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Stanford Class Visit and Composting Demonstration

Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of hosting a class from Stanford, Liberation Through Land: Organic Gardening for Racial Justice, where we discussed social and food justice issues in the East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities. We then led a demonstration on composting and how it works in the garden. Check out the pictures below to see how our composting activity went! 

 

 

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Collective Kitchen opens at our EPA Community Farmers' Market

The beginning of the fall at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market is truly our favorite moment of the year, when we can still enjoy the flavors of summer while welcoming our first taste of fall, with crispy apples, pears, persimmons and variety of squash.  

Another reason to visit our farmers' market is to enjoy our brand new Healthy Cooking Demonstration table. On October 4th, in partnership with the SMC Social Human Service, we kicked off our first - Collective Kitchen, featuring the seasonal bounty of the market with free samples of "asian pear pico de gallo"! 

This new project is part of our goal of expanding the offering of nutritional and cooking workshops in order to deeply interact with the local community and expose them to a variety of healthy cooking techniques and ideas.

Savory-sweet flavors harmoniously came together with our Pico de Gallo variation using fresh Asian Pears (which was a nice and local twist to the more tropical version with mangos). Everyone love that all the ingredients used were just from our farmers' market! 

Asian Pear Pico De Gallo (Prep time:  5 mins)

  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • ½ asian pear, diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeded,minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt

If you missed out on the first Collective Kitchen event, you still have time to visit the second (and the last for the season) cooking demo on November 1st (11AM-1PM) at the EPA Community Farmer's Market. 

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Hands on the Bay Tomorrow Volunteering Youth Group

We had a fantastic time with the youth group on Monday and Tuesday this week! They got to do a variety of fun garden projects like composting, varnishing picnic tables, painting terracotta pots, mulching, building a planter box, preparing our edible greens garden plot, sowing seeds, and harvesting! Check out the pics to view all the fun!

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Meet our new vendor at the Farmers' Market

Blanca, native from Mexico but a long time East Palo Alto resident, has always been interested in giving back and helping her community. She is eager to grow her new baking business so that she can increase her earnings and help families in her community that are going through financial struggles. Her passion of baking dates back to the days when she used to help her great grandmother in their farm in Mexico to knead the masa on a big wooden table together. After being a regular customer of the market and Market Match participant for many years, she recently got her permits to sell her home-made tortillas and other special mexican bakery, including whole grain gorditas, tamarindo, champurradas at our market.

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Our Annual Greenhouse Project

Our annual greenhouse project was a major success this year! We grew over 500 seedlings in our NEW on-site greenhouse and provided them to the East Palo Alto community as well as neighboring communities, who donated at our various tabling events. Check out the photos of the whole process below! 

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