For my “day job,” I handle marketing and communications at Cal Poly Pomona, which allows me the opportunity to manage campaigns focused on making young adults’ lives easier and better. One example is the recently wrapped Scholarship Fest. The article I wrote below highlights its success. It was first published on our university news site PolyCentric.
This year’s Scholarship Fest awarded over 340 scholarships and $1.65 million to Cal Poly Pomona students, a 20 percent increase in scholarships and an additional $300,000 more than the $1.35 million awarded the previous year.
I only found out because they were in my farm box from Cal Poly Pomona, which you can buy online here. I figured if they hadn’t cut off the tops then maybe they were like beet tops, which are as yummy as Swiss chard.
So thanks to some inspiration from this recipe from The Guardian, I made a pesto sauce from the carrot tops! SO easy and delish.
Make sure to use organic as the tops get the bulk of the pesticides.
I feel like it’s really dramatic–and privileged–of me to say that. And yet, it’s true. Since I started picking up a box of locally-grown produce from Cal Poly Pomona, about five weeks ago, everything’s changed.
Up until now, I haven’t been part of the “eat local” movement because I live in a part of L.A. that isn’t trendy enough to access it. I was going to get Farm Fresh to You based on a friend’s recommendation but they only deliver during the night and anything left on my doorstep would be stolen before dawn.
So when Cal Poly Pomona announced it had started a “Farm Box” program that allows you to pick up CPP-grown produce for just $26–and that every purchase supports student success–I thought I’d try it out. I had no idea how much it would impact my life.
I’ve spent most of the last year in my house due to COVID-19. I didn’t expect to become part of the trend of folks learning to cook during the pandemic, but eventually I got sick of the same old plates and eating takeout all the time was not an option. (more…)
Sonali and I sat down to discuss Hulu’s new original series Mrs. America, its eerie resemblance of today’s culture wars and why we still need an Equal Rights Amendment. Click on the image below to get in on the fun.
Our beloved Juana Clarisa Vera Birba has been called home. She is technically my “grandmother-in-law,” but from the moment I met her she’s been my abuelita, my Tita.
There are so many things I love about Tita. For example, her quirks – what she called “tiki-tikis.” She was unapologetic about them and turned them into ritual. Ours was the fact that she never learned my name. Every time I’d see her I’d ask: “Tita, como me llamo?”
“Ay, chica, esperate, no me digas,” she’d say, as if it were on the tip of her tongue.(more…)
Check out my interview on Rising Up with Sonali in which we talk about the new blockbuster film Harriet, which represents Harriet Tubman as the real-life superhero that she was, leading her people to freedom.