Over the years, Gardens 4 Humanity has incorperated more and more program about cooking into our mission. It is one thing to learn about gardening skills, but unless you are comfortable in the kitchen and have an interest in using fresh produce, then you will not have much need for gardening. We feel that cooking and gardening education go hand in hand, and cooking education peaks peoples interest to healthy fresh ingredients like nothing else can. In order to provide the very best programming to our community, we have come to realize the need for a creative solution to kitchen access. If we could make that kitchen, mobile, then all the better. In activist circles, you always hear people say, “you have to meet people where they are at.” With our mobile kitchen, we will be able to do just that. Not only can we provide hands on cooking demonstrations, but the kitchen will serve the community in other ways like indoor and outdoor community meals and during our Jr. Iron Chef competition. What follows is a wish list of items needed to make our kitchen a reality. Feel free to donate any of these goods, make a donation on the website, or visit us Saturday, January 26 from 12-8pm at the Brooktondale Community Center for our Next pop-up kitchen ABC Cafe for a Day, celebrating an Ithaca tradition in healthy eating. https://www.facebook.com/events/314873075290836/
salsa express (4)
kids cutting boards (20)
kid knives (20)
rubbermade bins (2)
propane camp stove
pots and pans
cargo cart for all this stuff!
a hot cart wouldn’t be too bad either!
Gardens need water, tool storage and a shady place for gardeners to rest. We will provide all of these needs through the construction of Community Garden Hubs at our garden sites. Each hub will consist of several features which together will make a unified whole. A green-built pavilion using local and recycled materials will provide shade and shelter for outdoor education and community gathers while also catching rainwater for use irrigating the garden. It will shelter a picnic table and handicap accessable table and room will be available for an outdoor cooking area such as a grill, BBQ or cob oven as determined by the community. A small tool shed will be used for storing gardening essentials on-site and will feature chalk boards on the pavilion side for work lists and educational events. The shed will direct rainwater runoff from the pavilion into a series of rain barrels. Our first community garden hub project is slated for GIAC’s garden on the corner of Court and Albany pending approval. Local designer and Northside resident Todd Sadler generously donated his time drafting site plans for this pilot site. GIAC’s teen Conservation Corps under the direction of Jody Herbert will be involved in the construction of the hub gaining valuable hands-on experience.
On Saturday, September 22, four teams of youth lead by a local chef faced off in the Second Annual Iron Chef Jr. competition. They had one hour to create four dishes using local produce. It was an exciting, fast-paced event that drew a large crowd of spectators, supporters and curiosity seekers. By the end of the hour, the crowd was ready to eat and judge their favorites. Ultimately, the Wildcats, led by Chef Renee Senne were declared the winners after they edged out last year’s champions, Ralph Moss’s Northside Pit Masters, by a slim margin. Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who participated and pitched in to make this another successful event
This Saturday, 20 youth and 3 local chefs will face off in Gardens 4 Humanity’s second annual Iron Chef Jr. competition. Happening Saturday at 1pm at the old Northside P&C at 1st and Hancock, the Iron Chef Jr. competition will be the first in a series of monthly Pop-up Kitchens by G4H raising funds for community gardening in Tompkins County.
Competition is a cook-off between mixed aged teams of youth and local chefs who compete to create the best 4-course meal using local organic ingredients in one hour. The cook-off will be held in conjunction with The Food Justice Summit, Walkathon & Street Fair sponsored by Greenstar Community Projects and other local partners. there will be music by TAINA ASILI Y LA BANDA REBELDE, Thousands of One and other local acts as well as words of inspiration from Detroit food justice warrior Miss Charity Hicks.
In preparation for this weekend’s event, the youth, chefs and volunteers got together on two evenings at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s teaching kitchen. they got a small taste of what it would be like whipping together dishes from scratch under a time constraint, what it would be like working in close quarters, and how to work with teammates whom they may have just met. the result was an exciting, creative and tasty spread of fresh foods from pastas to deserts. Please come join the fun, make a donation to our campaign and taste for yourself!