Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 5!

FoodWhat?! Spring Program Week 5

We had  a lot fun this week with Finger Grab, Prick Outs in Green House, Trace Your Taco, making our very own tacos and ending the day with our triumphs!

We started this week with a game called "Finger Grab". On a signal, The challenge was trying not get your finger caught by the person on your right while trying to catch the finger of the person your left. We was really hard to focus on both, and a good way to test our multi tasking skills.

This week we continued to help "prick out" plants for the annual UCSC Farm Plant Sale. This required us to take out plants from small cells and replant them into bigger cells. We enjoyed the time working while also getting to know some of the people who work on the farm, the plants, and figuring out the fastest way to carefully transplant all the plants we had. We pricked out chard, onions, flowers, parsley, and many more.
So many plants! We learn how to plant them properly to not hurt the baby plant, so they can grow up big and strong!


After a long day of planting we get sit down and learn about where are own food comes from, especially for a fast food restaurant like Taco Bell. We learn about conventional food systems and where most of the ingredients a Taco Bell taco. The tortillas, meat, and tomatoes travel roughly 5,800 miles to get to our local Taco Bell. We learn about how cows are kept close confined areas called CAFOs and how they are given antibiotics, even when they are not sick. We learn about the tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida and the many hours of rigorous and heavy work they have to do in order to make a living wage. 

Then we learned about local and organic food systems by talking about the tacos here at FoodWhat. At FoodWhat we use organic masa from a company in California. We use beans and veggies and salsa that we are growing here at FoodWhat. We use meat that comes from a farm 120 miles away where the cows roam and feed on grass rather than being confined in a CAFO. The workshop made us think a little more about where our food is coming from, all the hidden work behind the ingredients and what it takes to make a taco. 

After learning all of that it was time make our own tacos! Working together we make the tasty tacos. We cook, chop vegetables, and make are own tortillas ! Mmmmmmm......... So good!

 We chop all the vegetables and grated the cheese
to make are very own tastier tacos full of delicious ingredients.

 After working hard and all the cooking, we finally got eat some great tacos. The end of the product came out tasting good. Many of us went back for seconds.

As we do at then end of each day at FoodWhat, we share our triumphs -the things that we are most proud of ourselves for from the whole day of hard work.                       

Wait until next week for another update from FoodWhat?! and for the next fun activities and events for all of us!

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