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urban gardens + summer meals


by christine yao July 20, 2016

Volunteering with the Edible Schoolyard, I’ve been visiting PS216 in Gravesend. Things are growing lush and ripe in this summertime heat. Since school is out for the summer, they graciously let us take home produce from the garden during our last visit.

The produce was grown by the (hopefully) pure hands of Brooklyn middle schoolers and harvested by the (hopefully) more seasoned hands of volunteers (unlike these Chinese tea leaves.)

Since this is America where everything is bigger and better, the garden grew Elephant Garlic, not quite garlic but more closely related to leeks with bulbs the size of fists. There were also Welsh onions, something bizarrely crossed between a leek and a scallion. Supersized aliums. So, I decided to go home and make pesto and lavender cookies. On my way walking to the train, someone had other ideas for my day and dinner. Next time I visit the Hoover Dam, I’ll bring a bag back…

Since basil is naturally antibacterial and lavender already smells like soap, I didn’t bother to wash any of the aforementioned ingredients.

To make this vegan, remove the cheese.
To make this gluten free, replace the pasta with zucchini pasta.
To make this sustainable, bike home.
To make this cruelty free, hug the herbs before harvesting.
To make this inedible, take out the love.

One serving: Calories: 158 Fat: .2g Saturated fat: .08g Carbohydrates: 5g Sugar: 4.5g Sodium: 71mg Fiber: 10.4g Protein: 15.4g

Michelle Obama, your new serving size laws don’t apply here!

In all seriousness, Edible Schoolyard NYC (ESYNYC) has been educating urban youth since 2010. They are one of the organizations that you can choose to support with a purchase from simulacra. You can also support them on their website or through their events. ESYNYC partners with public schools to educate students and also hosts professional development and community outreach programs. They are also continually educating volunteers. Pink currants, who knew? May have had one too many of these, dreaming that they were small berries of rosé.




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