Monday, December 07, 2009

Cooking with Local Ingredients

At Urban Sprouts, we want to connect students to local produce, whether it's food from the school garden, persimmons and lemons from someone's backyard, or fresh finds from the farmer's market.

At Aptos Middle School, the lettuce, arugula, and radish from our school garden were ready to be harvested and tossed into a salad. Students washed, chopped, and combined local fruits and vegetables with a sesame salad dressing and a persimmon vinagrette. Although some students were more interested in the cooking than in the eating, it was a first step towards creating healthy (and colorful) dishes using many local ingredients.

Additionally, students at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School learned how to whip up persimmon ice cream using only five ingredients (lemon, vanilla, sugar, buttermilk, and persimmons), and without a fancy ice cream maker. Thank you, Ms. Bressack, for donating the delicious persimmons from your backyard!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Outreach Committee Meeting- First Meeting 12/8 6:00pm

Help grow the school gardens movement!

We are looking for members to join our Outreach Committee. These individuals will work alongside our staff to represent Urban Sprouts at partner school events, community fairs, farmers markets, and other city-wide events.

Please join us for our first meeting

December 8th, 2009
451 Hayes St 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Questions or want more information? Please contact Audrey at 415.515.0967 or

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Log Cabin Work Day

We are hosting our first garden work party at our newest site, Log Cabin Ranch.

Come out and:

* tour the site
* help plant our orchard
* build new garden beds
* lots of other exciting garden activities

As the garden is located in La Honda (about 45 miles south of San Francisco) we will be organizing carpools for all participants. We will be contacting those attending by December 10th to arrange rides.


Please note this is a San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department Facility and participants in the work day will need to be at least 21 years of age and bring a photo id.

Pictures from Log Cabin Ranch