Our location on Mare Island is a little isolated, and it is expensive to transport students to an off campus site. We decided to build a mobile garden to deliver education opportunities directly where they are needed: schools, other gardens, and festivals. It will carry tools, seedlings, container gardens, cooking equipment, and displays. We got the funds ready (PB cycle 1 Gardens and Nutrition) and started looking for a vehicle.
After months of searching, Dennis Scarla, Michael Mees and Meriel Melendrez drove this 1993 Ford E-350 shuttle bus from Redwood City back to Vallejo People's Garden. Once the good folks at Tommy's Auto Repair finish patching a leak on the fuel line, we will be ready to transform it into a garden classroom on wheels. We need your help! Do you have any spare parts for a large vehicle, like shelves or an RV shade? Do you have an aptitude for tinkering? Do you have great ideas for garden classes on the go? Are you a gardener, artist, mechanic, or chef? Join in the creation of Vallejo's very own Garden Mobile. We will have a planning and brainstorm meeting during the Hub CAP (community art project) night on January 15th. 350 Georgia St 6:00-8:00pm.

Recipe

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Photo by Michael Mees
When tomatoes are in season, it can be hard to eat them fast enough. This simple technique will improve their shelf life, and concentrate the best of their flavor.

Ingredients:

Tomatoes. Olive oil. Salt.

Cut larger tomatoes into halves or quarters and place cut side up on a baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with salt. I use kosher salt because I like the large, airy flakes.
Place them in the oven at 200°F and roast for 1-8 hours, depending on the size of the tomato. Cherry tomatoes only need an hour or two; big tomatoes can roast for a whole 8 hours. For those large tomatoes, you can even put them in the oven before you go to sleep, and turn off the oven when you wake up and go to work.
The tomatoes shrivel to a gooey concentrate. Drizzle with olive oil and store in the refrigerator in a container for up to two weeks. Serve on bread, in salads and stews, or by just themselves. Add fresh basil leaves for a great flavor combination.

Free Winter Garden Workshop

Gene in his garden. Photo by Mike Jory—Vallejo Times-Herald

Grow vegetables. In Winter?

Learn how with Master Gardener Gene Ekenstam

Saturday September 20th 10am-noon @ Vallejo People's Garden

Gene will share tips on how to grow food all winter long. The Vallejo People's Garden will provide  seeds and refreshments.

RSVP to info@vallejopeoplesgarden.org