CSULB Organic Garden Project

Soil PreparationTeams AssembleIMG_0953Lining the bottom of the boxView of the bottomSimple construction
Placed on an open spaceBetween the RosemaryTerraced garden spaceLots of stairs

CSULB Organic Garden Project, a set on Flickr.

Boxes built and installed by our Summer 2012 Youth Opportunity Center Farm Interns. CSULB students will grow and prepare vegetables for an end of semester class project luncheon.

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Farm Swag

LAMP 2012The Vintage EmporiumVintage Wooden Tool BoxParty Centerpieces

Farm Swag, a set on Flickr.

Roosting

Roosting by farmdesk
Roosting, a photo by farmdesk on Flickr.

The girls are all jockeying for position…and then they hunker down for the night

Compost Center

Compost Center by farmdesk
Compost Center, a photo by farmdesk on Flickr.

SPRING PLANT SALE – THIS SATURDAY 3/31!

SAVE THE HUGHES LIBRARY
SPRING PLANT SALE

Saturday March 31st
Hughes Middle School/Longfellow Upper Playground
California Avenue at Bixby Road
9:00am – 3:00pm

The Hughes Green Team and the Green Lab Urban Farm will host a spring plant sale to raise money to keep a full time library at Hughes.  Due to severe budget cuts the library is currently scheduled for 50% closure.

The sale will feature vegetable varieties including a large selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and chiles, and herbs—as well as many hearty “California Friendly” perennials that thrive in our local climate.  We have also hand picked several “Bee and Butterfly” flowers that support the pollinators!  Feast your eyes on a partial list of plant material we will have on hand for you to choose from.  It’s an exciting array of colors, fragrances and eventually…flavors!

Heirloom Tomatoes:
Amish Paste
Big Rainbow
Black Cherry
Black Prince
Brandywine Red
Brandywine Yellow
Green Zebra
Juliette
Momotaro
Oregon Spring
Persimmon
Pineapple**
San Marzano
Sweet Million

Peppers and Chiles:
Red, Green and Orange Bell
Burning Bush
Cayenne
Chile de Arbol
Fresno
Italian Roaster
Jalapeno
Pimento
Poblano
Serrano
Shishito
Sweet Banana
Thai Hot
Tiburon

Herbs:
Basil
Cilantro
Dill
Marjoram
Mint-English, Orange, Pinapple
Oregano-Golden and Mexican
Parsley-Italian
Rue
Rosemary
Sage-Golden and Tricolor
Sorrel
Thyme-English, French, and Golden
Lemon Verbena
Lavender
Chives
Stevia

Vegetables:
Artichoke
Beets
Chard
Celery
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuces
Mustards
Kale
Onions
Peas
Strawberries

Flowers and Perennials:
Alyssum
Calendula
Gazania
Marigold
Nemesia
Nieremburgia
Coral Bells
Dymondia
Blue Festuca
Lamb’s Ear
Penstemon
Achillea – yarrow
Deschampsia
Geranium
Salvia
Scabiosa
Scaveola
Verbena
Kangaroo Paw
Coprosma
Flax
Lantana
Lavatera
Lotus
Mexican Sage
Nandina
Pittosporum
Ceonothus
Pride of Madiera
Santa Barbara Daisy

Please stop by and say hello – even if you are not quite ready to plant…you may want to check out the selection and place an order to be picked up at the Spring Street Farm Stand at Spring Street and Elm Avenue after the Spring break!

Just come on out and drink in the inspiration, you won’t be sorry and we will be so grateful!

Edible Weeds-

The “weed” pictured above is known as Lamb’s Quarter or Goosefoot.  We have TONS of weeds at the farm…in the rows, around the fence and in the raised beds.  I read somewhere, that the weeds in your garden can tell you a lot about the soil.  What it has going for it and what it is lacking.

So it seems that the Lamb’s Quarter is common in gardens with very rich soil.  Specifically in yards with animals doing the fertilizing.  So while our chickens and ducks pastured in the garden this fall, they were tilling, fertilizing and weeding…they also set the stage for a bumper crop of this tasty green.  It is used like spinach greens, and I already know the chickens love it.

A Central Park forager has an extensive list of wild edibles and recipes, Wild Man Steve Brill.  Maybe I will look him up next week on our visit!

Basic Crepes

I was going to post a quick recipe and say that I am a new fan of crepes..and stumbled on to a really interesting story!  The author of one of my fave little cook books, Dorian Leigh Parker, was the first real super model and the party girl that Holly Golightly is based on.  Funny!

You can see from the photo she was stunning.  In addition, she was a Cordon Bleu trained chef…and her (2) cookbooks were very well reviewed.  I was just going to post a link of the isbn and got all that information in three clicks.  She had a famous little sister too.  Intriguing family!

It looks like the book is available used, but it is out of print.  I highly recommend you pick up your own copy if you love crepes, flapjacks and pancakes!  I have been making the Sour Cream Pancakes for years…(the book just opens up to that page)…but with Kiely’s request for crepes the other day…we dove in to the other chapters.

I am please to report, that I have been making crepes for three days now!!  The first batch was devoured on Sunday.  A second batch was put in the fridge for Monday breakfast…and the remnants were finished up today with equally fantastic results!!  As a matter of fact, the boy brought home a 5# apple pie from his field trip to Riley’s Farm yesterday…and we robbed some of the pie filling for our crepes this morning…5 minute school day crepes.  Love.

Basic Crepes Recipe-
She states this recipe is from an old cookbook called La Cuisine Messine, meaning the cooking of Metz, a city of Alsace-Lorraine, France.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons AP flour
6 large eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
3 tablespoons cognac or rum
6 tablespoons melted butter

Sift flour in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs 2 at a time. Then the milk 1/3 at a time. Strain (whatever!-I didn’t do this). Whisk in the rum and let the batter rest in the fridge for an hour.

When ready to make the crepes, whisk in 1/2 of the butter. Heat pan over moderate heat until a water drop sizzles. Brush lightly with butter (or drop some on and swirl around with the spoon). I use a large ladle and pour one full measure on the pan….if you add batter it doesn’t stay nice and round. Cook about 1 minute until set and you can easily flip. Let brown for a couple of seconds and then remove to plate…it’s so fast and SO yummy!! Crowd pleaser.

We used a strawberry compote, heated berries in butter and orange liqueur. Or peanut butter, banana and honey. The finally today, day 3 of pre-made batter, we filled with warmed up apple pie filling. Kiely always has two or three!!