Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Food,What?! Spring Program Week 2


FoodWhat?! Interns from Coastanoa High School made herbal lip balm, learned how to re-pot plants, picked kale and made veggie quesadillas Thursday, March 17.
Ana, Dianna, Max and Max, Jacques, Andy, Irma, Joan, and Salvador started the day by pairing up and linking body parts; elbows, knees, hips,and toes, and asked each other questions provided by Doron.
After the ice breaker the group went the kitchen to make an herbal salve. They mixed lavender, calendula, yarrow, beeswax and plantain leaves with olive oil in an old coffee carafe. The carafe was placed in a shallow pot of water, and left to boil under Abby's watch.
The interns went to the greenhouse to learned to repot plants that had outgrown their containers.
They carefully turned the pots over, let the plant drop out, then loosened the root ball and set the plant into a container with potting soil. They filled two flat wagons full of rosemary, sage, and coastal grass, safe in new homes.
Then Doron led the group out into the glaring midday sun to pick Kale from the CASFS fields. The kale stood in a long thickly leafed green-red row. Each student picked a few leaves a piece, and brought them back to the kitchen.
The interns assembled in the garden-shade to escape the sun and play Fast Food Jeopardy. They split up into team Nature Swag, and team Star, and answered questions about the fast-food industry and practices.
The questions were tough and the answers were shocking: It takes 6 hours to walk off the calories in a double quarter-pounder with cheese. And only ten cents goes to a farmer out of the $3.50 spent on an order of fast food fries.
After the game, evening approaching, the Interns made a rush at the sinks to scrub their hands before cooking supper. They chopped and stir-fried carrot, onion, broccoli, kale, cabbage, and garlic.
When the veggies were golden brown the students threw tortillas onto a hot plate with cheese. The veggies were spread on top of the tortillas, with salsa made by FoodWhat 2010. We all chowed down.

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Interns from Coastanoa stood back to back during the ice-breaker.

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The group crushed herbs into a carafe for the salve.

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Andy added olive oil to the mix. (from left to right; Dianna, Irma, Andy, Ana, Max, Max, and Abby)

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Max grates beeswax into the salve.


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The salve-to-be, boiling.

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Jacques strained the herbs and oil through a cheesecloth.

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QUESADILLA TIME!
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The group gathered to make veggie tacos. (visible from left to right; Jacques, Joan, Dianna, Irma, Abby, Max and Max)

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Max and Ana handled the stir frying.(left to right; Max, Ana, Salvador)

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