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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call July 27, 2010

What a great turnout last Sunday! A BIG thank you to all the Crop Mobbers that helped at Irvin Learning Farm last weekend! Steven will be working at Irvin Hill every Saturday from 9a-noon so please email him if you’re able to help. Please see our other volunteer opportunities below.

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

Food Shuttle Farm

  • Looking for something fun to do during the week? Sun and Steven are at the farm most mornings and late afternoons. Email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org)  for more information.

Work day, Saturday between 9a-Noon (4505 Tryon Road)

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

Mayview                     Wednesday       from      4-5:00pm

Alliance                        Thursday             from      4-5:00pm

  • We really need help watering & keeping the weeds out of the gardens! If you can volunteer on a different day or time, please email Amanda.
  • 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.

  • Irvin Learning Farm, 9a-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. and we need your help! We’re installing 1/2 acre of vegetables on new land at Irvin Hill and plan to expand this teaching operation to include vegetable production, permaculture and rotation grazing for small farm animal production. 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 on Friday from 9a-12p and Steven (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) if you can help Saturday from 9a-12p.

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.

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.

Wake County Farmer’s Market Survey

  • Advocates for Health in Action is currently conducting a survey regarding Wake County Farmer’s Markets.  This data will be a tremendous help to them as they continue to address the issue of access to fresh, local produce. Please take the time to complete this survey and pass it on to ALL of your networks such as neighborhood associations, worksites, places of worship, etc. SURVEY link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJX52BW

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!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

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Another busy week at the Food Shuttle Farm! Several volunteer groups fought the hot Triangle heat to harvest vegetables for our hungry neighbors. Below are a few pictures and a video from Progress Energy’s day of caring and the bounty of nutritious vegetables they harvested!

volunteers from Progress Energy

By: Sally Bache, Director of Administration

Freshly picked tomatoes from the Food Shuttle's Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry

Here’s a ripe recipe I’ve been making with the bounty from the garden. I was not impressed with the seemingly dry, flavorless Roma tomatoes we were getting until I tried this:

Slow Grill-Roasted Roma Tomatoes

So as not to heat up the house, I got the gas grill running as low as I possibly could. I took our Roma harvest … somewhere between 1 & 2 pounds of tomatoes, tossed them with minced garlic, kosher salt, and a nice amount of olive oil, and put them on a cookie sheet on the grill with the lid propped up slightly.

I checked back in on them & gave them a stir about every 15 minutes. As they started to warm through & split … after maybe ½ hour … I added some fresh herbs to the mix. I had tarragon, basil & oregano on hand. I also sprinkled a couple good pinches of sugar across the top.

I kept an eye on the tomatoes for maybe another ½ hour, until the juices are carmelizing in the pan, and some of the tomatoes are browning & concentrating. Then I put them in a bowl with a dash of balsamic vinegar, some more olive oil and some more fresh herbs.

They can marinate in the refrigerator for several days and can be used to:

  • garnish sandwiches
  • warmed & used to top polenta, or pasta
  • paired with grilled roasted squash & eggplant into a grilled version of ratatouille

What are your favorite summer tomato recipes? Share them in the comment section below!

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm and Garden

Crew-Call July 20, 2010

The Crop Mob is back! Join Steven Horton and other Crob Mobbers as they descend on Irvin Learning Farm this Saturday from 8a-noon! Click here for the Facebook event. The Food Shuttle will provide a light lunch in exchange for your hard work. Please RSVP to Steven (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) by Friday at 5 so he knows how much food to provide.  We’re also hosting our regular Saturday work day at the Food Shuttle Farm. It’s going to be hot out so make sure to dress appropriately, stay hydrated and bring a light snack!

VOLUNTEER TIMES & EVENTS:

Food Shuttle Farm:

  • Looking for something fun to do during the week? Sun and Steven are at the farm most mornings and late afternoons. Email Sun (sun@foodshuttle.org)  for more information.
  • Work day, Saturday between 9a-2p (4505 Tryon Road)
    • We need 10 volunteers that can each commit 2-3 hours this Saturday!
    • 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

  • Neighbor 2 Neighbor                    Tuesday               4-5:00pm
  • Mayview                                            Wednesday       4-5:00pm
  • We really need help watering the gardens! If you can volunteer on a different day or time, please email Amanda.
  • 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.

  • Irvin Learning Farm, 9a-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. and we need your help! We’re installing 1/2 acre of vegetables on new land at Irvin Hill and plan to expand this teaching operation to include vegetable production, permaculture and rotation grazing for small farm animal production. 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 on Friday from 9a-12p and Steven (steven.p.horton@gmail.com) if you can help Saturday from 8a-12p.

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.

The Garden Edge

A huge thank you to Chris Martin, president of East Edge LLC, for donating a few of his amazing Garden Edge tools this past week to the Food Shuttle Farm and Community Garden projects. Our community gardens are looking better than ever and almost completely weed free! Your garden can be too! Don’t believe it?! Check out our recent blog and see for yourself.

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

Our 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 Trading Co. 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.

Wake County Farmer’s Market Survey

Advocates for Health in Action is currently conducting a survey regarding Wake County Farmer’s Markets.  This data will be a tremendous help to them as they continue to address the issue of access to fresh, local produce. Please take the time to complete this survey and pass it on to ALL of your networks such as neighborhood associations, worksites, places of worship, etc. SURVEY link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJX52BW


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 out there!

Sun, Amanda, Steven, Elizabeth & Katherine

Inventor of The Garden Edge tool, Chris Martin, contacted the Food Shuttle after reading the recent N&O article mentioning our community gardens. Chris wanted to donate a few of his multipurpose gardening tools to help us maintain our community gardens! Last week Chris stopped by our community garden at Alliance Medical Ministry to demonstrate how The Garden Edge tool can cut down weeding time! Check out the pictures below from his visit.

Many thanks to Chris for donating the useful tools! Watch this video from Chris to see why he chose to donate The Garden Edge to the Food Shuttle:

We know it’s easy to get caught up in summertime activities, but Plant A Row for the Hungry is a simply way to give back to your community through your summer harvest! While you’re at the beach soaking up rays, or enjoying a neighborhood cook out you can still be fighting hunger in your backyard with your growing garden! Surplus veggies from your garden can be dropped off at locations across the Triangle, and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will take your home-grown food to people in need. Whether it is 2 tomatoes or a bushel of corn– every bit helps feed hungry stomachs in the Greater Triangle.

Watch the video below to see what the IFFS team does when the garden is overrun by extra veggies!

Encourage your fellow green thumbs to donate produce to the Food Shuttle- becoming a PAR member is quite easy!  Simply contact Don (don@foodshuttle.org) to get started.

Do your part to help fight hunger; lets cultivate a culture of giving in the Triangle!

Today’s Ripe Recipe takes a unique approach to cooking home-grown beets.

Tonya Post, our Director of Programs, recommended this pasta/beet combo from her expansive repertoire of recipes. So, harvest some beets from your garden and dish up this ripe recipe for dinner tonight!

Beet Pasta

Serves 6

  • 2 pounds small red or golden beets, scrubbed well
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti or other short tubular pasta
  • 6 ounces blue cheese or feta, crumbled (1 cup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place beets in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; add 1/2 cup water. Seal dish tightly with foil. Bake beets until tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp paring knife, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool 10 minutes. Using a paper towel, rub off skins. Slice beets into wedges.
  2. In a large bowl, toss beets with garlic, orange juice, oil, and coriander; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot; toss with half of the blue cheese and enough reserved pasta water to coat pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide the pasta mixture among plates; top with beets and remaining blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Did you try this beet pasta recipe? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!