Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Food, What?!" on National TV!

Eco Company TV created this video on our Spring Afterschool Internship. It aired across the nation on over 100 TV stations. Check out more at Eco Company http://www.eco-company.tv/tvshow/episode-102-organic-growing

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Food, What?! Harvest Fest Fall 2009

On October 28th over 300 middle and high school students from all over Santa Cruz county came to the farm for the annual "Food, What!?" Harvest Festival. Organized by two of the "Food, What?! crew members, Jorge Arreguin and Brandon McBride, the day was filled with farm fresh activities including pumpkin carving, popcorn popping, apple tasting, cider pressing, hay rides, goat petting and goat cheese tasting, mini apple pies, and a variety of food, farm and nutrition workshops. It was a great day and way to share our work with our local community!


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Meet the amazing EVENT PLANNING TEAM:

Doron, Brandon, Jorge

Food, What?! Flower Crew- New Leaf Market 2009


This year we grew some giant sunflowers!
Franky and Amber sold the sunflowers outside of the New Leaf in Capitola as a fundraiser for our program.

Food, What?! Gault Farmers Market

This fall we partnered with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) to run a farm stand at Gault Elementary. Every Wednesday for 6 weeks FoodWhat crew member Luis Medina sold organic produce and flowers to parents and teachers as they picked up their kids. In order to make the vegetables accessible to everyone, we sold the produce at subsidized prices comparable to the local conventional market. We also accepted EBT. Gaining more momentum each week, the vegetables flew off the tables.

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Food, What?! Fall Farm Crew 2009

Josy and Lorraine spent the fall managing the Farm. Each week they would determine and execute the necessary projects for the week -weeding, planting, trellising peas, wrapping up t-tape, harvesting tomatoes, etc. click on the slide show below to see some of their work.
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Food, What?! Flower Crew 2009


Franky and Amber spent the Fall running the Flower Business! Each week they cut flowers, maintained the plants, and assembled BEEAUTIFUL bouquets to sell to local business and families at the Gault Farm Stand. If you are having trouble viewing the slide show, click on the photo and use the arrows in picassa to view the photos!

What's cookin'?

Every week in September and October, Isa and Mark from the Culinary Arts Crew went down to the Santa Cruz Teen Center to cook some delicious, farm fresh food with local teens. The menu? Veggie Quesadillas, Veggie Omelets, Potato Pancakes with Applesauce, fresh Salsa and homemade Tortillas, Sushi....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jovenos Sanos come to FoodWhat?!

Jovenos Sanos -a rad group from Watsonville , came to FoodWhat for a tour of the farm, some youth empowerment activities, and of course, some farm fresh cooking. We had a great time with them!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Slideshow

Play your favorite nostalgic song and watch this slideshow from Food What Summer 09!

Good times.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here is what the 2009 crew said about their experience in "Food, What?!"



“I feel like I can finally see myself, and change according to how I want to grow as a person.  I have accomplished more this summer physically, mentally, and spiritually than I could have ever hoped for….I understand the importance of being healthy and growing organically, and have the tools to be a leader in my community and to help people.”         -Mark

“I have changed a lot since I started working on an organic farm. I haven’t eaten as much bad food like burgers and sodas, or as much candy.  Now I like to eat more fruits and vegetables ‘cause its very good and healthy. I try to tell people that organic food is the best and it is what they should eat.”
                                                                        -Oscar

“I have accomplished leadership skills, cooking, and harvesting skills. I have learned to open up to people I’ve just met. I have accomplished maturity and growth. I have learned to work hard and be serious when needed or asked to. I’ve learned to talk in front of an entire group without getting nervous. I am more focused on eating and staying healthy.”          -Jakob

“I have learned how to be more confident, how to work hard, how to manage my money, how to have my own garden and grow my own food, how to be a better person, how to do things for the community, how to help others… I have learned so much.  I feel like I have actually done something useful with my time and I am really proud of that.”         -Amber

