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Crew Call

We are so THANKFUL for you – our wonderful volunteers – so we’re giving you the week off!! 

 

There will be no Crew Call the week of Thanksgiving.  Farm staff and volunteers will take some well-earned time off with their families who have been very patient this year.  We hope that each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

The next Crew-call will be Dec 5th, location to be announced.

 

Community Gardens

While there is no crew call, Amanda and Volunteers will be in the Mayview Garden on Wed, Nov 25th for any pre-Turkey day harvesting.  Come out and join her if you’re in town 3:45-5:30.  Please email Amanda (NutritionCoord@foodshuttle.org) if you’re thinking about stopping by. 

 

New!!  Farm & Garden Compost Crew

Farm & Garden volunteer extraordinaire Ron Paul Hunter will be heading up our latest project starting in December – the Food Shuttle Farm & Garden Compost Crew.  Expanding on our current composting program that utilizes food waste from the IFFS Culinary Job Training Program, we will be processing spoiled produce from Food Shuttles loading dock as well as recruiting local coffee shops and restaurants to send us their food waste.  *Start thinking now about which restaurant you want to talk to about donating their food scraps.  We will also build a vermi-composting(worms) facility this winter in an existing barn at the IFFS Farm.  Compost generated from the IFFS composting program will be used to improve soil structure at the Farm and our community gardens.  The vermi-composting facility will be an exciting educational addition for kids and adults alike when visiting the Farm. 

 

We need volunteers to work at Food Shuttle and the Farm to remove plastic and ties from compostable produce, and help Ron transport and incoporate that material into our compost wind-rows at the Farm.  In the near future we hope to establish compost routes to pick up materials from our participating business.  Join us in taking this next important step in making the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Community Gardens truly sustainable.  If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Ron at rphunter@civilizationcontinuity.org
 

 

Thanks again for all of your wonderful work this season. We’ve done so much!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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You are invited to the Food Shuttle’s Thanksgiving Recipe Twitterthon! All day Wednesday we will be posting the recipes you need for a delicous Thanksgiving meal. That’s right, Chef Terri, Sally, Katherine and a few surprise guests will provide you with their favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

How can you join in? It’s easy, follow us on Twitter(@foodshuttle) and all the great recipes from the Food Shuttle staff will come your way! Here’s a taste of what we’ve cooked up in the past.

Join us tomorrow and tell your friends. It’s a Twitter Miracle!

The Food Shuttle might have some amazing chefs and foodies on staff, but we know our supporters and  volunteers can make some great dishes, too! Comment on this post to share YOUR favorite Thanksgiving recipe!!

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Crew-Call

 Thanks to so many of you that came out last Saturday.  Be sure to check out the photographs Mark Petko took at the Farm! Everyone helped get a lot done and have even more to do this week.  We have lots of fall greens to pick so that we can get them out to agencies and community members. Bring a friend, a neighbor, or make it a family affair and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

 

VOLUNTEER TIME: 

 

  • Garden Crew will meet this Saturday November 21st from 9:00–12:00 PM at Food Shuttle Farm (directions).   Our fall garden is in and we need lots of help harvesting fall greens. 
  • 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     4:00-5:30pm  –  Neighbor to Neighbor
    • Wednesdays & Fridays    3:45-5:30pm  –  Mayview
  • We need lots of help during the week too!  Farm Manager Sun Butler can meet you on the Farm any day during the week from 8:30-12 PM and  3-6PMPlease 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!  

LOCAVORE LUNCH – Every Wednesday!

Every Wednesday at noon we are holding local agricultural discussion groups at Farmhouse Pizza, 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. We will be serving a pizza made using some (hopefully soon to be all) local ingredients from NCSU’s Farmers’ Market. Please RSVP to Steve (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) so he knows many pizzas to have made.  If you can contribute, he is asking for a $5 donation… if you can’t afford the cost we’ll gladly cover you in return for good conversation!   A portion of the proceeds will go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

At this weeks discussion (11/18/09) Steve will be talking about the farmers’ markets in the area, specifically focusing on NCSU’s student run model. This week is the last week of NCSU’s campus market this semester, but the success of the project throughout the year has been very promising. Hope to see you at lunch!

 

GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations.  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!

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Our resident nutrition guru, Katherine,  has perfected her Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Cake just in time for the last days of fall! Nothing beats the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking in the oven after a cool day! Try this Ripe Recipe for dessert tonight and let us know what you think.

 

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Dash of orange or lemon juice
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups chopped peeled Rome apple (about 2-3 large)
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat 1 1/4 cups sugar, margarine, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes).
  3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add juice.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low-speed until blended.
  7. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl, and stir apple mixture into batter.
  9. Pour batter into an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  10. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  11. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.

Note: You can also make this cake in a 9-inch square cake pan or a 9-inch springform pan; just reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.

