Five Years and Fifteen Dinners Later
What the Future Holds for Land-Based Learning

Dear Friends,

This October will mark the 5th Anniversary of our very first Dinner on the Farm, at the Farm on Putah Creek. That dinner had a very modest goal - to raise $10,000 so that we could purchase a custom-built wood-fired oven for our outdoor kitchen at the Farm. Our hopes for the use of the oven included more dinners, events and get-togethers for our staff and colleagues, program celebrations, and beyond.

5 years and 15 Dinners on the Farm later, a new set of much larger goals has arisen for the Center for Land-Based Learning, and we couldn't be more excited to share them with all of you. As you have been reading here, and likely in many newspapers and blog pieces, the August/September SacTown Magazine, the September issue of Edible Sacramento, or seen on the many TV interviews in the past year - Land-Based Learning has been expanding our programming into West Sacramento in a big way. This began in May of 2014 with the establishment of our first Urban Farm at the corner of 5th and C Street, in partnership with the City of West Sacramento, Wells Fargo, and Community Business Bank. Today, our Urban Farm Coordinator Sara Bernal manages 4 urban farm sites (a total of 6 acres), and we have helped 8 beginning farmers get their start. This could not have been possible without the incredible support of the community, local corporations and businesses, who have sponsored in this growth. West Sacramento Housing Development Corporation, Engstrom Properties, the Washington Unified School District, Raley's, Nugget Markets, and Bayer Crop Science have all invested and partnered in the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program and believe in the benefits that these urban farms have on our local and regional community.

As a result of the success and excitement surrounding the urban farms, even more new opportunities and partnerships have emerged. First - we have quickly realized a need for an office in West Sacramento, and as such, opened one this past month in The Bridge District. In the last year, we have worked closely with Fulcrum Property to find partnership opportunities that are mutually beneficial, and The Bridge District is that place where our needs and interests merge. Construction of The Barn is underway, and the West Sacramento Urban Farm will play a prominent role in the features and amenities of this very exciting and innovative design on the banks of the Sacramento River. In addition, we are currently exploring options for a small aggregation facility so that we can create a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription box program for the residents of The Park Moderns, Habitat, and beyond. From assisting the residents with developing and managing raised bed vegetable production at Garden Park to partnering with TBDFest to provide produce for the concert-goers, Land-Based Learning is an integral part of the West Sacramento Food Hub.

We are thrilled to present our 16th Dinner on the Farm, in Garden Park, on September 13th, 2015, where our chefs connect our rural Winters roots to our new urban branches. Thanks to Chefs Fred Reyes of Buckhorn Steakhouse/Putah Creek Cafe and Allyson Harvie of LowBrau/Block Butcher Bar, we are working with the very best that our Sacramento region has to offer. Also for the first time, we are including a live auction at the dinner, auctioneered by the one and only David Sobon - please visit our webpage for the line-up of unique items that will be part of the evening.

There are only a few tickets left. If you can, please join us. If you can't, be on the lookout for more programming and opportunities in West Sacramento through the Center for Land-Based Learning. We welcome your help and support.

Best,

     

Mary Kimball
Executive Director
New Auction Items added!
September 13th Dinner at Garden Park
 
Framed Sunflower Photograph  
by Debbie Cunningham
This photograph was taken at the Farm on Putah Creek in Winters, CA. Debbie Cunningham is a freelance photographer who specializes in food photography. She is a contributing photographer for Sacramento Magazine and Edible Sacramento among other publications. When she comes out from behind the lens, you can find her playing in her garden, working in her stained glass "studio", making messes in her kitchen and eating her way through the Sacramento Region.


Evening cruise for 10 on a classic 1957 Stephens
Motor Yacht
Donated by Rusty Areias 
An evening cruise for 10 on Contessa the 50' classic 1957 Stephens Motor Yacht built in Stockton, California by Stephens Bros. the premier private yacht builder of their time. The cocktail cruise will be followed by dinner and croquet at the Historic Delta Manor Orchard Gables. Orchard Gables, in Walnut Grove, has the unique provenance as John Stanford Brown's home and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the 1900s until his death in 1952, John Stanford was a major figure in the financial and business life of Walnut Grove and the broader Sacramento delta region. Dinner will be served in the summer kitchen better known as the Hemingway House. Time and date to be determined by mutual availability.



A Week in Provence for 2-4 people
Donated by Georgeanne Brennan
Have you always wanted to spend a week in a small village in Provence, become a regular at the local café, sit on your own terrace overlooking tiled roofs and the hills beyond while sipping a glass of rose wine? During the days wander to the markets of nearby Aix-en-Provence and Riez, visit the famous Gorges du Verdon, hike, or simply wander the back roads of the countryside, picnicking, wine tasting and exploring the villages. A medieval village house in St. Martin de Bromes, in the heart of Provence, is yours for a week. Completely renovated, the house belongs to award-winning cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan and her daughter, author and stylist, Ethel Brennan. Two bedrooms on two floors, bath, small kitchen and dining area, with dishwasher, washer and dryer, it is ideal for 2 to 4 people to share an unforgettable holiday and experience.




Limited Edition, Custom-Made Liberty Cruiser
Donated by Liberty West Sacramento 
Own, Ride & Enjoy one of a limited number of custom and unique Liberty Cruisers.




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