February Growing Thymes: Veggielution now accepts EBT, Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, New Workshops and Lectures, Workday Leader Class, and more!
   
February 2012 Growing Thymes
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Weekly Farm Stand

Hours: Saturdays 10a to 2p
Location: Veggielution Farm @ Prusch Farm Park

Available This Month:
  *SproutingBroccoli
  *Gonzalez Cabbage
  *Carrots
  *Butterhead Lettuce
  *Red Salad Bowl Lettuce
  *Arugula
  *Green Onions
  *Parsely 
  *and more!

Veggielution now accepts EBT!


Contact Us

www.veggielution.org
info@veggielution.org
(408) 634-FARM (3276)



February Workday Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:30a - 12:30p

Wednesdays
2:00p - sunset

Saturdays
Workday: 10:00a - 12:30p
Potluck Lunch: 12:30p

More Workday Info




Save the Date
Avant Garden Art and Food Fundraiser: Friday, April 13th 2012 7:00-10:00pm

Get ready, get set, and mark your calendars. We are building an interactive and engaging evening around tasty food, live music, and a silent art auction. It's going to be a night to remember.



Workshop Success

This weekends Cheese Making Workshop was a hit. The workshop filled up 2 weeks ahead of time.You Veggielutionaries are clearly enthusiastic about your cheese! We made our own tasty mozarella and learned about the simple steps to making chevre. Looks like we have some new cheese connoisseurs in the making.This workshop was also covered by SJSU's Spartan Daily. See the article here. Be part of our great educational workshops at Veggielution. Check out our workshops here.
 


 

Veggielution Survey

We would greatly appreciate your response to our annual survey, which will help guide us through the exciting year of growth we have ahead. The survey should only take a couple of minutes. Whether you have volunteered a ton or only once, a long time ago or recently, we would really love to hear what you have to say. Thanks!

Click here for the survey.

 


Prusch Park Foundation Needs You

The Foundation is a nonprofit that acts as a laison between many of the amazing projects at the park and the San Jose park staff. They even helped Veggielution get started! They are in need of some new faces on their board of directors. 
contact the board president: Sharon McCray: Samccray@aol.com 






 
 

State of the Farm

It's already February but it feels more like April with warm spring days already here. We're still rolling with our hunch that it's going to be a warm, dry spring, so we're getting everything started a bit early. For example, our tomatoes have already put out their second leaves and we'll be potting them up this coming weekend. Soon, all our volunteers will be going crazy with spring fever and the pace of things at the farm will speed up dramatically. February will also be exciting because there will be a whole new crop of Workday Leaders begining their training on February 18th. These folks have made a huge commitment to the farm as volunteer facilitators and will learn everything they need to know to help other volunteers complete farm work and learn organic gardening techniques. There is still time for any of you who have joining the Workday Leader Class but have not signed up. Email me at mark@veggielution.org

All in all, this will be one of our most fruitful years ever. By April, most of the farm will be planted out and we'll be well on our way to record harvests. Lets get to work!

Mark Medeiros
Farm Manager 



Upcoming Workshops and Events

Veggielution has quite the fun packed calendar this month:

-Saturday Feb. 11th-10:30a-12:30p- Permaculture Design Class 

 Jump into the world of permaculture design. William Mutch will guide us through the permaculture basics of ethics and principles, zone and sector analysis, and how this all applies to you and your home garden.
-Saturday Feb. 18th- Start of our Work Day Leader Training Series
Learn the ins and outs of working on the farm during this 6 week course. Contact: Mark@veggielution.org
-Saturday Feb. 25th- 10:20a-12:30p-Fermenting Condiments Workshop  
Learn how to make your own amazing probiotic-rich condiments and get helpful information, tips and tricks about fermentation. Take this opportunity to delve deeper into the culture and flavors of fermented foods. We will be making 3 different fermented condiments: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, and a seasonal veggie.
-Saturday Feb. 25th-1:30p-3:30p- Soil Fertility Lecture
From worm bins to mycellium. Brian Debasitis is an expert on how to keep the complex ecosystem under our feet thriving

Learn more about our upcoming events


Avant Garden- Call for Artists

Do you fancy yourself an artist? Do you want to give back through your own medium? Veggielution will be hosting our 2nd annual art and food fundraiser, Avant Garden. Friday, April 13th from 7-10pm we will be having a silent auction with tons of donated art. If you are interested in donating art for this event, check out our Call for artists.


