Issue # 6 | Nov.
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CCYC/GFGH Hoop House - pg. 1 Pumpkin Run Recap - pg. 2 Calendar of Events - pg. 2 Victory Gardens - pg. 3 Turkey Workshop - pg. 3 Fall Recipe Favorites - pg. 4 A Season to Feast - pg. 4
CCYC and GFGH Team Up to Build a Hoop House by Kyle Maust
Wilmington College, Grow Food Grow Hope (GFGH), and College Club are partnering with the Clinton County Youth Council (CCYC) to provide nutritious snacks during their afterschool youth program. These organizations OCC VISTA, Kyle Maust came together to write a grant for the construction and operation of a hoop house, a variation of a traditional greenhouse, to produce crops in a GFGH raised-bed garden on the site of CCYC. These crops will eventually be used to supplement nutritious meals and snacks for after-school programs at CCYC. The group was awarded a grant from Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation for the construction of the hoop house during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011). every student has the opportunity to go to college, regardless of his or her home life or financial situation. Using the volunteerism of the College Club, Wilmington College students, and GFGH, the grant will be carried out on November 15-17, 2011 at CCYC from 3:00-5:00 PM daily. Projects will include preparing the raised garden bed, planting cool weather crops, constructing the hoop house, and a series of workshops to discuss the functions of the hoop house and raised-bed garden. The student-oriented workshops will take place at various times throughout the remainder of the school year at CCYC. The goals of this project are to increase the interest in gardening among the youth of Clinton County, raise awareness of hunger and homelessness, supplement the daily snacks at CCYC with nutritious, locally grown produce, and teach the students about nutrition and gardening in general.
The CCYC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free, positive, and structured after-school programming for If interested in volunteering or participating in the hoop house the middle school and high school students of Clinton County. The CCYC strives to provide three main objectives: Academic Support, project, please contact Kyle Maust at firstname.lastname@example.org Service-Learning, and Mentoring. Each day after school, every stu- or (937) 382-661 ext. 306. dent also has the opportunity to receive free snacks/meals. CCYC averages between 30-40 students that attend regular programming. Each year, CCYC reaches between 250-300 registered students through after-school programming and nearly 600 individual students through outreach events. In the past 12 months, CCYC has served over 5,000 meals and over 20,000 hours of programming to the students of Clinton County. College Club is a Wilmington College Program that seeks to raise awareness and instill a hope of achieving a college education. It is geared at middle school students who have the potential to be first generation college students. Kyle Maust serves as the coordinator and is an AmeriCorps VISTA that is provided to the college through a grant from Ohio Campus Compact. CCYC has invited College Club to work with their student participants. Through this program, Maust, along with volunteer mentors, instills the idea that
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11/4 - Learn + Grow 11/7 - Learn + Grow 11/8 - Read & Seed 11/8- Learn + Grow 11/9– Learn + Grow 11/10 - Learn + Grow 11/11 - Learn + grow with the Mobile Garden Unit 11/13 - 11/19 - National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 11/14 - Read & Seed 11/15 - Read & Seed 11/18 - Learn + Grow w/ the Mobile Garden Unit 11/19 - Read & Seed at Wilmington College 11/21 - Turkey Workshop at Sugartree Ministries @ 1:30 p.m. FREE. Reservation required 11/23 - 11/25 - Closed for Thanksgiving
Calendar of Events
Pumpkin Run 5K Recap by GFGH
If you made it out to the Pumpkin Run last month on the 22nd, we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you didn’t, we hope you’ll come out next year for our 2nd annual event cause we plan on topping ourselves!
made pumpkin themed snacks were waiting for participants, including homemade pumpkin pie made by National Pie Championship winner, Jennifer Nystrom (Mom of GFGH VISTA Amy Volz).
