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Newsletter 090813

Newsletter 090813

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NEWSLETTER

This Weeks Share:
       Collards Curly Kale Radish Hot Peppers Green Beans Green Onions Sweet Potato Greens Strawberry Popcorn! Green Onions Lavender
Happy New Year to our Jewish Members! We hope everyone will have a sweet year full of love and growth. I love Rosh Hashana, it has always been one of my favorite holidays (Mayday being the other). I have a tradition  of taking time every year to think about my  life, in all its aspects.  The current state; where I am, where I wanted to be, my relationship with others and myself, how I have been caring for myself and those around me. And then I think about my future. I think about where I will be next year, and in 5 years, if I continue living exactly as I am now. And then I think about what I want my life to be, and what steps I need to take in the next year to get a little closer. The next step is to think about the people around me that have helped me to be where I am, and the people that can help me be where I want to be . This is where you come in. I am thankful for all of you, for participating in this great project that is The Youth Farm and urban agriculture. I am so grateful to all of your for nourishing yourself and choosing healthy eating to care for yourself. I feel so grateful for this year, is to everyone in our community who is strengthening our community through caring for themselves. I know it is not easy to decide to spend the time and money to eat healthy. It takes not only commitment to health, a commitment to spending a substantial amount of money of food, but a lot of time; from planning out meals and obtaining ingredients, to taking time out to preparing meals. On my journey to caring for my mind and body through

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Week of September 2nd 2013

eating healthy, there have been many inspiring people. I am so grateful to all the people who have shared their skill in the kitchen with me from letting me watch them cook, to sharing meals. I am particularly thankful to those I know who choose to take the time to prepare healthy balanced meals for themselves, even though they are incredibly busy. People who cook once a day, or once a week. I thank you.

SPICY KALE PANCAKES
I made these pancakes for dinner last week. Inspired by Korean kimchee pancakes, they are indeed delicious for breakfast of dinner. They are quite a delight with their stringy and toasted cheese, spice and hearty kale.              Half a bunch of kale, julienned 2 green onions, minced 2 Hot Banana Peppers, seeded and minced 1 garlic clove, minced 1/3 Cup small pieces of queso frier or feta. ½ Cup all purpose flour ½ Cup cornmeal ¼ tsp. Baking soda ¾ tsp. Salt 1 Tbsp. Sugar ¾ Cup butter milk (or ½ Cup yogurt & ¼ Cup any type of milk) 1 Egg Oil for fyring

Take all veggies and mix in a big bowl. Beat egg and milk in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to vegetables and toss. Mix in liquid. Heat oil in cast iron pan (or non-stick). The more oil you use the more of a fritter you will have, the less the more of a pancake. When oil is hot, pour about ¼ cup of batter in pan. Flip over when bubbly on top. Take out of pan when pancakes start to steam a bit. Yum! Eat with yogurt or sour cream, or even maple Syrup or salsa verde.

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STRAWBERRY POPCORN!
Something fun and special is in your share this week, strawberry popcorn! In the spring when the students were picking out seeds for what they were excited to grow they came across a strange looking heirloom. They picked it as a fun experiment, and it worked!

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The Youth Farm is a hub of learning and fun for all ages of New Yorkers. Help spread the joy!

FARM-BASED EDUCATION
The Youth Farm hosts groups of all types and ages, and can design a basic tour or workshop on the farm to suit your group’s interests.

Microwave
Place a cob of corn in a lunch box size paper bag. Fold over end of bag twice. Place in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Listen carefully -when you can count to 6 before you hear a pop, take out the bag. Open up away from your face and pour into a bag. Top with your fave toppings, butter, salt, paprika, nutritional yeast etc. and devour!

Stovetop (from our friends at Corbin Hill Farm)
De-Kerneling: First, you’ll need to take the dried corn kernels off the cob. The trickiest part is loosening the first row. Do this with a spoon or your fingernails. Once the first row is taken off, the rest of the kernels should come off easily simply by loosening them with your hands and shaking them into a bowl. Popping: Ingredients: 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil; 1 cup popcorn kernels; salt (optional) melted butter or additional toppings or mix-ins, as desired Directions: Take out a pot with a large surface area (one that has a matching lid). 2. Pour in the oil and then add the popcorn kernels. Sprinkle in a bit of salt, if desired. Shake the pan around to evenly distribute the kernels and coat them with oil. Turn heat to medium and begin to slide the pot back and forth over the burner. Keep sliding/shaking the pan back and forth to evenly distribute the heat to all sides of the kernels. Eventually (3-5 minutes later), the first kernel will pop. At this point, put the lid on the pan. Keep sliding/shaking the pan back and forth and the other kernels will begin to pop. Keep that pan moving back and forth until the popping slows down and the kernels are all popped. Remove the pan from heat. Toss popcorn with melted butter and/or other seasonings, and serve immediately

