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This project of Soil Born Farms is a collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses which harvest underutilized fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food assistance agencies.
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    May 1, 2014

    Our edible city focus provides us with year round opportunity for beneficial activities in Sacramento neighborhoods that improve food access, build relationships, and support the development of ever healthier local food systems and communities.  Each year we learn a little more, find new partners and local allies, and grow a little deeper into the unique opportunity which each season provides us. We’ve just recently finished our most established season, with an incredibly inspiring and productive winter of weekly community citrus harvests, where over 600 amazing volunteers helped us to harvest approximately 30,000 pounds of fresh and healthy fruit from over 200 homes.  Now - as spring heats things up, but before summer gets too hot - we’ve moved into one of our favorite times of year, garden building season!  Through our programs, and collaborative partnerships with Ubuntu Green, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services garden program and other food access partners, we are supporting neighborhood residents in transforming their yards and vacant spaces into productive gardens which will be part of their lives this growing season and beyond.  


    Cultivating Community, One Garden at a Time
    The benefits of creating and maintaining a garden or edible landscape are many fold.  At the “garden level” we can focus on the amount of food produced, habitat created, soil enhanced and overall productivity of the space.  While all of these (there are many more of those types of benefits for sure) are important, Harvest Sacramento looks as much (or more) at the benefits inherent in the process at a “community level”.  

    ●    Gardening is easier, more fun and just plain better with other people.  
    ●    The tangible nature of creating a garden allows people to know exactly what their contribution created and inspires more action.
    ●    Real relationships and conversations occur while working side-by-side with others.
    ●    All those that participate have an opportunity to both learn and contribute something essential.

     

    In April, Harvest Sacramento hosted and supported several garden build events in South Sacramento.  While each of the gardens themselves were different (lawn strip, community garden, vacant lot conversion, and front-yard raised beds), the outcomes on a community level included everything mentioned above.  Utilizing these outcomes, we are building and strengthening neighborhood networks or clusters (another form of community) that have the capacity to manifest dynamic solutions not only issues around food and resilience, but whatever challenges and opportunities arise in their neighborhood.

     

    Support Harvest Sacramento when you shop at the Co-op
    Harvest Sacramento was recently chosen as one of four new organizations to join the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op’s program which gives customers a chance to make a donation to a local organization for each shopping bags they bring with them. Remember your bags, because starting in May you can support us every time you shop!

     

    Neighborhood Harvest Groups
    Now that our big citrus events are finished until next year, it’s a great time to connect with a nearby neighborhood harvest group, or to contact us about starting a new one in your neighborhood.  We’ve just received a new grant to develop our neighborhood harvesting program and will be focusing significant energy towards this area in the coming months.  These existing groups would love your to support:

    • Harvest East Sac - Nanci Kuzins, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & (916) 455-9259
    • Harvest Tahoe Park - Charleen McDaniel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & (916) 605-6198
    • Harvest Hollywood Park - Christina Maradik-Symkowick, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & (916) 524-2754
    • Harvest Midtown/Downtown - Julia Bauer and Mike Phillips - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & (512) 981-7354
    • Harvest Carmichael/Arden - Adam Test, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & 209-609-1091
    • Harvest Curtis Park - Tim Bowles, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it &(502) 500-1812
    • Harvest Land Park - A new leadership team is in the works, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.
    • Harvest Fairvale - Jeanette York - A spin-off group active in Fair Oaks, Orangevale & Folsom - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & (916) 235-3988
    • South Oak Park - Chanowk Yisrael, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


    For more information or to get involved with Harvest Sacramento’s programs, contact program coordinator, Dominic Allamano - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     
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