Update from the Garden Park

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SGPlogo.jpg February2009
Newsletter Contents

1. What’s Growing On?

2. Grafting Workshop

3. Growing Summer Vegetables

4. Sonoma Garden Park CSA

5. Water Wisdom Workshop

6. Monthly Recipe: Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

7. Interested in a community garden plot?



Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Saturday’s

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

* snacks provided *




Compost Thermometer

Rubber Mallet


Propane Stove

Hori Hori

What’s Growing On?


Fruit tree pruning is in full force from now through Feb 14th, when we switch gears and start propagating plants for the spring and summer seasons. In fact, it already feels like spring at Sonoma Garden Park! January was a fantastic month for the garden, and it was great to see so much support on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. We had almost 30 volunteers thanks to Sonoma Community Action Network (CAN).

Also, note our new volunteer hours, which are: Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Saturday’s from 9-2. Come on out and lend a hand. Snacks provided. This Tuesday, Feb 10th, along with the Master Gardeners, we will be pruning fruit trees in the garden, and you are welcome to join us for some hands-on practice.

Grafting Workshop

Sat., February 28th, 1:00-3:00 pm.

Tommy Perot, a sophomore at Sonoma Valley High School, will facilitate this hands-on class and demonstrate how to grow several varieties of delicious fruit on a single tree. Tommy is a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association and has been studying exotic and rare fruit growing for the past 5 years.

The workshop fee is $25. To sign up, or for more information, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108, or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Growing Summer Vegetables

Sat., March 21st 10:30 am Master Gardener Patty Ekenberg will talk about how to grow summer vegetables.

Classes are sponored by the Sonoma Master Gardeners, free of charge, and held at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa Street. For more information call the Sonoma County Master Gardener offices at 938.0127 or 565.2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org

Sonoma Garden Park CSA

The Sonoma Garden Park is returning to its roots by offering community members a chance to be a part of our CSA. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for people to directly support a local farm while receiving a weekly supply of fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce. The Sonoma Garden Park CSA will include a weekly bag full of both fruit and veggies, with an option for flowers, to be picked-up on site for the duration of our harvest season. And instead of the traditional CSA newsletter, we have a blog that will be updated weekly with recipes and a list of the week’s produce from the garden.

For more information, or an application, either stop by Sonoma Garden Park during our volunteer hours to talk to Rebecca, or contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108, or email jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org. Membership is limited, so if you are interested, apply soon!

Water Wisdom Workshop

Sat., February 21st, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Sonoma Veterans Memroial Hall

Join the Sonoma Ecology Center, the City of Sonoma, and parterning agencies for a free workshop to learn more about current water issues, and what you can do to help conserve water. There will be great speakers, hands-on demonstrations, and vendor booths for you to check out!

For more information call Wendy Atkins at 707.933.2204, or email: wendya@sonomacity.org

Stay Tuned – Sonoma Garden Park will be hosting a 4 week water conservation educational series in the month of March. Additional information to follow.
For more information, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108 or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Monthly Recipe: Aunt Roxanne’s Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

1 lb Brussels sprouts, washed, dried and sliced in half
3 shallots, finely sliced

Olive Oil
Aged Balsamic Vineger
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Using a skillet, heat a few teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add shallots and cook for a few minutes until they are transparent. Then add the sliced Brussels sprouts and saute them until they start to turn from a vibrant green to a yellowish color. Drizzle some aged balsamic vinegar over the Brussles sprouts, and finish sauteeing them until they are golden brown and begin to crisp on the edges. Add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve warm and enjoy!

Interested In a Community Garden Plot?

The Sonoma Garden Park is home to 22 community garden plots. Our annual renewal will begin in March, and we may have a few additional plots this year. Some of the benefits of having a community garden plot are: use of garden tools, compost, mulch, water, and a fantastic community of friends! You also get to come out and enjoy the beautiful Sonoma Garden Park whenever you want!

For information about the Community Garden Plot program, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext.108, or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Sonoma Garden Park is an educational community farm and garden managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. Our address is 19990 7th Street East between MacArthur and Denmark.

