Edible San Luis Obispo Winter 2013 : Page 5

GleanSLO BY GREG ELLIS Food waste: It happens across our county all year long. Ripe Fuji, Empire and Braeburn apples fall to the ground; glorious heads of cabbage roll under the tractor tire; juicy plums stain sidewalks. In the midst of this surfeit the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition estimates that 44,000 county residents go hungry every year. It is a phenomenon dubbed the Paradox of Plenty. GleanSLO, a collaborative program of the Food Bank, aims to rescue excess before it hits the ground. Gleaning, a practice that dates to biblical times, relies on volunteers to harvest produce the farmer cannot, due to economics or weather. It’s good for all: The farmers are happy to see their excess go to good use (and may even receive tax benefits from the deed) and it feeds the hungry—in two years the program has recovered ap-proximately 90,000 pounds of quality local produce. Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School and the Ikeda Brothers of Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange might seem like an odd partnership, but united to end hunger they’re naturals. Through GleanSLO students have already harvested 6,500 pounds of donated produce. GleanSLO looks to form more such dedicated partner-ships, making results more predictable and “fruitful.” Urban produce represents an untapped boon, a food source even more adjacent to the need. GleanSLO currently lacks resources to harvest extensively within city limits. While still experimenting, they endorse a distributed approach, encouraging neighborhoods to unite by organizing harvest events, sharing within the community or donating to a local food pantry. Still new, GleanSLO ekes by on borrowed equipment. They gratefully accept dona-tions—especially a dedicated truck, ladders and harvest bags. Volunteers and farmers can visit GleanSLO.org to get picking! You can also find GleanSLO on Facebook. Cupcakes pictured: Piña Colada, Mexican Chocolate and Blue Moon Divalicious Sweet Treats BY DANIEL KURAS There’s a sweet new trend happening at the dessert table and it’s occurring right here on the Central Coast. Gour-met cupcakes, cake-pops and various other delightful treats are showing up at weddings, showers and birthdays all over the area. One such company con-tributing to this craze is Divalicious Sweet Treats of Nipomo. Christy Marangi and Shelly Marsalek specialize in unique gourmet goodies suitable for even the finest of events. Whether it’s Shelly’s Angry Birds and Hello Kitty cake-pops for the children or Christy’s Blue Moon and Irish Car Bomb cup-cakes for the adults, Divalicious Sweet Treats has you covered. Be sure to check them out for your next event. Divalicious Sweet Treats: 805.878.1686 DivaliciousSweetTreats.blogspot.com Glean SLO www.EdibleSLO.com | Daniel Kuras 5

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