Black Astralorp chickens till the soil in front of their mobile egg coop.

Friends of Zenger Farm

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The Barn as seen from the wetland restoration project.

The Barn as seen from the wetland restoration project.

Last week we were excited to visit one of the great local organizations that Bob’s Red Mill has just started working with, Friends of Zenger Farm. On paper Zenger Farm has a broad spectrum of goals that would be ambitious for any small organization, but when you walk around the farm itself you realize how naturally these goals are intertwined. Just a brief summary would begin with teaching area residents of all ages about farming, sustainability, and ecosystem preservation. But increasing food security in the local community, working to restore native wetland habitat, functioning within a neutral carbon footprint, and developing the local economy are all equally important to the core of their program of urban farming outreach.

This year, Bob’s Red Mill is proud to be involved with sponsoring Zenger’s Healthy Rewards program in conjunction with New Seasons. This program, which was designed to improve healthy food choices for low income residents, matches food stamps spent at the Lents Farmers Market dollar for dollar.

If you’re interested in stopping by this market known for its diverse group of vendors, the 2010 season runs June 6 through October 17 from 9am to 2pm every Sunday, and is located at SE 92nd and Foster in the Lents neighborhood. Stop by each week to enjoy a different chef demo and music sponsored by New Seasons.

One of the projects we’re most excited about helping out with this summer, is our plan to donate supplies to the Children’s Cooking Camp for young food enthusiasts in the 4th to 6th grades. Campers will spend the week at the farm harvesting, cooking and eating the bounty of Zenger Farm. Along the way, campers will learn about combining the flavors of whole grains with seasonal produce all the while having fun getting their hands dirty helping out on the farm.

After just a morning exploring the farm, we’d highly recommend stopping by for one of their guided tours offered every Friday at 4pm.

Black Astralorp chickens till the soil in front of their mobile egg coop.

Black Astralorp chickens till the soil in front of their mobile egg coop.

Jake the dog shows us the tire swing.

Jake the dog shows us the tire swing.

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