Harvest Time at the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center
September 30th, 2010
Thursday morning, September 23, 2010, students and staff joyfully harvested the Fred G. Acosta Center’s Garden. We collected fourteen purple eggplants, twelve white eggplants, one tomato, one pumpkin, one watermelon, one squash, one cantaloupe, two cucumbers, and over one hundred peppers of different HOT and Sizzling varieties. Combined, all the vegetables weighed in at 12 lbs; not bad for our first summer garden. Following the garden harvest we pulled the nearly exhausted plants from the garden box, (with the exception of cantaloupe and pumpkin vines), we mulched the gardens with compost (donated by the Community Food Bank), and adjusted the watering timer to accommodate the cooler season in preparation for Fall/Winter planting. In the interim, students from Facilities Maintenance constructed a compost bin from recycled materials.
And the vegetables we harvested? Amazing! We made Baba Ghanoush, a Middle Eastern dip, from roasted then blended eggplant and other seasonings, including roasted hot peppers and served the dip with pita bread. YUMMY! ~ Paula Kaye