Hands-On Learning on the Farm

Hands-On Learning on the Farm

Charlene and Richard began developing Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Learning Center long before the 3rd grade through high school students that came to visit last month were even born. Yet having the 76 girls from the Chicas Youth Development Program explore, discover,...

The Value of a Spoon

Artist and teacher Kiko Denzer shares his thoughts on spoons, and so much more. Everybody eats, everybody uses a spoon. Many people have favorite spoons. What makes one spoon different than the rest? Why does he like this one, and she like that one? In our first...

Carving Your Own Wooden Spoon

This spring eleven students enjoyed a day of hands-on learning at Nana Cardoon. Check out their journey from beginning with an applewood log, to ending with their own wooden spoon. With hatchets ready, logs neatly piled, and examples of the spoon in various stages of...
Rhubarb – A First Sign of Spring

Rhubarb – A First Sign of Spring

One of the first signs of Spring’s awakening at Nana Cardoon is rhubarb. An herbaceous perennial vegetable native to Siberia it makes its appearance in the early months of the year, typically March. We “force” our rhubarb, that is we place an earthen...
Weeds for Dinner – Hortopita

Weeds for Dinner – Hortopita

Greek Phyllo Pie filled with Foraged Greens Maria, highly respected island cook and cooking teacher, Zakynthos, Greece, prepares her Hortopita for the oven in the photo above. Posted by: our friend, Sotiris Kitrilakis, advocate for the best of traditional Greek foods,...
Seedy Saturday – Seeds & Stories

Seedy Saturday – Seeds & Stories

What does Seedy Saturday at Nana Cardoon look and sound like? A dynamic group of folks happily exchanging seed stories, history, culture, culinary usage, and growing tips. Beautiful brown seeds so tiny they could blow away, shiny black seeds large enough to reflect...
Bagna Cauda – A Piedmontese tradition

Bagna Cauda – A Piedmontese tradition

Bagna Cauda (‘hot bath” or “hot dip”) While attending a cooking school at Tenuta di Cappezzana near Florence, Italy over twenty years ago we discovered for ourselves puntarelle and other chicories, cardi (cardoon), and other garden vegetables...

Classes at Nana Cardoon

Nana Cardoon 2015 classes are open for discovery! Learn how to carve your own wooden spoon. Explore the importance of water in our food. Investigate nutrient density, seed saving, homesteading , and building composts. These are just a few of the class topics in the...
Our Story

Our Story

Welcome to Nana Cardoon, an urban farm and learning center offering opportunities to explore and learn about food production, from the soil to seeds, from the field to the table.
Kurdish Flatbread

Kurdish Flatbread

Kurdish Flatbread – baked in a brick oven! “What’s Nana Cooking?” Makes 8 flatbreads – approx 5″ x 12″ shape, or 10-12″ round, as desired Adapted from Flatbreads and Flavors of the World, Naomi Duigud “I am working with...