Transforming the Hood for G.O.O.D.

(Growing Our Own Destiny)
Urban Farm
to Fork is a
way of life

Our mission is to transform the hood for G.O.O.D. using urban agriculture as a tool for community engagement, empowerment and employment.

With a single seed, not much bigger than the period at the end of this sentence, we hope to rebuild and restore South Oak Park to a healthier place where all families have equitable access to the resources they need to thrive.
Starting with a few plants in the backyard, our vision has grown to showing communities the answers contained in the soil.

  • Growing Food

    Farm Stand, Internship, Project GOOD

  • Growing People

    Education, Youth Maker Space, Project GOOD

  • Growing Community

    Soil Sisters, Fruit Gleaning, Garden Builds

Calendar of Events

Feb
24
Sun
Planning your Spring Garden @ Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Planning your Spring Garden @ Yisrael Family Urban Farm | Sacramento | CA | US

Join Chanowk as he speaks about the upcoming season change and how to get started with planting your spring garden! During this class you will learn:



  • Health, environmental & social benefits of cultivating an organic garden

  • Specific garden tasks to prepare and plant your spring garden

  • Pest management

  • Crop planning & more!


Each participant will get to take home an exclusive #yisraelpassion planting guide & organic non-GMO seeds to start their garden!

Mar
3
Sun
Urban Roots Garden Build Day!
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Urban Roots Garden Builds helps people grow food and eat healthy. We install no-cost gardens to increase access to healthy food, increase physical activity, and encourage healthy eating. Click here to find out more about our program.


 


Learn while you work!


We are very excited about the next garden build installation and we'd love for you to join us. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to install a garden, install drip irrigation, transplant seedlings, and make a positive impact in our community. 


EXACT ADDRESS OF THE BUILD WILL BE LISTED ON YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION.


Please bring: Water bottle and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants reccommended) and gloves if you have them. We will provide tools, snacks, water, and instruction. 

Let's empower another family in our community to put more fruits and veggies on the table!


 


Questions? Contact our Founder, Judith Yisrael at Judith@yisraelfamilyfarm.net or call 1-888-487-9494 ext 778

Mar
10
Sun
Urban Roots Garden Build Day!
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Urban Roots Garden Builds helps people grow food and eat healthy. We install no-cost gardens to increase access to healthy food, increase physical activity, and encourage healthy eating. Click here to find out more about our program.


 


Learn while you work!


We are very excited about the next garden build installation and we'd love for you to join us. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to install a garden, install drip irrigation, transplant seedlings, and make a positive impact in our community. 


EXACT ADDRESS OF THE BUILD WILL BE LISTED ON YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION.


Please bring: Water bottle and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants reccommended) and gloves if you have them. We will provide tools, snacks, water, and instruction. 

Let's empower another family in our community to put more fruits and veggies on the table!


 


Questions? Contact our Founder, Judith Yisrael at Judith@yisraelfamilyfarm.net or call 1-888-487-9494 ext 778

Mar
16
Sat
Urban Roots Garden Build Day!
Mar 16 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Urban Roots Garden Builds helps people grow food and eat healthy. We install no-cost gardens to increase access to healthy food, increase physical activity, and encourage healthy eating. Click here to find out more about our program.


 


Learn while you work!


We are very excited about the next garden build installation and we'd love for you to join us. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to install a garden, install drip irrigation, transplant seedlings, and make a positive impact in our community. 


EXACT ADDRESS OF THE BUILD WILL BE LISTED ON YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION.


Please bring: Water bottle and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants reccommended) and gloves if you have them. We will provide tools, snacks, water, and instruction. 

Let's empower another family in our community to put more fruits and veggies on the table!


 


Questions? Contact our Founder, Judith Yisrael at Judith@yisraelfamilyfarm.net or call 1-888-487-9494 ext 778

Afro Yoga x Yisrael Family Urban Farm: Urban Farm Yoga! @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As we sow our spring seeds in antipaction to nourish our bodies & communities, let us also nourish our minds & soul with some Urban Farm Yoga! Angie from Afro Yoga will lead us through a gentle vinyasa class surrounded by nature. This class is open to all levels (especially beginners) and is family friendly. 


Please bring your own mat and water vessel. There will be a tea & water station for everyone to enjoy. 


