Friday, October 26, 2007

Fall Harvest Festival

The fall interns ran a 'FoodWhat' Harvest Festival on our farm that had hay rides, goats and more! We had a Pumpkin caving station where guests could pick out their pumpkins and carve them. There were two kids that had never carved Pumpkins before and they got to give it a shot! Jo ran a Squash tasting booth where we had two kinds of Squash to enjoy. The hay rides were really fun we took a loop around the whole farm and go to see all the great views. There was an apple pie making station where people made little mini apple pies and got to eat them afterwards. Kitt ran the apple cider press; all got to drink sweet fresh apple juice! We asked the guests to bring clothes to make scarecrows and a few high school students made a funny baby scarecrow!
Overall the harvest festival was a smash. We will go bigger and better next year!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Farm Fresh Fall

Fall is here. Tomatoes are here. Peppers galore are here. Eggplants are here. And then we take them to the Homeless Garden Project to be included in their CSA. Kitt (our fall farm manager youth intern) and I are harvesting about 50 pounds every week or so of these delicious veggies. We may be small, but our farm's no joke.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Summer 07

Summer went by too quikly.
It was so amazing to get paid to do all these amazing things, like taking field trips, cooking lunch and hanging out!
This was the best summer I have ever had. I am glad I didnt spend my days inside or at a stupid summer camp!
Yay Go Summer, Go Playing and Go Food What.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

End of Summer Party

At the final party, Food What invited all our friends, family and the people that invited us on field trips over the summer. We performed a poem written by 'Food What' and took a short tour of the 'Food What' farm. The 'Food What' Crew also prepared a farm fresh salad and served it alongside the bread we baked with Erin of Companion Bakers. After we served the delicious pies we made!
It was a great way to wrap up a spectacular and exciting summer at 'Food What?!'

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Trip to Pie Ranch

We took a field trip to 'Pie Ranch', which was a really neat place. Pie ranch is a farm in the shape of two pieces of pie, that grows all kinds of pie ingredients. What is really cool is that they farm everything needed for a pie. From the eggs and wheat for the crust, to the pumpkins, berries, apples and more they got it all. A really interesting fact I learned was that pumpkin pie is actually made with Red Curry Squash!
During the school year 'Pie Ranch' has high school students from San Francisco harvesting and cooking on their farm. When the students return they bring pie ingredients with them and sell pies out of 'Mission Pie' in San Francisco.

Many thanks to Nancy, Jered, Lucas, and Rosa for hosting us!

Pie and Bread Bake

After going to pie Ranch we did a big bake with Erin from Companion Bakers. We baked apple pies and whole wheat bread for our end of the season party. Apple pies are my favorite and it was really fun to layer the apples and cinnamon!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Youth Day 2

We had another small youth day today with crews from the Bay area. We played two fun games to get folks pumped then took a tour and did nutrition games. These groups really thought about what they were putting into their bodies and gained alot from our workshops.
In the end it was a great day.

Big Ups to Molly for bringing her Hayward crew, and to Zach for rolling in with folks from Treasure Island!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Today we made a compost pile! Yuck! It was full of compostable paper plates, food, apples, and maggot covered bread!

What is compost anyway? Black gold--take your food scraps, garden/farm waste, lawn clippings, and yes, even nasty ol' maggot covered bread, and you have plenty of ingredients to make a compost pile...a pile that will decompose and become a mineral and nutrient rich addition to your soil. Think of compost as vitamins for your soil (remember those flintsones chewables?). Saves landfill space, too. -Doron

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Cooking at the Santa Cruz Teen Center

The 'Food What' Crew takes many trips to the Teen Center to cook with the Teen Center folks. We bring ingriedients to cook with and lead the Teens in cooking. We have cooked stir fries, quesadillas, hash browns and more.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Trip to Swanton Berry Farm

We took a trip to Swanton Berry Farm today and learned a lot! Swanton Berry Farm was the first farm to have a workers union; which gave workers more support when voicing concerns and making decisions. We learned a lot about the food that they grow at Swanton. At Swanton they grow different kinds of berries and vegetables, including artichokes and pumpkins. I learned that they have to rotate crops because they can only efficiently grow strawberries for few tears in the same spot. I also learned that all the things they sell in their store are made almost completely with ingredients they grow.
When we finished our tour we got to take home strawberries and they gave us an Olallieberry Pie!

FreeWheelin' Farm

'Food What' took a very inspiring trip to FreeWheelin' Farm. FreeWheelin' Farm is a one acre piece of land run by Kirstin and Amy. They plant and harvest every crop themselves and let their chickens clear the beds! One of the coolest thing that they do is run their tractor on Bio-Diesel which they make themselves. They also bike their CSA shares into town!
It was very motivating to see these two woman running a farm by themselves and being conscious of the environment.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Pond Building

Today the 'Food What' crew re-built the life lab pond. Under guidance of John Fisher and Jo, our crew member who took a pond construction class, we tackled the leaky pond. We tore out the liner, shoveled rocks, washed rocks, tore up plants and got messy! When we were done everyone was rewarded with a beautiful working pond!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


'Food What' and Avance (a summer science program for middle school kids from Salinas and Watsonville area) got together and did some fun workshops. We made Tortillas, churned Ice Cream, did some composting and planted succulants!
Afterwards we got to eat papas, tortillas and ice cream with fruit!
What a fun day.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Rooted in Community Conference in Philly

Arek and I jetted to Philly this summer to be a part of Rooted in Community (RIC). RIC is a national youth empowerment movement linking teens from all over the country working on issues of social justice and food justice in their communities. Next summer (2008) 'Food, What?!' and our bay area partners will be hosting this conference in Santa Cruz and The Bay Area! Check out the RIC web site at Big love to Deb and the UNI crew for hosting such an amazing conference.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Big Field Harvest with the Apprentices

The Food What crew got up bright and early to harvest with the Farm and Garden apprentices for their CSA; CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA works just like a magazine subscription, people pay in advance and get fresh and seasonal vegetables every week! I had tons of fun harvesting vegetables that 'Food What' doesn't grow yet and meeting the apprentices. It was powerful to see how fast 20 people could bust out a large harvest.
Nature is beautiful in the morning, try and wake up early and take a walk every once in a while!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Youth Day July 2007 Slide Show

Youth Day was bumping! Check out the pics. Big luv to all who came and played. PEACE.

Mid July, Were Peaking!

Water, weed, thin, deadhead, outsmart the squirrels - "Food, What?!" field is pumping
The Life Lab Garden Classroom is under the caring hands of the "Food, What?!" crew.
Come, look at our garden.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Goats and Cheese

Goats visit the Food What farm. Squirt, Squirt, a dash of vinegar - CHEESE!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Spring 2007

Spring kicked off with a small group of teens coming to the farm once or twice a weak after school. We planted the first plants, put up fences and sowed the first seeds for 'Food What' to grow from.
Most importantly we learned crazy new things, made great friends and had tons of fun on the farm.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

First Season in "Food, What?!" Field

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Putting down irrigation...
First transplants...

Monday, May 7, 2007

"Food, What?!" Sprouts Up

"Food, What?!" sprouts up with the interest of Santa Cruz Youth, the leadership and vision of Doron, and the support of the Life Lab Garden Classroom. Posted by Picasa