Hello Farm to Fork Friends,
We’re here better late than never with your May farm to fork news! If you’re in the Salt Lake area, be to check out Wasatch Community Gardens Spring Plant Sale this Saturday, May 7th, from 8 am-2pm. And then show us your haul @utfarm2fork.
What to Harvest This Month
It’s time for that classic spring combo of strawberries and rhubarb! Try a strawberry rhubarb crisp or Dutch baby, or cook up a quick compote and swirl it into your always-in-season Utah yogurt. Strawberries also make a fantastic addition to spinach salads, so you can take advantage of those fresh spring greens.
Write for our Blog
Did you know the Farm to Fork website has a blog section? (It's right here, this is it). The blog was originally conceived of as a way to share more farm to fork stories from the community, but it’s languishing for lack of content. We’d love to get it going, so if you’ve got a farm to fork story that you’d like to share, let us know. We’re looking for short pieces, between 250-500 words. Pretty much anything related to local food or agriculture education is a good fit—tell us about your winter farmer’s market visit, the farm field trip your kids went on, or a new recipe you tried using local products. Tell us about what you grow on your farm, or how your organization is involved in farm to fork. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinars & Trainings
Culturally Inclusive Garden-Based Learning, May 10, 2022, 2 pm MT
Edible school gardens are ideal spaces to talk about and celebrate diversity and cultural traditions around food and agriculture. Join KidsGardening for a lively discussion with renowned garden educators and authors Dr. Dilafruz Williams, Amoreena Guerrero, and Lori Koenick to discuss what culturally inclusive garden-based learning looks like and how we can make it the norm across our edible school garden programs. Learn more and register here.
Sabores de Mi Patria, May 12, 2022, 5:30 pm, Wasatch Community Gardens (629 E 800 S, SLC)
Join us for this year's first presentation of our Sabores de Mi Patria/Flavors of My Homeland program. Organized in partnership with Artes de México en Utah, this workshop will be presented entirely in Spanish, with English translation. This presentation shares the perspective, experiences, art and traditions related to corn for indigenous communities. Find out why the Maya believe we are born from corn and see how we realize this knowledge through planting la milpa in our own community. Join us for this powerful celebration! Learn more and register here.
Improving Equity Many Americans perceive the immigrant experience as an urban one—but immigrants often form the backbone of the meatpacking and agriculture industries in rural areas. This article from Civil Eats focuses on the meatpacking industry in Nebraska, but there are many parallels to Utah. Being intentional about the food we purchase—where it is from, how it is grown and processed—can help ensure food workers are visible and celebrated members of our communities.
Job Opportunities Seasonal Support Staff, Urban Food Connections of Utah, Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market is hiring seasonal support staff. Staff will be responsible for running the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the market, managing UFCU’s new online sales platform, assisting with market operations such as set-up and tear-down, and managing UFCU’s social media channels. Learn more and apply here.
Harvest of the Season Microgrants
We still have local food taste test grants available through our Harvest of the Season program! Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here.
Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!