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Update from the Garden Park

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SGPlogo.jpg January 2009
Newsletter Contents

1. What’s growing on?

2. Pruning and Replacing Fruit Trees Workshop

3. Rose Care, Selection, and Pruning Workshop

4. Monthly Recipe: Peanut Noodles

5. Start Composting

6. The Green String Farm Band


GET INVOLVED – Volunteer

Wednesday & Saturday       9:00 am – 2:00 pm

* snacks provided *



Garden Shears

Compost Thermometer

Rubber Mallet


Propane Stove

Hori Hori

What’s growing on?


The heat is on this week and the plants are loving it. So am I, except that I worry about not having enough rain. Thanks to the sunshine I planted carrots and beets this week in hopes of having tRotary.jpghem ready for the harvest market. Also, an overdue and huge thank you to thee Rotary Club who came out in full force last November to work on the Mediterranean Garden.

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Sat., January 17th – 1:00PM -3:00PM Learn from Master Gardener Al Derrick about how to plant and winter prune deciduous fruit trees. Bring gloves and pruners for hands-on practice. Workshop sponsored by the Sonoma Master Gardeners and held at Sonoma Garden Park.  *Rain Date is Jan. 24th and you can check this website for weather decision. Please bring gloves and pruners. 19990 7th St. East between MacArthur and Denmark.

Rose Care, Selection, and Pruning Workshop

Sat., February 7th, 10:30 am Master IMG_1884.JPGGardener Wylie Hartman with lecture on how to care, select and prune roses.  Workshop sponsored by the Sonoma Master Gardeners and held at Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa Street.

Classes are free. For more information call the Sonoma County Master Gardener offices at 938-0127 or 565-2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org.

Peanut Noodles with Raw Veggies

1 pound cooked soba noodles
1 carrot shredded
1 cup shredded savoy cabbage
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
1 clove chopped garlic
2-3 tbsps boiling water
1/4 cup chopped scallions

Whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, chile paste, garlic, and boiling water until smooth. Toss noodles with peanut sauce over noodles and then add carrot, cabbage, and scallions. Also delicious with cucumbers, peppers, or zucchini.

greenbin.jpgStart Composting

Did you know you can put veggies in your green bin, officially known as your Yard Debris Can? Fruit, veggies, pasta, coffee grounds, bread, weeds, tea bags, leaves, grass clippings and lots more. Check this link for more information.

Arann Harris and the Green String Farm Band

Hankering for some local rural blues music with a hint of bluegrass? This band is sure to please.  Playing Murphy’s Irish Pub at 8pm, Friday.  464 1st Street East. Get a taste on their myspace page.

Sonoma Garden Park is an educational community farm and garden managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. Our address is 19990 7th Street East between MacArthur and Denmark.

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Update from the Garden Park

SGPlogo.jpg December Newsletter
What’s growing on?

Recipe of the Month: Sautéed Kale

Eco Chicks

Winter Pruning Fruit Tree Workshop

Dear Farmer in Chief

Audubon Christmas Bird Count for Kids


Volunteer Hours

Wednesday & Saturday         9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Help the Sonoma Ecology Center Help You. Become a member today and support our many local ecology programs.

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Also, check out the latest SEC Waterfalls to Wingo newsletter


Garden Wishlist

Hedge Shears



Hori Hori

Propane grill or stove

Happy Holidays from Sonoma Garden Park!


Pictured above are a few wreath makers from our last workshop.

What’s growing on?

These short days and cold nights mean it is slow growing for all those crops in the ground. This weather also means that it is the perfect time to eat kale, cabbage, and collards! The cold weather is ideal for growing these veggies because plants produce more sugars in cold weather, giving them an extra punch of sweetness.

Sautéed Kale

Sauté kale in a little olive oil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Turn down the heat and add garlic, fresh lemon juice, and toasted sesame oil; stir for another 5 minutes.

Eco Chicks

Turn on your radio every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am to 91.3 KSVY and listen to the Eco Chicks on Mornings in Sonoma with Ken Brown. Start you day learning about green events in the Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Ecology Center happenings.

