Every time I open a meal from Ceres, I realize I would not be eating at all if it were not for your help.
In just over five years, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, donors and community partners, Ceres Community Project has served more than 110,000 nourishing, delicious, free meals to clients and their families. Hundreds of teens have learned to grow, cook and enjoy healthy foods, and experienced their power to make a difference in their community.
Thanks to our new kitchen, Ceres is expanding and currently has room for more clients. Our goal for 2012 is to grow from serving 50 client families each week to serving 70, with delivery of at least 40,000 meals.
You can help. Please spread the word to people who are dealing with a serious illness that Ceres is a resource meant for them. Our clients tell us that it's hard to receive and many of them resisted contacting Ceres thinking "someone else needs this more than I do" or "I can get through this on my own."
Please remind them that the support of community is healing and that by becoming a client at Ceres, they also give our young people a chance to learn, to grow, and to discover their capacity to contribute.
It's estimated that 80% of cancer patients end up malnourished due to the effects of treatment on appetite. Being malnourished increases side effects, reduces treatment effectiveness and makes recovery longer. Having the kind of wholesome, delicious and nutrient rich prepared meals that Ceres delivers can make a huge difference.
The day that food came it felt like my burden was cut in half.... It said, "you are not alone."
Each week I receive some of the most beautiful and healthy food. I call this sustenance for the soul.
It's easy to get started. Potential clients can call Ceres Community Project at 829-5833 ext. 201 or email email@example.com. Our Client Manager will be in touch within 24 hours.
I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. As always, we welcome your feedback.
Thank you for being a part of the Ceres Community.
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Teen chefs create new video for Ceres
Our teens are an amazingly talented and dedicated group. Mikaela Dibble-Kahn and Sonya Dexter recently shared with us a video they made about Ceres.
When asked about their motivation, Sonya shared:
Mikaela and I are taking a film class at Analy. Our last assignment of the year was to create a commercial. While we were brainstorming ideas, we thought that instead of doing a normal commercial, why don't we create a type of public service announcement for the Ceres Project. Ceres means so much to us and we thought it might be a good way to give back. With our video we really wanted to show the process of the raw produce coming into the kitchen and then the delicious meals coming out. We also really wanted to capture the sense of community that is a part of the project.
Kudos to Sonya and Mikaela on a job well done!
Click here to watch their terrific video.
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DeLoach Community Garden Grant -- we are currently in 7th place to win one of five $4,000 grants and coverage in Organic Gardening magazine. Voting ends August 6th. Until then, please VOTE DAILY by clicking the image above this article.
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Please share both of these links with your network, and ask them to vote daily for Ceres.
|Thanks to Patrick Amiot & Brigitte Laurent for our buzzing bee.|
What's the Buzzzzzzz?
by Cathryn Couch
If you've been to Ceres in the past few weeks, or driven by on Bodega Avenue, you've probably noticed the latest addition to the garden - a ten foot tall bee sculpture created by Patrick Amiot. When Patrick and I first talked about creating a sculpture for the Ceres garden, he said he wanted to create something that represented the heart of what Ceres is about, and that would evoke a warm and happy feeling when folks passed by on the street.
At this point (if you're like me), you might be asking yourself "so what does a bee have to do with Ceres?" Like bees, we are always busy. Ceres is a "hive of bustling activity". And like the bees, we are constantly making food that we generously share with those who need it. Bees enhance the health of the entire community through their role as pollinators. Ceres works to build a healthier community by pollinating ideas and teaching people to grow, cook and eat healthy, fresh foods.
The idea that clinched it for me, though, was something we learned from Michael Thiele during his seminar on The Life of Bees at The Melissa Garden earlier in May. Michael said that each hive is one being. Despite the fact that there might be 20,000 or 30,000 bees in a hive, all of them busily at work, no single bee is determining what actions to take. The hundreds of thousands of decisions made each day arise moment to moment from the field of the hive itself in relation to its constantly changing environment.
|Ceres Project Collaborates with West County Health Services
Food is the foundation of health, hence the collaboration between West County Health Services (WCHS) and Ceres Community Project's Education Program is natural. Last summer WCHS physician Gary Pace and Ceres' Nutrition Director JoEllen DeNicola explored the possibility of bringing Ceres' Healing Foods Cooking Courses to the new Forestville Wellness Center in order to provide WCHS' low-income patients with nutritional strategies for eating a whole food diet that supports health.
