Even if you missed the annual plant sale at Moraga Garden Farms, you can learn a lot by watching this video with Deva Rajan. The video is by Clayton Roth.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7__qvIWPZk]
It’s been a long time coming, and it required the tenacity of the Sustainable Lafayette Food Group, including Janet Thomas, to finally create a community garden in Lafayette.
The community can visit the community garden site on Earth Day, April 22, along Mt. Diablo Blvd. across from the Reservoir. But if you want to become a member of the garden, you must work there two hours a week, take your crop home – and sign up early. The first plants are not in the soil yet but 50 families have already signed up and only four spots are left for this year. The garden will also serve as an outdoor education center, free and open to the public.
“I’ve noticed that good ideas that help people have a way of taking on a life of their own,” said Drew Holland, whose 2010 Eagle Scout gleaning project harvested enough fruit to feed 280 people for one day.
Siamack Sioshansi is founder of The Urban Farmers, the nonprofit group that supported Holland’s ambitions. In 2011, the organization expanded the Holland tradition, gathering over 5,000 pounds of fruit for the needy, and perishable produce for animals at Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
This year, Sioshansi’s irresistibly enthusiastic bucket brigade has grown again. More than 50 people attended the recent kickoff, leaving $1,000 in donations for much-needed equipment they will use to harvest the fruit in three months’ time.
On February 27, 2012, at special meeting, the Lafayette City Council “approved the license and sub-license agreement with EBMUD and with Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center and Sustainable Lafayette.” Many thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this happen. Now the fun begins.
Great event coming up, Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Moraga Library starting at 7:00 p.m. Deva Rajan of Moraga Farm and Julie Welch, St. Mary’s College Community Garden Coordinator talk about their respective gardens and how to start your own organic garden.
Persimmons are in season and 12 bighearted volunteers from Saint Mary’s College helped glean a ton, (well 750 pounds) of fruit for Monument Crisis Center. And while they were at it, they picked three boxes of damaged persimmons and fallen pears for Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Not bad for 4 hours of work! Happy Thanksgiving.