Sierra Harvest’s Sierra Gardens program is entering its second year of building backyard gardens and providing classes, mentoring, and supplies to families who want to learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables. This year Farmer Leo Chapman expects to support 30 gardens for people who either are learning gardening skills or who can’t afford to create a full garden infrastructure. This is almost a third more than last year, and there is still room for more gardens in the program this year! Families aren’t the only ones learning about growing food in Nevada County – Leo learns something from every garden he puts in: “I’ve really enjoyed being all over the county and seeing how things grow differently in all of the micro climates.” Continue reading “Sierra Gardens Program Growing in Nevada County, with Room for More!”
“Leafy green, dark and lean.”
If you love it or hate it, you’ve heard of it and there’s a reason why.
Long ago, Thomas Jefferson grew it at home at Monticello, and more recently Beyonce wore a sweatshirt repping its name in a music video. Clever moms sneak it into smoothies and make it into chips. It even has its own day (October 1st).
This month, students tasted three different varieties of organic baby kale from Riverdog Farm, out of Guinda, CA. Local food aficionados may already be familiar with Riverdog, as they are the supplier for Mountain Bounty Farm’s winter CSA share. Located in the fertile Capay valley, partners Tim Mueller and Trini Campbell, along with their daughter and 50 full time employees, keep the farm going year-round. Continue reading “Celebrity Vegetable Visits Nevada County Schools”
Four amazing women who are all passionate about food in different ways joined Sierra Harvest recently, and we want you to meet them!
Brianna Abundiz and Jessica Gimpel will be serving as interns at the Food Love Project farm this season, and Rachel Berry and Miriam Limov have taken the helm as engagement managers for Sierra Harvest’s communications and outreach.
Meet Fabulous Food Love Interns Brianna and Jessica
SH: Why did you want to be an intern at Sierra Harvest?
Jessica: My head is exploding with reasons. When I saw the Food Love Project internship I got really excited because I wanted to find a place to learn how to grow food where I could integrate education and working with kids with healthy eating. It brings all of my interests together.
Brianna: I am a mother of five and there is a garden cart in each of my kid’s schools so I was familiar with Sierra Harvest. When I saw the email about the internship it just called out to me. Continue reading “Meet the New Faces of Sierra Harvest!”
by Amanda Thibodeau
What do you do as the Farm to School Liaison for Sierra Harvest?
I introduce fresh, local produce to children and their families in a few different ways. One of my favorite things is the garden cart, which was donated by Sierra Harvest. We get CSA shares from John Tecklin at Mountain Bounty for the cart and it is out twice a week at NCSA. Some families also grow things for the cart – things people have never seen before like unusual herbs. Continue reading “Converting Kids to Fresh Food at the School of the Arts”
Doesn’t citrus seem like a winter miracle? Seriously. In this time of diminished light, frozen ground and frankly not a lot of local produce, fruits such as lemons, mandarins, and oranges bring vitamin C and bright flavors to our palettes.
Have you had a chance to check out some of the seasonal varieties that are available now? Tart grapefruits, dark and mysterious blood oranges, perfect pink cara caras, classic navels, juicy tangelos, fragrant meyer lemons…the list goes on. Continue reading “Harvest of the Month: Mandarins”