Monday, October 10, 2011

2011 October Photo-of-the-Month

Top Photo: Steven Valadez and Sam Gouveia harvesting youth-grown produce to feed our community.

Who gets this farm fresh organic nourishment?
-8 low-income families in Beach Flats
-1 day care center for neighborhood children
-and The Beach Flats Community Center for their brand new healthy snack program (inspired by our partnership)

For that past 22 weeks the FoodWhat Youth Crew has been growing, harvesting, and packing veggie shares worth $25 for an affordable (subsidized) rate of $10 each for folks in Beach Flats.  Today was the last day of the shares, and in total the crew harvested an impressive 1800 pounds!

Bottom Photo: Angel Chisholm and Sal Vasquez managing the Gault Farm Stand.

Yesterday was the final day of the farm stand that Sal and Angel have been running as their Fall Management Job.  Selling fresh, organic produce at the same cost of conventional produce at the local Esperanza Market, and accepting EBT, Sal and Angel have served many happy parents and teachers for the past 9 weeks.  Everyone who came was expressing how sad they are to see the market go and wished it could be there all year.

Angel reflected:  “I’m proud that I’ve had this job this long…that I stuck with it.  I learned how to hold down a job, do customer service, and accounting, and show up on time, and learned to schedule my (personal) appointments on days other than work.  You guys have really taught me a lot…"  Angel also spoke about how Brian King, one of his teachers, shared how proud he is of Angel for sticking with it, and finishing strong.

(Lots of thanks to our partners at Beach Flats Community Center, Gault Elementary, Santa Cruz Education Foundation, Freewheelin' Farm, Happy Boy Farm, and UCSC Farm and Garden!)

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