Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cooking with GRUB

When we discovered the teens in the GRUB Program were growing nearly 100,000 pounds of produce every year - but not eating any of it, we knew we had a problem. The solution to the problem was to bring in the South Plains Food Bank's Nutrition Educator.

Sharon Adams arrived with recipes, ingredients and faith. She turned the teens loose with recipes and they could have made even Julia Child proud. The food the GRUB teens created was/is awesome. Whole grains, good fats, fresh produce - the key ingredients to GOOD FOOD. The teens in the GRUB Program learn how to make "GOOD GRUB" - and they take the lessons home with them!
"Yumm-o," to quote the latest celebrity food fashionista, Rachael Ray. We can do Yumm-o any day of the week!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

GRUB Funding

GRUB seeks support from community organizations. Pictured above are Lubbock Master Gardeners presenting GRUB youth with a check. To make a donation to the GRUB Program contact the South Plains Food Bank at 806-763-3003, or

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Roy's Retirement Party

Debbie and Roy in front of the mural at the farm.

Roy is retiring at the end of March. On April 29th we will have a party celebrating ten years of GRUB and honoring Roy for his contribution to the South Plains Food Bank's Farm, Orchard, and GRUB Division. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and join us at the food bank (4612 Locust Ave.) to congratulate Roy on a job well done.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fresh Veggies in Your Own Backyard

Imagine stepping out of your back door and harvesting tomatoes, squash, okra, and other vegetables for your dinner.

GRUB can make that possible!

We are selling raised bed backyard gardens for our spring fundraiser. Raised bed gardens measure 8'x30"x16". Includes cut lumber, hardware, weed guard, trellis with t-posts and complete drip irrigation system with timer. Pricing as follows: Kit only - $225, Kit with soil - $250, Assembled bed - $275, Assembled bed with soil - $300, Assembled bed with soil, delivered and set up - $375. Call Jenifer at 806-763-3003, ext. 35 for more information.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Today at GRUB we had an action packed morning!
A lesson on "How To Budget" from Ronda Alexander from AgriLife Extension.
A Leadership Class from our Texas Tech University Social Work Intern, Stephanie Wessels.
A Conflict Resolution Class from West Texas Conflict Resolution.
And then we went into the field and spread compost with our awesome volunteers - John Duff and Tim Vingos.
A great morning!
I am lucky to be a small part of the wonderful work going on at the food bank's GRUB Farm!

Friday, February 19, 2010

GRUB Raised Bed Garden at the Kitchen of Hope

GRUB is reaching out to the Kids Cafe Program at the South Plains Food Bank's Kitchen of Hope. Tammy Hester, Executive Chef for the Kids Cafe Program (shown standing by one of the raised beds under construction), is thrilled with the prospect of growing vegetables to be used in meals for hungry children.

Teens in the GRUB Program are proud to give back to the Kids Cafe Program!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Welcome to the new GRUB Blog for the GRUB Program and GRUB Farm at the South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock, TX. What is GRUB? From Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition:

1.To break, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example) with or as if with a tool: delve, dig, excavate, scoop, shovel, spade. See enter/exit.
2.To do tedious, laborious, and sometimes menial work: drudge, plod, slave, slog. Informal grind. See work/play.

1.One who works or toils tirelessly: drudge, fag, plodder, slave. Informal grind, workhorse. See work/play.
2.Something fit to be eaten: aliment, bread, comestible, diet, edible, esculent, fare, food, foodstuff, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, pap, provender, provision (used in plural), sustenance, victual. Slang chow, eats. See ingestion.

GRUB is all of that and more! Keep reading our blog to find out just what.