - new dads too. Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director of Tulane University's Southern Institute for Education and Research and local mirliton enthusiast, is now accepting RFMs (Requests for Mirlitons) and this Saturday, May 9th, at the market he will give away 18 potted mirliton plants he has grown. The "Adopt-a-Mirliton" project goal is to restore the traditional heirloom mirliton varieties that have grown in our region for decades, but were nearly entirely wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.
The mirliton plants Lance is offering are a traditional variety that he
located in Tangipahoa Parish. Plant recipients will be asked to return
half their crop to the Market for an annual plant giveaway to
re-establish the mirliton, a culturally significant, sustainable
backyard food source. The project will also provide information on
growing mirlitons and international recipes and textile applications.
Growers will be networked to share information on cultivation and crop
usage. We're looking for good homes for these plants. Serious growers
with the wherewithal to maximize production of the vines should email a
short paragraph describing their growing experience and capacity to
firstname.lastname@example.org by May 6th.