Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cooking with local chefs!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we partner with a local professional chef for the summer program.  Using the produce we harvest at the farm, the youth make lunch with the different chefs.  With each guest chef, the crew learn more recipes and improve on their cooking skills as well.



Here are a couple of guests chefs we've had during the summer program:

Adriana Sierra is a personal chef and caterer for her business Organic in Home Cooking; she specializes in cooking for people with food allergies and dietary restrictions.  Adriana truly believes that in order to be healthy, you need to be conscious of everything you put into your body, starting with food.  Adriana showed us how to make pasta salad! 








 
Eduardo Macotto has always been passionate about the culinary arts.  He is currently the executive chef for the Hilton in Scotts Valley.  Eduardo also likes to create tasty meals using fresh, local ingredients.  During his visit, Eduardo taught us how to make asian inspired lettuce wraps!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The FoodWhat Crew Run A Farm Stand!

We're so excited to say this is the first year FoodWhat has opened up a farm stand outside of the Dominican Hospital! 



We partner with the UCSC Farm and Garden to help distribute local, organic produce in the community.  


Running the farm stand also gives the FoodWhat crew the opportunity to learn distribution and customer service skills.

"I liked being able to interact with different
people... and practicing my math was fun 
too." -Ziah
 
One of the great things about running a farm stand outside of Dominican Hospital is that it provides hospital workers with a healthier alternative to hospital food.  Also, the location of the farm stand is perfect for emphasizing health, since a good diet is fundamental for good health (which is what hospitals are all about!).  Having an organic farm stand located outside the hospital will help 
encourage doctors to educate patients about the importance of a healthy diet.

"I liked being able to give people healthy food!" -Evann






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FoodWhat and the Homeless Garden Project

Each summer we spend one day a week working at the Homeless Garden Project. Similar to FoodWhat, the Homeless Garden Project (HGP) provides job training and employment support through growing produce and flowers. While FoodWhat works with teens, HGP works with homeless and transitioning people in our community. Working together is great partnership and collaboration between our two programs.


Here at FoodWhat, one of the many things we've been up to this summer is harvesting lavender! We collect and bundle lavender for the Homeless Garden Project to dry and sell in their various lavender products.








Once we harvest the lavender, the Homeless Garden Project then dries the lavender in these drying racks pictured below: 


The dried lavender is then used to make products such as salves, dry reeds, baking mixes, essential oils, and many other things!




Saturday, July 5, 2014

The FoodWhat Crew Go Biking!


Over the summer, one of the many projects the youth participate in is the bike deliveries.

Before the bike deliveries, the youth learned/practiced safe biking. 




           
We deliver flowers that are grown at the FoodWhat farm to businesses such as: the Delmarette, Lulu's, Lulu's at the Octogon, and the Penny Ice Creamery.  Folks can see our flowers at these businesses for the rest of the growing season.  We also deliver lavender to a senior center for the Homeless Garden Project.



Stay tuned to see what else the FoodWhat Crew have been up to this summer!



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer CSA Harvest!


Each week, the youth crew members get to take the produce that they are growing home to their families (like a CSA share).









On tuesdays and thursdays, we harvest whatever is ready in the fields. We learn about proper harvest and post harvest handling for each vegetable. Then we pack up the vegetables so we can use them with our families.

Some of the fruits and vegetables we harvested include:
summer squash
beans
broccoli
plums
kohlrabi
beets
carrots
avocados