Drink April Skies Cider in May!
For the entire month of May Urban Orchard Cider Co. is donating $1 from each pour of their April Skies Cider!
AND they are hosting a Spring Celebration Plant Sale and Seed Giveaway on Tuesday May 23rd 5-8pm at Urban Orchard West. There will be free appetizers and lot of info about our work. Mark your calendar and plan to come!
Plant Sales This Week!
Come to one of our Elementary School plant sales this week and support our FEAST program! Hall Fletcher Elementary will be selling plants before and after school hours Tuesday May 9th - Friday May 12th. Herring Elementary will sell plants all day from 8-5pm on Friday May 12th.
We Grew SO Much in 2022!
This sketch note created by our wonderful Board Chair Ameena Batada highlights the ways Bountiful Cities touched lives and grew food, community, and knowledge this year. Please consider supporting this work as we close out 2022! You can contribute HERE.
Here are more details about our impact this year:
Free Community Garden Workshops- topics ranged from mushroom cultivation to seed saving to tool repair - 10 workshops with over 300 attendees.
FEAST Programming - 1175 students at 11 schools and afterschool programs. Maintaining school gardens at 5 schools.
Seed Libraries - now in 5 locations, providing free seeds for community members.
Collaborative Apprenticeship Program - graduated 3 apprentices (paid a living wage) in pilot year with instruction from 30+ agriculture and food based organizations.
Events, Celebrations, Plant Sales, Fundraisers and Friendraisers - over 2000 people attended or participated in our events in 2022.
Cover your Rosemary and make Potatoes on Rosemary Skewers
Photo Credit: Katherine Brooks PhotographyIt's gonna be freezing cold and it's a great time to give your rosemary bush a little attention. Rosemary bushes can handle temps that drop below freezing but sometimes they will not survive when temps drop below the teens. You can trim a few stalks as you cover it with a sheet while the polar vortex is with us! This is a great appetizer or side dish that can go with your fancy holiday meal.
2 pounds small fresh potatoes
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
10-15 (4 inch long) sturdy rosemary stalks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss potatoes with olive oil and salt on a sheet pan. Roast Potatoes 30-35 minutes until they are tender. Let potatoes cool for a few minutes, then use a metal skewer or chopstick to put a hole all the way through the center of each potato. String the potatoes on the rosemary skewers. Serve warm or at room temperature as an appetizer,
September 27th, 2022
Join us to support FEAST!Our FEAST program reaches over 1,150 students a year in Asheville, Buncombe County, and Madison County with hands-on cooking and gardening classes in schools and afterschool programs. Help us fully fund this important program this fall!
Bountiful Cities FEAST teachers work within Asheville City and Buncombe County schools, Hot Springs Elementary and Francine Delany New School to give students hands on experience. We are not funded by the school systems, and yet we integrate with the grade level curriculum to provide history, science, reading, math, and art education in addition to gardening and cooking. Our goal is to give students tools that will last a lifetime. If they have seeds they will know how to have food.
Bountiful Cities is a Now Grant Recipient!
Thank you to the WNC Bridge Foundation for contributing to our important Long-Term food security work! Bountiful Cities goal is for Everyone to have access to fresh food and food sovereignty in this community, and we are so glad to have support from our funding partners.
New Shed for Hot Springs FEAST Program!
The garden grant received from the WNC Food Justice Planning Initiative covered about 40% of the cost of materials for the build which was a really amazing contribution toward this much-needed construction to establish our program.
The shed has been CRITICAL for tool storage and expansion of lesson supplies!
FEAST style Panzanella Salad
In FEAST cooking classes with kids we start with a framework of a recipe, then use what we have on hand and make substitutions. We try to teach them how to be creative when cooking with the ultimate goal of reducing food waste and eating delicious fresh food. A traditional Panzanella salad is made with torn bread, tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and cannellini beans. At the Community Garden Network event (in true FEAST style) we didn’t have a lot of these ingredients, so we made some delicious substitutions. Use this recipe as a framework and use some of the substitutions suggested below or make up your own!
6-8 cups torn bread (older bread is ideal for this)
1 cup finely chopped cheese (parmesan is traditional but any kind of cheese works)
2-3 cups chopped tomatoes (substitute roasted peppers, roasted carrots, roasted eggplant, cucumbers or squash)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves ( substitute any leafy green)
1 cup fresh basil leaves (substitute ¼ cup oregano, thyme, cilantro, or chopped rosemary)
1 ½ cups cannellini beans (substitute any kind of bean or field pea)
¼ cup chopped olives, or onions (optional)
Italian style salad dressing or pesto dressing to taste
Pesto Salad Dressing
¼ cup prepared pesto
¼ cup cider vinegar
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. If making your own pesto dressing combine salad dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Drizzle about ½ cup dressing on salad and toss well. Taste and add more dressing if desired.
Fall Garden parties and events
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