Monday, November 15, 2010

Annual Harvest Festival 2010

The apple pie making station had everyone's mouth watering. Natasha and crew shoveled stewed apples onto little handmade pie crust for all the passing youth.

Many more apples were consumed at the Apple Tasting table.

Youth got to taste a few of the uncommon varieties. Tangy, crunchy, juicy wildly delicious tasting! Cameo, braeburns and jonagolds just to name a few...

Even more apples were devoured at the Cider Pressing Station. Gallons of sweet juice were poured for participants. They loved it up!

Over in the kitchen the Pizza crew worked fast and hard to pump out pizzas made to order!

Hungry customers decided on the most exciting toppings.
Eggplant? Olives? Farm Fresh Peppers? Caramelized Onions?

Intern Gabby manned the Bee Station. No one left without a Honey Tasting and some knowledge to drop on their friends. Did you know bees can dance?

Over at the Chicken Coop youth checked in on Olive and Sunshine and found out why they are so beneficial to the garden. It is a great farm because of our feathery friends.

Some chose to pick up a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch and bring it over to the Pumpkin Carving Station to get messy and creative!

Popcorn proved popular. Many got to remove the kernels from the corn cob and make a great snack with the many seasonings.
Some as new as Lavender Salt!

Connecting Food Justice to our community, the board shows, this crew knows what's up!
Farmers Markets are the best..You dig?

Even HotDog and Banana showed up for the festival, with mustard and all.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FOOD, WHAT?! is in the GOOD TIMES!

The Youth Crew at Food, What?! mixes farming-based curricula with personal, business, community and networking skills

Since 1979 Santa Cruz’s nonprofit Life Lab organization has built a fine boutique of garden-based curriculum. Children around the country learn hands-on science in the fresh air of their school gardens. At the Garden Classroom at UC Santa Cruz, kids learn about nature, weather, and decomposition, while teacher-training classes offer graduate credits. And three years ago Food, What?! was born as a high school youth empowerment program.

Each fall and spring, students begin a 12-week internship on the UCSC farm employing organic and sustainable methods. They plant flowers and learn to grow and cook potatoes, vegetables, and even grain, which they harvest, thresh, winnow and grind into flour. In the summer program they work for a paycheck on their own farm as well as others such as Freewheelin’ Farm, sometimes making bicycle deliveries to CSA drop-offs. They also perform volunteer gardening at local schools.

At Life Lab's 31st anniversary, GT spoke with Brandon McBride, a Junior Staff Member at Food, What?!

“Working in the soil and learning where your food comes from,” McBride said, “you get a sense of where man began, creating food instead of mass producing it.” View full story