Shanti kicks off its Egg-citing Chick Shtik at North High’s ELP classroom thanks to a generous grant from Akron Community Foundation!
We are raising 8 baby chicks with the assistance of Kate Baker’s Early Learning Program classroom at North High. Our chicks are from the families of: Astrolorps, Brahmas, ISA Browns and Orpingtons
Thanks to North High student teachers including leaders–Danielle Dean and .Juliana Yafanaro–the chicks will be well cared for and the ELP kids will have a chance to hold and weigh and play (carefully) with the chicks.
At 3 weeks they are already growing by leaps and bounds. They are flying out of the observation box, perching on high branches, growing adult feathers and eating three bowls of chick starter growth feed a day!
Shanti’s goal: Get a chicken coop at every Akron school with chicks incubated and raised in the classroom! Egg sales at the Farmers Markets.
APS Third graders are currently benefitting from a chick incubation program that lasts a couple weeks. We want to add tailfeathers to this great program!
SEE OUR Chick Shtik Flyer
We are so excited about growing season 2019…with a new truck and landscaping equipment!! You may think we’ve gone dormant, but as Spring is arriving and temps soon to rise…we’ve been planting hot, hot, hot seeds in many places!! Stay tuned for our BAMBOO BUILDING, NEW HIGH TUNNEL, LANDSCAPING WORK CREWS, HIGH SCHOOL URBAN FARMING, and HOT PEPPER FESTIVAL announcements coming soon!!! 👍
Highlights from the First Annual Akron Hot Pepper Festival! It was a hot blast with standing room only! We hope to make this a tradition in Akron celebrating the Hot Pepper culture of the Bhutanese and other Asian and African immigrant groups settling in Akron!
HOT PEPPER FEST 2018
August 10 Patterson Park North Hill Akron
Event Rundown Gotta Read:
- Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winner: Nikole Moore, Akron (pictured far right)
- Hottest Locally-grown Pepper Winner: Chinta Mari and Phan Maya Karki (pictured far left standing)
- Bamboo Splitting Competition Winner: Ms Mgo
- Snake Gourd Dart Throwing Winner: Bista Jr. and Tom Crain
- A Hot Thanks to our Major Sponsor: Melissa Moore, Community Caregivers, Cuyahoga Falls
- A Hot Thanks to our Emcee: Christoper Green, PBS Around Akron with Blue Green
- A Hot Thanks to our Hottest Pepper Judges: Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal; Blue Green, PBS; John Uhgrin, North Akron CDC; Rich Swirsky, Akron Councilman Ward One; Beth Knorr, Summit Food Coalition
- A Hot Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and helpers: Dave Moledor, Sarah Moledor, Reena Rizal, Tamana Rizal, Chinta Karki, Wes Mack
A Hot thanks to the media for your generous promotion of the event:
What’s so “hot”about it?
We believe that our garden produced the hottest pepper in all of northeast Ohio. So, we are going to prove just that with a panel of gastronomical expert judges. We’re taking on all challengers the night of August 3rd at Patterson Park to pick the hottest pepper. We’ll soon be taking entries.
We’re also signing up contestants for a hot pepper eating contest and showing our supporters how fast and precisely we can split bamboo. Then, we’ll have a bamboo splitting competition.
Adding to all this excitement is a fantastic Nepali food sampler and an international dance challenge for our guests.
What a great evening to celebrate a sizzlin’ summer in Akron!
The North Akron (Farmers) Market is a go!!!
Thanks to Shanti’s partners: North Akron CDC, Hibernian Club and The Exchange House. The goal is to create a community event in a shared space and encourage entrepreneurship among our neighbors.
The Market will run from 2pm to 7pm each Saturday starting May 5th through the summer until September 29th. We will hold it on the 761 Main St. lot just North of the Hibernians, across the street from Family Grocery behind the Exchange House.
Shanti will be heading up all responsibilities for food vendors. Vendor applications are now available for the North Akron Market! We will be distributing and reviewing all the applications coming in for the Top 40 vendor spots. Training will also be available for all our vendor partners, including Akron Public School students.
We will be making classes and help available to first-time businesses and entrepreneurs. We even plan to start each month with live music, outdoor dining and festive special events!
Please join us as a vendor and/or visitor!!! All are welcome!!!
We are so pleased to be part of the Akron Community Foundation (ACF) education grantee family for 2018!! ACF funds will support our Farm to School Program for Akron Public Schools. The contribution will asist us in upgrading our current youth garden and support student participation in a farmers market, vermicomposting and summer farm camp program. Thanks ACF!!
Shanti recognizes the need for preventative measures as a safeguard ensuring( the immigrant youth issues in other states (see what Minnesota is dealing with right now) does not gain a toehold. PIONEER PRESS ARTICLE ON SOMALI YOUTH GANGS
Immigrant youth face extraordinary additional challenges that most other youth groups don’t, including differences in language skills between generations, cultural norms, peer influences from outside the culture. And consequences for bad behavior? Well, how about the added fear of deportation–real or not?
Recognizing these extraoridnary challenges, Shanti is working with SAMAL Foundation and several other organizations to form youth clubs with a potent mix of sports & recreation, mentoring, tutoring and of course…urban agriculture.
Already Shanti has identified more than 50 area youth interested in joining this club. Making its debut:
UNITED NORTH HILL SOCCER ASSOCIATION (UNHSA), a youth soccer club in North Hill combining the great sport of soccer with mentoring and tutoring opportunities for youth 5th-12th grades.
UNHSA accepts players of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Our youth soccer program is starting its first season of play in Spring of 2018!
We need your financial support this playing season to obtain soccer balls, goals, shoes, uniforms, transportation and rental space for our programs.