Clients of our Job Development program complete a shed
CSA Pick Up Announcement
Things Are Cooking at The Fresh Food Initiative Garden
The Fresh Food Initiative (FFI) of Catherine Kasper Place had perfect weather for the weekly Farmers Market last Thursday. Pictured below is staff member Chan Aung and Farm Management Trainee Na Gar Myint cooking up a delicious Burmese style watercress sautee for our customers. All of the herbs and vegetables used in the dish were grown on-site. In the background, CKP Director, Holly Chaille prepares the harvest for each CSA customer and happy shoppers take tours of our gardens.
Please join us on Thursdays between 4-6PM to shop our farmers market, listen to some live music and sample a unique recipe incorporating Fresh Food Initiative produce. Each week we will also highlight one of our client farmers who will be selling crops from their own FFI garden.
Hands on Banking Kicks Off at Catherine Kasper Place
Thanks to the wonderful team at Wells Fargo Bank, clients in the Farm Management Training program of Catherine Kasper Place are able to take part in a curriculum called "Hands on Banking" which explores financial literacy and provides clarity on many complicated aspects of the banking system. This program kicked off with CKP just last week and will go on through the first week of July. Our trainees are learning about managing checking, savings and CD accounts, putting money away for the education of their children, how to improve their credit score and what it takes to be mortgage ready in order to purchase a home.
Arbor Day Tree Planting!
In celebration of Arbor Day, on April 27th the staff of Catherine Kasper Place and our Fresh Food Initiatve clients were joined by nearly two dozen community members at the Slataper Street farm for an educational tree planting event.
The Hoosier ReLeaf team brought us peach and nectarine trees, each in bloom and expected to produce fruit this season. As the team educated our clients, volunteers and the public, our staff here at CKP gave tours of the garden to many people of Fort Wayne who were stopping by to show their support and check out our new location. All of our visitors were encouraged to take home a few packets of seeds from our give away basket for their own gardens.
We here at CKP feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing community that includes gardeners, farmers, and citizens, all of whom appreciate the benefits of urban farming. It was a joyous morning spent at the farm, under a gorgeous sky, with friends who share the belief that planting trees and flowers and vegetables is not only creating a better world now, but ensuring those who follow us can sit in the shade of trees and provide food for themselves in healthy soil.
Thank you again to the team at Hoosier ReLeaf, the folks at Redemption House and all of the community members who came out to celebrate Arbor Day 2013 with Catherine Kasper Place!
About Hoosier ReLeaf
Founded in 1991, Hoosier ReLeaf is a nonprofit education and action organization aimed at engaging citizens across the state of Indiana in collaborative efforts to preserve the environment and to reforest local communities through tree-planting projects and environmental education programs. Coming soon will be their facebook page and website - Hoosierreleaf.com.