5 Reasons to Join A CSA

5 Reasons to Join A CSA

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If you’re unfamiliar with what a CSA is, it stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. A farm that has a CSA invites members to buy a crop share before the start of the farm season, and then compiles a share box of just-harvested produce for each member every week of the season. At Schoolyard Farms, our farm share program runs for 20 weeks from June – October, providing members with approximately 5-8 bunches of in-season produce each week. You can learn more about our CSA and how to sign-up here.

Considering joining a CSA? Here are 5 reasons why you should become a member this season:

1. CSAs keep small farms going by funding farm costs upfront before the season begins. Knowing what their farm budget is and how many people to grow for, allows farmers to curate their crop plan based on the specific needs of their business. This helps to minimize food and resource waste. It also enables farms to stay afloat by better allocating funds to much needed resources like tools and skilled labor.

2. CSAs inspire communities to support local business instead of “Big Ag” companies. This benefits local economies and local pockets. Additionally, CSAs help to cut out middleman sales by allowing customers to buy from the farmer directly. This means your organic veggies are fresher and cheaper than the ones on the grocery store shelf.

3. CSAs provide the freshest produce possible. At Schoolyard Farms, we harvest all the vegetables in each share the same day our members pick up. Did you know produce begins to lose its nutritional value as soon as it has been harvested? This means that it can lose as much as 50% of its nutritional value while it is transported to stores and sitting on shelves. Picking up your produce the day it is harvested means you won’t lose those nutrients.

4. By joining a CSA, you are signing up for healthier eating. CSAs bring a variety of produce into your house and enable you to try new, fun varieties of heirloom vegetables. Eating a variety of crops through the growing season means you will experiment with new vegetables and recipes you may not otherwise try. When you’re eating in-season produce, you create for yourself and your family an understanding of what real food is and a better appreciation for its true production value. This means better nutrition choices and health for you and your family.

5. CSAs are convenient and help families to save money on organic produce. If you break down the price per week of your CSA membership, as well as the price per bunch of vegetables, you will likely find that the cost of a CSA is comparable to or less than what it would cost to buy organic produce from the grocery store.

Help Us Cultivate the Next Generation of Green Leaders

Help Us Cultivate the Next Generation of Green Leaders

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Earlier this year, we launched our second Schoolyard Farm at New Urban High School. The farm is thriving, students are learning how to grow their own food and eating fresh, healthy produce. Now we’re ready to expand our high-quality hands-on programs at the school. In the spring of 2017, we will kickstart a job-training program at New Urban. We will train students in basic job-readiness, horticulture, outdoor education and food production through hands-on lessons and internships on their school farm and at our sister farm at Candy Lane Elementary.

There is a need in our community for meaningful job-training for our youth, and farm-based job-training offers so many benefits beyond technical job skills. On the farm, students learn how to care for the environment, their surrounding community and are likely to be more engaged with their school. We need to foster programs that provide these opportunities for youth now more than ever. You can help do that.

Make a donation of $10 or more to the fundraising campaign for the New Urban job-training program today and you’ll be entered to win one of the following fabulous prizes:

A free week to Schoolyard Farms’ Summer Camp, a $250 value

A free 2017 Schoolyard Farms CSA Share, a $300 value

A Taste of Milwaukie package, including gift certificates for an unlimited month at the Warrior Room, two acupuncture treatments at Acupuncture for Wellness and 5 Skate Pass to Oaks Park.

$100 in gift certificates to Dove Vivi.

$100 in gift certificates to Garden Bar.

Visit schoolyardfarmjobs.causevox.com to make a donation.

Donate $10 or more by midnight on December 31st, 2016, to be entered to win. Winner’s will be drawn and announced on January 3rd.

A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

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In light of recent concerns about lead levels at Portland Public Schools (PPS) water, I wanted to share with you the efforts we’re making at Schoolyard Farms to ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

This spring, we tested the soil specifically for lead at both of our school sites and found zero traces of lead at both farms. The soil test results can be made available upon request by emailing hello[at]schoolyardfarms.org. Research shows that it is considered safe to consume garden produce grown in soils with total lead levels less than 300 ppm. With our soil test results of 0 ppm, we can ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

In addition to the soil test, the school districts with which we work (Oregon City and North Clackamas) have been conducting lead testing on their water fixtures this summer. As you can see in this report from Oregon City School District, two fixtures at Candy Lane exceeded safe lead levels. Both of these fixtures are indoors and neither affects the school farm. The report from North Clackamas School District shows that two fixtures at New Urban also exceeded safe lead levels. Neither of those fixtures are connected to the school farm and the water from those fixtures has been shut off, again not affecting the farm.