We had a turnout of over 50 people, which was more than The first runner to cross the finish line was Aaron we had ever hoped to achieve, this being the first year for the Schuschu, a Wilmington College student and former Grow event. The sky was clear. The sun was bright. The weather Food, Grow Hope Summer Associate VISTA. was nearly perfect, though it was a little chilly; the night beAll participants went home with a pumpkin, provided by fore we saw our first frost of the season. Runners began Branstrator Farms, as well as a recipe for making pumpkin showing up at 8 a.m. and the race began pie. 25 lucky participants also received a gift certifiat 9:30 to the sound of an air horn. The cate to use at Chipotle in Jeffersonville, which also route traveled through residential generously provided food for VISTAs and the 8 stustreets around the college and then onto dent volunteers following the event. Children who the nearby bike path. The final leg of the came to the event did garden themed arts and crafts route brought runners through the rows at the Mobile Garden Unit. of raised beds at the Friends of Hope Community Garden. A spread of homeWilliam Nystrom
Pictured at top (from left to right): Kristin Finkbeiner; Susan Case with rescue dogs Michael and Mona; WC faculty members Jan Blohm and Marta Wilkinson; WC students Lynnea Kraft, Sylvia Ulmer and Tony Goodrich; Former GFGH VISTA Eric Guindon
Victory Gardens: an editorial by Meghan Otto
to some of the challenges that citizens were facing. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, it became a solution for the millions of U.S. citizens who planted themselves a Victory Garden! During World War II families throughout the U.S. were facing major changes to their lifestyles as they adjusted to life on the home front. One obvious way that families were impacted was through food rationing. Families were provided ration stamps for items such as meat, clothing, gas, sugar, etc. People became very resourceful and either cut back on what they consumed, or found new ways to get what they needed. Oftentimes supplies were sent overseas to troops, leaving those on the home front to go without. Just as there is nothing new under the sun, the concepts of small plot gardening and eating local foods are not original ideas. The Grow Food, Grow Hope gardens built throughout Clinton County were designed using tried and true gardening practices such as raised bed gardens and the square foot gardening method. And just as the concept is not new, neither is the need for small plots of gardens! Gardening at home or on a piece of community property occurs for a range of reasons, sometimes because it is easy, a hobby, or just because it is necessary. Many of our garden participants are involved for various reasons as well, to get outside, build community, grow their own food, help offset grocery bills, or to feel empowered. The community of Clinton County has experienced some major changes in recent years, and Grow Food, Grow Hope has been Wilmington College’s effort to help in a tangible way. There have been times in the United States’ history where gardening became a solution As an attempt to help offset the decline in production on farms throughout the U.S., the U.S.D.A. devised the Victory Garden program. In order to offset the need for produce for the troops, the program encouraged citizens to contribute their efforts by planting gardens at home. Gardeners were taught basic skills and were provided with a few resources to get started. Many families that had Victory Gardens had them only for the duration of the war in order to offset their rations, and through their individual actions had a large impact. The USDA shares that during 1943 approximately 20 million Victory Gardens were planted. These gardens provided over 40% of the fresh vegetables consumed that year. One of the first times I ever heard my grandmother speak of how her family was impacted by the war was when I began telling her about my new role as Project Manager with Grow Food, Grow Hope. She likened our attempt to lighten the load of community members by growing small plot
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gardens to her family’s Victory Garden. When I asked Nana why her family decided to have a garden she simply said, “There wasn’t any produce. It was all sent to the troops.” There were 8 people in her family and because their family was pretty large, they had enough ration tickets that they could share with other families. They were able to help others in that way, but because of the size of their family, what they grew in their garden, they consumed. They were able to can throughout the summer to use throughout the year. They grew Swiss chard, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, and spring onions, and also kept a grape arbor. Her favorite items grown were the homegrown tomatoes, which is one thing that she still grows today. Despite the fact that Nana’s family had limited space in their own yard, a neighbor on their street allowed her family along with 3 others to garden in their yard for the duration of the war. While GFGH wants to ensure that all of our garden participants have all the fresh produce they need and more, there is also a reason that our original garden was named the Friends of Hope Community Garden. By building a community that is aware of the needs of others, we are hoping to generate relationships that provide not only the food and resources people need, but also the hope that we all need at times. Nana’s garden only lasted through the duration of the WWII conflict, and once things returned to their new normal, she never grew a vegetable garden again. The generation that came through WWII is widely known for its resilience. I hope that as our story unfolds and we move through our current economic state, we do not forget our ability to grow, adapt, and learn new ways of doing things.
Sugartree Ministries has once again opened up their kitchen to us to host a free workshop. This month, we will present the proper way to prepare and cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. The workshop will coincide with Sugartree Ministries’ annual turkey donation, which will occur during the same week. We are inviting all members of the public to attend this informative workshop which will demonstrate how to clean, stuff and baste a perfect bird. Wilmington College’s own Gloria Flaherty, a professor in the Education Department, will guest host with GFGH.
When: Monday, Nov. 21st @ 1:30 p.m. Where: Sugartree Ministries 108 N Main St Wilmington, OH 45177 Cost: Free
Reservations are strongly encouraged
Please contact Betsie Sweet with any questions or to RSVP
937-382-6661 Ext. 693
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From the Staff of Grow Food, Grow Hope
Fall Recipe Favorites
1 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. No need to grease the cookie sheet– there’s plenty of butter in the cookies to prevent sticking. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar and room temperature butter, then add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla. Once thoroughly mixed, add pumpkin and walnuts. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet leaving about an inch between cookies. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until firm. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. heavy cream
Mix butter, vanilla and cream then slowly sift in confectioners’ sugar - use a mixer for best results. The icing should be fluffy. Once cookies are cool, spread icing on the top and serve. .
