How do the people of communities get to know the people around them? Recently, at Ethel L. Baker Elementary School, many volunteers, young and old, gathered to bond together through planting trees and helping out their own communities.
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Sacramento was crowned the City of Trees. To champion such title Sacramento has many trees, but where does those trees come from?
This video contains a recap of the Hurley Way Harvest event, as well a an interview with Dominic Allamano, and a home owner who allowed the volunteers to pick fruit from trees on her house.
Harvest Sacramento, created by Soil Born Farms, is a project designed to take unwanted fruit and distribute it back into the local community. The next couple of fruit gatherings, or “gleanings”, will occur on January 16th and 21st.
Harvest Sacramento is a collaborative effort between residents, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations including Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to bring food to the community. The next gathering will be on 34th street, at the Edible Sacramento High School. This event will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on January 16th. Another event at the Colonial Heights Library will be held in January on the 21st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. To find out more about the upcoming events, interested residents can check out Harvest Sacramento’s Facebook page here.
The fruit itself comes from generous donors who allow the volunteers of Harvest Sacramento to come and glean their fruit. The gleaned fruit from the local fruit trees is distributed to the volunteers, residents, and given to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This ensures that none of the fruit goes to waste.
No matter the age, anyone who is wanting and able can contribute to Harvest Sacramento’s efforts.
“It’s all ages,” says Dominic Allamono, Program Coordinator for Harvest Sacramento. “We’ve had 2 year olds and 92 year olds in the same group before.”
Anyone who would like to know more about the organization can check out Soil Born Farms website here.
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On Saturday, March 26th, Sacramento Charter High-School in alliance with Soil Born Farms hosted a event called Harvest Sacramento where organizations, local people and youth of all ages were encouraged to come and pair up into teams and head into the neighborhoods. The featuring neighborhoods were North Oak Park, Midtown, East Sacramento, and many more from all over Sacramento County.
Each group had a specific neighborhood to harvest from and carpooled to the many registered local homes. Then the owner of the property which the tree was on was able to decide whether they wanted to keep or donate all of their fruit from their overbearing trees to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services for those in need of fresh fruit.
Harvest Sacramento also gives anyone who participates take home boxes of different type of citrus like grapefruit, oranges, lemons and tangerines for their own selves, families, friends and or community centers. With the efforts of everyone who collaborated on this day during this recent event, they had reached the amount of a little more than 4,000 lbs of fruit.
“I’ve lead individual harvest groups and have participated in the picking its exciting,” said Melanie Weir, program participant. “Whenever I come out I always meet interesting and awesome people that are inspirational.”
Growing Together Sacramento, a California organization promoting urban agriculture, is hosting a new collaborative, called “A Garden in Every School.” This two-day event, scheduled to begin on March 14th, is tailored to community leaders who can work together to build school gardens from the ground up.
Backed by partners like Soil Born Farms and Slow Food Sacramento, A Garden in Every School will provide a valuable outlet for those passionate about urban agriculture and nutrition in California schools.
People from many different backgrounds, including teachers, gardeners, and parents, can have a chance to share their experience and resources, as well as learn from the many workshops planned throughout the day.
The guiding principle behind Growing Together’s work is to “create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, to make healthier food choices and to become better nourished.” It’s this principle that event organizers hope will find its way into schools across the state.
“Gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, art, environmental studies, nutrition and health,” according to Growing Together.
Events on the schedule include workshops on various aspects of the school garden concept. Teaching strategies, pollination, composting, and plant education are all issues that local leaders will have an opportunity to build on.
To learn more about A Garden in Every School, click here.
To register for this event, click here.
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Soil Born Farms showcased its American River Ranch during a recent “Tomato Jubilee,” where community members were able to taste a variety of heirloom tomatoes, attend free cooking classes by Chef Rick Mahan and Chef Kurt Spataro, tour the farm, and more. This video highlights the event and takes a closer look into the American River Ranch.
With the help of a local organization called Soil Born Farms, community members interested in gardening now have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn more about gardening for free.
Thursday July 24th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Oak Park Sol Community Gardens, Soil Born Farms will host a Seed Starting Party to help local residents get an early start on fall gardening.
Randy Stannard, consultant for Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms, has high hopes for the event.
“This is built around community engagement and community building, and it’s a simple way for people to get together around a tangible event,” Stannard comments. “It pulls together like-minded people that are interested in gardening. One of our main interests is building those relationships so people know neighbors who have an interest in gardening, and then some of those relationships continue to build.”
The Seed Starting Party will help both beginning and experienced gardeners to get a start on their fall crops, by beginning with seeds.
“It’s a reminder and a good opportunity for people to start [gardening] directly from seed, and to start getting into the rhythm of gardening at home,” Stannard continues.
Participants can expect to get hands-on experience as they learn, as well as discover more information regarding typical and atypical gardening methods.
“The primary activity we’ll be doing is starting a majority of the fall crop seeds. We will expect to collect seeds and go through the process of a seed propagation,” says Stannard. “Then the discussion will be around really basic plant propagation, probably talking about a concept called succession planting. For example, at this time of year instead of planting tomatoes one time and waiting until they’re ripe, in succession planting you would plant every three or four weeks so that you have a larger window of a harvest-able crop available to you.”
For more information about the event, contact Stannard at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. All community members are encouraged to attend.
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On Wednesday July 2nd, volunteers arrived bright and early at Oak Ridge Elementary School to help with the upkeep of the campus’s garden. Their assistance allowed for the instillation of new irrigation systems to facilitate plant growth. The garden provides kids with outdoor activities, while promoting healthy food.