In a ‘food desert’, or, as it were, a desert island, it can be impossible to ‘eat local.’ But new growth and ripe harvests mean fresh produce for neighboring Treasure Island residents, thanks to LLA’s Organic Opportunities students.
For the past eight years, LLA has offered free, monthly produce deliveries to low-income members of the Treasure Island community, along with recipes, nutrition information, and updates about the student-run garden program.
“It felt good, because we’re giving to them,” said LLA student Kayla Cortez. “People were really excited,” to receive their deliveries, she said, explaining that one recipient even gave them small plants in a gesture of appreciation.
Last week, a total of eight households each received roughly 12 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs grown by students in LLA’s certified organic raised beds.
Cortez, an island resident herself, noted how tough it is to get fresh produce on the island, which has no grocery store. “It’s hard because we have to go out,” to other San Francisco supermarkets, “and sometimes we just don’t have time.”
The idea of growing produce and eating local is catching on.
According to LLA Garden teacher Karuna Holm, one island resident who receives LLA’s produce offering is now working with the community to kick off her own community garden. “We hope to support them once they are ready for plants and advice,” Holm said.
In the meantime, LLA students nurture the ripening harvest, and prepare for another month of giving.
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Cabbage or Zucchini
Rosemary, Mint, Sage
1 1/2 lbs pumpkin, cut into cubes
1 large onion, sliced
6 button mushrooms, sliced
2 green chilies, finely sliced
2 red chilies, finely sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
300 ml coconut milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 inch ginger, grated
butter (for frying)