The Week of October 3, 2011Read/Post Comments
Youth Bill of Rights, Volunteer Opportunities, Weekly Recipe, Community Announcements, Updates
Brought to you by Earthworks Urban Farm, a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Earlier this year, a national network of youth introduced the Youth Food Bill of Rights. The Youth Bill of Rights summarizes how the 2012 Farm Bill can help mobilize youth to help create a just and equitable food system in their own communities.
How can youth help create a just and equitable food system in your community?
Jam making! Earthworks are in need of volunteers for processing fruit berries into currant, gooseberry, elderberry and raspberry jams. Tentative dates are:
October 6th, 11th and 26th from 5:30 - 9:30pm
All volunteers, please meet at Capuchin Soup Kitchen at 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI unless noted differently. For individual volunteers, feel free to just come on by. No need to RSVP. For groups, please contact us in advance to schedule a day. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and work. During summer months, water bottles, hats with brims, sunscreen and work gloves are highly encouraged. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. For questions, please email Shane at email@example.com or call (313) 579-2100 x 204.
Pumpkin Tip Curry
8 pumpkin tips (just the top 6 " or so) with 1-2 leaves chopped into 2 " pieces and rinsed well
Add to spices:
I have also added a tsp. or 2 of lime pickle (I use Patak's) for added punch.
Add potato and tips with a bit of water, stir well, cover till wilted. Add some chopped cilantro. Sizzle a couple of tsp. of mustard seed in oil & pour over the curry at the end.
Michigan Forward is leading a coalition to REPEAL PUBLIC ACT 4 of 2011,"The Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act". We are building a coalition of community leaders,young adults and small business owners against takeover of our cities and communities. Get in the fight for Michigan's cities,democracy and a better Michigan! Join our coalition and support the fight against Public Act 4!
View Q&A on PA 4 Petition Drive with Brandon Jessup.
2. Fifth annual Green Screen Youth Film Festival makes call for entries
Deadline for entries is November 1st, 2011. Anyone interested entering a film for Green Screen 2011, sponsoring a film, volunteering or making a donation of support should call 313 559-7498 or visit www.emeac.org for Green Screen entry guidelines.
3. Michigan's Harvest: Food, Farming and Community
Experience Michigan's rich agricultural heritage and traditions through appetizing exhibits, tasty activities, and an abundant crop of expert speakers sure to yield a bounty of knowledge.
4. Cook, Eat, Talk: Building Community through Food Justice Documentary
Please join us for a community screening and feedback session for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force's documentary, Cook, Eat, Talk: Building Community through Food Justice. We will be sharing the film at the new Cass Corridor Commons (the UU Church at E. Forest and Cass Ave.). Light and healthy refreshments will be served.
5. Second Chance Jobs Fair
Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh announces a jobs fair to help returning citizens get jobs. For additional information, please call Mrs. Vera Cunningham at telephone number (313) 822-202. Please advise applicants to wear business attire, if possible!
6. FREE Progressive Latin American Cinema
Water is the gold of the 21st century. Many feel it will be the major battleground of the 21st Century. Without water, we die.
And this is what EVEN THE RAIN is all about. The same issues that affect us here in Detroit. Two stories take place at the same time, a film within a film. The brilliant screenplay tells the story of a film crew shooting in Cochabamba, the town where companies attempt to privatize the public water supply. The film crew is making a movie about the arrival of Christopher Columbus, and his genocide against the Indians, almost 500 years earlier. The movie shows what people can do to fight back.
The powerful story, with a haunting musical score and wonderfully acted by a cast including Gael Garcia Bernal (MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) is dedicated to the late Howard Zinn.
Joining us for the discussion after the film is special guest, MARION KRAMER from the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, a longtime activist very familiar with issues addressed in this film. Join us for a moving film and a lively discussion! And enjoy some great food in the meantime! FREE secure parking, and GREAT FOOD if you¹re hungry.
Hosted by Bill Meyer (313-207-3904); co-sponsored by OneHamtramck LLC and
7. Meldrum Fresh Market
Bring Cash or your Bridge Card to purchase fresh organic produce harvested right from our gardens! Come support us and tell your friends!
8. Marketing the "Free Market": Public Policy and Racial Segregation in Metropolitan Detroit
The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies announces a Defining Detroit event,
9. Apple Pie Bake Off
This year there will be two apple pie contest. One for adults (18 and older) and the other for youth ages 10 to 17. Be prepared to bring your best apple pie for this highly anticipated contest. Prizes are:
· 1st Place - $100 & Trophy w/photo and recipe on Detroit Eastern Market's website and in the Detroit Eastern Market's cookbook
· 2nd Place - Trophy
· 3rd Place - Trophy
· 4th & 5th Places - Medals
Weekly organizing meeting of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs and MECAWI. All are welcome. The meetings are at 5920 Second Ave., at Antoinette, just north of Wayne State University, in Detroit
11.Take Action on and around World Food Day!
Here are some events and actions happening that week!
· Call the Senate about GIPSA to help save independent family farmers.
· Get your congregation to join the Food Week of Action promoted by the global Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance -- October 10-17.