We strive to make sure that all of the produce grown on our farms is done so in a safe and ecological way. We promise to let you know if we ever feel the health or safety of our food has been compromised. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Courtney Leeds
Co-founder & Executive Director, Schoolyard Farms

Join Our Team as a 2016 Summer Camp Educator Intern!

Join Our Team as a 2016 Summer Camp Educator Intern!

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This summer, Schoolyard Farms is offering the community 8 weeks of summer day camp inviting 1st-6th grade campers to explore and farm the schoolyard with us!

The Summer Farm Camp Educator Internship is a stipended position reporting to the Farm Camp Director Brooke Hieserich of Schoolyard Farms. Farm Camp Educator Interns will collaborate with all- camp staff to set-up, clean-up, lead and evaluate daily onsite activities engaging campers in exploring the farm, participating in farm tasks, preparing healthy snacks, farm arts and crafts, scientific inquiry, and active play.

Schoolyard Farms is a young organization looking to expand in the near future. Interning with Schoolyard Farms will allow you to grow your skills, get to know a growing organization, and could turn into a long-term opportunity. Please share your goals and expectations with us!

Time Commitment:

  • June 20 – August 19th, 2016. We break for the July 4th holiday July 4-8
  • A consistent presence at Camp at 3-4 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am-4pm, your schedule permitting
  • Must be available for Farm Camp Staff training the week of June 13th

Responsibilities:

  • Lead in providing for the safety and care for the unique needs of campers outdoors
  • Lead in bringing camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6rd grade campers including activity planning, prep, leadership, clean-up, and evaluation
  • Enthusiastically role model healthy eating, active living, appropriate attire and appropriate use of technology
  • Observe Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol
  • Commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. Educators will collaborate with staff to track their service hours
  • Contribute to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • At least 18 years of age, or will provide an adult contact + support person if under 18
  • Experience leading children and youth in outdoor education programs
  • Experience farming and gardening in the Pacific Northwest
  • Enthusiasm to take initiative and learn new things
  • Enthusiasm to observe, improvise, give and receive feedback, and grow!

Benefits:

  • $1,000 total for 4 day/wk commitment for 9 weeks or $750 total for 3 day/wk commitment for 9 weeks
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Grow as a Leader!
  • Professional References and Networking
  • Experience leading and developing outdoor education programs
  • Knowledge of sustainable farming practices in the Pacific Northwest

How to Apply:
Email Summer Camp Director, Brooke Hieserich, at brooke@schoolyardfarms.org for a Summer Camp Intern Application. Once you receive the application, send it back to her by 5:00pm on June 6th, 2016 or by the date of special arrangement. All applicants must be available for Farm Camp Staff training the week of June 13th. Thank you for your interest in interning with us!

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Join Our Team as a Summer Farm Intern!

Join Our Team as a Summer Farm Intern!

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Schoolyard Farm Interns participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. The farm internship is designed for first-time urban farmers who are interested in learning farm basics. The internship is a hands-on, physical education. Farm interns will work primarily with the Farm Manager, and are an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside Garden Educators, Summer Camp participants and volunteers.

Time Commitment:

  • June 14th – August 12th, 2016
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 9-4pm, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days at the New Urban Farm

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • General farm maintenance: Tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: Farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, interns must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: Farm interns must be comfortable working as a team

Benefits:

  • $500 monthly stipend
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
  • One CSA share (June-August)

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to participate in a farming internship at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at annika@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Cooking With What’s in Season: Spring Turnips

Cooking With What’s in Season: Spring Turnips

A turnip recipe used in our cooking classes at Candy Lane Elementary.

A turnip recipe used in our cooking classes at Candy Lane Elementary.

This blog series will highlight the vegetables we grow at our Schoolyard Farms and give you simple tips about how to cook the vegetables at home.

The kids at Candy Lane Elementary recently tasted turnips and the response was great! In order to support you and your family in future turnip cooking of your own, here are some helpful turnip tips and preparation methods.

Selection and Storage:
In the Spring, you are likely to find small, tender turnips in the grocery store or farmers market called Hakurei Turnips. These juicy turnips have a mild horseradish flavor and are delicious raw or cooked. In the Fall, you’re likely to find Purple Top Turnips. These hearty turnips have a long shelf-life should be cooked for best results. Turnips should be firm and smooth with no signs of mold or decay. If the turnips have greens attached, make sure they are unblemished, crisp, and deep green in color.

Preparation:
Scrub turnips clean under cool running water.

Quick Serving Tips:
Dice turnips and boil them in water or chicken stock until tender. Mash them with a little bit of the reserved cooking liquid and season simply with salt, pepper, and some good quality butter or olive oil. You can also combine them with equal parts mashed potatoes as a way to sneak in additional nutrients.

Turnips are great in soups, stews, and vegetable casseroles.

Turnip greens can be added to any green salad.

Serve sautéed turnip greens with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper, or salt and pepper.

