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.