October 2009


Chef Gino came by last week to teach the kids how to make mini pizzas and soda! We were especially excited because we really wanted to find an excuse to use our new solar oven. How’s that for being green? Our little solar oven was able to bake the little pizzas at around 350 degrees!

Here’s Chef Gino explaining the solar oven and pizza plans:

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Think Geno’s going to just buy pre-made pizza dough? Where’s the fun in that?

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Messes perfect for the garden

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Mini pizza in cupcake liners

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Shaking up their own soda (juice and soda water)

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Kids waiting anxiously for their little pizzas

The pizzas turned out to be a huge success and easy! Try them at home!

Chef Gino’s Mini Pizza’s

Ingredients

  • flour
  • water
  • yeast
  • salt
  • sugar
  • tomato sauce
  • basil
  • cheese
  • ham
  • olives
  • cupcake liners

To make the dough: scoop approximately half a cup of flour on to your plate. Add a pinch of salt, yeast, and sugar. Mix in 2 tablespoons of water. (this is all approximations) mix together and the consistency shouldn’t be too sticky and should be able to roll easily into a ball. Play around with the water and flour to get the perfect consistency.

To make the pizza: take a little bit of the dough and flatten it to the bottom of the cupcake liner. Spread a some tomato sauce and add your toppings.

Pop it into your toaster oven and cook until ready.

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Last Saturday GSF was our first work day of the school year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out! It was an amazing turn out and we had a lot of fun! The garden looks beautiful and as a community we were able to get so much done! With the help of the volunteers, we were able to start a meadow in the CA native edibles area, build a mountain of compost, dig up and resoil old plots, build new plots, paint new signs, plant new seeds, spread out tons of hay, and so much more. Great job community!

Here’s some pictures from the event

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some of our volunteers of all ages!

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Executive Director Nat Zappia welcoming more volunteers

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A special thank you to our partners Root Down LA, Megan Hansen and Katy Atkiss, for providing the volunteers with a healthy and very tasty lunch of chili and a veggie platter w/ homemade ranch dressing.

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Just wanted to remind everyone that our first workday of the 2009-2010 school year is THIS Saturday!!! Bring everyone you know and your gardening supplies.

Time and Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 9am – 12pm.

Address: 24th Street School- 2055 West 24th Street, Los Angeles

Directions:
From the I-10 Freeway: take the “Western Avenue” exit (3 miles west of downtown) and head south on Western. Take a right turn on 24th Street. The school and parking lot will be on the right-hand side on the east side of school. There will be plenty of street parking as well. Look for the banner reading “24th Street School Workday” and enter through those gates.

There will be food, fun, and great energy! See you there!

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This week, Chef Gino, one of our amazing volunteer chef, brought together a group of 2nd graders to make lettuce wraps and little cakes. Can’t have a proper meal without dessert right?

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Chef Gino lead a great cooking lesson customized specifically for younger kids. You should try this very simple recipe at home:

Fresh Herb Cream Cheese Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

  • whole lettuce leaves- washed and separated individually
  • bean sprouts
  • crushed peanuts
  • herbs (we picked dill, basil, oregano, rosemary)
  • cream cheese
  • carrots- thinly julienne
  • ham

Directions: Chop up herbs and mix into the cream cheese. Spread onto lettuce leaf (iceburg is very easy to use with kids). Toss in the rest of the ingredients of your choice. Wrap up like a burrito and eat.

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Mint Tea: Mix in freshly washed mint leaves into hot water and honey. Great for a chilly day!

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Once a week, Betsy, one of our awesome volunteers, comes in to teach yoga to a group of kids under our beautiful pepper tree in our garden. It gives them a chance to calm their minds in the lush green yard and stretch their bodies after sitting at a desk all week.

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The kids are always happy after, even if they’re shouting: “WE LOVE YOGA! IT MAKES US SO RELAXED AND CALM!!!!!!!! YAHHH!!!!!”. Either way, we believe they love it.

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Why let the kids have all the fun? After all, it takes a community to raise a child and a school garden! Join us for our first work day of the 2009-10 school year! Once a month, we invite the community to come and join us in the garden. We will be catching up on our fall planting, building some infrastructure, making new beds, and many other tasks. There’s always lots to be done and we can always an extra hand.

Join us on Saturday, 10/24 (9am-12pm) at the 24th Street School!

What to bring: Garden gear (garden gloves, some water, sunscreen, a shovel or pitchfork).

Address: 24th Street School- 2055 West 24th Street, Los Angeles

Directions:
From the I-10 Freeway: take the “Western Avenue” exit (3 miles west of downtown) and head south on Western. Take a right turn on 24th Street. The school and parking lot will be on the right-hand side on the east side of school. There will be plenty of street parking as well. Look for the banner reading “24th Street School Workday” and enter through those gates.

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We are fortunate to have our partners from RootDown LA, Megan Hansen and Katy Atkiss, providing us all a delicious meal!

We look forward to seeing you then!

Recently, we decided to take classes into the garden and forage for food. After all, what better way teach kids that food doesn’t have to come pre-packaged in a can? We still had some of our spring and summer crops growing in the garden so we were able to walk through the garden and find a bounty of food! Since our herb beds are thriving, the kids were able to pick some parsley, rosemary, basil, dill and oregano. What a great way to learn about all the different smells of herbs, huh? After, they found some zucchini and swiss chard for their pasta. On their way through the garden, they insisted on putting a few apples into the mix. Hey, can you ever say no to a kindergarten classroom that want to eat more fruit? I think not.

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After a quick wash, cut, and stir-fry, we mixed it in with some pasta and feasted like kings! Try it out at home with your kids!

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Recipe: Zucchini, Swiss Chard and Fresh Herb Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Pasta (any kind you like)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large zucchini sliced or cubed
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard chopped
  • 1 small apple- sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pour olive oil in the pan on medium flame. Add zucchini and swiss chard into pan and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add apples. Add whatever herbs you’d like. (We put them all in just for fun and found it to be pretty tasty!) Mix together and salt and pepper to taste.

It’s a very easy recipe to do with children. It was also a great way to introduce them to swiss chard.

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