The ACF AZ October meeting was held at the Community Orchard Learning Center, COLC and the first its kind for the ACF AZ and the IFT Cactus Section. The COLC is a community school and a working farm providing experiential education, resources, and partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles in South Phoenix.
Touring the property, attendees were able to see firsthand the community gardens for families, the cooperative gardens that provide food to the entire community, and provide a source of income for their participating members.
Hey Joe Filipino Food Truck, the No Roach, Roach Coach was in attendance as well serving Filipino Street Food such as Chicken Adobo, Lechon Kawali, and Pancit. Brian and Margita are a husband and wife team that met in Phoenix, married in the Philippines and then brought their favorite authentic dishes to the streets of Phoenix. Great feedback about the flavor and food and for the meeting, it was a great way for us to host our meeting at that location.
As its harvest time, we also held a Pie Contest for the bragging rights of the “Big Piezono” and ACF Chef Mark Ferguson was the winner with his apple pie. Congratulations to Chef Mark and a thank you to all that entered the contest; more of these to follow.
We also sold pies donated from Rock Springs Café with the proceeds going back to the COLC. Thank you for the support Rock Springs! Also a note of thank you to Chef Nancy Schmitt representing Sara Lee Pies as well for her help and support with pie donations as well. Thank you both for your support.
The Aquaponics system under the direction of Dr. George Brooks is another high point of the meeting as well. Marking great strides with education, communities, and Aquaponics, Dr. Brooks has become a tremendous for our association and community.
Meeting like this really show case activities happening within our community tying in education and food. This ties in with our Chefs Move To Schools activities as when it comes to gardening and after you learn more about the value of Aquaponics you’ll seeing the value in education with this as well. Better quality of food with a higher nutrient density that grows faster using less water the for education is STEM(M) education; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.
In our growing region, it’s especially fascinating and bountiful. Dr. Brooks is testing product verities, yields, and growth so the teaching system is really educating us all on how we can grow more, grow better, for less, and for some, away to sublimit food costs.
I would like to note a special thank you to the teachers that brought students to the meeting as well. Thank you and thank you to all for their attendance.
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