On a recent Tuesday morning, I had the opportunity to spend some time with middle school students from Montessori. This group of students visits Veggielution weekly on a seasonal basis. They were working together to plant...Read More
Today is a big day for Veggielution! We’ve received generous matching grants totaling $48,000. We need your help to unlock those funds to support our community engagement and educational programs.Read More
Eastside Explorers is an upcoming field trip program, which will provide the experiential learning opportunities for students that have long been envisioned by the Veggielution team. East Side middle school students will...Read More
This week has been busy, productive, and a little hectic as the farm crew has balanced our regular workload with preparations for tomorrow's Master Gardener Spring Garden Market. We will be selling a great selection of summer vegetables and herbs as well as strawberries and...Read More
I hope you're enjoying this week's lovely weather, and that you'll be able to make it out to the farm tomorrow for FirstSaturday! Last month's First Saturday was a huge success, even with the cold, rainy weather, and we have a great lineup of programming for tomorrow.Read More
We had a quiet but productive week on the farm, making headway on some high priority weeding, transplanting, and bed prep despite being a little short-handed. Today we received some reinforcements, as Ryan is back in action after being out sick most of the week, and we had a sizable group of volunteers (apparently Spring Break = more free time to spend at Veggielution!)Read More
We've experienced quite a deluge in the past week, including heavy and sustained rain last weekend and a short-lived downpour timed perfectly with today's harvest. Although I stated it explicitly in today's subject line, the concept of "rain or shine" governs our distribution every week, all year round.Read More
Last Wednesday I attended a lunch panel discussion downtown at SPUR. Three great panelists, Julie Hutcheson (Committee for Green Foothills), Andrea Mackenzie (Open Space Authority) and Serena Unger (American Farmland Trust) and SPUR moderator Eli Zigas addressed the topic “Urban Growth and Local Farming: What’s a County to Do?”Read More
Seven year-old me was an overly confident artist, an enthusiastic jump-roper, and an expert snow fort engineer (yeah, I’m from Wisconsin). But California youth dream of frosty hideouts, too. Last weekend, my friend Damita compared Veggielution’s kitchen to Elsa’s ice castle while she hunted for bugs in the bed where we were planting violas.Read More
With generous support from the Sobrato Family Foundation, on Saturday, March 5, we will host the first of 9 Veggielution Cocina! (Veggielution Cooks!) classes. This Spanish-language community cooking class series will bring together a guest chef and up to 20 participants to cook seasonal, affordable, culturally-relevant, and delicious meals right here at the farm.Read More
It's been a busy week on the farm, with a couple particularly noteworthy events. On Wednesday we mowed our first section of cover crop, which, after 3 months of growth, was about chest-high.Read More
Hope you're enjoying this lovely spring weather we're having. Forecast says more warm sunny days all the way through next week, which means our soil will probably dry out enough to shape beds for upcoming plantings of beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and other goodies.Read More
Meet Savanna! She is a student at the University of Tampa and is also August's Volunteer of the Month! She has dedicated her time to Veggielution since she was in high school and has been coming in steadily every Friday and Saturday since May. Her favorite task to take on when at Veggielution is harvesting, since it's a lighter one.
One of the best things about coming to Veggielution, in her opinion, is hanging out with all the other volunteers and staff. She's had the opportunity of getting to know some of the people more personally and spent time with them outside of Veggielution. She enjoys watching the interactions between the employees and interns, how they joke around with each other. Aside from building new friendships through her time spent here, she also appreciates being part of what Veggielution does. As she said it's "not only change you can see, but change you can do."
If Savanna could be any vegetable, she said she would be a carrot. Carrots are one of her favorite vegetable and they taste good. Also, carrots are fun to harvest!
All her effort and time spent at Veggielution is greatly appreciated. It's definitely been a pleasure getting to know Savanna better and we hope she continues to volunteer on the farm!
Find out more about volunteering at Veggielution www.veggielution.org/volunteer