OBUGS gardens

For an Oakland school garden program, it’s harvest time

on February 7, 2011

The Oakland Based Urban Gardens organization — or O.B.U.G.S. — provides healthy food options for Oakland youth ages two to fourteen in six local school gardens in West and North Oakland. O.B.U.G.S. offers in-school, after-school and summer programs for approximately 700 students. The organization was founded in 1998 by longtime friends Margaret Majua of Lafayette and Dorothy Noyon of San Francisco and relies on grants and fundraisers to offer its programs.

Last Thursday afternoon, a group of students from West Oakland Middle School harvested kale and other vegetables from the O.B.U.G.S. garden in their schoolyard and learned how to make kale salad.

Massaged Kale Salad Recipe — courtesy of O.B.U.G.S.

Ingredients:
4-6 kale leaves
Pinch of Salt
Salad Dressing

Toppings:
carrots, almonds, edamame, seeds, etc.

Directions:
1. Tear up washed kale leaves, discarding the thick stems.
2. Add a pinch of salt and massage the kale until it softens and releases a “grassy” aroma (5-10 minutes).
3. Add a small amount of salad dressing and toppings of your choice.
4. Enjoy!

Makes one individual size salad.

1 Comment

  1. […] Bike or vanpool on a tour through the gardens and historical spots of West Oakland, beginning and ending with edible schoolyard gardens created through the OBUGS (Oakland-Based Urban Gardens) program. The fundraiser includes food from Picante and live entertainment from the Turf Fienz; you can also borrow a bike and helmet if you don’t have one. More info and ticket prices here. You can see Oakland North’s previous coverage of the OBUGS program here. […]



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