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Philadelphia, PA
Anna teaches, writes and consults about food and agriculture.

19 July 2014

Teen Leadership Corps at Awbury Arboretum

The Inquirer had one take our program....read all about it










Teen Leadership Corps
at Awbury Arboretum

creating personal and social change through small urban agricultural youth run food businesses….urban grown and raised.

Our Mission
The mission of the Teen Leadership Corps is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to learn about food, farming, entrepreneurship, and each other.  Our community works together to create urban agricultural based products and services and to learn essential business skills.  We provide youth leadership opportunities and place to learn and to earn. 

Our Vision
We envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and businesses work to benefit the communities in which they thrive.  

Our Values
We believe:
·       youth and adult partnerships are at the heart of our best work;
·       we are stewards of our land and our community – and, in turn, they sustain us;
·       our strength grows from diverse experiences, backgrounds, cultures and points of view;

·       in hard work that balances rigor, reflection and fun

23 June 2014

Down the Garden Rows

marveling at the mid-June abundance in my small backyard....
Cleveland keeps an eye on things.  Planters with cabbage, herbs of all sorts and lettuce bedeck the back steps

one of the mixed herb planters

jerusalem artichokes in a thicket alongside blackberries and bees
top bed filled with watercress and irises,  and some kholrabi growing in the duckponics set up

beans, beans, beans

eggplants, peppers and beans

more kale, more garlic, and the occasional broccoli plant interspersed with volunteer cilantro

kale, chard, kholrabi ready to eat.  small bean plants almost ready to fill in

last of snap peas growing behind oregano and chive beds

so much lettuce interplanted with garlic....all will be harvested soon

cucumbers, onions, kale and tarragon share this bed

ready to go in the ground.  okra, squash, basil and more zinnia plants - in the new mini high tunnel (thank you Sarah)

20 June 2014

Duck Ponics

Last Day of Spring, Harvest, Then Eat Up



Today's Harvest. Hakuri Turnips, Broccoli, Chard, Kale and Beet Greens

Shells with first of my Snap Peas,  Warm Yogurt and Feta with Mint & Basil

Creamy with Yogurt...Rich but Light.  Tangy and Bright.

21 May 2014

Spring Lamb & Veg

Erdenheim Farm Shoulder and Leg topped with Roasted Garlic and Tomatoes - Lots of Salt and Pepper

Chiogga beets and a Mandoline


Cabbage, Leeks and Carrots for Colorful Colecannon

Colecannon with Red Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks and Spring Onions

18 May 2014

Honeybees settling in




Backyard hives going strong....
since becoming a beekeeper I am thrilled when my neighbors don't get to mowing the clover

Mid spring in my kitchen garden (home)

Tended to my soil and plants, transplanted and tidied up.  Eating lettuce and kale




 and watercress from the 'duck ponics'.

16 October 2013

late harvest bean stew

This is the time of year when I am proud to have all ingredients from my very own garden(s) to make a big stew....leeks, onions, garlic, celery, several varieties of carrots, tomatoes, beans, herbs.....everything but the essential rind of Parmigiano Reggiano for creamy depth of flavor to tie the other ingredients together.