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Newsletter 9.10(1)

Newsletter 9.10(1)

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NEWSLETTER

THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE YOUTH FARM

Farmer  Column  
Schools  Back!     And  we  couldn’t  be  more  thrilled.  We  had  a  week  without  the   youth,  after  our  summer  program  ended  (before  school  started   last  Thursday),  and  their  presence  was  really  missed.  The  new   school  year  brings  excitement  about  new  ways  of  uniting  the   farm  and  the  school.  W e  are  so  excited  to  meet  all  the  new   freshman  and  to  welcome  the  new  school  in  the  building,   Brooklyn  Institute  for  Liberal  Arts.       We  are  continuing  our  Go  Green  class,  this  year  taught  by   returning  math  teacher  Ms.  Feidel,  while  Mrs.  Bissesar  is  away   on  maternity  leave.  Tanzania  Roach,  our  Youth  Coordinator  will   be  assisting  with  the  class,  leading  lessons  on  everything  from   nutrition,  migrant  worker  rights,  and  environmental  effects  of   conventional  agriculture  -­‐  and  of  course  lots  of  hands  on   growing.  The  class  is  an  elective  class  running  all  year  and  is  held   half  on  the  farm  and  half  in  the  classroom.   The  farm  is  here  as  an  outdoor  classroom  for  all  types  of  classes.   There  are  certain  topics  that  can  directly  be  taught  using  the   farm  as  a  lab,  such  as  lessons  on  botany,  geology,  ph  etc,  and   other  classes  that  the  farm  works  as  a  beautiful  and  peaceful   alternative  space  to  the  classroom.  Don’t  be  surprised  if  you   come  by  and  see  a  gym  class  doing  yoga  on  the  farm,  or  an  art   class  drawing  plants.   We  are  very  sorry  that  we  were  not  able  to  hold  are  market  last   week,  or  distribute  our  produce  this  week.  The  Department  of   Education  is  currently  working  to  set  policies  for  school  gardens   and  has  asked  us  to  hold  off  on  our  produce  distribution  while   some  of  the  details  are  worked  out.  We  hope  to  be  able  to  share   the  bounty  of  the  farm  with  you  very  soon.     Eat  Well  and  Be  W ell,   Farmer  Bee  

Farm News and Notes
Community  Volunteer  Day   Saturday,  September  15th,  10am-­‐2pm   Join  us  at  the  Farm  and  get  your  hands  Dirty!   Please  bring  a  healthy  lunch,  a  water  bottle,  and  work  clothes.  No  open  toed  shoes  or  sandals.  Youth  under  the  age  of  13  must   be  supervised  by  an  adult.     Have  an  extra  refrigerator?  If  you  would  like  to  generously  donate  an  unwanted  or  extra  refrigerator  to  the  HSPS  Youth   Farm,  please  let  us  know!       Remember:  You  can  always  come  join  us  for  volunteer  work  during  our  farmers  market   -­‐  Wednesdays  from  2:30  to  6:30.  

 

Week  1  ·  June  20,  2012  ·  www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com   Week  13  ·  September  1 0,  2012  ·  www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com  

 

Flower of the week
           

Featured Vegetable: Beets

    Snapdragon  -­‐  Antirrhinum  majus       These  beautiful,  vibrant  flowers  are  native  to  rocky  Mediterranean     areas  of  Europe  and  Northern  Africa.  Any  guess  as  to  how  they  got   their  name?  The  Latin  name  for  snapdragon  is  Antirrhinum  majus.    
 

“Anti”  in  Greek  means  “like,”  and  “rhinos”  means  “snout.”  The   common  name  “Snapdragon”  most  likely  came  from  the  fact  that  you   can  open  the  “dragon’s  jaw”  by  squeezing  the  sides  of  the  blossoms     in  just  the  right  place  to  make  the  “mouth”  open  and  close.    Try  it!     Snapdragons  are  perennial  plants  (meaning  the  come  up  every  year)   but  they    are  often  sold  in  stores  as  cool-­‐season  annuals.    They  come     in  tall  and  dwarf  varieties.    They  love  full  sun  and  can  provide  color   all  season  long.    Snapdragons  also  make  excellent  cut  flowers  –  the     erect  spikes  are  covered  with  buds  that  open  from  the  bottom  to  the     top.    The  gradual  opening  of  the  buds  provides  color  for  an  extended     period  of  time.             Trivia:     -­‐  In  1994  the  National  Garden  Bureau  named  the  snapdragon  the   flower  of  the  year.   -­‐  Thomas  Jefferson  was  the  first  American  writer  to  document  use  of   the  snapdragon.  He  first  became  familiar  with  the  flower  at  his   Virginia  childhood  home  and  later  requested  its  being  planted  at   Monticello,  according  to  the  Monticello.org  website.  

RECIPE:     Tangy  Buttered  Beets  and  Beet  Greens  with   Dijon  
 

Ingredients:     1  1/2  pound  beets,  with  stems  and  greens   attached   6  tablespoons  water   2  tablespoons  butter   2  tablespoons  Dijon  mustard   Salt  and  pepper,  to  taste   Method:     Roughly  chop  beet  greens  and  transfer  to  a   small  bowl.  Cut  stems  into  1-­‐inch  pieces  and   transfer  to  a  large  bowl.  Peel  and  cut  beets  into   1-­‐inch  chunks  then  transfer  to  bowl  with   stems.      Bring  water  to  a  boil  in  a  large  skillet   over  medium  high  heat.  Add  beets  and  stems,   cover  and  cook  until  somewhat  tender,  5  to  7   minutes.  Uncover,  sprinkle  greens  over  the   top,  cover  and  cook  until  beets,  stems  and   greens  are  tender,  adding  more  water  if   needed,  about  5  minutes  more.  Remove  from   heat,  toss  with  butter,  Dijon,  salt  and  pepper   and  serve  hot,  at  room  temperature  or  cold.  

Summer  sunflowers  in   bloom!     Left:  Youth  from  the   Just  Food  cooking   demo  group  prepare  a   delicious  dish  for  the   market.  You’ll  see  them   at  our  market   throughout  the  fall!  

  Week  1  ·  June  20,  2012  ·  www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com  
Week  13  ·  September  10,  2012  ·  www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com  

 

 

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