USF Garden Project


November 25th, 2008 U.S.F. Community Garden Minutes
December 19, 2008, 12:42 am
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-what the groups are up to and what progress we have on that

Animals- building chicken coop and bat houses
Canning- Caning free fruits and veggies from farmers markets
Blog- up and running from garden project site off of usfca.edu
Plastiki- protocol of garden
Veggie Stand- building stand
Rain catchment- getting system all set up for break and the winter months
Mural- constructing it and making signs for the plots of land
Compost- starting to produce
Food not bombs
-what we did during the garden workday

Weeding and tilling soil to plant cover crop
Construction on chicken coop and bat house
Lovely lunch with food from the garden
-explain about the garden philosophy plots now that their constructed and people can get a good visual of what it’s going to look like

Garden philosophies such as
No till
Bio dynamic
Eatable garden
Forrest gardening
Bio/French intensive
The hay to keep soil moist, warm, and birds out of the cover crop seeds
-talk more about the community plot of land and see if anyone would like to take charge of managing that

Point it our again and what they could possibly do again
-and ask if anyone else has anything that they want to be brought up.



Feild Trip: Brooks Park and Quesada Garden
December 13, 2008, 7:44 am
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Last Friday’s field trip to Brooks Park and Quesada Garden was rather refreshing.  It was nice to see two gardens thriving that had been kept by groups who didn’t have a whole lot of knowledge about gardening.  The whole trip gave me more confidence about starting my own garden sometime in the future when I have a space to.

  

    The trip to Brooks Park was a bit nerve wracking due to the smoke that began billowing out of our van on the way, but the smoking eventually stopped and it made getting there just as sweet.  The man who took care of most of the park was very energetic and enthusiastic about the park and garden.  His happy-go-lucky approach to maintaining and growing there was echoed by the great wilderness area and thriving garden, as everything there seemed full of natural life.  So far, Brooks Park is my first choice for an internship next year during the spring semester.

      Next, we went to Quesada Garden.  The small median strip garden was in a pretty sketchy neighborhood, however, the garden was bursting with green life that seemed to shine in the middle of a concrete area.  It was amazing how such a simple thing, such as this garden, was able to bring together such an isolated community.  Similar to Alemany Farm, it provided an alternative activity for at-risk youth that would be great to see in more underprivileged neighborhoods.

-Ryan Johnson

For more information on Brooks Parks, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suS7-yqw9jI and for Quesada Gardens check out http://quesadagardensblog.blogspot.com/



Field Trip: The Edible Schoolyard
December 13, 2008, 6:59 am
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This past Friday we visited the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley. It was so amazing; I couldn’t believe how invested the students, not to mention the surrounding community was in the effort to promote organic living and sustainability. It is so important to teach the value of food to the next generation, especially in a time where fast food chains are a staple in many children’s diets. I was blown away at how engaged the students were, and how natural it was for them to work in the garden. It relieved them of stress and anxiety, while giving them a moment to be out in nature and experience the responsibility of nurturing things to life. It was a wonderful way to also gain community involvement. The volunteer’s all seemed very invested and very willing to work with the students, at a very rough age might I add as well.

      I was especially impressed with the kitchen and how the students were able to harvest the food they grew, and learn how to cook it in a communal way. I really felt the sense of community and organic solidarity just watching the kids in their last few minutes of clean up.  I think that it is so beneficial that they teach this collective living at a young age, especially when this “family atmosphere” has been diminished with the growing popularity of T.V dinners and fast food.

      The second half of the trip, when we went to the sour kraut kitchen, I thought it was really interesting to learn the process of pickling. I had never seen or experienced anything quite like that except for the wine fermenting process I witness all the time back home. I was really interested especially in the kombucha. I didn’t have a chance to really ask much information about the benefits of the tea and what makes it naturally carbonated, but I have heard many nutritionists in the past rave about how important it is and how it is the “magical healer”. I would really be interested in learning more about that and other teas that have a positive benefit on the body.

      Overall I had a really good time on the trip and though I feel as if I didn’t learn as much factual knowledge at the Eatable Schoolyard, I really got to feel what a community garden felt like with everyone working harmoniously together. I loved it and I believe that we can create that atmosphere within our own garden if we can get all the people who are interested actually involved.

-Lily Post

For more information on The Edible Schoolyard please visit http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/homepage.html.  



Garden Project Community Profiles
December 6, 2008, 12:47 am
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Please see our newly uploaded community profiles at http://www.usfgardenproject.wordpress.com/about!