Meet the winners of our One-Block Contest
See how neighbors banded together to learn how to grow everything they planned to eat
Using Sunset’s backyard farming book, The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011; $25), as a guide, they started planting. They milked goats and made cheese, kept meat chickens and egg-layers, raised oysters, fished for rock cod, and grew wheat and barley for beer; they even made salt.
Last August, the Tractors threw a party on a borrowed yacht that cruised around Morro Bay (the children had a separate feast, which they grew and cooked themselves). While the team could claim to have grown a dinner—with the exception of a few ingredients—they also came away with something else: In an era when hardly any of us know our neighbors’ names, around the Beach Tract, no one was a stranger.
The Tractors grew nearly 50 different crops.
In late August, the team threw their harvest party on a borrowed yacht in Morro Bay.
The team also caught rock cod in the bay and made ceviche with it. Party guests scooped some into an oyster shell “dish.”
The chicken was served with honey wheat rolls, goat-cheese frittata, summer garden salad, and succotash, all made by the Beach Tractors.
Recipe: Pavlovas with Summer Berry Sauce