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Archive for April, 2010

It’s that time of year again for another delicious recipe from Sally we all love so much! This time, it’s a recipe passed down from her mom. Sally said, “My mom was a very good cook. Her recipes were nothing fancy, but she always made very tasty stuff made from scratch with seasonal ingredients like any good farm wife would do.” Try out her Rhubarb Crisp to celebrate the spring!

Also, we now have a new recipe card format! You can start printing all of the recipes that we post, and add all of your favorite Food Shuttle recipes to your collection. Enjoy.

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Crew Call

 Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

                    Crew-Call

 

 Come one, come all! This Wednesday will be the last Crop Circle lunch until late summer but don’t worry because we’ll hold our first farm/community garden potluck of the season in May; details to be included in next week’s Crew Call. And…have you heard the news?! The Food Shuttle Farm has chickens and we need your help naming them. To see what all the cluck is about, check out the video and submit your names on our blog page.

 

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

  • Farm Work day Saturday 9a-2p
  • Community Garden Work times
    • Alliance Medical Ministry           Wednesdays  BEGINNING in MAY
    • Neighbor to Neighbor                   Thursdays        3:30-5:00pm
    • Mayview                                             Fridays              3:30-5:00pm 
    • In all gardens we will be working with community members and youth to grow their spring gardens!  Please email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) if you are planning on coming
    • Garden Addresses/Directions:
      • Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.
      • Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  Please park on E Bragg street (on right before you get to N2N). 
      •  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). 

 

  • Wanted: Community Garden Leaders
    • Enjoy gardening? Are you a natural leader? Looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Become a Garden Leader and help us grow the Food Shuttle community gardens. We’re now looking for energetic volunteers to coordinate community members and volunteers in garden work and activities at each of our 3 Raleigh gardens.  For more information, please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)

 

  • PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – sign up to become a member or drop off site!
    • The IFFS PAR program encourages people to grow extra and/or donate excess produce to people in need through IFFS.  We will have weekly PAR produce drop-off sites at locations around our 7 county service area, including at Logan’s on Saturday mornings. 
    • If you are interested in becoming a member (donating produce from your own harvest) or know of a farmers market or store that might be interested in becoming a PAR drop-off site please contact jason@foodshuttle.org

 

Crop Circles – The Grand Finale

This will be the LAST lunch at Farmhouse Pizza, 3011 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh until late summer/early fall. We will be serving a pizza made using some 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.  

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  Use the blog 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!

 

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. 

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.  

Have a great week!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Jeremiah helping Gov. Bev Perdue plant bean seeds.

Last week Governor Bev Perdue joined the Food Shuttle and Logan’s Trading Company once again and pledged her commitment to the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign! This spring she is growing what is called the “three sisters crops”: corn, beans and squash at the Executive Mansion!  

Gov. Perdue recruited the aid of Jeremiah Logan, Leslie Logan’s son of Logan’s Trading Company, to help her plant the PAR garden. He got a few hours break from school to help the governor! What a lucky kid! 

Amanda and Sun helping plant corn.

After the two of them planted a few corn plants, the governor asked Food Shuttle and Logan’s onlookers to help her out. Sun and Amanda gladly stepped in to help plant a few corn seedlings. 

The governor says she’s involved in PAR, because she realizes the importance for fresh crops and food for everyone in North Carolina, and ended the day with one final appeal, that we at the Food Shuttle all agree with: 

Please, North Carolina, step up and Plant a Row for the Hungry!” 

Gov. Perdue with Logan's Trading Company, the Garden Writers Association, and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle representatives.

The Food Shuttle was so excited about the event, we were Tweeting and “Twitpic”ing the afternoon away. To add onto the excitement, the governor’s own communication director blogged about the day! 

To see more about the Governor’s PAR garden, watch this story from News 14 Carolina. 

If you want to stop by her PAR garden while you’re in downtown Raleigh, you can visit it on the corner of Person St. and Jones St. 

The governor's planted PAR garden on the corner of Person and Jones.

If you’re interested in joining the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign by starting your own PAR row in your garden, click here for more information on how to join!

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By: Sun Butler

Monsanto sent a work group to the Food Shuttle Farm last week for their annual volunteer event. After a quick tour we got down to work turning compost, mulching rows and crimping rye. Rye cover crop is an important part of no-till or conservation tillage. Rye and clover are planted in the Fall. Clover is a legume that puts nitrogen back into the soil. When the Rye approaches maturity, but before it sets seed it must be crimped in organic systems or sprayed with Roundup herbicide to kill the cover crop. Soybeans, corn, or in our case tomatoes, can be planted through the killed rye with no additional tillage. This greatly reduces the amount of bed preparation and leaves the rye straw in place to act as a mulch. Rye also releases a natural chemical to the soil called ‘Diboa’ that acts as a weed seed inhibitor.

No-till agriculture is a vital part of sustainable farming. It reduces use of fossil fuels, builds organic matter in the soil and reduces the need for additional herbicides. As the maker of Roundup, a broad-spectrum herbicide, and “Roundup Ready Soybeans,” Monsanto has made important contributions to no-till research and development. No-till can also be used in organic systems by physically crimping the rye and relying on its natural herbicidal properties. So as we flailed away with shovels and our homemade crimpers, Monsanto and that Food Shuttle Farm had an important cultural exchange and meeting of the minds.

The Monsato group with Sun at the entrance to the Farm.

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Every Wednesday at noon, folks meet up at Farmhouse Pizza on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh to mingle, eat lunch together and discuss topics surrounding local foods and agriculture. What’s so special about it? The Communication Dept. at the Food Shuttle went out last week to add a little compost to the fields of our minds. And boy the ideas are sprouting now! We can’t wait to get back to another Crop Circle lunch and here’s our 5 reasons why you should, too!

