dog a little deeper…

I was going to write dig a little deeper but hey the computer made it funnier… i was also going to say high hoe high hoe for this post…

anyway, cici woke me up this morning by chasing a cat up a tree, she was 1/4 of the way up the tree but the kitty was way up there, yay, kitty, boo cici… at least I caught her in the act this time, and was able to reprimand her, any thoughts on how to socialize her with cats?

but onto the main topic of this blog post, through a series of happenstances and coincidences, I dug deeper into this community and found some hidden treasures…

first, I saw Alice Waters on TV, she is a great chef and cookbook author and she is helping schools create edible schoolyards to help kids learn about where food comes from and do hands on digging and harvesting food…

and then I found the Bountful Gardens seed company where cici got to play with a dog, and went to Dirt Cheap and another nursery, and found out about the Noyo Food Forest, a project at the Fort Bragg high school… There are also several community gardens and farmers markets (3:30 on Thursday in Fort Bragg and 12 noon to 2 pm in Mendo on Fridays).

The Noyo Food Forest has been operating for three summers now and grows food for the school cafeteria. It all started with a grassy field and through grants and fundraising and the determined efforts of Sakina Bush, the Garden Manager, who was a hobby gardener and high school teacher for 20 years, inspired by Bioneers, with the help of many volunteers (kids and adults) generally 6-8 people volunteer and there are six summer interns every Friday from 1-5 pm… last year they harvested 1,800 pounds of food.

and the Gardens Projects provides the real dirt a number of organizations in the Mendocino county area who host community gardens and garden projects… they even list grants that are available for kids and schools to create gardens…

Got Kids and wanna do a fun school garden project? Get a Grant ! If you need a professional writer (who has written grants for nonprofits and wrote Head Start Region IX’s newsletters for four years) to help you write grants for your edible school gardens, give me a jingle jangle tweet, email or phone call…

http://www.gardensproject.org/howto/getgrants/getgrants.php

Moving down the road a wee bit, we visited Lavendar Day at the Botanical Gardens, a fundraising effort put on by the Friends of the Garden (FOG)… 47 acres to the Sea… and lavendar wands, potpourri, lavender bouquets, sachets, and lavendar galore…

this dog is not cici but sure does look like her, FYI, dogs are allowed at the Botanical gardens and LOVE all of the interesting smells and sniffs and plants to explore…

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Backyard Habitats and Edible Gardens Galore…

love that lavendar smell… and want to grow your OWN edible garden? Am putting together starter kits (10 fruit trees, 20 veggie, flower and herb seeds, soil and 100 hours of labor and voila, cici and I will dig in the dirt for you !!! 🙂

Check out:
LocalHarvest.org,

feed the hungry children, tell congress and start a school, home and community garden

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/944409963?z00m=19767890

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