Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

A Bronx Urban Farm Sponsored by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)


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Introduction to Gardening Workshops

Although the weather has been temperamental, that hasn’t stopped us from getting started in the garden.

For the last two weeks, residents have enjoyed two workshops led by the farm manager on gardening. The first workshop focused on the basics of gardening, while the second workshop focused on getting started in the garden.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • Getting Started in the Gardening
  • What to Grow
  • Soil and Compost

Residents were given the option start their own plants, which will be planted out the first week in May.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Intervale Green Roof Top Farm. We’re excited about what’s to come this season at the farm. This year we plan to incorporate more education for the residents i.e beginning gardening classes, make better use of the greenhouse and increase the nutrition efforts at the farm.  Last season was a major success, but we’re always looking for ways to improve and to provide a healthier environment for the residents.  Please stay tuned for updates throughout the season!

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Thank you!

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We wanted to take the time to thank all the Volunteers and participants at the Intervale Green Farm this year. With your support, we were able to provide consistent nutrition education to the residents and provide healthy food to the residents at Intervale Green. Thank you for your part in a successful 2017!

 

 


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Garden Wrap Up

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Cheers, to a year of abundance, education, and fulfillment at Intervale Green Rooftop Garden! In anticipation of the winter season, we’ve started to put the garden to rest. All the remaining plants have been removed from the garden beds, along with any leftover vegetables.  They were then transferred to the compost bin, which by next Spring, will have broken down enough for use as a soil amendment at the garden. Now that we are closed for winter…what would you like to see next year?


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Thanksgiving Herb Giveaway and Recipe

We had our annual Thanksgiving Herb giveaway this past Wednesday along with a demo from eat2explore. Thanksgiving is right around the corner so the residents appreciated having fresh herbs at their disposal.  We harvested cilantro, thyme, rosemary, sage, and oregano. To continue the theme of Thanksgiving, Rowena and Claire from Eat2Explore made a delicious stuffing, which incorporated the herbs from the roof. The dish was a major success with the residents and some even wanted to use the recipe at their own Thanksgiving dinners.  See the recipe below!

 

Sausage & Herb Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack of store-bought stuffing bread cubes (14 oz)
  • 1 lb Sweet Italian sausage (without casing)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 punch of parsley
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of sage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 2 -3 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, and celery. Saute for another 2-3 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper. Add sauteed vegetables to the mixing bowl with stuffing cubes.

In the same saute pan, cook sausage. Crumble sausage into small pieces. Cook until completely browned. Add the sausage to the bread crumbs and vegetables.

Add the chicken broth, egg, and sage, thyme, parsley and mix well.

Transfer to a baking dish and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45- 50 minutes. This stuffing can also go into the cavity of a turkey.

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Harvest Festival

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We weren’t able to carve pumpkins this year, but that didn’t stop us from having a festival. At our final harvest giveaway, we decided to do something special for kids at IG. A table was set up with harvest-themed worksheets and Halloween masks.  Each kid had the opportunity to create a mask of their choice as well as customize harvest-themed art. We provided crayons, stickers, erasers as well as healthy snacks. Overall the event was a major success! We hope to combine both pumpkin carving and the games/activities at next years festival.

 


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Eat2Explore Visits

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Last month Eat2Explore visited the farm for a fresh food demo. Eat2Explore is meal Kit system with the mission of igniting a passion for cooking! Rowena the founder and Claire stopped by to prepare a pasta dish.

Eat2Explore is a food subscription service which focuses on getting kids interested in preparing their own food. The theme of the dishes changes from month to month. During September the country/region was Italy. See the recipe below!

Penne with Eggplant, Tomato, Seasonal Greens and Ricotta Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 eggplant cubed
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 bunch of collard green chopped
  • 3 sprigs of basil roughly chopped
  • 6 oz organic penne pasta
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Italian spice mix: 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, ¼ tsp thyme
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

 

In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and sauté until tender, about 2-3 Add garlic, eggplant, tomatoes and collard greens; cover and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground  Add the Italian spice mix and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in ½ the basil and cook until it’s wilted about 2-3 minutes.  Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

While the sauce is simmering, boil a pot of salted water over medium-high heat.   Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.  Drain pasta in a colander. Add pasta and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta cooking liquid to the simmering sauce; toss to coat.   Place large dollops of ricotta cheese evenly on the pasta. Drizzle the surface with olive oil.  Divide the pasta between plates and top with remaining ricotta. Enjoy!