Winter Pruning and Planting Deciduous Fruit Trees Workshop mutsu_toa.jpg

Sat., January 17th – 1:00PM -3:00PM Learn from Master Gardener Al Derrick about how to plant and winter prune deciduous fruit trees. Bring gloves and pruners for hands-on practice. Workshop sponsored by the Sonoma Master Gardeners and held at Sonoma Garden Park. To register call (707) 938-0127. *Rain Date is Jan. 24th and you can check this website for weather decision.

Dear Farmer in Chief:

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, wrote a letter to the next Farmer in Chief to discuss what direction the U.S. should pursue in the often-overlooked question of food policy. Pollan discusses the Victory Garden Programs of WWII, gardens on the White House lawn, and planting your own garden! Read the full article on nytimes.com

Second Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count for Kid (ages 7-14)
Sat., January 17th – 9:00AM- 1:00PM
The special half day birding event is followed by a tabulation lunch celebration. Families, schools, scouts and community organizations  are welcomed to form a “birding team” or join one at the event.  Each team will be lead by an experienced birder with a checklist and specific route.  Dress comfortable for the winter weather!  Bring a bird book, binoculars, bottled water and join the fun! No experience is necessary.  Volunteers are needed. To sign up call 707-938-4626 x1. The event begins at 9:00 am at the Sonoma Community Center back parking lot,  276 E. Napa St. ($5 donation requested at sign up) The event is sponsored by Sonoma Birding and SCC along with nature partners – Madrone Audubon, The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma and Sonoma Ecology Center.

Sonoma Garden Park is an educational community farm and garden managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. Our address is 19990 East 7th Street between MacArthur and Denmark.

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Sonoma Garden Park Newsletter

Sonoma Garden Park Newsletter

1. Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
2. What growing on?
3. Harvest Festival Saturday October 25th
4. Enviroleaders update
5. Good luck and farewell Tiona!
6. Wishlist


1. Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, September 6th, 2-4pm @ Sonoma Garden Park

Learn the basics of summer fruit tree pruning. Summer pruning is a great way to maximize fruit production and keep your trees to a manageable size. After these basics are taught, walk through the garden for a demonstration and practice period. See attached flyer for more information.

2. What’s growing on?

Summer is here and the garden is full of tasty new life: tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, peaches, eggplant, and did I mention APPLES – and not the kind you find in the grocery store although those are good too. Almost all our apples are heirloom varieties that you can find only find for sale at Sonoma Garden Park. Scrumptious. Come by on Saturdays between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to check us out. Pick your own for only $1 pound.

3. Harvest Festival at Sonoma Garden Park on Saturday, October 25th.

Mark your calendars for a fun day in Sonoma Garden Park. Pumpkins, face painting, scarecrows, singing, and lots more. Gate opens at 10:00 am. Volunteers needed to help support the event. Call or email rebecca@sonomaecologycenter.org to get involved.

4. Enviroleaders

This is our high school internship program and this summer 8 interns worked hard to make the garden flourish as well as people’s homes. As part of the program, every week the enviro-leaders created and sold ten beautiful bouquets for Whole Foods. Excellent work!
Now, after 8 weeks of 8 interns I am sad to say good-bye, but I look forward to our next round. If you know anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 who may be interested in a fall internship at Sonoma Garden Park, pass the word along. Inquiries can be made directly to Jessica Glatt: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

5. Farewell Tiona

Sadly, in late June, Tiona Gundy decided to move on from Sonoma Garden Park. She was a crucial component of Sonoma Garden Park and will be missed dearly. Below she says good-bye in her own words.

As some of you may know, I have left my position with the Sonoma Ecology Center.  It’s been such a great pleasure and honor for me to have worked at the Sonoma Garden Park for the last few years and to have met so many wonderful supporters of the community garden.  I feel like I’ve grown along with the garden. Everyone’s good wishes and hard work to keep the garden alive and well has sincerely impressed me on many levels.  I hope to continue to see you all at the garden during market, volunteer days or special events.  I know Rebecca will be keeping things moving and growing along with other SEC staff and all the great folks who volunteer!

My plans are to build my massage practice and to consult, design, and install gardens.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me, (707)337-2235 or  tionaruth@yahoo.com.

Warm wishes to all!

6. Wish list

Besides wishing for more volunteers, the garden is in need of a rubber mallot and baskets for our harvest market. Thanks so much!

