February 2012

Issue #28 


Ojai Valley Green Coalition

Food Council

Meet new friends who love good food: Growing it, Cooking it, Eating it


Good Food-Good Energy Gathering
Friday, February 10 - Chaparral Auditorium

Save Energy, Save Money & Save the Planet. That's the theme for the Community Gathering & Winter Feast. The Built Environment Council will offer programs available to Ojai renters, homeowners & businesses to conserve energy through a number of means, including renewable energy.
As usual, it starts with some schmoozing (6:30-7:00), then a potluck (and this crowd knows how to cook!) from 7-8, and then an energy presentation. 
In the nouveau tradition of reducing waste, see if you can remember to bring your own plate, cup & utensils.  
Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth
Author & Rancher, Eric Herme

An author and 4th generation farmer on 6,000 acres in West Texas, Eric Herm is one of America's leading voices against the proliferation of genetically modified food and fiber crops today. He discusses what GM crops are, what food they are in (80% of all food in our grocery stores), how they affect us, the soil, livestock and the environment ... and what we can do about it.

This is a great kick-off event for our signature gathering to get mandatory labeling of GMOs ingredients on the CA ballot.

6:30-8:30 on Thursday, February 9th 
Let's all carpool to: North Oxnard United Methodist Church
1801 Joliet Place, Oxnard.
Sponsored by the Community Roots Garden

Fabulous Stone Fruit Tree Pruning Class

Charles Duncan - Master Gardener

I ambled over to the ARC Enrichment Center for this month's free class on Pruning Citrus Trees -- and I'll be honest -- wondered if I was blowing my Saturday morning.  Au contraire!  Charles is not only a Master Gardener, he was a master teacher to boot.  Well-prepared, lots of practical information, huge dose of humor, got us out to the trees quickly and taught us the intuitive art of fruit tree pruning.   You don't want to miss this.

9:00-11:00 am, on Saturday Feb. 11 
210 Canada St., Ojai Enrichment Center Orchard  

                                     February 17th
                                   8:00 - 3:30
               Keynote Speaker: Karen Ross
                California Secretary of  Food & Agriculture 

From Film to Table:   TOAST   

Based on Nigel Slater's bestselling memoir, TOAST is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells of a young boy's journey into adulthood.

Hosted by the Ojai Film Society, TOAST will be followed by a Tapa reception at Azu, with Executive Chef Laurel Moore presenting some of her lesser known but sublime tapas in the Azu Garden Room. 

Feb. 19th:  4:30 Screening at the Ojai Playhouse 
Tapa Reception follows.  $30 for 2012 subscribers, $35 otherwise. 
RSVP 646--8946 or pay online at www.ojaifilmsociety.org 

Good Time to Double Dig

You know what these recent rains mean, don't you? It's a perfect time to double dig your moist garden soil.  I hired Irina Kim, who's trained in John Jeavens' Biointensive Garden Method, to come over and prepare some garden beds for the coming spring.  I'm not taking any chances with the critters this year, we're wire-mesh caging like crazy.  Then backfill the soil, with some Malibu Compost to add microbial life, and let it develop its ecosystem before I plant in a few months. 
Irina Kim: 290-3032  (she'll need a ride, or the trolley) 

Thanks for your continuing interest in making the Ojai Valley a more delicious place to live.  Our food system is a vital part of our resilience and strength.


Growing food, growing community!
Dulanie Ellis, Food Council

Ojai Valley Green Coalition  

Upcoming Event
We should get the petitions Feb. 17    
gmo kid 
This is the year for us to take back control of our food system and get mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients on our food packaging in California. 

Whether you gather 3 signatures or 300, we need 850,000 by next April -- so every signature counts. 


We'll have GMO fact sheets available at our table across the street from the farmers mkt.



Next Month: Mar. 3

A World of Citrus
There's more to citrus than juice and jam!!
Master Food Preserver Laurie Dill
will present an amazing array of citrus products, with recipes.  Imagine Blanco Oro Facial Scrub, Persian Lime & Lee Tangerine Marmalade, Blood Orange & Chipotle Sea Salt, divine, eh?

Casa de Luna


Food Fact
Gouda Cheese is higher than liver, grassfed butter or egg yolks in the critical nutrient Vitamin K2.

White Bean & Kale Stew

1 Tbl. olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced to 1/4" pcs
1 fennel bulb, diced to 1/4" pieces
3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, also in 1/4" pcs.
2 c. Gimme Lean "sausage" or the your fave sausage
2 bay leaves
Pinch dried basil
Pinch dry oregano
1 Tbl.dried sage
Dash of paprika
4 c. veggie broth
1 can white beans, rinse & drain
Bunch of kale, slivered w/out stem

Heat oil in lg skillet, medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, salt, saute til golden. Add garlic & bell pepper. Saute until softened (3 min).
Add sausage, saute til golden. Add bay leaves, basil, oregano, paprika, sage & stir well.  stir in stock & white beans. Bring tosimmer. Stir in kale & cook for 5 minutes or until tender, but still bright green. Remove bay leaves. You can eat it right away, but most stews taste best the next day after flavors have settled into one another.



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