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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 29, 2010

We’re taking the holiday weekend off to enjoy time with our families but would love your help during the week! Please make sure to email Sun if you are coming out to help (9-1p and again from 4-6, sometimes until 8p). Whether you’re helping at the farm or in the community gardens, please make sure to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen (bug spray if you are working in the gardens!) and even a granola bar or light snack to help keep you going!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

  • Farm, NO WORK DAY on Saturday

Neighbor 2 Neighbor                    Tuesday               4-5:00pm

Mayview                                            Wednesday       4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry           Thursday             5-6:00pm

  • If you’d like to help in the gardens but our schedule work times do not fit in your schedule, please let Amanda know!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.

  • 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 Don at don@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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 safe and happy 4th of July!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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By: Nyssa Collins, NC State correspondent

A good turnout can bring twenty volunteers spilling out of cars.  We are students and professors from NC State. We are parents and kids of any age, and families from the neighborhood, wondering what the heck is going on.  We are school groups, church groups, and service groups (Haven House reliably sends a solid team). We are individuals who don’t have farm and garden experience, and wish we did.  We arrive by van or carpool or bicycle any Saturday morning at 9:00am to the Food Shuttle Farm at 4505 Tryon Road.

The assembled crew – wearing fanny packs and sipping from water bottles – gathers around Sun for assignment. On the to-do list for the third Saturday of June:

  • Suckering and tying tomatoes
  • feeding the worms
  • turning compost
  • spreading mulch between the rows.

The intrepid Haven House kids grab wheel barrows and rakes, and head toward the mulch pile.  The rest of us want to know what “suckering a tomato” means before we agree to anything.

A tomato sucker grows between the main branches of the tomato plant.  They are tricky to spot because they look very similar to tomato branches and eventually get flowers and tomatoes of their own.  Suckering is popping off the adventitious (out of place) branch with clippers or your hands – which will soon turn green from touching tomato plans. Why pull off tomato suckers, if they will grow tomatoes? Because they are SUCKERS: suckers of energy and sunlight from the rest of the plant.  Growing these extra branches is inefficient if you want a few big and juicy tomatoes.  It’s like if you have too many hobbies – you’re so overbooked you can’t do any of them well.

By 11:00, tomato tying and suckering is done, and the conversation invariably turns to food. (This is because we are starting to get hungry!)  Any serious student of food and health somehow finds his way to the farm, eventually.  For this reason, you can’t find a better place to trade recipes or learn how to cook a vegetable.  Before humans get to eat lunch, the WORMS get to eat lunch.

Isabel, Dominic, and Ron shovel donated compost

A little known fact: compost piles can and do spontaneously combust on warm days! The middle of this compost pile was ashy and smoking!

The day is sure to wrap up by noon or 1:00, because it is already near 90 degrees.  We’ve done some important work that would have been much harder with fewer people, and even managed to learn a couple of things.  The day’s end doesn’t mean work on the farm is done: volunteers come out 7 days a week.  After a hard morning’s work, most volunteers head home for the day. Some sit for a picnic in the shade with new friends.  They’re resting up for more farming in the afternoon!

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 22, 2010

We hope you’re staying cool in this heat! Sun and Steven are at the farm mornings (9-1p) and late afternoons (4-6, sometimes as late as 8p) but are getting out of the heat during the middle of the day. Please make sure to email Sun if you are coming out to help and don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen (bug spray if you are working in the gardens!) and even a granola bar or light snack to help keep you going! Thank you all for your dedication and support of the farm and gardens projects!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

  • Farm, Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)
    • We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
    • We’re harvesting again! Tomatoes, zucchini, okra, cucumbers.
    • Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help!

NEW DIRECTIONS! No, the farm hasn’t changed location, we’re just asking that all volunteers park at 4505 Tryon Road, where the IFFS Farm sign is now set. Once you park your car, walk across the field towards the greenhouse; Sun and Steven will be in that general area.

  • Irvin Learning Farm, 8a-12p (2912B Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill)
    • The Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy are starting a new teaching farm at TLC’s Irvin Learning Farm outside of Carrboro on Jones Ferry Rd.  Ben Reith needs help roto-tilling, planting and spreading mulch.  If you live near Chapel Hill this is a great opportunity to help start a teaching farm from the ground up.  Please email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) if you are able to help.

Directions
From Chapel Hill: Go west on NC 54 Bypass and take the Jones Ferry Road exit. Turn left onto Jones Ferry Road and follow 3.6 miles to the Irvin Learning Farm sign on the left. Follow the signs indicating the gravel driveway on the left.  Go past the barns and house, take the next dirt path on the left. The garden is down the hill.

Mayview                                            Wednesday       4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry           Friday                  9-10:00a

Neighbor 2 Neighbor                     Friday                 9-10:00a

  • We’re working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.

