Stories from the Ground:
McKinley Mural Project
Just behind the school garden at San Jose’s McKinley Elementary is no longer a barren white wall, but instead an inspiring canvas of imaginative color. The artist behind this transformation is San Jose native, Mike Borja. As Borja’s first large scale mural, he admits that this project has been “a big chapter of my life”. Both a teacher at a private art school and for the non-profit organization Coach Art, Borja volunteered hundreds of hours into the creation of the all hand painted and nearly complete mural. Not only was Borja’s time volunteered, but so was the entire project. Stores in our local community donated all of the resources, such as paint, brushes, and preserving varnish. As for an assistant in the project, Freddie Vega, a member of the local artist community called The Heart of Chaos Crew, also volunteered countless hours of his time.
The Winter Farm Box
The Farm Crew is very excited to provide our most loyal customers with delicious vegetables all winter long. We are selling 40 shares for this season, and still have some room left for new members. For only $25 a week, you will receive the very best of our produce, and know that you are supporting the work of your favorite community farm.
The commitment is for 20 weeks (December 3rd to May 3rd) with monthly payments options and payment with food stamps available. You can pick up your box at the Farm on Tuesdays or Saturdays or at the Metro Magazine office on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Please forward information about our Farm Box to friends and neighbors who may be interested.
Read more about the Farm Box
Letter from the
Summer is over, fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. We have had quite the year here at Veggielution! We started out the year finishing up all our new buildings (thanks to NVIDIA’s Project Inspire), and expanding the farm from 2 to 6 acres. This year we have grown more food than ever before. We are putting food on the plates of families who need it most, we are teaching people how to cook and eat healthy, and most importantly we are building a community around food and farming.
This year also marked our 5th birthday. In these first 5 years as an organization, we have grown very quickly and learned so much. Now that we have reached our goal of expanding the farm, it’s time to slow down and re-organize a bit. Instead of focusing on growth and expansion, we will now be focusing on stability and quality.
What does all this mean? In the next year we will be scaling down some of our programs so that we can focus on doing what we do really well. You won’t find us at the Farmers Market anymore, however there will be more Farm Boxes available. There won’t be as many Cooking Matters classes offered, however the ones that are left will be more full. Though it’s been hard to make these and other decisions, we are confident that we are setting the stage for deepening our impact in our community next year and many years to come.
Amie Frisch, Executive Director
Volunteers of the Month:
We are honoring three special volunteers this Fall. Thanks for all the hard work guys!
September: June Magnaldi
Our resident goose-whisperer, June
has been volunteering weekly since
2011, taking the bus all the way
from Santa Cruz to get here.
October: Ishmael Gallegos
Ishmael is a man of many talents,
but you'll see him most often cooking for Saturday's lunch or helping to run Zumba classes.
November: Pamela Venzie
Pamela Venzie is a weekly harvest leader, member of our Outreach Committee and creator of the Art
in the Garden Program.
State of the Farm Report
Mark Medeiros, Farm Director
This will be my last report as the head farmer, since my role here at Veggielution will be changing and we will be introducing our new Farm Manager in the coming weeks. Reflecting back on our first year on six acres, our team of Veggielutionaries really have done an incredible job. During this season we have grown over 53,000 lbs of food, filling 75 Farm boxes for 23 weeks, attending two farmer's markets during the summer and donating thousands of pounds of produce to volunteers and our soup kitchens to boot. With all of our new infrastructure in place, there ain't nothing stopping us now and we're looking forward to an even better 2014 season.
Welcome back Americorps
We are happy to announce that five out of our six 2012-2013 Americorps members have stayed on for another year. We'd also like to introduce the newest member of our team, Lydia Martinez.
Workday Leader Class 2014
Are you interested in learning more about farming? Have you been coming out to Veggielution for awhile and want to step up your involvement? Now’s the time to consider whether you want to become a Workday Leader. Workday Leaders help Veggielution facilitate other volunteers during our weekly workdays and work on all sorts of other projects around the farm. Workday Leaders are asked to help lead workdays at least twice a month, attend ongoing meetings and trainings, and sign up on a monthly schedule. If you are ready to make this commitment for at least a year, the workday leader class is for you.