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June 16, 2017

One of my favorite conversations in this class was lead and facilitated by Hank Herrera. He began the conversation by reminding us that we were on Ohlone land and welcoming us to the space. He proceeded to talk about a variety of topics including the importance of Ohlo...

June 16, 2017

Compost Poem

Worms, spiders galore

Piles of dirt to feed the plants

We love our compost

When we went to the Gill Tract on February 27th I learned a lot about compost and about the importance of compost in building up the soil.  These photos and the haiku are from our wonde...

June 16, 2017

Why Compost

Compost is an important ingredient in garden bed preparation and should be added to garden beds to sustain soil health over time. Compost returns nutrients to the soil and increases soil fertility, which is essential for healthy plant growth and frequent bed...

June 16, 2017

Finally sinking my hands into the soil at the Giltract was quite rewarding. It brought me back to my time working on a farm in Santa Cruz. Long hours in the sun amending soil in a wheel barrow, transplanting, watering, building fences and goofing around with family and...

June 16, 2017

            This week, spending time in the Gill Tract was a particularly nice break from the school week. I was part of the group planting garlic and cabbage, and it was interesting getting to apply the planting techniques addressed in Essential Urban Farmer, namely i...

June 16, 2017

Today I ate an Asian chicken salad from Soup Co. for lunch. In the line, I watched the worker grab the correct box of mixed greens off the shelf and proceed to gather each ingredient. After compiling the edamame, she mixed the entire concoction together with medium dre...

June 16, 2017

For longer and from more people than I had once thought, a very basic expression of power has been stripped away, outsourced, and erased from memory. Sovereignty over food is a foundational element of social, economic, and environmental justice. Its commodification has...

June 16, 2017

When I was about 12 years old, I stopped believing in magic. My family and I were in Texas visiting a family friend when I passed by a magic shop. In the shop, I accidently overheard a so-called magician reveal how to make a coin disappear. That day, I decided to give...

June 16, 2017

I really enjoyed last week’s visit to the farm because it was so interesting learning about the herb garden with Richard. I was feeling somewhat stressed last week because I had several midterms and papers to work on, but when we were at the farm I felt so peaceful. I...

June 16, 2017

This week on the farm we had the opportunity to learn about the herb garden.  There are so many wonderful uses for these herbs including medicinal, culinary, and fragrance. Before this class I had not realized how many of the herbs found in the Gill Tract could be used...