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Finding Nirvana at The Great Persimmon Harvest

Posted by on 7:19 pm in Blog in Pics, Community, Featured, Hunger Relief | 2 comments

Finding Nirvana at The Great Persimmon Harvest

I stayed in bed as long as I could, wrapped up in blankets, waiting for the sun to come reaching through the window to pluck me out of my warm cocoon. I had been anxiously awaiting this day all week, trying but unable to fathom what 50,000 pounds of fruit must look like. This would be my first harvest, and I had no idea what to expect. One of the first volunteers to arrive at the backyard orchard, I sipped my tea, grabbed a milk crate and slipped on my gloves. With three other women, I tried to get into a rhythm of pinching a branch with one...

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Why I dig the farmers market

Posted by on 4:57 pm in Blog in Pics, Community, Featured | 2 comments

Why I dig the farmers market

The first scent that registers in my brain is that of popcorn. Warm, sweet, sugary kettle corn being shoveled into tall plastic bags by a tall man behind a tall screen, whistling as he hands the bag to a smiling, giggling child. He is whistling a happy tune and bouncing around in his popcorn tent as local residents pass by; “That smells so good,” they chirp. My eyes land on a spread of small dark green peppers, mammoth green and yellow summer squash, purple edible flowers scattered among dark leafy greens, and an array of enormous red,...

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Eliminating hunger: It’s more than just putting food on the table

Posted by on 9:19 pm in Blog in Pics, Featured, Hunger Relief | 0 comments

Eliminating hunger: It’s more than just putting food on the table

When you hear about ‘eliminating hunger,’ what comes to mind? Soup kitchens, families living in poverty, a lack of food? Unfortunately, it’s not just the poor who need nutritional assistance. Nutritional poverty – also known as ‘hidden hunger’ or malnutrition – transcends socioeconomic status and has serious health consequences. While it is true that poverty, natural disasters, political problems, and war all contribute to hunger and hidden hunger, malnutrition is more widespread than it appears: American chef Cat Cora stated,...

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What’s all the buzz about colony collapse?

Posted by on 11:58 am in Blog in Pics, Community, Featured | 0 comments

What’s all the buzz about colony collapse?

Bee populations are dwindling quickly, and it’s not just honey we’re at risk of losing. According to PBS, honeybees pollinate about one-third of crops in the United States, including apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, melons, and animal-feed crops such as clover. While the declining honeybee population isn’t likely to stamp out flowering crops from our diets just yet, improving honeybee health is...

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Is fresh produce an upper-class luxury? Maybe not.

Posted by on 1:06 pm in Blog in Pics, Community, Featured, Hunger Relief | 0 comments

Is fresh produce an upper-class luxury? Maybe not.

It is a common misconception that farmers’ markets cater to the wealthy. Just a couple weeks ago, while perusing the organics section of my local produce market, I realized just how often I’d been purchasing my fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ markets and through Farm Fresh To You, a CSA. The apple I’d just picked up was covered in a waxy film, presumably to prolong ‘freshness’ and ‘improve’ appearance. I found myself disgusted, longing for the less-shiny, unmistakably fresh Pink Ladies and Fujis available at the Sunday market. But it...

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Preventing falling civilizations with fruit trees

Posted by on 5:02 am in Blog in Pics, Community, Hunger Relief | 0 comments

Preventing falling civilizations with fruit trees

By Ashley Hagin There are a series of black-and-white photographs taken by Dorothea Lange depicting the struggles Dust Bowl migrants faced during the Great Depression. We’re all familiar with Migrant Mother, a portrait of pea-picker Florence Owens Thompson gazing out with a furrowed brow past the photographer while two of her children cling to her, facing away from the camera. (source) But it’s Lange’s Dust Bowl Farm, a photograph of a simple, lone house in Texas surrounded by nothing but a desolate plain spotted with tumbleweeds, that became...

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Fruiting Olive Trees Needed

Posted by on 4:32 pm in Blog in Pics, Community, Fruit Tree Care, Hunger Relief | 5 comments

Fruiting Olive Trees Needed

Now and again you meet someone who does not care for ice-cream: seldom the soul that has chocolate immunity. Rarer still are people who can resist the allure of fresh Olio Nuovo. Granted, olive oil is of no particular importance to Foodbank clientele, but the hope is, that this year we can create enough of the green nectar to boost fund-raising efforts. The East Bay has thousands of fruiting olive trees, most of which are left to drop on cars or feed squirrels. Italians would think this pazzo. That fruit will create great oil that Oilaholics...

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Why Plant an Orchard?

Posted by on 12:24 pm in Blog in Pics, Community, Hunger Relief | 0 comments

Why Plant an Orchard?

The Athenian School is a visionary organization with a well-defined set of values. For example the faculty and staff have been teaching, modeling and practicing values such as environmental stewardship and community service for a long time. Community Service The school helps the students achieve a delicate balance of self-improvement and self-sacrifice for the benefit of others. For example The Athenian students on a regular basis volunteer at The Food Bank, Monument Crisis Center and help us harvest backyard fruit. Environmental Stewardship...

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Visiting The Athenian School

Posted by on 9:36 am in Blog in Pics, Community, Featured, Fruit Tree Care, Hunger Relief | 9 comments

Visiting The Athenian School

When I go to informal learning-based places like museums, gardens and heritage sights, I always look for the often faded plaques, the interpretive signs. They enhance my perception of the location by drawing my attention to the history and identity of the place. If you are a new visitor to our partner site, The Athenian School, consider this post to be your interpretive sign. Two of the core values of the school, are environmental stewardship and community service. These values have been molded and practiced since 1965 when the school was...

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New Website

Posted by on 9:30 pm in Blog in Pics | 2 comments

New Website

The old website, served us well for over three years. However support for the engine behind it, was discontinued by Apple. Over the holidays I took advantage of the slow time, did some research, called a few friends and voila we have a new site. Some of the goals we have for this new website are:  Easy to modify – Many people from anywhere with a connection can update the site. (more about this at a later post) Responsive Design – Given that more than half of devices connected to the internet are not desktop screen, we needed a...

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