Friday, August 22, 2008

Final Summer Party

We ended the summer program with a celebration on the farm accompanied by our friends and families. We pressed apple cider, cut bouquets, ate farm fresh lasagna, sauteed green beans, apple pie, and rapped about our summer job at FoodWhat!?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Apple Tasting

We visited the "secret garden" also known as the Up Garden
or the Chadwick Garden. We did an apple tasting with Orin.
Check out these Pink Pearl apples! Who knew that there were pink apples?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Its Spud Season!

In the past weeks Food What has been a part of 3 'Super Spudderific Tater' harvests. The UCSC Apprenitces were kind enough to introduce us to the procedure when we assisted them with a potato harvest for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

The second Potato harvesting adventure we embarked on took place at FreeWheelin' Farm. The 'FoodWhat' crew goes to FreeWheelin' every Thursday, to gain experience on a working farm. Their potatoes were spudtacular to say the least!

Our final potato harvest occurred in our own field(yay!), where we dug up the spuds we planted in the spring program, back in March! Today we are making fresh and healthy roasted potato wedges, Yummy!

Enriching fact: Its the year of the potato, according to the UN!
-Maya and Kitty

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Veggie Burgers

Healthy homemade veggie burgers and baked fries -the best lunch of the summer!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit!

Elysa and Kitty harvest green beans for the Beach Flats farm stand

Overall Rooted in Community Conference

All sixteen members of the FoodWhat?! youth crew attended the Santa Cruz day of the RIC conference but only about seven of us went to the entire conference in Berkeley. These short blog entries are written by three of the seven youth crew who were able to attend the full conference.

To see photos taken by Becca Prager, go to

I have never been to a conference, so hearing about this one made me excited. I was glad I got to go with my friends and people I work with. I was expecting boring lectures and classes, but it was way more than that. And everything we did was so much fun. I met people from all across the county and I became very close to some people.
My highlights from this conference were the beach, marching, and learning about other things in the Bay Area.


Hmm... When we got to Berkeley we made name tags, started to meet new people and went to the opening circle. For the intro there was an Aztec group that came to dance for us. It was great.
At the conference, I went to a media workshop where I learned how we get the information and news that we do. I thought it was great too. I thought all the different ideas and points of view were neat, and we all had something in common.
My favorite thing about RIC 2008 was all the new faces and ideas that i saw and heard.


I feel like this conference was really eye opening, and I learned a lot in the workshops about everything- from beekeeping, to seed saving, to how to find my voice and express myself. It was very encouraging to meet other teens from around the country who cared about the same issues i did, despite the fact we came from different programs, cultures and circumstances. At one point during an evening I participated in a youth cipher, where I was able to discuss issues relevant to the lives of young people. I was with 10 other youth at the cipher, most of whom I'd never even spoken to. We talked for over three hours, and I feel like the experience really brought us together! I know I grew as a person and that these experiences will stay with me for a long time.