Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Harvesting Justice Benefit Dinner 9/10/11

Friends, Family, Partners, People,

Harvesting Justice Dinner Event
Saturday, September 10, 5-7pm
FoodWhat?! Farm
(@Life Lab on UCSC Campus--Santa Cruz)

Please join us for a farm fresh dinner grown, cooked, and hosted by the FoodWhat?! youth crew. Come have a delicious local organic meal on our beautiful farm run entirely by local teens.

The youth crew will not only serve your taste buds, but also your sense of hope, as they share their stories of personal growth and leadership development through organic farming and cooking.

Read about FoodWhat?! in the GoodTimes article: The Kids are Alright

100% of proceeds support a real job and job training for youth, and donations are fully tax deductible.

Thanks to a supportive community our 9/10/11 event is full. If you want to be contacted before our next event leave your information here.

Want to learn more ways to support FoodWhat?! Click here to learn how.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 August Photo-of-the-Month

August 2011. Kayla, Jacques, and Angel offer reflections upon successful completion of their 8-week summer job with FoodWhat.

"I changed a lot since I’ve been with foodwhat this summer. It’s been a good place for me to be working then on the streets running a muck. I’ve changed my behavior a lot. Now I honestly know that the right thing to do in my life is work, stay positive, look up to a positive person, and do what’s right for me." (Angel, age 16)

"I’ve learned how to be a leader, flip a compost, trellis tomatoes, plant corn and beans together effectively, irrigate a crop, cultivate crops, how to be more professional, how to do well when applying for a job, and how to be a better person, and make better life and health choices. I am more confident and I have more knowledge and skills." (Jacques, age 17)

"I have successfully worked a regular hour workday. I wasn’t absent one day. I’ve learned how to speak to people professionally and really gained confidence in what I am capable of doing.
I have learned how to be a hard worker and how what I put into my body affects it more than I think. I have grown in ways that are hard to describe. For a while I was really unsure of everything I did or said. Now I’m more comfortable with myself." (Kayla, age 18)

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Summer 2011 Slide Show

Here are our highlights from the summer program. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GoodTimes Talks Food Justice with Food What

GoodTimes readers get schooled on Food Justice.

Thanks GoodTimes Editor Greg Archer for an incredible look at Food Justice and our program!

Stay connected to "Food, What?!"
9/10/11 "Food, What?!" Benefit Dinner. Share a meal with the youth who cook up a life changing recipe of healthy food and personal empowerment. Learn more.

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Learn more ways to support Life Lab. (life changing work could use your support)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FoodWhat?! Farm Stand: Sharing Affordable Organic Produce with the Community!

Have you heard about the FoodWhat?! farm stand? Well trust me, you're going to want to check this out. For the past month, the FoodWhat crew has set up shop at Bay View Elementary to sell produce to the community. This farm stand makes organic fruits and vegetables accessible to families at an affordable cost. Thanks to a grant we received, we are able to sell our organic produce at a reduced price so that parents can really stock up on nutritious food for their families!

The farm stand allows the FoodWhat crew to practice their customer service skills. At the farm stand they greet customers, tell them about the produce, and handle money. The crew has learned what professionalism looks like: big smiles, ready for action, full attention on the customer, and managing money during sales. So far the crew has put on impressive farm stands. They are comfortable with customers, super friendly, and are pretty darn good at
math : )

Keep an eye out for the FoodWhat farm stand at Gault Elementary for the month of September! We will be selling produce at Gault every Wednesday!