Last day of class and Homestead projects!

  • Week of November 18th, 2013:

Today was the last official meeting of the semester! For the past two weeks, our class had  been preparing for our different homestead projects that we would be presenting today! It was amazing, there were many different homestead projects, and everyone’s projects were different in their own ways. Some classmates did a fermentation projects, others made homemade jams, cookies, scones, and even creating their own vanilla extract. It was a great day of class that ended the semester well. Our class was able to share our experience of our projects, and everyone had full tummies of different types of food (mostly sweets). As the day grew colder, our class enjoyed some nice hot apple cider along with apple pie and olallieberry pie! Yummy!

Here are some pictures of some of the class’ presentations:

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Last Farm Stand! 11/14/13!

Hello to everyone! Please join our class, the Community Garden Outreach class, for our last farm stand of the semester (and year) and come learn about our mission statement of advocating and spreading the word about how eating local and organic is healthy for you and your community!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all and thank you for a great semester!

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Last Community Dinner!

  • Week of November 4th, 2013:

This week was our class’ last week cooking community dinners for St. Cyprian’s! It’s been an awesome semester with the church and hopefully, the impact left from our class was a great and positive one that will broaden relations. As a recap, for our last community dinner, the break down into groups was kept the same as any other dinner: 1)Appetizer, 2) Salad, 3)Soup, 4)Entree and 5) Dessert. This week our class worked extra hard to ensure that the last dinner would be the best dinner. Our class expected a big turn out and low and behold… the turn out was great! It was a full dinner filled with many classmates, along with their family members and friends. It was great to see the many faces of the community that we were serving.

Our last community dinner, as stated, brought out the best of the best! For this week the appetizer group made a tomato, basil bruschetta; the salad group made a mixed veggie salad with apples, and a kale medley; the soup group made a mixed vegetable miso soup; the entree group made veggie (kale and squash) enchiladas and last the dessert group made lavender bread pudding!

Here are just some of the many pictures of our community dinner!

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Last Community Dinner ! 11/07/2013

Come join our class for our last community dinner at St. Cyprian’s on Turk and Lyon! Any donations are recommended! Our class would love for you to be there to celebrate the end of our semester! Thank you for all the support; Our class wouldn’t have been able to feed off such positive energy and liveliness!

A big shout out to all the farms that have helped us in our attempts to glean and promote our goal of spreading local, organic and healthier foods around to our community– and educating them on what it means to have sustainable urban gardens!

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A new semester!

Hello and welcome to the University of San Francisco Community Garden Outreach class for Fall 2013!

If you didn’t know this is USF’s personal, one-and-only blog dedicated to the Community Garden class. There has been lots of new activity following the previous class so here are some updates!

  • Week of August 25th, 2013:

During this week our class was divided into five cooking groups in preparation of our very 1st community dinner/USF Farm Stand. The groups were: 1) Appetizers, 2) Salads, 3) Entree, 4) Soup 5) Dessert

This week provided the opportunity for everyone to glean around the city at different farm stands. (Gleaning, in terms of this class, is the act of collecting leftovers from Farmers’ fields and farm stands when they have finished selling their produce and will throw anything left in compost.) The gleaning* proved pretty successful and our challenge was the difficulty of storing our gleaned produce.

  • Week of September 1st, 2013:

Our class was finally able to cook our first dinner at Saint Cyprian’s on Turk & Lyon after a good week of gleaning! Each group was very busy with their recipes. The appetizer group made a lemon/mint flavored water, vegetarian wontons, and an artichoke dip. The salad group made various salad dressings, while the soup group made a spicy tomato soup. The dessert group made delicious peach cobbler with brown sugar and apple crumble, and last the entree group made a vegetarian, mushroom pasta.

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Mark and Mike prepping for their dessert!

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A little part of our class 🙂

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Overall the community dinner at Saint Cyprian’s was a HUGE success! There were so many attendees that initially our classmates that did stay back for the dinner were overwhelmed by its size. The line at times were even backed up and 30 minutes in, all of the food had been eaten!

  • Week of September 8th, 2013:

This week was our class’ very FIRST USF Farm Stand! We were all very nervous and anxious but, somehow everyone came together and organized the farm very neatly. The weather that day was bright, and sunny and was perfect weather for our stand. Many classmates were very generous and ran straight to serving hungry visitors who stopped and asked questions about what this “farm stand” we had built was. The pick up for people at times were slow and very fast, but everyone who came by was able to donate a bit of their time, effort and $$ to our cause.

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Classmate Emily Gould passing around fresh, local and organic strawberries to draw in passersby

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A plate full of delicious greens, pasta, and peach cobbler! Yummy! 😀

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Our very own Grace snagging a bite:)

In all our class’ first farm stand was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! None of us could have possibly imagined how many people actually passed by our farm stand! There were many difficulties this week to post fliers around campus, but it was great to see that our farm stand was already a hit without them!

  • Week of September 15th, 2013:

For this week’s class, our class took a trip to an urban farm right here in San Francisco, Eco SF*! Eco SF is a local school farm located on The School of The Arts– a high school in the Portola neighborhood very close to Twin Peaks. Eco SF has a community made and funded cob oven and even a chicken coop!

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Dani Tran having the opportunity to hold a chicken 🙂

Our class was able to get a very in-depth tour of Eco SF, its history, its projects and what Eco SF does to promote a community aspect of growing and learning about growing local, healthy and organic produce.

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A special thanks to the many local and organic farms that have lent our class a hand in our attempts at gleaning!

Big shout out to: Garcia Farms, Serendipity farms, and Fifth crow farms

Also for more information on Eco SF, please visit their website :D!

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Screen Printing and Natural Dyes

 

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Okay, this post is a little delayed – but it’s never too late for the beauty that is screen printing with homemade, plant-based dyes. You might be a little skeptical – how can dye made from eucalyptus hold its own in a world of plastic-y, chemical-y vibrance? I mean, you’ll never get a fluorescent lime green from leaves and bark, but you’d be surprised by the variety of colors you can cull from good ol’ Mother Nature. The dye is legit too, it’s permanent and most don’t fade. And it doesn’t release toxic chemicals into the environment, of course!

A few weeks ago, us students of Community Garden Outreach spent our weekly class at St. Cyprian’s church for a dye-making, screen printing spree. Our fearless leader Melinda Stone commissioned a few experts to show us the ropes in making plant dye from locally-gleaned fig leaf, eucalyptus, apple leaf, fennel, and bunch more. We used these dyes to print a new seed packet design (designed by Lizzie) for the next round of seed collecting.

It’s really very simple – the process involves chopping and boiling your plant of choice (each has their own color – the results are often surprising!) in a large, stainless steel pot of water, straining the concoction, and throwing the liquid into a blender with a teaspoon of guar gum per cup of liquid. Easy!

Here’s some photos of our foray into plant dye and screen printing – we’re definitely gonna keep these skills on our radar. What plants should we try next? Any ideas for screen printing projects?

You can find out more about making your own plant dye from Bay Area-based Permacouture and Fibershed. But before you try this at home, make sure to read up on the process so you don’t accidentally turn your green dye black or print all your meticulous designs upside down. When you know your hollyhock from your foxglove, have at it!

Photos and words by Emily Turner