      

EBT at the Farm

We are proud to announce that we are now officially accepting EBT (food stamps) at the Farm! This means that you if you receive Cal Fresh benefits, you can now use your EBT card at our weekly Farm Stand, and this summer for our Farm Box CSA.


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All aboard the Member-Ship

We are announcing, drum roll please, a new awesome benefit of being a Veggielution member. February marks the start of our Monthly Member Giveaway. Each month Veggielution will offer members a special gift from the farm as a thank you for their support. 
February's Giveaway: FREE HEAD OF LETTUCE
This month all members can pick up a free head of lettuce at our Saturday Farmstand. Bring your membership card and get your lettuce!

Become a member



 

Guadalupe Perez, Veggielution School Garden Coordinator
 

Stories from the Ground: Lupe Rallying the Community

Hello Dears I am Lupe, Veggielution’s very own School Garden Organizer. I have been working towards building two amazing school gardens on the East Side of San Jose. These gardens will serve as powerful educational tools for local children. These projects are at very different phases.

For the first project we are working with Somos Mayfair and La Mesa Verde on creating community support for building garden beds at Cesar Chavez Elementary. I have been working with Parents whose kids attend Cesar Chavez for the past 8 months. Together we strive to start a school garden.

Every Thursday we get together for 2 hours and garden at Veggielution. Working on the garden together helps cultivate a love for gardening, and further the parent’s and their children’s drive to learn more about gardening and good food. It is wonderful to work with this group of parents. They are very hard working and grateful for the opportunity to get access to healthy, quality food, which they receive from Veggielution. Their children have developed good self esteem from coming to the farm and exploring, learning how to tend the land, and finding new ideas about the world from their experiences at the farm. The kids even ask the parents if they can go to the farm more often.
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Lupe Perez
School Garden Organizer

Family Day

Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
Saturday February, 11th 2012

From 11:00a-12:15p, followed by a potluck lunch.
Veggielution's February Family Day will include:

    
    *Do some gardening;
    *Create pictures from found garden elements;
    *Make pressed flower bookmarks; and,
    *Learn about how we can reuse old plastic that can't be recycled to
    make creative things, like earth benches! It's not only great to sit on,  
   also helps protect the environment.

We will also have a special guest from local art collective, Heart of Chaos, to lead a nature painting project.
So bring the whole family out to the farm, and express your creative selves with us!

Love and peas,
~Monica


For more information visit our Family Day page.
We hope to see you at the farm!

    

 


Volunteer of the Month: Rosa Garcia

English Translation
I’m from Cojumatlan, Michoacan, Mexico. I came to San Jose because My husband was here. I have 3 kids (7-5-4 years old). In my free time I like to spend time in my garden with the flowers and vegetables. I’m a participant of La mesa Verde program. Also, I like to play with my dogs and the canary in my house.

I became involved with Veggielution through an invitation from Yonara. Yonara spoke  in a community meeting where she invited everyone to get involved with the farm. My kids and I went to a family day, then we went as volunteers. I like to buy organic vegetables at the farm stand.

En Espanol

Yo soy de Cojumatlan, Michoacan, mexico. Yo vine a san jose, ca por que mi esposo estaba aca. Tengo 3 hijos-7,5 y 4 anos. in my tiempo libre me gusta pasar tiempo en mi jardin con las florez y vegetales. Yo soy parte del programa de La Mesa Verde. Tambien me gusta jugar con mis perros y mi canario. Yo empece a ser parte de VL a travez de una invitacion por yonara en una junta comunitaria donde ella explico el programa de la huerta. Mis hijos y yo fuimos al dia de la familia y despues como voluntarios. Me gusta comprar vegetales organicos en el puesto de verduras.

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