  • PAR (Plant a Row) – 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 Don at don@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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)

See you soon!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 15, 2010

Whew, it is HOT out there! Sun and Steven are at the farm mornings (9-1p) and late afternoons (4-6, sometimes as late as 8p) but are getting out of the heat during the middle of the day. Please make sure to email Sun if you are coming out to help and don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen (bug spray if you are working in the gardens!) and even a granola bar or light snack to help keep you going!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS

Farm, Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)

  • We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
  • It’s harvest time! Tomatoes, cukes and squash are ready to be picked!
  • Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help!

NEW DIRECTIONS! No, the farm hasn’t changed location, we’re just asking that all volunteers park at 4505 Tryon Road, where the IFFS Farm sign is now set. Once you park your car, walk across the field towards the greenhouse; Sun and Steven will be in that general area.

  • Irvin Learning Farm, 8a-12p (2912B Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill)
    • The Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy are starting a new teaching farm at TLC’s Irvin Learning Farm outside of Carrboro on Jones Ferry Rd.  Ben Reith needs help roto-tilling, planting and spreading mulch.  If you live near Chapel Hill this is a great opportunity to help start a teaching farm from the ground up.  Please email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) if you are able to help.

Directions
From Chapel Hill: Go west on NC 54 Bypass and take the Jones Ferry Road exit. Turn left onto Jones Ferry Road and follow 3.6 miles to the Irvin Learning Farm sign on the left. Follow the signs indicating the gravel driveway on the left.  Go past the barns and house, take the next dirt path on the left. The garden is down the hill.

Community Gardens Work times:

Neighbor to Neighbor                   Tuesday              4-5:00pm

Mayview                                                 Wednesday       4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry         Thursday           4-5:00pm

  • We’re working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!
  • We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.
  • Garden Addresses/Directions: Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence.  The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.

Vote for the Food Shuttle!

Today is the last day to vote for the Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy to create teaching farms in each of the counties the Food Shuttle serves. If you have yet to vote, please click here:   http://www.justmeans.com/contestidea?ideaid=NDg4 Thank you for your support!

PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – sign up to become a member!

  • 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 Don at don@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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)

Stay cool and we hope to see you at the farm and gardens!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Today’s Ripe Recipe is fresh from the kitchen of Sally Bache!

We’ve got green beans & beets ready in our garden now, and I’ve been trying to use them up. Last night I did something that turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself.

Grilled Beets and Green Beans topped with Goat Cheese

  1. I harvested a couple of med/large beets and cubed them at about ¾” and then tossed them with olive oil & kosher salt & put them into a grill basket.
  2. When the beets were about half-way done, I added about ½ pound green beans, also tossed in olive oil & salt.
  3. When the veggies were done—still a bit crisp, but also a bit of char for flavor—I pulled them off of the grill and dabbed on some herbed goat cheese.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and you’ll find that this dish is way more than the sum of the parts!

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By: Nyssa Collins, NC State correspondent

1. Punch a hole through the black plastic

2. Fertilize with granulated chicken manure

3. Remove the plant and loosen the root ball

4. Bury the plant at ground level, packing in dirt firmly at the base.

5. Water thoroughly, to restore turgor in the plant and ease recovery from the shock of transplanting.

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call June 9, 2010

Thank you all so much for your emails, calls and appearance at the City Council meeting last week. Your support of the Food Shuttle’s programs in Raleigh have not gone unnoticed!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

· Farm, Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)

o We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!

o Sun and Steven, our resident Worm Doctor, need your help building vermicomposting bins!

o Reserve your spot with Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org) so he knows you’re coming out to help!

NEW DIRECTIONS! No, the farm hasn’t changed location, we’re just asking that all volunteers park at 4505 Tryon Road, where the IFFS Farm sign is now set. Once you park your car, walk across the field towards the greenhouse; Sun and Steven will be in that general area.

· Community Gardens Work times (please note different locations and days!):

Neighbor to Neighbor Tuesday 4-5:00pm

Mayview Wednesday 4-5:00pm

Alliance Medical Ministry Thursday 4-5:00pm

o We’re working with community members and youth to grow their gardens!

o We need 3 volunteers for each work day- email Amanda (Amanda@foodshuttle.org) if you can help.

o Garden Addresses/Directions: Neighbor to Neighbor is at 1200 S Blount Street; 1 story brick building on right with long chain link fence. The Mayview garden site is located down the grassy hill behind the duplex at 2136 Mayview Rd (backing up to the Jaycee field). Alliance Medical Ministry is located at the corner of New Bern Ave. and Donald Ross Dr. at 101 Donald Ross.

· Vote for the Food Shuttle!

o Help spread the word! Ask your friends and family to vote for the Food Shuttle and Triangle Land Conservancy to create teaching farms in each of the counties the Food Shuttle serves. You have only until June 15th to cast your vote! http://www.justmeans.com/contestidea?ideaid=NDg4

· PAR (Plant a Row for the Hungry) – sign up to become a member or drop off site!

o 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.

o 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 Don at don@foodshuttle.org.

FARM & GARDENS BLOG

Keep up with what’s going on with our Farm & 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 and hope to see you at the gardens & farm!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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