Cigla’s (Chilla’s) Greetings From Turkey

Hi Everyone!

I know it’s been long since I left and you never heard from me. Sorry for being so late. The summer passed so fast. It was all about lots of family time for me of course. I missed my home, especially my room. It was so weird, it was my room but it felt so different like I just moved in. Most of the time I was between similar feelings.

During summer, I enjoyed all the things I missed in my country. I visited the cities that I’ve missed, the places that I used to hang out and of course the food. Even a friend from Santa Cruz came to visit me here during this time. Keep in mind everyone is always welcome here and if I am available I would always help you out. Also it was amazing to meet long time no see friends in Turkey. It is funny when you live in another country. It is being really hard to differ between the two places and people you love in both. I want them all at the same time. Nowadays, I realized that I started missing Santa Cruz a lot. I missed the studio at most and then the grocery shopping there. Thanks to Jocelyn, she gave me great tips about eating healthy and shopping in Santa Cruz. Well you really need to appreciate the value of that.  And I also missed West Cliff a lot, walking there, calming my mind. Well who knows maybe I’ll get a chance to visit you all again. I’d like to let you know that it is on my list of things to do.

Now I am more settled over here and starting some new yoga projects. I have two classes in a Hatha yoga studio and one kids yoga class at a very good school in my city. It is so funny that I got these classes without even applying for them. A friend of mine arranged the kids yoga class for me without me knowing. And the other studio is my old yoga studio where I started yoga. I just went to see my teacher and wanted to let her know that I am also a yoga teacher now. She was so happy and asked me why I didn’t go and see her earlier. And she needed some help and gave me a class and then another one. It is an amazing feeling hearing my students saying thank you at the end of the classes. Also seeing my kids hugging me and kissing me every week. Even one of my kids cried last week because I was late to the class for few minutes.  I can’t thank Victor enough for training me so well and to everyone in the studio. Thank you all for supporting me throughout the whole training. I am taking lots of compliments here as a teacher even though I am just a beginner and I owe this to Victor of course. I really love what I am doing right now and I’ll continue doing and teaching yoga and benefit from it. As long as I am with yoga, I’ll never forget you all and my days in Santa Cruz.



Farm to School Program

Since 2001, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers has spearheaded Farm to School projects across California. Our Farm to School initiative has developed and coordinated on-the-ground programs connecting schools and schoolchildren to their local farming communities while also creating resources, workshops and materials that help further the Farm to School movement in California.
Here in Santa Cruz we reconnect children to agriculture and wholesome food through our Know Your Farmer and Harvest of the Month programs. We bring farmers into classrooms so students can meet and learn from local farmers, and provide engaging in-class lessons on nutrition and foodsystems. Our Harvest of the Month Tasting Kits supply 180 classrooms in Santa Cruz county with great lessons and fresh locally grown produce from small farms. These Tasting Kits help teach kids first hand about agriculture and nutrition by giving them the opportunity to them to taste different kinds of fruits and vegetables from local growers. We also bring classrooms out on farm field trips where students have a blast learning about their foodsystem through science, language arts, and nutrition lessons.

This Thanksgiving Nourish hosted a fundraiser for our local Farm to School program and raised over $500 dollars! Being a non-for-profit organization, we rely on the support of community members and grants. Your generous support this holiday season helped us reach even more students with these dynamic programs that teach kids about food and farming, inspiring them to make healthier eating choices that support their local farming community. Thank you for your support!

With gratitude,

Kathryn Spencer
Central Coast Farm to School Program Manager
CAFF ~ Community Alliance with Family Farmers