"Summer '09 Newsletter"
THE YOUTH Youth Horticulture HORTICULTURE PROJECT Quarterly S U M ME R 2 0 0 9 Letter from the Farm Dear Friends of the Youth Horticul- ture Project, It is hard to believe, but the Summer Work and Learn program at the Youth Horticulture Project is already at the midway point. Our 18 youth workers have spent the past 5 weeks working in the field, mentoring over 30 local children during bi-weekly visits to the farm, selling at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market, and INSIDE producing outreach materials to pro- THIS mote local food security. ISSUE: Letter from 1 The changes in the crew workers since the start of the program have been as- tounding. They have gained confidence in their skills in the fields and at the the farm market, they are taking initiative and increasing responsibility with the chil- What’s New 2 dren they mentor, they are asking fewer and more-educated questions, and above all, they have developed a positive and productive team dynamic. In a few weeks we are pretty sure the crew workers could be running the program Veggie Spot- 2 by themselves! light! Farm Update 3 We are so proud of our workers and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store. While in some ways it feels like the summer only just Summer Staff 3 began, we have already commenced preparations for the Community Feast, Bios held on August 20th, the last day of the program. We welcome you to join us at this event to help us celebrate the 2009 Summer Work and Learn pro- YHP’s Mission 3 gram. SUMMER 4 May your gardens be prolific and your relationships be joyous. CALENDAR -YHP Contact Us Phone: 802 257-7967 Fax: 802 257-0112 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 2 What’s Happening at YHP? Since its inception in 2001, The Youth Horticulture Project (YHP), a University of Vermont Extension program, has been working with young people to build knowledge of community, leadership, and local, organic agriculture. Here’s what we’ve been up to this Summer! • The Summer Work and Learn (SWL) 2009 program began June 30th and will run until August 20th. The crew workers and summer staff have been fantastic and the farm is looking great! • A group of young adults from the C&S Wholesale Grocers leadership program Elijah Isham, joined us on the farm for a day of volunteer work; putting a shade cloth over the (Garden Club, greenhouse, stringing a new deer fence, weeding multiple beds, and planting cucur- 2009) poses with bits and basil. They got a ton done for us, thank you C&S! his pita bread face • The mentoring, or “Garden Club” summer program is larger than ever, with more before devouring than 30 children from the Windham Housing Trust, the Brattleboro Housing Au- it! thority, and the Windham Boys and Girls’ Club, joining the SWL crew workers every Tuesday and Thursday for games, garden activities, and a snack that they make from fresh farm produce. Want to Get Involved? • Our SWL workers gained an inter- national perspective when they • Volunteer! - Call for information hosted a group of Iraqi, Danish, and about volunteer opportunities American students on the farm. The • Educators - Plan a class or field trip visit even made the Associated in the fall! Press! Go to <<ap.org>> and search “Iraq Vermont” to read the Contact Ruth for more information at full article. email@example.com (802) 257-7967 ext.19 Veggie Spotlight! Roasted Bell Peppers with Pine Nuts - Serves 4 Preparation: Preheat oven to the hottest temp it has. Toss Ingredients: peppers in oil to coat, crush garlic and add to the 4 bell peppers of varying mix along with some salt and pepper. Lay some colors, seeded and tinfoil on a baking sheet and spread pepper mix on cut into 1/4” slices. it. Turn the oven to Broil and pop the tray in for 2 garlic cloves 10 minutes until peppers are slightly black around 2 Tbs olive oil the edges and very soft. Pull them out and add the 2 Tbs Balsamic vinegar balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted and pine nuts. Bell Peppers are Serve plain as a in season in VT side dish or salad, from late July through the end of October. SPRING 2009 PAGE 3 Farm Update The persistent rain has been a nuisance to most Vermont farmers, and YHP has been no exception. Despite the deluges, the farm is producing a co- pious amount of zucchini, peppers, green onions, lettuce, kohlrabi (a newbie to the farm this year), and turnips. We recently pulled our first bunch of car- rots and there is a single perfect eggplant heralding the beginning of our night- shade crops. The galinsolga (nicknamed “Gallant Soldier” for its tireless ef- forts to reclaim our farm), has been valiantly held at bay by our workers, and we have been pushing past our squeamishness as we pluck Japanese Beetles from the raspberry bushes (anything for the raspberries)! We have two regular volunteers this summer, Shannon Weatherup (an alum from ‘07) and Jeff Ford, who have been incredibly kind and devoted to the farm. We would like to thank both of them for their generosity and gameness. Summer Staff Bios Tom Jandernoa -Crew Leader for Dinomite Tom Jandernoa was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been fasci- When asked to nated with nature and art from an early age. He attended the University of Dayton, where he rate his farm received a degree in Graphic Design. In 2006, Tom worked in Chicago, IL (concrete jungle) visit on a scale for a graphic design company. In 2007, Tom took a position on a permaculture farm in Costa of 1 to ten... Rica (tropical jungle), where he fell in love with sustainable agriculture, educating youth, and exotic tropical fruits! “It was infinity plus one!” – Rose Lenahan - Crew Leader for De Mob Garden Club Hey Folks! My name is Rose and I am one of the new crew leaders this summer. I am currently a graduate student at Antioch University NE, getting my masters in Environ- Mentoring mental Studies and Science Teaching. I love outdoor activities and I also play rugby and am a participant ‘09 champ at mini-golf! I am interested in sustainable farming and environmental education so I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn about farming and build a great community this summer! Emma Hallowell—Program Assistant Emma Hallowell is pleased to join the Youth Horticulture Project for the second summer in a row. One of last years’ crew leaders, Emma is spending this summer as our pro- gram assistant. She is also working at Walker Farm this summer and is excited to get to spend so much time outdoors and working with youth. This fall, she will be finishing her Mas- ters at Antioch New England and co-teaching a 3/4 grade class in Guilford. *YHP’s Mission Statement The Youth Horticulture Project helps build the life and job skills of youth through growing, marketing, and donating vegetables. Young people in the program develop the vital skills of communication, team work, responsibility, and problem-solving while discovering where their food comes from. They develop healthy lifestyle behaviors including engaging in physical activity through gardening and healthy eating. In the process, a productive community of youth and adults is created with the focus on growing and providing food to those in need and educating consumers on the value of a regional food system. The Youth Horticulture Project University of Vermont Extension This would be a good place to insert a short 11 University Way, Suite 4 Brattleboro, VT 05301 paragraph about your organization. It might include the purpose of the organization, its mis- sion, founding date, and a brief history. You could also include a brief list of the types of products, services, or programs your organiza- tion offers, the geographic area covered (for example, western U.S. or European markets), and a profile of the types of customers or members served. It would also be useful to include a contact name for readers who want more information about the organization. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. July 2009 August 2009 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 3 4 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 26 27 28 29 30 31 30 31 Volunteering (please RSVP!) 9-11am September 2009 Summer Work and Learn crew at the Wednes- SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT day Farmers’ Market and Co-op Demo Counter 1 2 3 4 5 August 20th—Community Feast, 5-7pm at the 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 farm! Please RSVP by August 14th.* 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 *If you require accommodations to participate attend the Community Feast, 27 28 29 30 contact our office at 802-257-7967/1-800-278-5480 (toll-free in Vt.) by Aug. 14th for assistance.