Angie is the founder of Afro Yoga in Sacramento, that focused on creating a movement for women of color through community and collaboration. She is passionate about sharing the true meaning of yoga, and teaching people how to take the principles from the physical practice into their lives off the mat.


Love offering: $5. No one turned away for lack of funds.






Mar
21
Thu
Herbal Remedies for Spring: Allergies, Asthma and Eczema @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Mar 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Herbal Remedies for Spring: Allergies, Asthma and Eczema @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm | Sacramento | CA | US

Its that time of year again.... the bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, the butterflies are dancing, all signs of waking life from the dormant season! But as spring awakens and releases pollen into the air, its not all dasies and rainbows when it comes to your allerigies!  As inevitable as allergies seem, there’s quite a bit you can do to minimize and relieve this seasonal misery with a little help from our herbal allies!


During this class participants will learn:



  • The history and benefits of herbalism as a lifestyle

  • Different characteristics of several herbs that can help you identify them

  • Herbal remedies that you can incorporate into your daily diet to help aid with allergy symptoms

  • Original herbal recipes that you can recreate at home in your own kitchen!



Mar
23
Sat
Why Grow Food
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Why Grow Food @ Sacramento | CA | US

Growing your own food has many health benefits:



  • It helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • You decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food.

  • It lets you control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early.


These are the obvious benefits, however after growing food for 10 years starting in his backyard, Chanowk realized that there are more benefits to growing food than just what you eat.


The result is this seminar which distills Chanowk's 10 years of experience of growing food into a presentation which answers the question...WHY GROW FOOD?


After this presentation, there will be a question and answer period as well as a tour of Yisrael Family Farms.


Love offering : $5, minimum donation : $1. This is how YOU transform the hood for good.


*No one way turned away for lack of funds.

Mar
28
Thu
Eco Fabric Dyeing @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Eco Fabric Dyeing @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm | Sacramento | CA | US

Come learn how to create your own dye baths and add a pop of color to natural fabric from food scraps. We will be exploring how to extract hues of yellow, purple, greens & magenta from yellow onion skins, and black beans! A fun and easy craft, you'll never look at food waste the same again! Each participant will go home with a hand dyed tea towel they dye in class. 


Ticket price includes materials fee.

Apr
13
Sat
Turnip your Backyard Garden with Chanowk Yisrael @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This series is an edible gardening course designed to empower community gardeners and city residents to grow & eat more fruits & vegetables with the best organic techniques for an urban backyard! The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on gardening projects in the field. Pre-registration is required. 


Individual Classes: $25


All 4 Classes: $85



*Limited full and partial scholarships are available. Priority will be given to people of underserved communities and Oak Park residents. Apply here!



SATURDAYS from 1 pm- 3:30 pm


April 13th: Seed Saving


April 20th: Soils & Compost 


April 27th: Organic Gardening Techniques 


May 4th: Intergrated Pest Management 




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RECIPES

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  • Sweet Potato Chili

    By: Judith Yisrael    Ι   January 26, 2018

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    The warm healing spices of garlic, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder are the perfect combination as we descend into the final days of winter.  The warmth of these spices will fill our homes and bodies as we get cozy with our big blankets, warm fires, and soft sweaters.

    The star of this hearty winter dish are the sweet potatoes. The tender sweetness of the potatoes add a balance with the richness of the spices. The potatoes add quality protein and substantial quantities of vitamins A, B, and C, while the pungent spices stimulate the immune system and increases circulation.

    Double the recipe if feeding a crowd, or save and meal prep for leftovers during the week. Leftover chili are delicious on tortilla chips garnished with fresh onion, olives, lettuce and guacamole. Leftovers can also be made into Shepherd's Pie or enchiladas.

    Sweet Potato Chili

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 40 minutes

    1 hour, 10 minutes

    Entree

    Yield: 6

    Sweet Potato Chili

    Ingredients

    • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped
    • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano (or 3 tablespoons of fresh)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons of coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into cubes
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
    • 2 cups vegetable broth, or water
    • 2 cups chopped spinach, kale (or other winter greens in my garden)
    • salt to taste

    Instructions

    1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat until warm. Add the onion and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.
    2. Add the jalapeno, garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and turmeric about 1 minute stirring often.
    3. Add the tomatoes, cacao powder, broth, beans and sweet potatoes. Bring to a simmer and simmer about 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.
    4. Add the winter greens and simmer until greens are tender. Add salt to taste.
    5. Serve in bowls with garnish.

