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Archive for October, 2009

Fall greens are planted.  It is time to mulch down those rows and plant cover crops!   Come out and join us before your halloween festivities.

 Fall crop at the farm

VOLUNTEER TIME:

  • Garden Crew will meet this Saturday October  31 st from 9:00–12:00 PM at Food Shuttle Farm (see directions).   We will be mulching and weeding as always and if it rains we will plant the winter garden inside the season extension greenhouse.
  • Our Nutrition Coordinator, Amanda, and volunteer, Melissa, will be leading the charge at the Community Gardens this year and would love your help in the garden and working with community members.  Please email Amanda at NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org if you want to join and for directions.  Schedule Below:
    • Tuesdays     4:00-6:00pm  –  Neighbor to Neighbor
    • Wednesdays & Fridays    3:30-5:30pm  –  Mayview
  • Farm Manager Sun Butler can meet you on the Farm any day during the week from 8:30-12 PM and  3-6PM.  If possible, please call Sun ahead to let him know when you are coming or give him a heads up on your way out there (919.559.2391).  Sun’s number is also posted on the bulletin board at Food Shuttle Farm if you get there and cannot find him.

 

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  this is a great place to check out weekly ripe recipes, find yourself in photos of weekly crew calls, hear from other volunteers, and stay up to date with activities at  IFFS.  Let us know if you’re interested in contributing to the blog!

 

WEEKLY LOCAL AG Discussion

Crop Circle –  a weekly Student Local Ag. Discussion group mediated by Steve Horton and Sun Butler  meets every Thursday from 4-6 PM at the Farm House Restaurant at 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh at the corner of Friendly Dr. and Hillsborough St.  Outside agitators are welcome.  Contact Steve for details steven.p.horton@gmail.com

 

GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations as well as gardening gloves for some of our senior participants.  We gladly accept new and/or lightly used equipment. Thanks to all who have responded. 

 

GROW VEGGIES AT HOME?

Our new Plant a Row (PAR) program has kicked off… We are hoping anyone with home grown vegetables will consider planting extra or just giving any excess harvest to our community members in need.  Find out more about PAR here.

 

New Volunteer?

 E-mail Janet at RGSJRS@aol.com if you have not filled out a volunteer form, have a friend who is interested in helping out please, or want to be added to the Crew Call e-mail list!

See you on Saturday at IFFS Farm or out at one of the communtiy gardens!

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After getting lots of feedback from you, we recently consolidated the Plant A Row for the Hungry Blog with the Farms and Gardens Blog. For you plant-a-rowers who are joining us, we’re glad you’re here. And for our farm-and-gardeners, this is a big day on the blog. Today is first time we’ll be featuring a Ripe Recipe in this space. Ripe Recipes were at hit at Plant A Row, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as well. Click here for a rundown of previous Ripe Recipes.

Today’s dish comes comes Sally, our Director of Administration. Sally’s recipes have been the talk of the web going back to the summer. Try her Chicken Polenta Stew for dinner tonight!

Chicken & Polenta Stew

2 Tbs olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp dried thyme

salt & black pepper to taste

1 pound kale, stems trimmed out, chopped

8 cups chicken stock

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

Heat the oil in dutch oven or large heavy saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the kale, cover and cook until wilted, about 8 minutes.

Add 6 cups of chicken stock to the casserole and bring to boil over high heat. Mix remaining 2 cups of stock with the cornmeal, and when the pot is boiling pour in the stock/cornmeal mix, whisking constantly. Lower the heat to moderate and cook stirring occasionally, until the polenta thickens, 20 to 25 minutes.

Stir in the chicken and simmer until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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You do know about the Crew Call don’t you? It’s the best way to stay in the loop for volunteer opportunitites with our Farm and Community Gardens Project. Here what Farmer Sun has to say about what will be happening this weekend at the Food Shuttle Farm.

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Have you seen this article in the Independent Weekly about the Crop Mob? Great stuff as usual from the folks at the Indy. We’ve been working with the Crop Mob for the past few months. In fact, the first Crop Mob in Wake County took place at the Food Shuttle Farm in September. They helped us plant our fall garden.

The article talks to Steven Horton about his involvement with the Crop Mob. Steven helps with our community gardens and at the Food Shuttle farm. Watch Steven talk about what he does at the Food Shuttle, the Crop Mob and more in the video below.  And if you want to lend a hand with our gardens and farm, check out our Crew Call here.

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If you’re interested in helping out with our Farms and Community Gardens Project, the Crew Call is just for you. Once a week we send out a list of what work is going on,  what kind of help we need and other fun farm and garden activity. You can sign-up for the Crew Call by emailing  Janet at rgsjrs@aol.com. We’ll also post them here. See you in the garden or on the farm!

