Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lemony Kale, Pasta , And Pistachio Salad

6 Tablespoons  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Clove Minced Garlic
8 oz Dry Whole Wheat Pasta
4 Cups Chopped Raw Kale
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Pistachio Nots
Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper to taste
1. For Dressing - Combine Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Minced Garlic into jar , Shake Well , set aside
2. Cook Pasta , Drain and put in large bowl
3. Add chopped Kale, Parmesan Cheese , Pistachio nuts ,
4. Pour on dressing , and mix well .
5. Let stand for 10 min

Tips : Season to taste with Salt, Pepper and Crushed Red Peppers
Add Garden Fresh Tomatoes, Candied Pecans , or dried Cranberries to enhance flavor
Use your favorite Pasta

Serves 4
adapted from the Spicy RD

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Lull

Early Spring at LaSalle Square
I am not sure about how everyone Else's summer has been. but mine has been hot dry and a struggle to have a great garden season. We have battled the critters, the heat, the drought, and the weeds with the result being a great garden season. Now that we are getting some rain and cooler temps we can take a breath and enjoy what we have created. I reflect on a season that started with Garden classes in January, and seed starting in February. Well the students are now gardeners, and the seeds have grown in to mature plants. For me its time to review what went right and what went wrong. Its time to finish the season strong, and start planning for next year. How can I grow more in my garden? How can we better serve our community. From the start we have wanted to grow all year long, and this fall we are looking for funding to embark on a mission to put up greenhouses that will provide fresh vegetable all year long. We want to have our first greenhouse up by October. By spring we want to have a plan in place to get our feet wet in aquaponics that will provide fresh fish as well as nutrients for the food we grow. The future looks bright. With the support of the community we have enjoyed great success.
      What in store for the close of the 2012 garden season

Sept 22nd     Run Toward Unity 5k Run / Walk
Start Time 9am
Cost : $ 20.00 includes t-shirt
Location : IUSB Campus , Student Activities Center.
Phone 574-315-4361
online at

Oct 24     Taste of Unity Harvest Celebration
Help us celebrate the end of the season and National Food Day
Tapas created by local chefs
Silent Auction
Time : 4pm to 8pm
Cost $ 25.00 includes food
Cash Bar
Location : Jewish Federation
                 3202 Shalom Way
                 South Bend IN
Free Fall Cooking Classes

Sept  4th 6pm     Cooking Class / Cara Lupa

Sept   11th 6pm   Canning Class  / Edie Sutton

Sept 18th 6pm      Fermenting Class  / Joe Gady

Sept  25th 6pm    Cooking Class  / Quick meals

Oct 2nd  6pm       Cooking Class / Dehydrating Class / Tammy Baker

Oct 9th  6pm        Cooking Class / Easy Meals
All Classes are located at Unity Gardens office
702 Chapin Street
South Bend
Contact Sara




Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Trip To Growing Power

Growing Power
By Mitch Yaciw
With the Indiana growing season being so short something we have been talkingGP about right from the start has been how to provide healthy food year round. Every year we strive to be more efficient. Well Will Allen has done just that with Growing Power in Milwaukee. on just a little more then 2 acres they provide an unbelievable amount of food all year round . I was lucky enough to tour his facility a few weeks back with a group from South Bend. Composting , Worm Farming, Fish Farming,Micro Greens, Chickens, Ducks, Goats, and Bee Hives all packed into this small urban space. All I kept thinking was this is organized chaos. Using and reusing whatever is available its a testament to sustainable local food production. What does this mean to Unity Gardens ? As we roll into year 4 finding ways to sustain growth and touch more lives is always on our mind. While we are doing great things for the community how can we do more. Some things I saw at Growing Power we are already doing or have plans to do , and there are many practices that we can utilize in our future growth. It was an exciting visit and have look into the future of Unity Gardens. Growing Food,Growing Health, Growing Community , Growing Education.
If your want to learn more about our visit to Growing Power we will be gathering at Purple Porch on Sep 12th at 6:30pm to answer questions about our visit and show some slides of our visit about 7:15 , We should wrap up by 8 or 8:30pm . Bring a snack to share if you like.
If you want to help Unity Gardens fulfill our mission you can donate online on our Blog through PayPal or Contact Sara Stewart at or call 574-315-4361. We are also always looking for volunteers . The only way we can grow is with your support.