A successful pilot program began in the fall of 2011. This year the Nutrition for Wellness classes are offered biweekly and are taught by Ceres' volunteer team of Nutrition Educators and Consultants: Julie Halpin, NC; Irema Sivcevic, NE; Jaque Lefler, NE; Kathy Emmer, NC; Mary Sheila Gonella, NC; and Tess Danaher NE. Participants learn basic, practical nutrition and cooking skills, and also attend more targeted classes as appropriate on range of subjects such as eating to manage blood sugar, and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and herbs into their diet.
Dr. Pace noted that some patients have really turned their health around after understanding how to manage their diet. Everyone at WCHS is thrilled to offer this new resource to their patients who are interested in making nutritional changes but don't necessarily have many resources. Dr. Pace reports that those patients taking classes have a sense that they can help themselves and that the community is there to support them in making health-affirming changes.
Enrolling in the courses is free and simple. If you are a patient at WCHS and want to take one of the Nutrition for Wellness classes, please ask your personal physician to enroll you.
JoEllen DeNicola, NE and Deanne Luzaich, NC
Phytonutrients are potent plant compounds that aid and support human health. They are found in fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. The USDA does not categorize them as essential nutrients, however phytonutrients can promote physical health and are known to effect diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Some of Ceres Project's favorite sources of phytonutrients are cruciferous vegetables. The cruciferous family, also called Brassicas, is made up of arugula, broccoli, broccolini, broccoflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, radishes, rutabaga, mustard and turnip greens, and turnips.
Kale, one of the most nutritious vegetables, contains lutein, which has anticancer benefits and helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. It's also a good source of Zeaxanthin, which is beneficial to eye health, and beta-carotene, an important provitamin antioxidant compound (Murray 211). Another phytonutrient, indole-3-carbinol, may protect against colon cancer (Wood 185).
Broccoli is a good source of sulphoraphane and indole-3-carbinol, which help us excrete the form of estrogen linked to breast cancer. Broccoli sprouts contain 30-50 times more of these beneficial compounds than the vegetable itself. Indole-3-carbinol is protective for both breast and prostate cancers, aids liver detoxification, and decreases Human Papillomavirus growth. Eat your broccoli!
Cabbage contains the amino acid glutamine, which is very beneficial for growth and regeneration of gastrointestinal tract cells. Fresh cabbage juice has been used to successfully treat ulcers and was once known as "Vitamin U". Cabbage is excellent in soups and salads, and as raw sauerkraut it adds beneficial probiotics to the diet.
When these vegetables are abundant in the diet, many phytonutrients that lower rates of colon, breast, prostate and lung cancers are provided (Murray 177). Those with thyroid concerns should note that eating raw cruciferous vegetables can interfere with thyroid function if there is also an iodine deficiency. Iodine is found in kelp and seaweeds, seafood, iodized salt and supplements (Murray 179, 183).
The protective value of phytonutrients reinforces the need for us to increase our consumption of plant-based foods to compose at least two-thirds of our meals. Enjoy each bite as you realize you are eating for health.
Murray, Michael. Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia
|Kale & Soba Noodle Stir Fry|
| Recipe: Kale and Shitake Stir Fry with Soba Noodles
Click here for this month's recipe.
|Volunteer Job Profile: Mentor Chef|
Along with Rob Hogencamp, our Executive Chef, we have a terrific team of Mentor Chefs who volunteer in our kitchen, helping to ensure that the day's workflow goes smoothly and that the teen chefs have the skills they need for success.
Judy Wachs, one of our long-standing Mentor Chefs, shared her experience of this crucial volunteer role:
One of the things that I like about Ceres is the feeling of working as a team. At the start of the day there are ingredients, and at the end, beautiful meals. And in between the beginning and end of the day is the story.
I have been with Ceres for four years. I like that I have seen teens come in the kitchen on their first day and now I am seeing some leaving to go to college. There are transformations from shy and uncomfortable, to that of confidence and skill. Hearing kids talk with each other, some that never would have met under other circumstances, and the respect they show to each other keeps me in the kitchen.