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

                    Crew-Call

This is the last weekend to plant most fall greens so we are going to be working on getting several more beds into production.   We will have plenty to do this fall harvesting the last of the summer crops and ensuring a steady supply of garden greens and lettuce into January. 

The Crop Mob is this Sunday – Come out and learn to Build a Greenhouse!

 VOLUNTEER TIME:

  • Garden Crew will meet this Saturday October 24th from 9:00–12:00 PM at Food Shuttle Farm (see map below).   We will be mulching and weeding as always and if it rains we will plant the winter garden inside the season extension greenhouse.
  • Our Nutrition Coordinator, Amanda, and volunteer, Melissa, will be leading the charge at the Community Gardens this year and would love your help in the garden and working with community members.  Please email Amanda at NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org if you want to join and for directions.  Schedule Below:
    • Tuesdays     4:00-6:00pm  –  Neighbor to Neighbor
    • Wednesdays & Fridays    3:30-5:30pm  –  Mayview
  • Farm Manager Sun Butler can meet you on the Farm any day during the week from 8:30-12 PM and  3-6PM.  If possible, please call Sun ahead to let him know when you are coming or give him a heads up on your way out there (919.559.2391).  Sun’s number is also posted on the bulletin board at Food Shuttle Farm if you get there and cannot find him.

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  this is a great place to check out weekly ripe recipes, find yourself in photos of weekly crew calls, hear from other volunteers, and stay up to date with activities at  IFFS.  Let us know if you’re interested in contributing to the blog!

WEEKLY LOCAL AG Discussion

Crop Circle –  a weekly Student Local Ag. Discussion group mediated by Steve Horton and Sun Butler  meets every Thursday from 4-6 PM at the Farm House Restaurant at 3011 Hillsborough St.   in Raleigh at the corner of Friendly Dr. and Hillsborough St.  Outside agitators are welcome.  Contact Steve for details steven.p.horton@gmail.com

 CROP MOB Comes To Raleigh – Learn How To Build a Greenhouse!

The next Crop Mob has been set for Sunday Oct. 25th from 12-5 PM at S&L Farm in Louisburg.  We will be putting up a hoop greenhouse.  An evening meal will be served. Crop Mob is a group of young farmers and gardeners who meet once a month to help out local farmers with special projects.  If you are interested in becoming a Crop Mobber, check out their website at http://cropmob.org/ and contact Steve Horton, Raleigh Crop Mob coordinator steven.p.horton@gmail.com

 GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations as well as gardening gloves for some of our senior participants.  We gladly accept new and/or lightly used equipment. Thanks to all who have responded. 

 GROW VEGGIES AT HOME?

Our new Plant a Row (PAR) program has kicked off… We are hoping anyone with home grown vegetables will consider planting extra or just giving any excess harvest to our community members in need.   Check out the attachment, spread the word, and/or get in touch with Katherine if you are interested in finding out more. 

 New Volunteer?

If you have not filled out a volunteer form or have a friend who is interested in helping out please email Janet at RGSJRS@aol.com.  

See you on Saturday at IFFS Farm and/or Sunday at Crop Mob! 

IFFS Mayview Community Garden 2136 Mayview Rd. (view map)

Mayview Community Garden is located behind the Duplex at .  Turn onto Mayview from Oberlin, then take the first right into the parking lot.  Park in any of the spaces and walk to the back of the lot.  The garden is located just down the hill.

Neighbor2Neighbor– 1200 South Blount Street. (view map)

IFFS Farm — 2401 Dover Farm Rd. (view map)

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Meet Food Shuttle volunteers Darius and L*Joy!

L*Joy and Darius are volunteers at the Mayview Community Garden, and truly have a passion to help make the Mayview Garden a place of fellowship and a sustainable fresh food supply for the residents.

 

Watch this videos for an exciting updates on the Mayview Community Garden from Darius and L*Joy:

 

Join Darius, L*Joy and other Food Shuttle volunteers on the Farm or at a Community Garden:

Become a Volunteer!

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Bob Dylan and farming don’t  typically fall in the same category. But for today, instead of talking  about progress at the Food Shuttle farm, we wanted to invite the readers of our Farms and Community Gardens Project blog to a Food Shuttle event October 13th.

 

Bob Dylan’s new album- Christmas in the Heart is coming out on October 13th, and we are having a Listening Party for the album’s release at Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh that night. We’ll listen to the new album, but also play other Dylan favorites. We would love get to know you and your friends at the party! See you there!

Bob Dylan Oct 13 flier

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