July 18th, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke
On the sunny morning of July 10th thirty one attendees, both kids and adults, enjoyed an informative tour around the Irvine Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab.
Teena Spindler, the founding gardener of the Farm + Food Lab and a veteran home gardener, was our excellent guide through the lab. She shared the history of the gardens and answered all kinds of questions ranging from how to prune backyard fruit trees to the secrets of growing all the ingredients for a pizza. The Farm + Food Lab is divided into various garden beds and is a hands on exhibit. There are twelve themed gardens ranging from a Pizza Garden, to a Fruit Salad Garden, to a Sensory Garden where all the plants are meant to be touched and smelled.
There are also two composting demonstration areas, a chicken coop complete with hens and one rooster named “Rockstar”, a square foot garden and a hay bale garden. It is definitely a place to be experienced by both adults and children and the lab has an activities booklet available for kids to explore the gardens more thoroughly while completing a scavenger hunt.
At the end of the tour, I noticed there is a recipe for Tomato Salsa and by chance it is Teena’s winning salsa contest recipe. Here it is for you at home to recreate as a perfect summer dish especially if you have an abundance of home grown tomatoes.
Teena’s Colorful Tomato Salsa
4 red tomatoes
2 yellow, orange or purple tomatoes
Assorted colored peppers, roasted (choose hot or mild depending on your taste)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 small purple onion, diced
1 small white or yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Roast peppers on backing sheet in 400 degree oven until skins begin to char. Cool, then chop. Grate 2 red tomatoes by cutting in half then grate using large holes box grater, discard peel. Dice remaining tomatoes. Combine all ingredients in serving bowl, salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1 quart of salsa, depending on size of tomatoes.
July 8th, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke
Slow Money SoCal is a non-profit organization that enables communities to directly invest and participate in building a healthy, sustainable, local food system across Southern California. In over 20 local networks in North America and Europe, entrepreneurs, investors, farmer, foodies, and localization activists are using Slow Money to join forces in rebuilding the economics and capabilities of local food and agriculture.
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June 3rd, 2013 by Linda Elbert
Pre Launch Screening and Fundraiser for
Moms Across America
June 6th, 2013
Thursday at 7:00 pm
Regency Laguna South Coast Theater
162 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA
Sponsored by Nature’s Path.
Nature’s Path snack bars served.
This event is a fundraiser for Moms Across
America March to Label GMOs July 4th
Where Moms and supporters will be joining
in to 4th of July parades and raising awareness
locally and nationally simultaneously to label
GMOs, educate themselves about GMO and
eat GMO free!
Donation $15-20 dollars each
Reserve your ticket at www.momsacrossamerica.com
and click on the “DONATE” page