I think one important skill (that a mentor chef needs) besides loving food, is patience. Sometimes the kitchen is hectic, hot and loud. That can be a hard environment to motivate and encourage others. But what I find surprising is that at the end of the day when food has gone out to be delivered, that the feeling that as a team we came through keeps me coming back.
Mentor Chefs have production cooking experience and should enjoy working with teens. Read on for more information about volunteering at Ceres.
On May 20th we hosted our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party for over 150 active teen and adult volunteers. Guests enjoyed delicious Ceres food while chatting with fellow volunteers and staff on a beautiful spring day.
It was wonderful to spend time with our volunteers and show our gratitude for all they do for Ceres. There was much buzz over the "Ceres Game Wheel" where all volunteers got a chance to win something, such as a bottle of wine, Clif bar, jewelry made by volunteer Becky Thomas and local gift cards. The room fell silent when it was time to draw the winning names for our gift baskets. Three lucky volunteers won these baskets brimming with local gift cards, tea, massages, Ceres products and much more!
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the following merchants who donated items towards the baskets to make them bountiful:
Slice of Life
Willie Bird Turkey
Honeymoon Frozen Yogurt
Mimi's Ice Cream
Redwood Hill Farm
Straus Family Creamery
The Spa at Montecito Heights
Current Volunteer job openings
- Bilingual Client Liaison
- PR (hanging posters around town for our events and classes)
- Delivery Angel(deliver meals to our clients on Wednesdays at 5:00 or Friday mornings at 9:00)
New to Ceres? Please come to our next Volunteer Orientation night on June 19th at 5:30 to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Contact Kosima Grundy for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date
Enrichment training: A Time to Gather and Learn
This is an evening for our adult volunteers. More information to follow soon.
|Class and Event Calendar|
Volunteer Orientation--Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-6:30
Take the first step to becoming a Ceres volunteer. Ceres Meeting Room, 7351 Bodega Ave in Sebastopol.
Tea & Talk: Ceres Community Connections presents --
Stress, Burnout & Exhaustion-a Path to Recovery for Caregivers. Wednesday, June 20, 6-7:30 pm.
Join Angela White, Nutrition Educator and caregiver, and learn practical self-care tools for caregivers.
Click for more information and registration.Summer Solstice Blessing & Celebration--Thursday, June 21, 5-7 pm at Ceres Community Garden,
1005 Gravenstein Hwy No, Sebastopol (Behind O'Reilly Media). Blessing at 6:30. Garden tours, drinks and snacks. Healing Foods Basics--Thursday, July 5, 6-7:30 pm
Get an overview of the Ceres approach to wellness, with tips on nutrition, healing foods, pantry basics and much more. Sliding scale. Get info and register here.Garden as Medicine presents: Full Circle Gardening; Saturday, July 7, 9 am-noon
Learn about keeping your garden going in the winter months, saving seed and making compost. For more information, or to register, click here.Volunteer Orientation--Tuesday, July 17, 5:30-6:30
Take the first step to becoming a Ceres volunteer. Ceres Meeting Room, 7351 Bodega Ave in Sebastopol. Tea & Talk: Ceres Community Connections presents --
The Benefits of Vegan and Raw Meals. Wednesday, July 18, 6-7:30 pm.
With Kathy Emmer, Nutrition Consultant. Click for more information.Rumi's Caravan Stops at Osmosis: A Benefit for Ceres Community Project~Thursday, July 19, 6-9 pm
A magical evening of poetry in the ecstatic tradition, set in the meditation gardens at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and complemented with a Mediterranean feast catered by Ceres. Tickets are selling fast. Click here to purchase. Nourishing Connections Cooking Classes presents: The ABCs of Fermentation--Creating Health with Lacto-Fermented Foods~Saturday, July 2, 10 am-noon
Ceres' own JoEllen DeNicola guides you through preparing and enjoying these rich sources of probiotics, so helpful to healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. To register, click here.Harvest of the Heart, Ceres Community Project's Annual Fundraising Celebration~Saturday, August 11, 5:30-9:30
Join us for an evening of fine wine, a stellar live and silent auction, a delicious Ceres meal and inspiration from our clients and teens. This event will sell out well in advance, so we encourage you to reserve soon by clicking here