Examples of Workshops & Tours:
  5 Senses Tour of the Youth Farm. Explore the Farm and healthy eating through taste! Compost: Fixing a World of Waste! Learn how composting works, see the magic of compost and why it can help solve many environmental problems.  Team Building on the Farm. Grow trust, respect and bonding in your group or class through fun activities and games on the farm.  Urban Agriculture and Food Justice. Learn about sustainable agriculture in the city and how it relates to systematic inequalities in access to quality food and health issues.

Want to bring a group for a tour or workshop? We do tours for classes, community groups etc. Email: Patricia@bkfarmyards.com

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DAVINA PERSAUD & GAYENA ANDERSON
It was a beautiful late summer afternoon when I got to know Davina Persaud, a junior, and Gayena Anderson, a sophomore, at the High School for Public Service. I had been invited to attend the annual summer lunch that the Youth Farm hosts for family and friends. The Youth Leaders get a chance to show off their newly acquired culinary skills while enjoying a relaxing picnic on the farm. I must say that the food was scrumptious! Gayena expressed a love of the outdoors and connecting with nature. “I’ve really enjoyed working on the farm this summer because I learned so much. Physical labor has been refreshing and something new for me. I don’t really like getting dirty every day, but I got used to it.” “I have loved learning more about plants,” shares Davina. “I hope I get the chance to return next summer and build on the knowledge I’ve acquired this summer. I want to take this information to a deeper level and learn what’s really going on.” “I have so much more respect for nature now,” Gayena exclaims. “I have always loved getting away from the city, but because of the farm, I’ve been content staying local this summer. Bee and team have really improved our neighborhood and I now respect how hard plants have to work to grow.” “In the past, I didn’t enjoy being outside a lot, especially when it’s hot,” confides Davina. “But after this summer, I’m not bothered by the weather so much and I no longer feel the need to complain. I tend to focus on the

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beginning and end of a journey which is why I enjoy direct sowing. I like dirt! And I like to feel it on my hands. To see the start of a plant’s life is very exciting to me and then to witness how it grows is spectacular!” Both Gayena and Davina feel organization is essential to run the farm well. “Without a daily plan, we would not accomplish anything! Scheduling time for everything is a challenge because there are so many tasks to do. I am now more inspired to be calendar-oriented in class; I’ve grown to love daily planners,” states Gayena. “On a farm, for example, you have to measure out a bed for planting, keep the tool shed in order, and know where your supplies are at all times. Organization IS a farm,” adds Davina. Gayena is considering becoming a pediatrician or a psychiatrist. She recently took a class at Brooklyn College and feels highly motivated to attend college in a couple of years. “I believe working on a farm is good for your soul and truly builds character. For example, when we harvested crops, I only chose the best and what I would prefer to buy myself. I hope my experience here inspires others to apply next year!” Davina is passionate about criminal justice and CSI investigations. “I dream about possibly doing research in a lab; the surprise of the outcome is very exciting to me. The farm has put me back in touch with all of my senses through cooking, reminded me to have more patience, and taught me to pay greater attention to small details. Nature is magical!”

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Week of September 2nd 2013

Lavender!
Lavender has a multitude of health and relaxation benefits… and OH does it smelly lovely! One the well known benefits of lavender is that it naturally releases tension and anxiety. Try crushing the fresh lavender between your fingers or rub lavender oil on your temples for a soothing dose of aromatherapy stress relief! Adding either oil or fresh buds to a hot bath will promote relaxation and ease tired muscles. You can also consume and drink lavender. Steeping a small handful of lavender flowers in boiling water creates a healthful herbal tea that just as effective as chamomile for promoting sleep and helping to soothe frazzled nerves.

Lemon Lavender Pancakes
Makes about 10 - 5" pancakes, 2-3 servings dry ingredients: 1 c. AP flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1.5 tbsp. sugar wet ingredients: 1 egg (I use extra large, room temp) 3/4 c. sour cream 3/4 c. buttermilk 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 c. milk other ingredients: 1 tsp. fresh/ dry lavender zest of 1 lemon, about 1.5 tsp. maple syrup and more butter for pancakes, optional

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