“I think I have grown up a lot and realized that I need to be a lot healthier because my body needs the good stuff.  I am more open to trying new things, my level of confidence grew and I grew as a leader. This summer I think will change the rest of my life for the better.”         -Logan

“What I have accomplished this summer is that I found myself. I have become a better person. I think the most important things I have learned are leadership skills, how to run my own farm, and more about myself. I have grown in many ways –physically, mentally. I am proud of the person I have become. I feel like I have done so much for myself and others.  I have grown to be one smart, independent lady!”         -Christy

“This summer I have accomplished a lot for myself.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something that I would normally never do.  I got dirty and worked on a farm almost every day of the summer and for me that was big….I feel like I have grown from my experiences and learned from my mistakes…I am a lot more willing and open to try new things now.”   -Taimane

“I feel more mature and grown up after this experience.  Everyone deserves chances like this. I have learned to grow food properly, harvest, and cook it.  It’s a really good thing to know because it saves a lot of cash and it’s the healthy choice.  I have more understanding about the world, different points of view, and I am able to step up when no one wants to.”          -Joslyn

“I have accomplished gaining more self-respect.  “Food, What?!” is such a great place that makes everyone feel comfortable… I have changed by being focused and making sure I show up on time. That wouldn’t happen before “Food, What?!”         -Brandon

“In my lunch time I eat different than what I used to eat.”    -Franky



Summer Program, Week 8

As the summer wraps up, the Food What?! crew gave Farmer D some feedback on the program.
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7


We also had an end-of-summer celebration dinner. Family and friends were invited and we made delicious homemade pizzas together!
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7


There is a lot of love at Food What?!
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7
From Summer Program, Week 7

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Program, Week 7: Youth Day 2009!!!

Youth Day: teens from all over the bay area, with one thing in common. A love for food, farming, justice, and speaking out.

Here's just a glimpse of what this epic day was like. Check out the rest of the pictures here:http://picasaweb.google.com/FoodWhatPhotos/YouthDay2009?feat=directlin

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

From Youth Day 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Program, Week 6

We went to Yellow Wall Farm and picked apples.
From Summer Program, Week 6


Taimane and Keesha pulled a Newton and discovered gravity...

From Summer Program, Week 6


From Summer Program, Week 6


From Summer Program, Week 6


Then we delivered the produce on bikes to the farm stand!
From Summer Program, Week 6

Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Program, Week 5

This week at the Homeless Garden Project, we took part in an awesome workshop by two CAN (community agriculture network) participants.

One activity involved role-playing the different people in the process of production.
From Summer Program, Week 5


We then discussed how much we THINK they should be paid and how much they ACTUALLY get paid.
From Summer Program, Week 5


The workshop was super interesting, and fun!
From Summer Program, Week 5

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Program, Week 4

Highlights from this week include...

...delivering food on bikes!
From Summer Program, Week 4


...Babu!
From Summer Program, Week 4


...Doron's sweet shades!
From Summer Program, Week 4


...Spoken Word workshop with Maya!
From Summer Program, Week 4


...planning for Youth Day with the Farm Apprentices!
From Summer Program, Week 4

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Program, Week 2

This week we started two exciting parts of the Food, What?! Program.

The farm stand at two local elementary schools
From Summer Program, Week 2

From Summer Program, Week 2


and a workshop on Arts and Activism!
From Summer Program, Week 2

From Summer Program, Week 2

Saturday, July 4, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAM!

June 29th-July 3rd marked the first week of the Food, What?! Summer Program 2009.
From Summer Program, Week 1


One of the things we did this week was wheat-harvesting.

Some people like to sit in the wheat...
From Summer Program, Week 1


Other people like to eat it...
From Summer Program, Week 1


And other people just harvest it.
From Summer Program, Week 1
From Summer Program, Week 1
From Summer Program, Week 1




Check the blog all summer to see what shenanigans Food, What?! is up to next!