· Oppose the Colombia FTA and other pending trade deals with South Korea and Panama, all of which will bankrupt family farmers.
· Join Millions Against Monsanto. Find an action near you or initiate one!
· Read and publicize the Youth Food Bill of Rights.
· Support CIW's Campaign for Fair Food against supermarkets that refuse to pay higher wages to farm workers.
· Host a Food Justice Workshop to share food and information about taking back our local food systems (see Resources below).
· Celebrate and organize community meals with local chefs, gardeners, farmers, and eaters to build community and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression. See box on Food and Faith Practices: Learn, Live, Lead.
· Start rebuilding your local food economy so it works for low-income communities and everyone. Download City Fresh's Fresh Stop manual.
· Right2Know March - March from NYC to Washington DC to demand labeling for GMO foods -- October 1-16.
· Sign the Dakar Appeal Against Land Grabs to stand in solidarity with victims of land grabbing who will be in Rome for the UN Committee on World Food Security meetings right around World Food Day.
IV. Jobs in the Community
1. Part-time Youth Community Organizer
V. Update from Patrick
I'm not sure I was ready for fall to come this early. I've been having to put on extra layers for my morning ride.
Pulling the tomato plants out this week surly made it feel more like fall. The plants looked much sadder earlier in the season than previous years, but I suppose that a candle that burns that bright... I couldn't stand looking at how poor the plants looked, and Chef Allison had kindly let us know that she had officially reached capacity for frozen tomatoes for the year! The first time we have ever done that. The snow peas that I had hoped would yield something bore the first peas. Don't imagine that we will have more than a handful to harvest this week, but I'm still very happy.
The 10 day forecast still doesn't show any sign of frost, and the winter squash would benefit from another week of field growth, but we may harvest toward the end of the week. We harvested the last of chard this week, making space for the garlic, also pulling up the last of the beans. We were able to to get compost laid down on the beds where garlic will be going. With some sunny weather this week it should dry out enough that we are able to till and prep those beds, to then plant this weekend with garlic.
The kale has been coming in nicely, and collards should be ready to harvest this week, cabbages are looking like they need a couple more weeks. Squash is just about done for the year. I thought about doing a late planting of squash in the hoop house, but I'm pretty sick of the prickly rash I get from picking squash, actually I'm just sick of squash. Sunflowers too are done - but I'll leave them for the birds. Spinach has been harvesting well, and we pulled the first little carrots this week, I'd only intended to thin them, but they looked so nice, I figured why not sell them. They look as though they will be in much better shape than the summer carrots we grew and likely taste much better. Beets will be ready in a couple of weeks.
Robbie has building some of the most epic compost piles and staying on top of managing them with a level of passion I can't help but admire. Poking them with shovels is reveling a nice puff of steam. Some of the older ones - built by Rachel are looking close to be ready for sifting - and look really good. I'm feeling so much better about compost, after feeling so much dread over how overwhelmed I was feeling over our compost mismanagement. The older compost piles have been getting sifted at an even quicker clip lately. We are actually making a pretty big dent in the pile, and creating space enough to build more piles! Still I think it's time to get the piles shaped up, as well as making more space for fall leaf deliveries. I'm hopeful that I can borrow a bobcat again this week and move some compost closer to the hoop house for sifting down there, as well as flipping and consolidating the current pile.
In the hoop house we have pulled out all the summer crops, except for one row of tomatoes, just to see how late in the season they will go. We have a bunch of collards planted, along with spinach, radishes, and lettuce that are already up. Some of them are pretty spotty, I'm thinking we should go ahead and harvest them this week and resow. The rest of the beds have been planted in a variety of winter greens, arugula, spicy salad mix, lettuce, chard, and carrots. I've been mostly hand watering them to make sure they have good consistent moisture, which while a little bit of a pain, I've really been enjoying. I feel a little extra special connection to the plants, as I carefully walk each row with the hose.
I'm looking forward to all the growth in the hoop house this fall and winter. I think it will really help with the sometimes negative feelings I have in the winter. In addition to planting the hoop house, we also need to get the path to the hoop house finished before winter, we should be getting delivery on those materials this week and can begin on that, the side areas of the hoop house have also washed away a bit during this season, and we need to build those up, so we don't have gaps near the soil surface, letting in cold air.
In the greenhouse we ripped up the weed cloth that had been serving as the floor for the last eight seasons. It had become pretty tattered, and the floor underneath was becoming pretty unlevel. So we will be working to get the floor leveled out and new fabric put down over the next couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to it. I've been sick of the puddles of water that I end up stepping in during the growing season - getting a big dose of water down inside my shoes.
The growing season is winding down, but I'm feeling very excited about the coming year, looking forward to all that it brings, and all the possibilities. I'm coming to value the slowing winter season, both for the more reasonable pace, and the time for reflection and planning.
until next week,
What brought me to Earthworks was the opportunity to give back to my community. One in which has already given me so much. In a lot of ways, this work is very personal to me. It gives me great satisfaction and reward to be able to be part of Detroit's healing and transformation. In particular, I find myself very fortunate to make a difference in the lives of our youth.
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