Recipe:
Baked Spicy Turnip Fries, 2 Servings

  • 4 turnips, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch french fries
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder (can be adjusted to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

(If you don’t have spices on hand, feel free to simply use salt and pepper with olive oil. Or, if you have other spices you would rather use, feel free to substitute!)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the sliced turnips in a mixing bowl and toss really well with the chili powder, oregano, and olive oil (or spices of choice). Lay them out flat onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, take the fries out and flip every one of them then bake for another 15 minutes on the other side.

I hope you find these tips and recipes helpful and tasty for you and your family.

The author of this post, Sadie Harmon, is currently working on earning her master’s degree in Nutrition at the National College of Natural Medicine and is excited to be a part of the farm team as an intern for the semester! She truly believes that getting kids in the garden to try new foods, see how they grow, and learn why they are important for their bodies sets them up for future dietary success.

Join Our Team as a 2016 Farm Intern!

Join Our Team as a 2016 Farm Intern!

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Schoolyard Farm Interns participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. The farm internship is designed for first-time urban farmers who are interested in learning farm basics. The internship is a hands-on, physical education. Farm interns will work primarily with the Farm Manager, and are an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside Garden Educators, Summer Camp participants and volunteers.

Time Commitment:

  • April 5th – October 28th, 2016
  • Tuesday thru Friday from 9-4pm*, two days a week will be spent at the Candy Lane Farm and two days at the New Urban Farm
  • *In May and June, Interns must be available on Wednesdays to alternate between an 8am-2pm shift and a 1pm-8pm shift. The 1-8pm shift will take place at the Moreland Farmers Market.

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce
  • Small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers
  • General farm maintenance: Tool and equipment care
  • Produce sales and customer interaction

Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated experience with some farming and gardening
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: Farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, interns must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: Farm interns must be comfortable working as a team

Benefits:

  • $500 monthly stipend
  • College credits (check with your school)
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
  • One CSA share (June-October)

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to participate in a farming internship at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Executive Director, Courtney Leeds, at courtney@schoolyardfarms.org by 5:00pm on Friday, February 26th, 2016.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Join Our Team as a Farm Manager!

Join Our Team as a Farm Manager!

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Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is seeking a Farm Manager (FM) for the 2016 growing season. The FM is responsible for all agricultural operations for Schoolyard Farms at Candy Lane Elementary and New Urban High School, as well as facilitating community involvement on the land and maintaining an aesthetic of an educational farm. This job balances running a small production farm and incorporating various educational and empowerment objectives. The FM works closely with the Executive Director, Education Coordinator and Interns to meet production and educational objectives. The FM should be deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and food justice and energized by personal interactions and social change. This position requires organization, vision, patience, energy, delegation abilities, and good humor!

Farm Manager Responsibilities:

  • Develops the farm plan utilizing intensive, small plot growing techniques
  • Manages schoolyard farms for production and educational purposes, working closely with the Lead Education Coordinator
  • Manages farm team interns/volunteers to carry out all farm operations including harvest processing and packaging
  • Maintenance of accurate records of all farm activities
  • Engages and represents SYF to the school and community at large
  • Ensures opportunities for integration of teaching and learning into all components of the farms
  • Coordinates SYF’s CSA program and communicates effectively with all of the members
  • Continues to develop and grow SYF’s produce sales to restaurants, grocery stores and other small vendors

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of sustainable farming experience, with at least 1 year in a leadership role
  • Teaching experience required: formal or informal
  • Demonstrated experience in farm record keeping and crop planning
  • Experience managing staff, with particular experience supporting and engaging high school aged youths
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision, self-motivated
  • Organized, team oriented, dedicated
  • Excellent public relations and communications skills; interpersonal, written, and oral
  • Valid driver’s license and will pass a criminal record check
  • Be in excellent physical condition and be able to lift 50 lbs and able to work in all weather conditions
  • Proficient computer skills, strongly skilled in Excel
  • Access to a computer and smartphone
  • Access to a truck, van or SUV for transporting farm produce and supplies

Position Details:

  • Begins February 15th
  • This is a year round position with an average of 40 hrs / week, must be available to work some weekends and occasional evenings
  • Hourly rate: $13
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS rate of 54 cents per mile

How to Apply:
E-mail a short cover letter and resume, including three references, to courtney@schoolyardfarms.org with your name and the name of the job position in the subject.

Applications must be received no later than January 29th, 2016. Interviews will begin the first week of February.

We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since its founding in 2012, Schoolyard Farms has partnered with Candy Lane Elementary to manage and cultivate one-acre of the schoolyard; integrated the farm into 300 students’ classroom lessons weekly while teaching them where food comes from and how to grow it; hosted farm-based summer camp for 1ts-6th graders; grown over 3,000 lbs. of produce for 35 CSA members, Head Start and the Farmers Market, each year; and built community partnerships with organizations like the Clackamas County Juvenile Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, SYF is growing to its second site, New Urban High School, and is looking for dedicated people to join the team.