Volunteer hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 9-2 and Fridays from 4-6. This newsletter is provided by Sonoma Ecology Center.

Rebecca Bozzelli
Garden Manager
Sonoma Garden Park
(707) 815-4871

Lavender Bunches are ON SALE NOW at Sonoma Garden Park

Lovely Lavender Bunches are ON SALE NOW at Sonoma Garden Park,

19990 Seventh St. East, Sonoma, just north of Denmark St.

Saturday Harvest Market, 9 am – 1 pm  (no market on July 5th)
and Wednesdays at the Garden Park from  9 am – 3 pm

Much of the lavender has been donated by the Swillinger Family.  Proceeds from these sales help support garden programs.

Lavender is the perfect gift to lift someone’s spirits!
Aromatherapy qualities include:  calming the nerves, relaxing the mind,  natural analgesic, anti-depressant and anti-inflamatory.

Plus you can cook with it!
Lavender Lemonade
Simply pour boiled water over 1/4  cup of fresh lavender buds or 1 tablespoon dried buds in a mason quart jar.  Add agave syrup or honey to taste. Let steep for 20 minutes.  Strain into a pitcher and add 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Chill and drink!

see the link below for more recipes!

Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approx 3 dozen
  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • *** 2 Tbsp. dried Sweet Lavender flowers (3-4 Tbsp. fresh flowers)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 generous cup good chocolate chips

Bowl 1: Blend butter, sugar & Lavender until smooth. Add egg, milk & vanilla in next.

Bowl 2: Blend oatmeal, flour, and baking powder together; add in your chocolate chips to this dry mix.

Blend both mixes together to form soft dough.
(If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.)

Place by teaspoons onto baking tray.
Set oven @ 350° F
Bake 10 minutes for soft cookies, 15 mins for crisp ones.

OPTIONAL: Add 3 or 4 pieces of crystallized ginger finely chopped OR zest of one orange. OR: 1 cup nuts, raisins, coconut OR dried sweetened cranberries.
FOR A CHOCOLATE dough base: Add ½ cup of cocoa powder in with flour & sugar and decrease the chocolate chip amount slightly.

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

Update from the Sonoma Garden Park

The Sonoma Garden Park is in need of an orchard ladder If you have one that you are not using and can donate or lend to us  please let us know,

as the fruit harvest is upon us!
996-0712 X  120 / or 996-9744
Thank you!


See you in the garden!

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

Update from the Sonoma Garden Park

Dear Sonoma Garden Park Community:

Remember to stop by our Saturday Harvest Market and Plant Sale, every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm at Sonoma Garden Park, 19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St.  This Saturday’s market will feature Fava Beans, Swiss Chard and flower bouquets, including sweet peas!  PLANTS SALE FEATURES: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, onions, strawberries, raspberries and landscape plants, butterfly and bee plants as well as various flowers, annuals and perennials!
Plus, gardening books for sale!

Upcoming Workshop:

“There Are More To Weeds Than Meet The Eye”
Sunday, June 22nd from 2 pm – 4pm,

Michelle Vesser, gardener at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center teaches this special class at Sonoma  Garden Park:  Become acquainted  with those plants that are often referred to as “Weeds” in our gardens and neighborhoods, such as chickweed, cleavers, lambsquarters, yellow dock, mallow and mullein.  Many of these plants are our greatest allies in the kitchen and for maintaining our health.  They also indicate the structure and health of our soils.  You won’t look at these plants the same again!

For more information:
Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

Sonoma Garden Park Spring Update

1.  “What’s New in the Garden?

“Compost row is back!

Thanks to Gary Edwards and his lovely tractor we can stroll down compost row (next to tool shed), without getting lost in the weeds!

Coming soon will be signage that points you in the right direction when you wish to add to the compost. Greens Here is where all your fresh, living, green weeds and kitchen scraps should go. Browns Here is just the opposite: dead, dying, brown garden debris. Thanks for helping us organize the garden and don’t forgot to check it out for yourself.

EXTENDED  VOLUNTEER HOURS: Wednesdays and  Fridays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. /  Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes.  No experience necessary!

Fourth Graders visit the Sonoma Garden Park!