Yields approx. 2 dozen cookies
1 orange 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (about 8 ounces) ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup chopped walnut pieces (optional)
Finely grate the zest of half the orange into a medium saucepan, then squeeze in all of the juice. Add the cranberries, sugar, and walnuts and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and the cranberries start to pop, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
4 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped, about 1 cup 4 stalks celery, finely chopped, about 1 cup 1 loaf white bread, dried and torn into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 cups chicken stock 1 egg
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Sauté onion and celery in butter until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes, and spoon over the torn pieces of white bread. Dust with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Whisk an egg in the chicken stock and pour over the stuffing until it is moist enough to form balls that hold together. Form the stuffing into 3-inch balls. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer cooked potatoes to a bowl and mash until smooth. Slowly add milk, about 1/2 a cup at a time. Add butter, maple syrup and brown sugar. Blend until you have the desired consistency. Top with a sprinkle of brown sugar or marshmallows.
A Season to Feast by Sarah Bachman
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hanksgiving is a food-centric holiday full of family traditions and friendly gatherings. It is a day to give unto others, to share a meal, or to pass on tried and true recipes to younger generations. For some, Thanksgiving is a day to watch the game on T.V. or to prep for Black Friday shopping. But for most people, much of the day revolves around the main course; the turkey. For many people, finding the perfect turkey is as simple a task as going to the store a few days before the feast and finding a bird of the appropriate weight to feed everyone in the family (and hopefully have a little left over for turkey sandwiches). But increasingly, as people lean toward more locally minded eating habits, finding a farm raised bird from nearby is the new goal. In some cases, birds have been reserved for months in advance by families eager to have a local bird for the centerpiece at their Thanksgiving table, but many farmers raise additional birds which they process and freeze to sell during the Christmas holiday season, so it may not be too late to reserve one for yourself. One local family farm, That Guy’s Family Farm, informed us that all of their birds were spoken for, but not all is lost. There are ways of finding a turkey if you really want one. Local Harvest is a non-profit organization which helps connect buyers with local farmers, growers and craftspeople. Whatever you are looking for, whether it is bath soap, herbal tea, tomatoes, or turkey, they can help you find it. Their website has a very useful tool for people in search of local food options. Just search for the item of your choosing under the “Shop” tab on www.localharvest.org the main page. In the case of turkeys, simply choose “meats” from the drop down and type in “turkey” in the search bar. You can then search by distance from your zip code. Within 100 miles of the 45177 zip code, there were four farms that popped up; Johnson Farms, Golden Acres Farm, Manchester Hill Farm, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Another route to try is the Clinton County Farmers Market, which is in the midst of the winter market season right now. There are a few vendors who sell meat during the winter months including family farmers Bob and Shirley Webb, Kent and Nancy Pickard, and Debbie Linebaugh. Each of these farmers advertise that they have whole chickens available for sale, though it is recommended that you order your bird in advance as opposed to just showing up at the market expecting to snag an extra one– they usually only bring what they know they will sell. If you have questions about the winter market or would like to contact any of the vendors, please visit the market website at www.clintoncountyfarmersmarket.com or call Dessie Buchanan at 937–728-7075.
Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Swindler and Sons Florist 321 W. Locust St. Wilmington, OH 45177 Hours: Saturdays from 9 a.m to Noon.
If you’ve already got a bird for this year’s feast, perhaps you should look into joining a local Community Supported Agriculture group or CSA for next year. Members buy in at the beginning of the season and throughout the year are guaranteed a portion of the harvest. Many CSAs offer eggs and meat in addition to the fresh produce that is picked throughout the growing season. Finn Meadows, a CSA located in Cincinnati, Ohio allows members to buy a 22 week share of the harvest for $20 a week. They grow beans, pumpkins, watermelon and popcorn to name a few. They also raise chickens, and of course, they have turkeys too.
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The Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative is a community food project dedicated to increasing access to fresh and nutritious food for the neediest members of our community. By increasing food security, we aim to eliminate the effects of poverty. To that end, we facilitate a community garden for low-income families, we grow bulk vegetables for area food banks, we organize and fund backyard garden installations around our community, we teach children how to garden and we promote local farmers’ markets and local businesses. By growing a little food, we can sow a lot of hope.
Come grow with us.