Food What?!, Week 12
The last week of FoodWhat?! Spring, 2011, we baked pizzas, planted tomatoes, made resumes and said our farewells. The day started with an Icebreaker known as the Farm Olympics; a three-legged, then wheel-barrowed race between interns.
After the competition, we went to plant tomatoes on the farm. The new rows will feed future FoodWhat interns. The young plants were placed in the soil up to their first branch, to prevent infection of the many small hairs along their stalks.There were dozens of tomatoes to pant, but with many hands the work went quickly.
Then, we picked lettuce planted in the beginning of spring. The garden was full of leafy lettuce, which we cut and rinsed to take home. We moved on to prepare the pizza dough. We mixed flour into sticky dough, then broke that into lots of small lumps. We each took a piece and began rolling, smashing, and re-rolling them into neat spheres. A baking tray was filled with the pizzas-to-be and the dough was left to rise.
While we waited we learned about the importance of keeping a good resume to apply for work. As an example, we broke down our activities at FoodWhat?! into short, understandable statements, that explained our work experience and abilities. We talked about ways to impress employers by listing our skills, accomplishments, and personal interests. Soon we had resumes ready for typing up and taking to a workplace.
The day came to a close with pizza pies. We spread the dough flat on cornmeal, to prevent sticking, then added tomato sauce from last season's plants, fresh veggies from the farm, and a sprinkling of cheese. The pies were slid cold into the FoodWhat wood-burning oven, and pulled out hot greasy and delicious. We received spiffy FoodWhat?! T-shirts, Cookbooks with all the season's recipes, paychecks, and for some a reminder to work at the UCSC farm over the summer. We high-fived and celebrated a season of hard-work and growth.