Protective Sign Making and Creative Cake Baking

Started off the day weeding the garden, then transitioned into a great warm up game by Salma and Alejandra. During lunch, we were presented with the unusual incorporation of cauliflower in a banana cake baked by Beatrice although it was surprisingly delicious. And finally, we ended off the day by making don’t steal signs for the gardens and doing a bit of watering. (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

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Food Narratives: Boundary lines and Bridges

What is one thing that your mom’s pantry always has?  

We smiled as many shared reminiscently about childhood pantries filled with boxes of fruit roll-ups, packaged dinners, pre-made convenience foods that we all knew.  I thought of the bright yellow powdered chicken stock, dotted with green flecks of something (some dried herb perhaps), that my mom always had.  “It adds umami,” she’d always say, in Chinese.

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Harvest News

It seems that our days are filled with bright colours.  We harvested some intensely red Raxe radishes this week.

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Life is full of hello’s and goodbye’s.  We said hello to bush beans–a humble but nonetheless happy first harvest.  And we said goodbye to beets–we sowed the last beet seeds of the season, a variety called Winter’s Keeper (its name tells much).  Though it will still be a while before we get to harvest and enjoy those baby beets, we were reminded of how fast the season is moving.  Not much more planting to do…

"Hello beans, Goodbye beets," says Hanne.

“Hello beans, Goodbye beets,” says Hanne.

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Community Day Week 4

Week 4 was a blast!

In the morning, as our warm up we played two truths and one lie.It was amazing how some lies were hard to guess because they seemed so real.Later on we visited the Fresh Direct warehouse , there was so much produce.We saw mushrooms, ginger, yam ,tomatoes ( hey why did the tomatoes blush when it saw the salad? Because it saw the salad dressing!!:>) ,etc.After the tour of the warehouse, we had a trivia game.If you get a question correct, you get a prize but at the end everyone got a prize because it was a happy day!

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In the afternoon , we explored the cottonwood community garden. It seemed small from the outside view but from the inside , it was like a totally different world.There were so many different coloured flowers, big trees , small trees and also a full garden to the native plants. we also ate mole berries but they were hard to reach so Salma reached for the berries so thank you dear Salma. we saw the kiwi vines , with just a lonely kiwi hanging. we saw A BANANA TREE!! but no bananas growing😦.We had lunch under a tree , it was shady and cool. WE HAD SO MUCH PUN!!!!!!

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At the end , we visited the farmer’s market it was their 20th anniversary! CONGRATULATIONS!!!There was a lot of fresh organic produce that the farmers grew and harvested themselves .People were selling baked goods , honey, different types of home-made cheese and I scream for Ice cream! They even had free coffee and mini donuts , they were amazing!

Thank you to the fresh direct for showing us around their warehouse and also thank you to Jill for giving us a tour around the garden. Also thanks to Daniel for giving us more information about the farmer’s market!

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Walnut Sage Pesto

A beautiful and savory pesto made in less than 15 minutes. Add it to salads, meats, pasta, or sandwiches.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh sage

1 cup fresh parsley

1 cup walnuts

4 cloves chopped garlic

1 juiced lemon

3/4 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Place everything except olive oil in a food processor. Slowly pour in olive oil as your pulse the processor. Add a little water for a thinner texture. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

 

Gardening In The Rain!

The Day started off dreary and damp, with a game of Handshake murderer to get us moving and laughing. It was especially funny when everyone died right after I shook their hand, even though I was NOT the murderer. Whatever, it was fun.

After the fun and games, it was time to get to work. In the garden. In the rain. It wasn’t terrible, but it was definitely cold, and we all wanted to be done as quickly as possible. Luckily, there wasn’t much to do, just some weeding and maintenance, so we were out of the rain in no time.

After gardening, we headed inside to start blogging. It was a lot of fun, and it was better than being out in the rain.

Lunch came next, and then we started our leadership workshop. A game we started out with had someone blindfolded of a circle, with everyone trying to grab a pair of keys in between the blindfolded persons legs. Then we worked on listening skills, and had an activity where we had to pretend to be bad listeners. It was really hard to pretend to not be listening, and it didn’t feel nice to be distracting and rude.

We ended of the day with a rousing game of Ninja, where the objective is to hit other peoples’ hands, while protecting your own. After some creative positions, and bending into some interesting shapes, then game was over, and thus ended the day.

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Let’s Pause.

“Ah!  So beautiful!”
Intern Hanne is gleeful as she peels back the soil-y layer of garlic skin to unveil a spotlessly white and smooth layer beneath–garlic!

“You’re rubbing off on her, Jenny,” Farmer Scott remarks.  (“So beautiful!” is an oft-used comment we have at the farms.)

“Well, what else can you say about our veggies?”

“You could say, ‘That’s freakin’ awesome!!!’ “

I guess both serve the same purpose.  

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And so, garlic cleaning and emphatic expressions of wonder and awe continue…

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The very first day, Monday, March 16th. When mornings were still cool enough for dewdrops.

Well, it’s been over four months since this Adventure first began.  How is it that this journey has past the half-way point?!  Over mountaintops of gatherings filled with stories and laughter, through valleys of muscle-sore days and endless beds to prep, and frolicking amongst meadows of fragrant lavender and parsley–this experience has been so full. 

At times tiring, at times overwhelming, but at all times plein de meaning and refreshing joy, there have been so many gifts.  This week, I thought it’d be a good time to pause and share some of these gifts, through some photos (before they begin to gather digital dust).

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Just Like Your Great-Grandma Used to Make

On our third community day everyone met up at Van Tech and leaned about food processing which meant lots of cooking, food and most importantly eating! Milling grain is something that most in this generation never think about but we got to try it out first hand turning whole grains into flour we used to make our bread.

We broke into groups to make the most scrumptious bread creations possible which included a sweet version of an “everything bagel” roll, a fig jam twist, oat bread, a cheesy empanada and of course the classic cinnamon roll. Secondly, everyone got a chance to learn the process of canning and just how labor intensive ,but important, it was for those who lived before refrigeration. Jars and jars of a no sugar added strawberry jam were created after numerous bowls of strawberries were cut and mashed. Finally, our last creation of the day was pickled beans. There were three huge boxes of beans to chop up and it seemed like an insurmountable task, but everyone pulled through to get through two boxes to be pickled. In addition to the pickling liquid, dill, garlic and even a few spicy peppers were added to pack a powerful punch of flavor. Different veggie of the week creations were also sampled which included cooked beets, turnips and a very vibrant beet and banana smoothie.This weeks veggie of the week were the same beans that we canned and even though everyone took home bulging bags of beans there were still many left. At the end of the day we all got together to taste our lovely creations which got gobbled up in minuted they were so good! On the whole it was a very delicious day filled with canning, pickling and bread making on our third community day which left both our interests and stomachs satisfied.

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Balsamic Salad Dressing

A simple and classic dressing. If you are feeling adventurous, add some herbs, honey or garlic for an extra layer of flavor.

Ingredients:

¾ cup    Extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup    Balsamic Vinegar

Pinch      Salt

Pinch     Ground pepper

Directions:

Blend, mix, or shake all ingredients together in a mason jar. Enjoy!

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Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Easy to make and full of flavor. A sweet and tangy dressing for your salad greens.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp.    Mustard

2 tbsp.    Honey

¼ cup    Extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup    Apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Blend, mix or shake all ingredients together. Enjoy!