AgriLife Extension ‘Backyard Basics’ program to be May 3 at Sandy Oaks in Elmendorf

ELMENDORF – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Backyard Basics program on homegrown and homemade foods from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3 at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Road in Elmendorf.

The Backyard Basics program called "Serving nd Preserving the Harvest" will be held May 11 at the Sandy Oaks Orchards in Elmendorf.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Backyard Basics program “Preserving and Serving the Harvest” will be May 3 at  Sandy Oaks Orchards in Elmendorf.
(Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Presentations for the “Preserving and Serving the Harvest” program include hands-on demonstrations related to homemade and homegrown foods, said Lisa Linebarer, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Wilson County and an event coordinator.

“With more and more people concerned about the food they serve their family and interested in having a more personal role in providing that food, this program will provide them with a unique opportunity to get in-depth instruction on how to prepare and preserve some of their own food,” Linebarer said.

More information on Backyard Basics programs may be found at

Cost is $55 per person, and online registration is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference Service website, Enter “backyard basics” in to the keyword field to register on the site or call 979-845-2604.

The program agenda begins with registration and light refreshments from 8:30-9 a.m., followed by a presentation from 9-11:30 a.m. by Sandy Winokur, owner and operator of Sandy Oaks Orchards. Winokur’s presentation will include a site tour and olive oil tasting.

Lunch, which is included in the registration cost, will be from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and feature “Sandy Burgers” with olive tapenade, plus olive oil ice cream. Mary Dunford and Marilyn Magaro, members of the Herb Market Association will provide a lunchtime presentation on the use of herbs.

Three concurrent sessions will be offered from 12:45-1:45 p.m., with attendees choosing which to attend. One session will be on soaps and beauty products made with olive oil, the second will  be on cheese-making with olive oil and the third will be on picture-perfect pickles.

A special post-program demonstration will be offered from 2:10-3 p.m. at no extra charge for attendees who would like to learn how to make an olive tapenade.


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