Today I completed my 40 hours of community service requirement toward my GCETP certificate, but I plan to continue volunteering indefinitely as I’m positively hooked on The Free Farm community (--much like my rent-controlled apartment)! When I started (my initial post at http://thefreefarm.blogspot.com/2011/01/getup-raise-greenhouse-how-to-increase.html), I had no experience blogging, identifying bolted lettuce, constructing a greenhouse, managing a farm stand, etc. And I have so much more to learn! Organic farming involves lots of trial and error as we try to work with, rather than control, nature—which is increasingly unpredictable like our recent weather (sun, rain, snow).
My GCETP classmates weren’t at the Farm today, but my public health nutrition classmate Marlo volunteered today. After completing our clinical nutrition class, we’ve been fascinated at how food truly is medicine in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases (cardiovascular, GERD, inflammatory bowel, diabetes, liver, kidney, cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc.). The most nutrient-dense food is grown in soil built with organic matter, free from harmful chemicals.
As more people make the connection between food and health (Marlo and I are nutrition educators!), they will want to eat more SLOW (Seasonal, Local, Organic, Whole) food—so there will be increasing demand for food grown locally. And, farming is best done when you can share in the manual work within a community, building biceps and people-to-people ties.
One pleasant surprise was learning that Jordan was the same fellow whom I had an email correspondence last summer when we were both working at Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment—Jordan was a Microenterprise Fellow while I was transitioning to my virtual office. Today I learned that Jordan makes a savory potato, quinoa and split pea salad—something you must experience with all your senses!
Remember to spring forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday!
Wake up refreshed to some great music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_mrUvixxkY
"Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Benjamin Franklin
Public Service Announcement:
Thurs., Mar. 17, 2011 at 6 pm: Fair Farm Bill kickoff
25 Stillman St, Ste 200, San Francisco, CA 94107
In the face of budget cuts to local food programs, now is the time to build powerful support for healthy food and sustainable agriculture in California. We all have a stake in increasing access to healthy food and supporting small and mid-sized farmers.
RSVP at https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1185/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=66940
Join us at The Free Farm next Saturday because the world needs more organic farmers!
Marlo harvests lettuce
Stained glass adds elegance to greenhouse
Lavender & mushrooms
Transplanting cucumber seedlings
Avocado tree sprouts from split pit
Marlo records weighed produce Pancho holds up his bamboo cup creation
Neighborhood council member joins gratitude circle between Marlo & Tree
23 volunteers showed up for lunch
Chef Jordan created spiced potato, quinoa & split pea salad