Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Semester's End

Hey all,

The semester and the school year are coming to a close. This Thursday will be probably be our last formal meeting day in the garden and we'll be composting, maybe planting, and generally taking a break from studying. Come out and join us! Also, a huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported us on EARTH DAY. We sold a ton of t-shirts which will totally boost our publicity and the film screening was fun albeit a little bit depressing for me. I was able to hold on to the dvd so if anyone is interested in watching it again or for the first time let me know and you can borrow it. We'll be watching it again informally in Erdman at 7.30 this Thursday.

IMPORTANT: Thursday morning at 9.30 am in the Green Bean we are having a meeting for the leadership of FEAST. For everyone who is currently on the executive board who wants to continue in a leadership role, either be there or let me know if you have a conflict and we can figure out a time that I can fill you in over the weekend. We will be primarily discussing the internal structure of the club, clearly defining individual roles and responsibilities, discussing the expansion of the garden to our new site and outlining a plan for next semester. Please come with ideas and a clear view of any roles that you would like to take on especially if you are interested in heading one of our main improvement projects for the garden, which include working with the Marketplace to get our produce served, installing a drip irrigation system, getting a shed and a small greenhouse for the garden. BE THERE!

Next week Elissa will be leading a strawberry picking and jam making expedition so if you are done with finals early and would like to participate email back and let us know. It will be an awesomely fun time with delicious fruit!

I hope all of you are doing well and GOOD LUCK on your work and finishing out the semester! I know it's hard to find time but the Thursday morning meeting is incredibly important for the future of the club so try your best to make it!

Monday, April 26, 2010

T-shirt Printing

Here are some pictures from printing the last batch of the FEAST T-shirts of the year.

Ava did an AWESOME job!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Check this out!

These are some amazing statistics about energy consumption!

"if all the world’s 1 billion PC’s were powered down for just one night – it would save enough energy to light up New York City’s Empire State Building – inside and out – for more than 30 years!! And the amount of energy wasted by leaving the computer on overnight (across the country) is equal to 20 million tons of C02, roughly the amount produced by 4 million cars on the road!!"

from this website


Hey all,

We got a lot going on this week cause tomorrow's EARTH DAY! yay! VOTE FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY FUND AMENDMENT! (amendment #1)

For starters, there will be tons of festivities during the lunch hour tomorrow. I'm not sure if it's too late to sign up but anyone interested in cooking should definitely participate in Organic Iron Chef. We'll also have a table in the quad selling FEAST t-shirts so stop by as well. We will have composting and other garden work as usual around 4.30 then around 7.30 Tapped will be screened. If the weather's good it will be in the garden and if not, we have MOSHER 1 reserved. It's a potluck so bring some food! (preferably something easily eaten without utensils). If we're outside it might get a little chilly so maybe bring a blanket as well.

This Friday there is a free screening of the movie "dirt - A story with heart and soil" at 7 pm at the Historic Raymond Theatre 129 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena (Next door to the Armory). It is in partnership with "City of Pasadena Greening The Earth Day & Armory Family Arts Festival"

Here is some info about the movie:
Filmmakers Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow tell the story of the life-giving wonders of soil with depth and visual flair, from the Big Bang to present day. Based on the book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, the film explores how environmental degradation and industrial agricultural practices are damaging one of life’s most essential elements. Author William Bryant Logan appears in the film along with such luminaries as leading global sustainability activist Vandana Shiva, Nobel Laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai, TreePeople’s Andy Lipkis, physicist Fritjof Capra and many more pointing to hopeful restorative efforts under way around the world. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis with a music soundtrack selected by original Morning Becomes Eclectic host Tom Schnabel. DIRT! is call to action for human beings around the world to unite to literally save the earth.
Master Gardener Mark Rice will lead a community discussion following the film. Admission is free. This special Conscientious Projector event is co-sponsored by Sustainable World and EDEN (Environmental Defense of the Earth Now), Peace & Justice ministries of All Saints Church, in partnership with the City of Pasadena and The Armory Center for the Arts. For more info, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit .

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

T-Shirt Printing and EARTH DAY!

Hey all,
It's nearing the end of the semester and it's closing in our one-year anniversary as a club!! Imagine that!
We'll be meeting in the garden tomorrow for some harvesting and composting as well as caring for the chickens. We also have more t-shirts to print so we can experiment with that as well. Those can be sold for Earth Day! Hope to see you all there.

Next Thursday is EARTH DAY and we're arranging a film screening for that evening. At 7.30 pm we will be showing the movie Tapped which examines the mostly unregulated bottled water industry, its impacts on human health and how it is destroying our environment. It will be show in the garden so bring blankets, towels, beach chairs, etc. for sitting. It'll be somewhat of a potluck so feel free to bring food of any kind, preferably finger food (hors d'oeuvres and desserts that don't need utensils). That's when we'll be celebrating our one-year anniversary! BE THERE!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Olive Branches and FEAST

FEAST finally accomplished one of our primary goals: to get kids up in the garden!
This morning we partnered with Olive Branches and had about 10 awesome kids helping us out.
We did composting, plant identification and tasting, chicken playing, seed planting and even some seed transplanting. It was really relaxing to see the children running around, playing, hanging out and just being kids. I really hope this can become a permanent fixture in our garden: wouldn't it be great if we could meet every Saturday and do this?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

NYT Article:Push to Eat Local Food Is Hampered by Shortage

This is one of the issues we are up against in the local food movement -- we have the momentum in terms of growing, raising animals, etc. but we don't have the infrastructure to support it. Read the article here.