We are very excited to announce that the City of San Jose has approved our proposal for expanding the farm at Emma Prusch Park, bringing us from 2 acres to 6! We could not have reached this point without the dedicated and passionate community that makes up the Veggielution Farm. This expansion is a huge step forward in our vision to transform our food system into one that nourishes and enriches our bodies and lives. More land means growing much more food and increasing access to these healthy fruits and veggies for all. It is also a platform for continuing to build up our existing cooking and nutrition classes, Dig Crew high school youth program, off-site school gardens, and workshops.
The Farm is Growing!
Our expansion plans include an orchard of 200+ trees, more annual row crops, a permanent Farm Stand, a produce washing and packing shed, a larger kitchen and potluck area, a higher capacity irrigation system, and much more. The next time you come out to the farm take a minute to look out over that expanse of land. Envision the farm reaching out, cultivating the future. Thank you for being a part of this evolution!
State of the Farm
Last Saturday, March 31 was our first annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. The rain changed our plans to have a giant workday with hundreds of volunteers and draft horses, but it still turned out to be a really beautiful day of community and friendship building. A spring ceremony and blessing was performed at 9am by members of Calpulli Tohnaleque, a local Azteca/Mexica Dance group and Elisa Alvarado of Teatro Vision. They were joined by Anne Marie Sayers and Kanyon Sayers-Roods, representatives of the Ohlone community and residents of Indian Canyon.
At 7:30am the sun was shining through the scattered clouds, but a strong wind was blowing. By 9:30, the sky had closed up and torrential rain was pouring down on the ceremony, along with about 60 brave volunteers and community members who joined outside the dance circle. Afterwards we were all sopping wet, and huddle together under the outdoor kitchen. There we spent the rest of the day socializing, eating food and making tortillas from scratch using the maiz mourado we grew from scratch.
In other news, we have a huge selection of tomatoes and other veggie starts for sale. Make sure to buy from us when you're looking to buy plants for your home garden. They'll be on sale every week at the Saturday farmstand from 10am-2pm.
Avant Garden: April Friday, 13th- 7:00p-10:00p
Join us at our annual art and food fundraiser. Experience a new way to think about food in our community, through the taste of our Spring harvest, and captivating visual artistry!
We are building an interactive and engaging evening around tasty food, live music, and a silent art auction. The program will include farm fresh appetizers/small plates, beverages, local musicians, and video. Proceeds from this event will help Veggielution provide awesome resources to our community.
Buy your tickets online and save $2 and get 1 free food ticket! Kids ages 12 and below get in for free.
School Garden Tour: Saturday, April 28th-9:00am-1:00pm
In a partnership with Common Ground and Slow Food South Bay. Veggielution is going to host a school garden tour, featuring Mckinley, Goss, and Hacienda Elementary's gardens.
Join this inspirational tour of how our children and their teachers are using their gardensfor hands-on academic lessons and for connecting with where their food grows from!
• explore exciting examples of how schools are using sustainable gardens
• visit a local Community Garden or Farm that supports local schools
• meet the creative parents, teachers, and staff who have turned asphalt into edible landscapes
• get connected with ways you and your neighbors and participate in these creations
Each month Veggielution will offer members a special gift from the farm as a thank you for their support.
April Giveaway: FREE Tomato Plant
Get your Summer garden planted, and get started with a Veggielution grown tomato plant. You can pick up your plant at our farmstand from 10a-2p on any Saturday this month! Remember to show the farmstand attendant your membership card.
Stories From the Ground
A Delicious Class – Sí se puede comer saludable!
In January Veggielution started a great new program called Las Promotoras. The Promotora model involves teaching and training women from the community to become leaders of their community, and address important issues through their leadership.
We are fortunate to have 4 amazing women from Veggielution’s neighborhood, devoting their time to Veggielution’s mission. At Veggielution, our Promotoras are playing a key role in the organization by advocating, outreaching and engaging the community from the ground up. Our Promotoras specific role at the farm is leading “Cooking Matters” which is a series of cooking and nutrition classes offered in Spanish. The goal of the program is to promote healthy eating habits in the community. During the cooking and nutrition classes Las Promotoras educate their community about healthy cooking habits, organic, local and seasonal vegetables and providing guidance in nutrition. Moreover, Las Promotoras relate their experiences to participants about how they are learning to make healthy choices in their own families. Everyone gets to learn how to make healthier choices for their families. For instance, Luz Maria , one of our Promotoras said:
“I’m cooking more fresh food at home. I used to go out with my kids all the time. Now, we are spending more time at home eating healthy food and I’m saving money that I can use it to get other things for my kids”.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
Saturday, April 14th 2012
From 11:00a-12:15p, followed by a potluck lunch.
This coming Family Day we are going to explore dirt, and what's in it!
Veggielution's Family Day will include:
*Collecting soil samples and examining them under a magnifier.
*Discovering the properties of soil.
*Making mud pies!
So bring the whole family out to the farm, and bug out with with us!
Love and peas,
School Garden Coordinator
For more information visit our Family Day page.
We hope to see you at the farm!