1. The People– On any given week, a new group of folks show up! You may end up meeting backyard gardeners, NC State professors, local food activists or brand new gardeners. Every week is a pleasant surprise!

2. The Food- Who doesn’t love a good pizza and salad midway through the week? Farmhouse Pizza cooks up a delicious pizza for Crop Circle attendees. $5 for pizza, salad and a drink is quite a deal!

3. The Conversation– Where else can you learn about the best cover crops for your garden from experts in soil science at NC State or discuss ways to engage the community in finding ways to build sustainable food systems? Each week a different topic is discussed, and everyone’s opinion and ideas are welcome!

4. The Cause– The $5 suggested donation for lunch goes right back to the Food Shuttle’s hunger relief efforts!

5. The Steven Horton– Yes, the man himself attends and organizes each Crop Circle. Every week you can get time with IFFS Farm Assistant, Crop Mobber and The Worm Doctor.

See you on Wednesdays at noon for the Crop Circle!

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

                    Crew-Call

 

 

Come to one of the Food Shuttle community gardens this week and put your roots down in celebration of Earth day (can’t we make EVERY day Earth Day?!). We are NOT hosting a Farm work day this Saturday but there’s a lot of other great events and ways you can volunteer in and around town this weekend. See below!

 

VOLUNTEER TIME & EVENTS:

 

  • Community Garden Work times
    • Alliance Medical Ministry           Wednesdays  BEGINNING in MAY
    • Neighbor to Neighbor                   Thursdays        3:30-5:00pm
    • Mayview                                             Fridays              3:30-5:00pm 
    • In all gardens we will be working with community members and youth to grow their spring gardens!  Please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)  if you are planning on coming
    • Garden Addresses/Directions:
      • Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.
      • Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  Please park on E Bragg street (on right before you get to N2N).   
      • The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). 

 

  • Wanted: Community Garden Leaders
    • Enjoy gardening? Are you a natural leader? Looking for a way to get more involved in your community? Become a Garden Leader and help us grow the Food Shuttle community gardens. We’re now looking for energetic volunteers to coordinate community members and volunteers in garden work and activities at each of our 3 Raleigh gardens.  For more information, please email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org)

 

  • PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry)– sign up to become a member or drop off site!
    • The IFFS PAR program encourages people to grow extra and/or donate excess produce to people in need through IFFS.  We will have weekly PAR produce drop-off sites at locations around our 7 county service area, including at Logan’s on Saturday mornings. 
    • If you are interested in becoming a member (donating produce from your own harvest) or know of a farmers market or store that might be interested in becoming a PAR drop-off site please contact jason@foodshuttle.org

 

Crop Circles – This week’s topic: Small to Mid Scale Composting

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.  This week we’ll discuss small to mid scale composting.

FARMS & GARDEN BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farms & Gardens and PAR programs through the IFFS blog farmsandgardens.wordpress.com.  Use the blog 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!

 

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. 

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.  

Happy Earth Day!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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I know that Thanksgiving comes after Easter in the calender year, but I did not realize that it comes this early. The past month has brought me an overwhelming amount of support to be thankful for. It all started at Longview School where I did a seed tray demonstration for Mr. Patrick Faulkner’s horticulture class. A week or so later our Farm Manager, Sun Butler, said to me that Mr. Faulkner was going to have a visit from Will Allen of Growing Power and that he may need some help setting up the event. To this I exclaimed “No way!” and Sun gave me a hearty “Way.”
 
So it began, the scramble to acquire materials in three weeks time. Some materials we already had, such as wooden pallets from Bland Landscaping and coffee chaff from Larry’s Beans. Other materials I had to get for either very cheap, or free; and anyone that knows me knows that I usually opt for free.
 
Just prior to becoming full-time staff at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle I had helped get a greenhouse up at Spence’s Farm in Chapel Hill. I knew that the farm had composted horse manure (worms love it!) and possibly some hay that I could use. After coaxing my better half into an inquiry with her program director I was given the go ahead on everything I needed. YES! Things were falling into place.
 
I knew the possibility existed that Mr. Allen would be visiting our newest community garden at Alliance Medical Ministries. Once again we relied on our friends at Bland Landscaping to come till up a few rows and provide us with some compost and fruit trees. Luckily I had some help from the Wake County BGC Teen Center to get some compost spread in the garden. We had received a few flats of plants for the garden from Campbell Road Nursery which is just a stones throw away from the IFFS Farm. If you’re ever at the farm you should not throw stones at them, but pay them a visit. Several familiar faces from the IFFS volunteer roster came on Saturday morning to help prep beds and plant the garden, but we also had some new faces from the Raleigh Community Gardens and Triangle Area Homesteaders Meetup groups. These two groups have been helping us canvass and raise community awareness about our garden in the area around Alliance Medical Ministries.
 

Food Shuttle Farm

What I did not know was the possibility that Mr. Allen would be paying a visit to the farm and needless to say things were a bit hectic at the farm. Thank goodness for Caroline MacNair! She had her farm manager, Johnny Hassell, and his staff lend us a hand the morning that Mr. Allen would be arriving at the farm for a steak dinner. It’s amazing what can be done by a focused group in a few hours time. The farm looked wonderful.

 
I’d like to thank the Raleigh branch of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency. RMA’s Ron Brown helped escort Mr. Allen around town. I also have to thank all of the Food Shuttle staff that helped pull this together, especially Chef Terri, who stayed up past her bedtime to prepare and serve delicious food at the event. I may have left some people out, but my point is that it takes a lot of partners to make an event a success. I look forward to developing stronger relationships with the aforementioned groups and hope to create new relationships with our next exciting event! Now its time for my nap.
Cheers,
Steven
 

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