The Sunnyside Farm Market, 2013
Market is Open Again
Saturday Markets 9:30-noon
44th Avenue @ Vallejo Street
Wednesday Evening Markets
begin May 22nd!
The season has begun! We have the first greens of the season as well as starts for your own garden. Our bakers and canners are back with fresh bread, tarts, quiche, gluten-free yummies, pasta, and jams.
And as always, please order your worm products ahead so we can dig them up and have them ready for you. Red wigglers, vermicompost, vermicompost tea (worm juice!) Order worm products here
We did it! Our Hoophouse is Up!
Through the month of January we have been building a hoophouse structure at our Sunnyside Farm & Market to enclose some growing space and provide our market with protection from the elements.
A cast of thousands (well tens, really) helped us over about three weeks to raise, stabilize, skin, frame and secure our new hoophouse. We now have over 500 square feet of protected growing space and we are ready to roll!
We will be filling it with early starts and setting up an area for our markets which will start back up again on February 20th.
We are grateful to The Denver Foundation's Strengthening Neighborhoods program for their generous grant to help with this.
Blog Series: Saving Seeds Can Save the World
Part 1: Saving Seeds Can Save Your Life
Nicole Patterson, Major: Biology, Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Welcome to part one of our blog series “How Saving Seeds Can Save the World.” As a collaborative project between a University of Denver writing course “Food and Culture” and Feed Denver, four DU students will show how seed-saving can save the world. Each of the four parts of the series will tackle seed saving from a different angle.
For centuries, farmers and gardeners saved the seeds from their produce to put towards the next harvest. In fact, even one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, was an avid seed collector and belonged to seed exchange groups where he would introduce new seed varieties to the farmers in his community.(1) It was common practice, even on large farms. As recent as 1960, the seed saving rate for US soybean farmers was 63%.(2) Saving seeds from harvest to harvest enables self-sustainability because farmers don’t need to buy seed annually. Each generation of saved seeds better adapts to the climate, which results in increased yield with less pesticides.
With the dawn of genetically modified seeds and commercial seed manufacturers, like Monsanto, seed saving has become virtually extinct.
The Great Seed Saver Library Project
We found homes for more than 300 tomato plants! All of them, heirloom and organic, grown under the love and care of Penn Parmenter at her high mountain farmInspired by Penn's passion - and a miscalculation of starts - we gave away more than 300 amazing tomato plants with the request that each participant help us start a seed saving library. If you took one of these wonderful heirlooms all we ask is you save some of the seed and return some of it to us. We'll organize a seed library to make the seeds available to you and others next year and in future. Read more here...
Gastronomes and the Good Food Revolution
Last month I had the opportunity to visit the University of Gastronomic Sciences to speak to Masters Students about career opportunities in the food and farming industries in the USA. Founded by the pioneer thinkers of Slow Food International and located in Pollenzo, Italy (I know, poor me…what I do for the Good Food Revolution!) this program draws a full picture of the place of food in the full economy and ecology of the human experience on this planet.
Gastronomically food cannot be separated into tidy compartments. Growing food cannot be separated from the land, people, and culture wherein it came forth. Eating food cannot be separated from the “hands that made the food” (as the Irish would say). Discussions about health – from nutrient deficiency to the obesity epidemic – cannot be separated from the industries that provide the connection between grower and eater. Food justice conversations – from food deserts to land grabbing and forced famine – cannot be separated from local and global political and financial decisions…as well as our own choices at the grocery store. Read more...
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