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I would just like to say a big thank you to City Green Farms for allowing me to really follow my passion! Getting firsthand experience working in the community made me realize that there is a demand for fresh organic produce and how essential it is to educate consumers about the health benefits of these vegetables.

Each week I felt like a major contributor in the weekly farmer’s markets and I was able to guide our customers into making healthier choices, while educating them about the health benefits of the produce they bought each week. Working for City Green has helped me apply the knowledge I’ve acquired in school, outside the classroom setting.

I want to thank the entire staff at City Green for taking the time to share their expertise and knowledge with me. It was through these times that I felt I was able to learn and grow the most in developing my skills over the course of my internship. The staff was most responsive to my requests and always made me feel part of the group. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to community nutrition. I will forever have this experience to look back on and reflect.

Farm To Table Act
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Taste Testing at Martin Luther King, Jr No. 11 Elementary School

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Nicholas Copernicus Elementary

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Our farm salsa made on the farm!

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Building community gardens in Jersey City, Nj

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Food Demo (Kale Salad) at St. Paul’s in Paterson, Nj.
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Farm Modeling:
One of the pictures taken on the farm that was auctioned off to help our fundraiser.

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Who doesn’t love guacamole? This is my most beloved dish. I make it weekly when summer is here. Avocados are a super food, but they get a bad rap because they’re known for being too high in fat. FACT: you gain weight when you go over your daily caloric needs and eat bad fats! What most people don’t know is that there IS a difference between good fats and bad fats. Believe it or not, good fats CAN help you lose weight!

Let’s break it down. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats found in avocados. Monounsaturated fats contain one double bond in its chain while polyunsaturated fats contain more than one double bond in its chain. Not to get all scientific on you but basically that means the more double bonds in the fats you eat the easier it is to digest. In bad fats, such as trans fats, there are no double bonds in their chains making it very hard to digest which then causes you to gain weight.

Avocados can be used for a lot of different dishes besides just guac. Add it to your grilled chicken sandwiches or in your vegetarian wraps. You can also use the avocados as butter! Slice it up thin and spread it on breads and crackers. You can even grill them! Slice it in half and lay it flat on the grill. Once it gets softer take it off and put salsa on in the hole the pit left in the avocado. Dice the avocado up and add it to your salad that way you absorb more of the nutrients. Sounds a little stranger to add fat to your salad, right? I could go on forever about different ways to use avocados but the blog has to stop somewhere. Keep in mind that just because avocados are high in fat doesn’t mean you should shun them.
I don’t put a lot into my guac. You can add what you want to it. I’m not a fan of cilantro which I know is a signature ingredient found in most guacamoles. I just squeeze a lime on top of it and mix it in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 can of black beans
  • Half a tomato
  • Half an onion
  • 1 lime

Health Benefits:

  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Good for your skin
  • Avocados are rich in potassium. One avocado actually has three times as much Potassium as one banana.
  • vitamins C,K, folate, and B6
  • Monounsaturated fat (3grams per serving)
  • Good for eye health
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Good for your heart