    Notes

    garnishes can include: Cilantro, fresh onion, sliced avocado, olives, hot sauce

    https://www.yisraelfamilyfarm.net/portfolio/sweet-potato-chili/

    Sweet Potato Chili
    recipe
  • Leeky Potato Galette with Sunflower Crust

    Leeky Potato Galette with Sunflower Crust

    Ingredients

      Dough
    • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup spelt flour
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
      Filling
    • Filling and Assembly
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • Olive oil more for drizzling
    • 2 large leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
    • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
    • 5 tablespoons coconut milk
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
    • Extra flour (for surface)
    • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped dill, divided, plus sprigs for serving
    • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced (I also tried this recipe using parsnips, yum)
    • 1 large egg, beaten to blend

    Instructions

      Dough
    1. Pulse sunflower seeds in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add flour, salt, and sugar and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse just until a coarse meal forms. With motor running, gradually stream in ½ cup ice water and process until dough comes together. Transfer dough to a work surface; form into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes.
    2. Do Ahead: Dough can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
      Filling and Assembly
    1. Preheat oven to 400º. Heat 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a small skillet over medium-low. Cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until softened but without taking on any color, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
    2. Mix goat cheese, coconut milk, and garlic in a medium bowl to combine; season with salt and black pepper.
    3. Divide dough into 4 pieces.
    4. Roll out 1 piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to an 8" round; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread one-quarter of goat cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1" border. Scatter 1 Tbsp. dill evenly over, then top with a thin layer of potato slices. Drizzle with oil; season with salt. Scatter one-quarter of leeks over potatoes. Fold edges of dough over filling, tucking and overlapping slightly as needed.
    5. Repeat with remaining dough, goat cheese mixture, chopped dill, potatoes, and leeks and more oil and salt to make 3 more galettes. Brush top of dough with egg.
    6. Bake galettes until crusts are golden brown and potatoes are soft, 30–40 minutes. Drizzle with honey (optional) and top with dill sprigs.; season with salt and black pepper.

    Notes

    Recipe adapted from bonappetit.com . Photo credits to bonappetit.com

    https://www.yisraelfamilyfarm.net/portfolio/leeky-potato-galette-with-sunflower-crust/

    Leeky Potato Galette with Sunflower Crust
    recipe
  • Cashew Dill Dip & Dressing

    Cashew Dill Dip & Dressing

    Dips and dressing

    Yield: 8

    Cashew Dill Dip & Dressing

    The creamy texture and rich taste of cashew butter makes a delightful, dairy-free, low-fat dip and salad dressing ––perfect for parboiled vegetables or tossed green salads. Look for unsalted, unsweetened cashew butter in natural foods stores or make your own.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted, unsweetened cashew or cashew macadamia nut butter
    • 1/2 cup warm filtered water
    • 1 tsp finely ground, unrefined sea salt
    • 1/4 cup cold filtered water
    • 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar or 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup minced scallions/green onions
    • 2 tbsps minced fresh dill or 2 tsp dried dill weed
    • 2 tbsps minced fresh chives or 2 tsp dried chives
    • 1 tsp wet or dry mustard
    • 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
    • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper or other seasoning to taste

    Instructions

    1. If you’re opening a new jar of nut butter, do not discard the oil on top; blend the entire contents of the jar in a food processor or a bowl with a sturdy spoon. If you’re not making a triple batch, return the mixture to the original jar and refrigerate the unused portion. Dissolve the sea salt in warm water then mix it with 1/2 cup nut butter until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and purée in a blender, a food processor, or in a bowl with a whisk or immersion blender until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides. Pour into a clean jar, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or freeze for 1 to 2 hours, until thick, before serving. Mixture will thicken when chilled. If too thick, stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time. Freeze what you don’t plan to use within 2 weeks and refrigerate the rest

    Notes

    The dip or dressing will last for 2 weeks in your refrigerator or for several months in the freezer.

    https://www.yisraelfamilyfarm.net/portfolio/cashew-dill-dip-dressing/

    Cashew Dill Dip & Dressing
    recipe
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