Sunday, February 28, 2010

urban ag panel at USF - this tuesday!

yer invited!

Where art, commerce, education, politics and generosity meet to promote city-grown food

Please join USF's Environmental Studies 450 capstone students and their professor Melinda Stone, as they host what promises to be an engaging panel on the state of urban agriculture on Tuesday, March 2 from 2 – 4 PM in McClaren Hall 252.

Panelist include:

Mei Ling Hui, urban agriculture contact for San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. (

Amy Franceschini, USF art/architecture professor and main instigator behind SF Victory Gardens 2009+ and founder of Future Farmers. (

Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway, co-owners/farmers of Little City Gardens in the San Francisco Mission District. (

Blair Randall, executive director of Garden for the Environment, San Francisco’s premiere education garden. (

Tree, founder of the Free Farm Stand on 23rd and Treat Ave. in San Francisco. (

Saturday, February 20, 2010

bake a loaf of bread assignment

bake a loaf of bread assignment for students in green media

1. in addition to our other readings for this friday, read "Basic White Bread – Ten Steps to Fresh-baked Goodness," from Sunset Cook Book of Breads; Molly Katzen, "An Illustrated Guide to the Baking of Yeast Bread," from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest; and Brother Rick Curry, S.J., "Making Bread," from The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking.

2. either individually or collaboratively, bake a loaf of bread. document the process.

3. bring your loaf of bread to class on friday, february 26. also bring a plate to class so that you can sample other people's loaves.

4. along with your loaf, bring a little something to accompany it (a bread accessory!) - honey, jam, herb butter, lilikoi flavored butter, cheese, lunch meat, an avocado, hummus, aioli, olives, you name it. to avoid duplication and to give us a sense of the feast that stands before us, tweet your bread accessory once you've decided on it. also bring a serving utensil for your bread accessory.

5. on friday, after we plant our garden plot, we will break bread together.

6. using multimedia and an online platform that allows readers the opportunity to leave comments, make a recipe and share it online. once finished, and certainly before sunset on sunday, tweet about it. be sure to include a link so that others can read your recipe.


1. do not be intimidated by this assignment. have fun with it.

2. no late work accepted.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

friday's foraging fieldtrip

garden project and green media students - this friday we'll be field-tripping to the inner sunset to forage for wild greens. we'll meet at the garden for the environment at 10:30 am sharp. don't be late. here are walking/biking directions and muni bus directions from USF to the GFE.

justin valone, of USF's garden project, will lead and teach us about foraging.

what should you bring?

1. comfortable shoes;

2. a bowl and fork for salad;

3. some kind of salad amendments - nuts, seeds, homemade dressing;

4. your thoughts and ideas about chapter one of novella carpenter's farm city; and

5. if it's raining, bring rain gear.

rules and recipes from green media's breakfast project

the ground rules for green media's first project, breakfast project, were fairly straight-forward:

1. cook a delicious meal for breakfast.

2. bring the meal to class on friday, february 12. also bring some kind of serving utensil. share your meal with others.

3. also bring to class your favorite bowl (or plate) and fork (or spoon) so that you can sample other people's meals.

4. have a delicious (and collective) breakfast in class.

5. using multimedia, make a recipe for your meal and share it online via the platform of your choice.

6. once finished, and certainly before sunset on sunday, tweet about it. be sure to include a link to your recipe.

here's our breakfast recipes:

Marco Abellera's Pancakes
Daniele Dominguez's Vegan Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze
Christina Hammill's Mixed Fruit Salad with Feta and Mint
Sam Hernandez's Grapefruit In The Morning
Michael Kao's Corn Beef Hash
Sophia Lorenzi's Cinnamon Rollz
Kelli McCloskey's Bagels
Joe Montana's egg & cheese souffle
David Silver's fresh salad with a mustard vinaigrette
Peter Thoene's A Light Breakfast
Joel Weston's Blueberry-Lime Poundcake

our next project, lunch project, will require us to research and cook seasonal, regional meals from ingredients harvested from our garden plot. stay tuned.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

breakfast project - fresh salad with a mustard vinaigrette

for class on friday, green media students and professor were required to make a breakfast meal, bring it to class, and share it with others. we were also required to post online our recipes. here's mine.

fresh salad with a mustard vinaigrette

1. put a few cups of water in a sauce pan and bring to boil. place 2 eggs in boiling water and let cook for 15 minutes. take eggs out of water to cool.

2. get 1 large bunch or 1 big bowl full of lettuce. instead of using one kind of lettuce, consider using multiple varieties. for this salad, i used arugula, spinach, green leaf, romaine, and mustard greens.

3. wash salad greens in a bowl. use a salad spinner to dry the greens. if you don't have one, use a clean cloth towel to hand-dry the greens. you want your greens to be dry.

4. with your hands, tear the greens in half or in thirds and place in a large bowl.

5. for the mustard vinaigrette, you'll need the following:

6. pour the red wine vinegar in a small bowl. add a pinch or two of salt and pepper and stir until dissolved. add minced garlic (and, optionally, minced shallot). add dijon mustard. now add olive oil. whisk! taste it - does it need more salt? a bit more vinegar? experiment until the dressing is nothing less than delicious.

7. peel the hard-boiled eggs, cut them in small chunks, and add to the salad.

8. add the vinaigrette dressing to the salad and mix it all up. serve immediately.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

flickr project

flickr assignment for digital media production

1. we spent a significant portion of today's class taking digital photographs of USF. feel free to take more.

2. if you do not already have a flickr account, create one. if you have an interest in photography, consider opening a pro account ($25/year). if not, sign up a for a free account.

3. find and follow on flickr all DMP students and professor.

4. upload your photos of campus to your flickr account. title and tag all of the photos. be smart and strategic with your tags.

5. using no less than 5 and no more than 10 photos, make a flickr set. title the set. add a description to the set.

6. join the flickr group "USF photography and photographers."

7. revisit your flickr set of campus. add any - or all - of your photos to the "USF photography and photographers" flickr group. be aware that by adding your photo or photos, they can be featured on USF's web site.

8. once finished with steps 1-7, tweet about it. include a link to your flickr set so that other people can see your work.

9. use twitter to keep up with your classmates' work and visit and view their flickr sets.

10. comment on at least 5 photographs taken by 5 different DMPers.


1. follow all directions.

2. flickr project is due saturday, february 13, at noon. no late work accepted.