For the latest installment of the Content LAB series, “Flower & Garden,” guests gathered on a sunny Saturday in the East San Jose community farm space of Veggielution.
An enticing plant-based menu was provided by Organicopia, featuring a fruit and cheese platter, vegetable crudités with a dip trio, a refreshing gazpacho, and a salad of sweet pea, spinach, feta, and arugula with a citrus vinaigrette and French goat feta. There was no shortage of sweets with the addition of a creamy white corn custard with basil vinaigrette and sunflower sprouts, a peach and lavender soup garnished with creme fraiche and toasted almonds, chocolate pots de creme, and an assortment of madeleines. The meal was complemented by local wine, handcrafted beer, and sparkling beverages.
As guests clad in shorts and sun hats convened under the pavilion, DJ duo Wooshay of TradeKraft Collective spun dance-style electronic beats, and a palpable sense of springtime rejuvenation filled the air.
Mika Shibuya of Veggielution introduced the space and the farm’s many contributions to the community in its effort to engage a diverse group of people in sustainable food practices. Guests were introduced to the importance of native plants and pollinators for promoting biodiversity, and then proceeded to get their hands dirty with a plant propagation tutorial, the result of which was their very own sage plant. Tours were also given of the surrounding gardens, farm stand, outdoor kitchen, and fields.
Jeeryn Dang and Karen Burling of Petite Petal guided guests in creating designer floral arrangements with vibrant ranunculus blooms, providing maintenance tips and insider tricks like color-blocking. After getting creative, guests documented their arrangements on Instagram in hopes of winning a custom arrangement provided by Petite Petal.
After the main attractions, guests slowly filtered out into the surrounding farm area, armed with an enviable floral arrangement, a sustainable food conscience, and ample inspiration for sprucing up their home gardens this spring.
Stay tuned for more information on the next Content LAB:
Written by Jessica Owens
Photography by Stan Olszewski