Crafting Vanilla: Sustainable DIY Extract and Ice Cream – Rescheduled
This program has been rescheduled to next spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but hope to see you then!
Vanilla is a precious commodity worldwide, adored for its flavor scent. But how is it grown, what makes it so expensive, and how does its cultivation impact the local communities that produce it? Join this hands-on workshop to glimpse the many uses of this treasured orchid. We’ll explore vanilla’s history and cultivation, make our own vanilla extract using sustainably sourced vanilla from Madagascar, and taste different vanilla ice creams from Fort Worth’s Melt Ice Creams!
Instructor: Dr. Morgan Gostel is as a staff Research Botanist who focuses mostly on plants in the angiosperm families Asteraceae (i.e., daisies and sunflowers) and Burseraceae (i.e., the myrrh genus, Commiphora). He’s especially interested in the evolution of species diversity in dry tropical forests and the plants that inhabit them. Morgan has performed fieldwork throughout Madagascar and Brazil, where related plants occupy similar habitats despite vast distances, halfway across the globe. As Director of GGI-Gardens, he works to develop an international network of botanical gardens in an effort to preserve plant genomic diversity in biorepositories.