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Find recipes from Chef Samantha Buyskes here, making delicious meals using local ingredients!

You know Chef Samantha has been helping with the Saturday meals, but did you also know she’s been harvesting from the public gardens and the biweekly produce boxes that we bring in from local farmers to give you great ideas for healthy meals to make a home?  Well now you do!  Watch the cooking demonstrations and view the recipes here!  And a few dozen lucky people get to try what she makes, as she brings ample servings of her completed dishes down to the Little Free Farmstand for distribution.  Completely free and totally delicious!  Keep an eye on the BluePrint Geneva and Geneva Public Gardens Facebook pages for more details.

 

 

Saturday Meal Distribution   (looking to order?  Click here!)  (looking to donate to the cause?  Click here!)

Geneva has many agencies helping to get healthy food onto your table, but currently all programs operate Monday-Friday.  To assist with the weekend need, BluePrint Geneva is offering Saturday distribution of meals made by Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes, of SimplyRed Catering.  Each meal consists of two portions of a healthy and hearty main dish.  Meals are offered first-come, first-served in front of the Methodist Church on Main Street beginning at 3pm.  But you can pre-order a meal, or have us deliver it to a neighbor in need for a suggested donation of $9 (to cover supply costs).  See the box to the right for ordering instructions and more information.  If you can’t/shouldn’t come out to pick up, please contact us and we’ll deliver:   info@blueprintgeneva.org.  If you’d like to donate to support this effort or any of BluePrint’s work to deal with this crisis and promote long term resiliency, please click here to go to our online donation page.

QUARANTREE SUCCESS!  Thanks to a partnership with Red Jacket Orchards, we were able to get 65 fruit trees (pear, apple, plum varieties) into the yards of local families, primarily in Wards 5 & 6 in the City.  Check out our facebook page for pictures of the trees and a poem written by one of the recipients!

Executive Director, Jackie Augustine, was interviewed by WGVA about BluePrint’s work with the City and Town on the ConnectGeneva portal and the COVID-19 task force.  You can listen here.

On April 30th, the Finger Lakes Times covered food distribution efforts in the City.  Our Executive Director’s family and our Board Treasurer appeared in the article.

 

Can’t (or shouldn’t) go to the store? 

We can help!

Members of vulnerable populations (people 65+, or people with underlying health conditions like asthma, heart disease, or weakened immune systems) sh

ould not venture out into public places.  If you need help picking up basic supplies, please reach out and we can arrange for no-touch delivery.  Call/text 315-577-3775 or email info@blueprintgeneva.org to schedule this service.  It is free and we can accept credit or debit cards online so no cash

changes hands.

 

Tax Program Goes Remote!

The Geneva Public Library is temporarily closed due to physical distancing requirements to prevent COVID-19.  All tax appointments are suspended until further notice.  But if you are expecting a tax refund and need that money to get through the next few weeks, please call or text  315-577-3775.  We are working with the IRS to pilot a remote system whereby we pick up your documents and prepare your return off site then drop it off to you for your review and consent to file.

 

 

 

What’s Growing and Where’s it Going?

To characterize sections of Geneva as a “food desert” somewhat misses the mark.  There *is* food available for purchase (at convenience stores and gas stations) but nourishing and healthy options are lacking.  We prefer the term “food swamp” to capture the idea of residents stuck with only bad options.  In response to these swamp-like conditions, BluePrint Geneva is undertaking three efforts:

  1.  Get food growing and distributed directly to residents, nothing asked or expected in return;
  2.  Provide access to public garden spaces for people to harvest, grow, and learn about gardening;
  3.  Focus on bringing children and young adults into the healthy food continuum of growing, harvesting, distributing, and celebrating the abundance right in our collective backyard.
A wall of beans in the greenhouse

In addition to maintaining a four-season greenhouse which provides access to leafy greens all winter long, we have established on State Street, co-located with Geneva Peeps, a public garden and a children’s garden.  The public garden is open for all to visit, tend to, or just harvest from.  The children’s garden is a sensory experience featuring native plants, edible flowers, berries for picking, and tactile diversity to encourage kids to explore what’s growing.

Deliveries are made twice per week to the Geneva Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Lunch Program, Center of Concern, Salvation Army, and Little Free Farmstand.

 

 

Environmental Justice:  Follow Your Nose

Geneva’s location in the valley between two trash mountains means that we often endure an olfactory assault when trying to enjoy our yards, parks, or gardens.  Recently, the smell from the landfills has been so intense that people are reporting headaches and nausea.  The “ItStinks!” online tracking program will help residents (and visitors) log their odor complaints with elected officials in Ontario and Seneca County– asking them, and the DEC (which monitors the landfill operations), to take action to clean things up so we aren’t exposed to this on an ongoing basis.  Check out www.ItStinks.org to see recent complaints, or log one of your own.

 

Get Curbside Compost Pickup!

 

Growing Cycle has been offering residents of wards 5 & 6 free weekly pickup of biodegradables (food waste, paper products) since April as part of our DEC Environmental Justice Impact Grant.  The service is now available for a modest fee to other Geneva residents as well and we are looking to expand to restaurant clients.  We all play a part in diverting food waste from the landfills!  Visit the website for more information!

   

BluePrint Geneva, Inc. was formed in 2016 to test new concepts in housing, utilities, technology, and sustainability to grow an interconnected and economically-empowered community. Our projects test, evaluate, and retool strategies to meet the needs of homeowners and renters in Geneva, with a focus on building equity, confidence, and civic capacity within traditionally under-represented and under-resourced groups.