Gearing up for Farm-to-Fork Celebrations

Dear Friends,

This week I was able to join Center for Land-Based Learning staff members in West Sacramento, greeting residents of The Park Moderns as they came to pick up their CSA boxes for the week. I loved the conversations that I had with residents; from how to make a wonderful summer salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and mozzarella cheese, to some of the youngest residents gleefully planning their dinner that night with the fresh fruit in their box!  Not to mention, our entire office smelled like wonderful ripe cantaloupe melons...quite a bonus. We are very excited about this partnership with Fulcrum Property and The Park Moderns, and look forward to building a new urban farm next to The Barn in West Sacramento in the coming months.

The bounty of summer is certainly upon us! Our California Farm Academy graduates and incubator farmers harvests are filling urban farm stands and farmers markets in West Sacramento, Davis, and Sacramento, and rural farm stands in Yolo County food deserts like Knights Landing. Graduates Fiery Ginger Farm and Gomez Farms at The Cannery Farm are quickly becoming immersed in the Davis community through on-site, open-to-the-public farm stands, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, and lots of workshops, open houses, and tours. We couldn't be more proud of all of them - if you get the chance, please do stop by and support them. Visit our all new Take a Bite! Calendar to find local farmstands, farmer's markets, volunteer days, workshops and other fun on the farm activities.

Our high school student programs are fully producing this summer as well;  21 paid internships with students from West Sacramento (three different high schools), Grant High School's GEO Academy, and Davis High School. These students are being exposed to careers in agriculture and natural resources through Citizen Science research in native pollinator habitat with UC Davis, working with local farmers to get first-hand knowledge of production practices,  participating in the Water & Energy Resources Summer Academy at  Woodland Community College, and the Sacramento State Farm-to-Fork Academy. Now that is what I call Career Pathways!

Summer has also brought a new Board Member, Jeana Hultquist, a long time supporter, partner and donor through her many years with the Farm Credit system - and soon, five new staff members around the state. We are hiring for FARMS Leadership Coordinators to staff our new program in Monterey/Santa Cruz County, two new coordinators for our rapidly growing programs in Fresno, Tulare and Kings Counties, and another Coordinator in Kern County. Plus, we will have a new Cannery Farm Coordinator on staff within the next month!

Its exhilarating to be experiencing so much growth this summer season. Please take a moment to read below and learn more about our upcoming summer and fall events, ways to get involved, and opportunities to share in this bounty. As always, we thank you for your ongoing support, commitment, and passion for our work together.


Dinner at the Barn - SAVE THE DATE

We are busy hustling behind the scenes planning for another amazing fall dinner in West Sacramento! This year's event on September 11th will take place at the beautiful and mysterious Barn in The Bridge District. This dinner will feature a live auction and all the fun, food and drink you're used to with our seasonal dinners. Tickets go on sale August 8th. Sponsorships are available. For more information, email Christine McMorrow or call (530) 795-9569.  
Premier Dinner Sponsor:

Land-Based Learning chosen as Nickels for Nonprofits Recipient

We are excited to announce that Whole Foods Market has selected the Center for Land-Based Learning as their next Nickels for Nonprofits recipient! Through this program, Whole Foods Market gives customers a 5-cent credit for shopping with reusable bags which customers can choose to donate to a local non-profit organization like Center for Land-Based Learning.

Now through September 25th, help support us by shopping with your reusable bags at Whole Foods Market locations in Arden, Roseville, Folsom and Davis and donate your bag credits at checkout! Thank you!

Fiery Ginger Farm Featured in Comstock's Magazine

Hope Sippola and Shayne Zurilgen of Fiery Ginger Farm are featured in this month's Comstock's magazine. The Food for Families West Sacramento Urban Farm site is made possible by Raley's, City of West Sacramento and Washington Unified School District. Congratulations Hope and Shayne!

Read the Article


This is Midtown

August 13, 2016 - 5-9 p.m.

This is Midtown is a 100% free, 2nd Saturday Block Party celebrating the independent spirit of Midtown Sacramento. Featuring Hi Scores, Daniel T, & DJ Ben Johnson. Proceeds from this event benefit Center for Land-Based Learning.

Volunteers Needed for the DigIn! Dinner at the West Sacramento Farmers Market

Photo by D.L. Cunningham
Another DigIn! Dinner is July 28th and we are looking for volunteers for the following areas:
  • Set up help from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Service help from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Clean up help from 7:30-9 p.m.
Contact Christine McMorrow
for information.

Presented by Raley's Family of Fine Stores, the DigIn! Dinners are a family style, three course meal for 100
guests under the big tent at the West Sacramento Farmers Market! On the 4th Thursday of each month, a local rock star chef creates an amazing meal using local produce, most of which is sourced from the West Sacramento Farmers Market. A portion of each ticket sold benefits a local non-profit.  Center for Land-Based learning is the beneficiary of proceeds from the July 28th dinner.
Introducing Take a Bite!

Visit our new Take a Bite! Calendar to find upcoming farmstands, farmer's markets, volunteer days, workshops and other fun activities in and around our farms in Davis, West Sacramento and the Sacramento Region.

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