Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Growing food : moving from demonstration to sustenance

A portrait of our first donation box.
It's contents: a bag of purple, green and fuzzy yellow string beans, the first pears, summer squash, two red cabbages, lettuce greens, rosemary, lemons, and finally
red and fingerling potatoes!

Most Saturdays you'll find me and my better half volunteering at Garden for the Environment--learning each week how to grow veggies in fog city. GFE is a demonstration and teaching garden in the Inner Sunset that helps Bay Area residents learn to grow food and perrennial plants without the use of pesticides and other chemicals in our unique climate. As the squash plants around the garden have begun to swell with more zucchinis, round rouge d'hivers, and fat patty pans than the volunteer crew could ever eat, we needed a new plan.

Now, each Saturday, through collaboration with Food Runners & G-House Traditional Housing for Youth—the food we've helped grow with many volunteers will be prepared into delicious meals for youth!

It's reinvigorating to see this project move from mere demonstration to real sustenance for people who will love these fresh veggies. I can't wait to help grow even more food at GFE!

2 comments:

edibleoffice said...

Thanks for all the great info and references to current food activism! I like your blog.

Ashley said...

Thanks!