This Slow Food U is for teachers, volunteers, and youth working in Sacramento school gardens and participating in Slow Food Sacramento’s School Garden Coalition, coordinated by Brenda Ruiz. Many thanks to The California Endowment for their mini launch grant, in part, enabling this work in the coming school year.
Location: Kingbird Farms (6 miles west of Galt — carpooling advised, directions provided upon registration)
Cost: free to participate, $5 cash/check at the gate for lunch and materials
You take away: assorted seeds and seedlings ready to plant in your school garden and plant lists for Fall/Winter gardening with recipes
Limited to first 35 signups. 3 participant cap per school please
Presenters: Mike Eaton, farmer at Kingbird Farms, is passionate about Fall-Winter gardening and thinks it is underused by California school gardens. Plant by Labor Day and you will have good food throughout the Fall and Winter, but without the weeding and watering required by Spring and Summer gardens. (You’ll have to squish slugs, though). Brenda Ruiz is passionate about involving youth in growing and preparing food to benefit their health.
Mike will provide plant lists with appropriate planting dates, and demonstrate soil preparation and weed control, transplanting, and seeding. It will be hands on — you’ll have a chance to put your hands in the ground and try out the lessons. Brenda will talk about the health benefits of the leafy greens and root crops that characterize Fall and Winter gardening and provide some easy recipes for healthful eating of your coming bounty, as well as links to curricula geared toward school gardens.
Bring: Hats, gloves, sunscreen, water bottles, a box and 6-10 recycled small paper cups for your transplants, note books, pencils, and questions.
Eat: Farm fresh lunch of local, seasonal fruit and vegetables! Yes, there will be coffee for the grownups!
This event presented by the School Garden Coalition and Slow Food U.
Slow Food is an all-volunteer organization. We need your support to continue growing, educating and advocating for good, clean, fair food for all. 2013 will be a critical year to reach more people locally, nationally and internationally.
Your tax-deductible donation will make a plateful of difference. To donate, contact Sacramento chapter president Coral Henning at firstname.lastname@example.org.