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People are still talking about Will Allen and the lecture he gave Monday night at the Mckimmon Center. Check out our rundown, with links to other blogs and writeups, here.

Here’s what the Food Shuttle own guru of farms, Sun Butler, had to say about it.

Grandfather Willl Allen, founder of  the urban farming non-profit ‘Growing Power’ spoke to packed houses in both Goldsboro and Raleigh this Monday.  I refer to him as “grandfather” because his sixteen year history working the last farm in Milwaukee WI city limits, his work with inner city youth and a city wide composting program have established Will as the Grandfather of the urban farming movement. 

At 6’5″ with arms the size of tree trunks, Mr. Allen cut a Paul Bunyanesque figure walking to the podium.  As he narrated his way through 600 slides of Growing Power projects in 7 US cities and 6 countries it was easy to see how the mythology around this self effacing MacArthur grant winner has grown.  Thanks to his efforts neighborhoods that society has given up on bloomed with food opportunitiy and hope.   Will’s favorite strategy is to “flower bomb”; planting beautifully designed gardens in vacant lots in drug infested neghborhoods.  The result – the drug dealers move out.  Even more impressive are Growing Power programs that divert millions of tons of biodegradable waste from urban landfills.  Made into compost that in turn feeds the army of worms that power Will’s vermi-composters, the final product is trucked to local neighborhoods to build instant community gardens. 

The highlight of the talk were the pictures of the kids and Will’s description of the pure joy they experience getting their hands dirty and making things grow.  Will Allen is a susccessful farmer and a businessman.  But he also reminds me of my own grandfather who was once chided by a neighbor that his front lawn would grow more grass if he kept all those kids off of it.  Grandpa just laughed and said ” Well sir, I not growing grass, I am growing kids!”  

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another dispatch from our guerilla gardener

Video 141 0 00 02-01The farm is really alive this time of year. All kinds of greens and root vegetables are coming up in the gardens. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are still producing the last of their yield. Seedlings of lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower are coming up in the greenhouse. This is the time to think of harvest festivals and the coming holidays. Its also time to start thinking ahead to the next season on the farm. Feel free to give us some feedback on what you’d like to see growing in the fields next spring.

I mentioned last week that I would go over seeding trays. I may have to make a video some time to explain the equipment. The basic gist is you have a tray of styrofoam squares about 1cmx1cm each packed with a loose potting soil. These trays have tiny holes in the bottom for draining. There is a metal piece that fits perfectly over the styrofoam trays with a tiny hole for each individual square. The metal piece is attached to a hard plastic fitting that is vacuum sealable, apart from the tiny holes. You use a vacuum cleaner to create the suction in these tiny holes where you get at least one seed to stick in every hole, pending on the size of the seeds. You place the metal piece onto the styrofoam tray and release the suction. This drops a seed in each individual 1cmx1cm square. Then you place the tray into the water bath in the greenhouse where water is allowed to soak in the bottom.

I realize this week’s entry is kind of short and technical, but I’ll make it up to you next time by coming up with a story. Keep a look out for the weekly Crew Calls and let us know if you’d like to come out to the farm some other day. Also, we’ll be starting our weekly local agricultural luncheons this Wednesday @ Farmhouse Pizza & Pub in Raleigh. High noon is the time, hope to see you there!

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 Come out Saturday to help harvest!  We have fall veggies to pick so that we can get them out to agencies and community members. Bring a friend, a neighbor, or make it a family affair and enjoy the beautiful fall weather after all the rain this week!

VOLUNTEER TIME: 

  • Garden Crew will meet this Saturday November 14th from 9:00–12:00 PM at Food Shuttle Farm (see map).   Our fall garden is in and we need lots of help harvesting greens, turnips and beets so that we can get these out to our communities in need. 
  • Our Nutrition Coordinator, Amanda, and volunteers, Melissa and LJoy, 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     4:00-5:30pm  –  Neighbor to Neighbor
    • Wednesdays & Fridays    3:45-5:30pm  –  Mayview
  • We need help during the week too!  Farm Manager Sun Butler can meet you on the Farm any day during the week from 8:30-12 PM and  3-6PMPlease 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 

This blog 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 the Food Shuttle’s Communication Department know if you’re interested in contributing to the blog! Jason@foodshuttle.org or CeCe@foodshuttle.org

LOCAVORE LUNCH – Every Wednesday!

Every Wednesday at noon we are holding local agricultural discussion groups at Farmhouse Pizza, 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. The lunch will feature local produce from NCSU Farmers’ Market while it is in session. Otherwise we will find produce at other local markets. We want these discussions to be very loose and a way for local food activists/farmers/gardeners to engage students in the area. If you are attending please RSVP to steven.p.horton@gmail.com so we know how much pizza and salad to make.

  GARDEN SUPPLIES:

We are still in need of hand-tool donations.  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.   E-mail Katherine, katherine@foodshuttle.org for more information.

  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!

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