Monthly Archives: August 2011

from the garden to my lunch bowl in 20 minutes


This is my lunch today – all chopped up and mixed together into a personal-sized salad. We haven’t been doing a very good job at documenting the food we’ve been producing this summer and the meals we’ve been getting out of it. We realize *gasp* how terrible this is since producing our food is one of the primary goals of our project. Julie is currently preparing a blog post to give you a look at the variety of meals we’ve been eating straight from our own land, but in the meantime, I thought I’d throw up a quick snapshot of my simple lunch today.

In 20 minutes, I went outside and harvested the lettuce, beets, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, green onion and beet greens that you see in the photo, brought them back inside, chopped them up and now I’m happily munching away at them while I type. I swear the greens are still warm from the sun.

Yes, we live the good life. Grow your own. You won’t be sorry.

A little community diggin’


I (Julie) am a lucky girl.  I had the fun and privilege of working at Blue Mountain Elementary last year.  This lovely school has 16 (count that!) deep beds, with tons of potential for future gardens.  This morning we decided to harvest what we could for donation to the community, as well as weed and tend the beds a little.  Most teachers were away enjoying their summer, so only the truly dedicated showed up (thanks Shawn!).  Maple Ridge has a wonderful school district, and I hope that the idea of school/community gardens will be supported through more funding, enthusiasm and resources.  

Several beds are set aside for community groups or people that are interested in getting involved with a school/community garden.  If that is you, you can contact the school office in the fall.