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Cass stands triumphantly with our expatriated weeds and retired bean plants

Deep Roots Draw Up: An Epic.

I’ve just returned from a week-long family road trip to Alberta.  

The land of wild roses, giant dandelion-like globes that I am mystified by, and glacial waters that call my heart to calm and new breath.

Returning

The body – in need of a readjusting to the rhythms of the farm.  

To lifting, and bending, and yanking.

The soul – inspired once more by weeds.

They kinda are my thing.

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Kingdom of My Heart

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9 o’clock.

Wheelbarrow filled with buckets hungry for expatriated weeds, hands ready to hit the soil,

I plop to the ground beside the bed of rainbow carrots,

Knees up against the damp alleyway strewn with grass-suppressing burlap.

Ready to weed, I am!

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THE JANET SALAD DRESSING

3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh dill
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
3 tablespoons fresh chives or green onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Blend, mix or shake all ingredients together. Enjoy!

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The Big Help: Volunteer Work Party Round Two!

The Big Help!

The schoolyard farms need your help to get ready for school and to fight off some serious weeds!

The first Big Help at David Thompson Secondary was a huge success, with over 35 volunteers joining us to lend a hand in a big way! Each bed was weeded, the kale freed from a chickweed strangle; the dandelions were finally uprooted.

Join us for round two this Thursday, August 27th from 5-8:30pm at Van Tech Secondary schoolyard farm for an evening of gardening, gettin’ dirty and kicking some grass!

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Bring yourself, a bottle of water and your friends. Once there, you’ll find delicious snacks, cheesy veggie jokes and the joy of making friends while farming! Afterwards, we’ll all head for some well-deserved dinner nearby.

Please RSVP on Facebook or by emailing volunteer@freshroots.ca. Come for the whole evening or just a couple hours; this is the most fun schoolwork you’ll ever do!

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SUNSHINE SALAD DRESSING

3/4 cup tahini

2 cloves of garlic

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons balsamic or apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 cup water

 

Blend, mix or shake all ingredients together. Enjoy!

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Big and Small

Big and small.  

Small and Big.  

Never one-size-fits all.

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Harvest News

A smaller harvest this week meant enjoying the unfamiliar feeling of being unrushed.  ‘Twas much appreciated!

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Javi and Cass – getting ready to swish-swish frisee

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Harvest blades

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Kale with Apple, Leeks and Feta Cheese

1 bag Fresh Roots Baby Kale, washed and cut into fine strips
2 cups good cooking apples, chopped
1 cup leeks, chopped
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Stir fry the leeks in oil in a large wok or frying pan, until tender. Add kale to the pan, and stir fry for another few minutes- until the kale is limp, but still bright green. Add the chopped apples and stir fry for another few minutes. Remove pan from heat, add feta and stir. Enjoy!

Creating a New Path

Today, we started the day off at Churchill by weeding some small plants from the garden beds. A small little carrot seed, a demonstration carrot seed (For the kids workshop) has sprouted with our cucumbers! Who would have thought that the little girl would come out…

After, we turned on the irrigation to water the plants and continued on with market planning and doing some blogging afterwards.

After lunch, we visited an urban garden near Langara. The garden was amazingly beautiful! Seeing their tomato trellis compared to ours made ours look way smaller. We got a tour around the garden and were told that seniors often come and visit the garden. But lately, only a few have shown up. To grant them better access, we decided to clear out the path that leads into and through the garden…by weeding! We were assigned into different sectors of the path and we clawed and raked out weeds that may cause harm to the seniors in wheelchairs. Even though it was particularly hot that day, we still pulled through! (Like the buff team we are).

Once we were done, we head back to Churchill and were dismissed from there.

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A Green Bean Story

“Look!  A four-leaf clover!”  Alicia finds a rare gem hidden in the bean bush.

“You should keep it!”  

“No, I’ll leave it here so that its gene pool can remain… maybe there’ll be more four-leaf clovers.”

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Harvest News

Many of the usual culprits were arrested from the field this week: carrots, kale, chard, lettuce, parsley, spring mix, mustards, turnips, radishes.  So guilty are they, each week, of being beautiful and yummy.

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Scott and Ilana harvest some human-sized chard!

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The Big Help! Volunteer Work Party

The Big Help!

The schoolyard farms need your help to get ready for school and to fight off some serious weeds!

Join us Thursday, August 13th and Thursday, August 27th from 5-9pm at David Thompson Secondary schoolyard farm for an evening of gardening, gettin’ dirty and kicking some grass!

Bring yourself, a bottle of water and your friends. We’ll provide the snacks and veggie jokes! Afterwards, we’ll all head for some well-deserved dinner nearby.

Please RSVP on Facebook or by emailing volunteer@freshroots.ca. Come for the whole evening or just a couple hours; this is the most fun schoolwork you’ll ever do!