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Dalena T
31 ave and 34th street
Queens (Astoria)
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the project

We make local fruits and veggies more accessible to our community and  do educational programming on things like eco-friendly cleaning, environmental issues, and nutrition for children and adults who are part of our community. Our cooking demonstration features local fruits and veggies and a chef from the neighborhood will show teach us new recipes and show us how to prepare our food in new and exciting ways.

the steps

We hold multiple cooking demonstrations throughout the season, targeting more unfamiliar vegetables received in the CSA share. Demos feature food samples and advice on how to prepare vegetables, including recipes. Local neighborhood "chefs" lead the demonstrations. One workshop is a "free for all" on recipes, the next features "alternative" food preparation including the raw diet, vegan cooking, quick canning and more! Our third demonstration is an Ethnic Bonanza where Indian, Mexican, Southeast Asian and other traditional foods will be featured. Funds cover basic supplies (utensils, plates, napkins), spices and ingredients for dishes.

why we're doing it

By bringing fresh, local organic vegetables to our neighborhood we are greatly reducing the amount of energy it takes to bring food to our tables. Our outreach and educational programming further teaches members about how they can involve themselves in combating environmental issues, whether on an individual level (by making their own non-toxic cleaning products) or on a governmental level (bringing them to awareness about issues in the food industry). In addition, we are spreading awareness about agricultural issues to a demographic that for the most part is not exposed to this message in our subsidized share outreach.


Cost of plates, cups, spices and utensils = $20 (food donated) Canning Supplies = $150 project total = $170 Third Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) = $5.10 Fiscal Sponsorship = $8.5 Grand Total = $183.60


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