Join Our Team as a Volunteer Coordinator!

Join Our Team as a Volunteer Coordinator!
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Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator who will be hired as an independent contractor reporting to the Education Coordinator. The objective of the Volunteer Coordinator is to collaborate with SYF staff, SYF board members, local businesses and other partner organizations in recruiting, orienting, training and tracking volunteers for our educational programs. Specifically, the Volunteer Coordinator will help with volunteer coordination for our new Field Trip program and help SYF establish best practices around volunteer recruitment and retention.

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Recruits and coordinates volunteer farm educators leading 5th and 6th grade field trip participants in hands-on learning stations
  • Collaborates with SYF Exec. Director and SYF staff to establish and support volunteer coordination systems for Schoolyard Farms programming, overall
  • Organizes and coordinates volunteer outreach and recruitment activities
  • Promptly responds to parties interested in volunteering and assists in volunteer placement
  • Co-designs volunteer manuals, orientation and training sessions with SYF staff
  • Attends and assists farm field trips this Spring in support of volunteer farm educators
  • Establishes and updates a database tracking volunteer activities/hours for all programs
  • Maintains volunteer records and prepares database reports informing program evaluation
  • Contributes to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms

Required Qualifications:

  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • BA Degree or current undergraduate student pursuing relevant major/ academic goals
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for organizing and coordinating volunteer programs and events
  • Experience and passion for community and service with diverse participants
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills promoting community connection
  • Demonstrated skill using MS Office, email software, and social media communication
  • Observant, well-organized and detail-oriented problem solver
  • Enthusiasm for working with a young, rapidly growing nonprofit organization
  • Ability to work remotely, access to a computer
  • Ability to work flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active and connected member of Oregon City, Milwaukie, Jennings Lodge, and /or Oak Grove communities
  • Active and connected community member of Oregon City School District and/or North Clackamas School District
  • Experience or interest in leading community, adult, or informal K-12 education programs
  • Experience or interest for farming, gardening, and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest
  • Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish
  • Food Handler’s Card, OLCC Card, CPR Certification
  • Ability to provide own transportation to and from outreach events, farm site

Position Details:

  • This is a contract position with flexible hours between now and June, 2016
  • Compensation: 80 hours available at $20/hour
  • Hours will fluctuate each week, though there will be an average of 5 hours of work per week
  • Begins immediately
  • Recruitment and training of volunteer farm educators will begin in January 2016, farm field trips begin in March 2016 and conclude by June 2016
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS rate of 54 cents per mile

How to Apply:
Email a resume with 3 references and cover letter describing your experience coordinating volunteers to Brooke Hieserich at brooke@schoolyardfarms.org with your name and the name of the job position in the subject.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled. You will be contacted for an interview shortly after receiving your application, should you be selected.

We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Schoolyard Farms is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate. We build mini-production farms on underused schoolyards that act as outdoor classrooms for schools in the community. We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to help establish and support our Schoolyard Farms Stewards Field Trip Program for 5th and 6th grade students this Spring as well as volunteer engagement, overall.

Final Week of CSA! October 26 – October 30

Final Week of CSA! October 26 – October 30

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In your share this week:

A Leek

Delicata Squash

An assortment of Striped Student, Chad’s Ford Green, Cobra, Skykomish, Sungold and Helsing Junction Blue tomatoes

Fennel

Carrots

Beets

 

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Squash on Toast:

Ingredients:

1 2 1/2- to 3-pound kabocha or other yellow-fleshed squash (Delicata, Red Kuri, etc.), peeled, seeded and cut into pieces 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon dried chile flakes, more to taste
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
4 slices country bread, 1-inch thick
½ cup ricotta, goat cheese, feta or mascarpone
Coarse salt
4 tablespoons chopped mint

Directions:

Heat the oven to 450. Combine the squash, 1/4 cup olive oil, chile flakes and 2 teaspoons of salt in a bowl and toss well. Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook, stirring every few minutes, until tender and slightly colored, about 15 minutes or a little longer. Remove from the oven.

Meanwhile, heat another 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat, add the onions and remaining teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are well softened and darkening, at least 15 minutes. Add the vinegar and syrup, stir and reduce until syrupy and broken down, again at least 15 minutes or so; the mixture should be jammy.

Combine squash and onions in a bowl and smash with a fork until combined. Taste for seasoning.

Add the remaining oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add bread and cook until just golden on both sides, less than 10 minutes total; drain on paper towels. Spread cheese on toasts, then top with the squash-onion mixture. Sprinkle with coarse salt and garnish with mint.

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