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Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

The past week has been quite a whirlwind. We all, of course, were busy and stressed preparing the the Public Hearing on the neighboring development. In the 4 days leading up to the hearing, over 100 people sent emails and letters of support to our farm, including from several members of the LA Food Policy Council and the “Gangster Gardener” Ron Finley. We also worked to organize several key Public Comments to deliver to the City Council, and put a call out to all of our local supporters to come and show their support of the farm.

The hearing was (very, very) very long. The Council pushed our agenda item to the end, because we had 32 speakers lined in support of the farm. Farm supporters traveled from up to 2 hours away to give their (3-minute) comment, and the night unfolded like a Hollywood court room drama (but way more interesting). After the public comment period, the developer was brought up to “rebut” our comments, and then the Council proceeded to deliberate. At first it seemed that things were not going to go our way, but luckily a few council members thought it was a good idea to ask a few more questions and brought the developer and I up to speak. The Mayor asked some very pointed questions and made some significant remarks (including calling our garden a “community treasure”), that seemed to turn the tide of the evening. After it was made clear that we were not opposing any development next door, but opposing this specific development due to the issue of shade, the Council decided that it would be best for the two parties to meet after the hearing. The meeting was set for today (6/21/17) at 5pm.

I just returned from that meeting, and I won’t give any specific updates on that yet. I’ll just say the saga will continue and we may (but hopefully will not) need to call for your support again.

In a final bit of GREAT news, our walk-in cooler is UP AND RUNNING! Woohooo. I’m still contemplating whether to put vegetables in there or just use it as a personal cool-down room for these blazing hot days.

Hope you all are having a great week. A MILLION THANK YOUs to everyone who sent a letter of suppoort, and another MILLION THANKS YOUs to those who came to the hearing.  You are are AMAZZZZZZZING.

Until next time,

The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– red mustard
– salad box with peas and sunflower
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
– sure eggplant
– leek
– carrots
cabbage

Fruit:
– 2 lbs assorted stone fruit

Herbs:
– basil
cilantro

Small Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– red mustard
– salad box with peas and sunflower
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
– suraj eggplant
– leek

Fruit:
– 1 lb assorted stone fruit

Herb:
– basil

Storage Instructions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