As part of “Growing Discovery”,  SEC staff and volunteers from Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be teaching hands- on gardening and ecology lessons to several Sonoma Valley Fourth Grade classes as they visit Sonoma Garden Park during the month of April.  Students will be making compost, digging garden beds, planting and transplanting vegetables and learning about birds, butterflies and bees!  This program is made possible through the generous support of the following foundations: Kimball Foundation, Bothin Foundation, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Van Loben Sels/Rembe Rock, and Dean Witter Foundation.

Butterfly and Mediterranean Gardens Renewal Planned:

Through a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the Sonoma Ecology Center staff and volunteers are renewing these “Demonstration Gardens” at Sonoma Garden Park.  We have recruited the help of several local landscape designers, including Patricia Cullinan who is volunteering to design the SGP’s Mediterranean and Drought Tolerant Gardens, slated to be installed by late fall 2008.

Ms. Cullinan is on the Board of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and designed a garden for a 1910 Queen Anne cottage that the SLHP is restoring for a Heritage Center.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and a co-Branch head of  the Mediterranean Garden Society and at the 2007 Annual General Meeting, in Athens, Greece, made a presentation on ‘Historical water use in Northern California as it pertains to Dry Farming and Residential Landscaping’.  We are thrilled to be working with her as she brings much experience and expertise to the project!  Here is what she has to say about the project:

“As the world is ever more conscience of water, and because of the climate I live in, the use of Mediterranean type plants and Mediterranean style gardening will be ever more important in the future. I see the Community Garden on 7th Street in Sonoma as the tool to inform gardeners about Mediterranean style gardening and the use of many California native plants.”

The renewal of the Butterfly Garden is underway, and slated to be installed by late summer 2008.  Mundo Murgia, on staff at the Sonoma Ecology Center is working on the design.  Stay tuned for updates!


Sam Honey, the farmer neighbor to the garden, is working on an exciting project!  He has acquired a solar powered portable electric fence and is soon to walk over his sheep, which are a rare and interesting breed called St. Croix, to the garden to work on eating down some of our tall weeds.  This will be a great help!  Stay tuned for photos!

Greenhouse and Nursery Filling Up!

We are growing lots of baby veggies and flowers in our nursery.  Stop by and take a look, during volunteer hours. AppleMark

Photo: Nursery at SGP, March ‘08

2. Sonoma Garden Park Wish List:

Do you have any of the following items to donate? If so, contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120 or reply to this email.

Arched metal or wood trellises, liquid kelp, liquid fish emulsion, powdered kelp, powdered rock dust, oyster shell or dolomite,  5 gallon buckets with handles, sturdy wheel barrows, wire for trellising raspberries and grapes, rice straw bales, sturdy folding tables and or picnic tables, portable shade structures and umbrellas, sturdy garden forks, shovels, spades, and pruners, half wine barrels in good condition, garden hoses in good condition, spray nozzles or wands, sturdy bird baths, bird feeders, greenhouse kit (estimated size:  8′ X 17″).  All donations are tax deductible.

3. Workshops and Events at the SGP:


Saturday, April 19th 10 a.m. – Noon Local beekeepers, Bill Wiebalk and Will Ackley, will present a beekeeping seminar and honey tasting at the Sonoma Garden Park, 19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St., in Sonoma.  This seminar is presented by the Sonoma Ecology Center and will focus on the benefits of keeping bees in a garden without the use of pesticides and how to harvest surplus honey.  Wiebalk and Ackley will give an overview of how a bee colony operates, the importance of bee pollination to agriculture, the equipment needed to keep bees, and the duties of the beekeeper.  They will discuss the environmental impact of the death of bee colonies throughout the U.S., called Colony Collapse Disorder.  A honey tasting to appreciate the taste and quality of honey produced without pesticides will conclude the seminar.

After the honey tasting, the beekeepers will perform a brief inspection of the Sonoma Garden Park hives.  If you would like to observe the hive inspection, please bring long pants, socks, shoes, and a light-colored long sleeve shirt.  We will provide you with a veil and gloves.

The fee for the seminar is $20 (sliding scale) and space is limited.  Reservations are required.  To make reservation contact Tiona Gundy at (707) 996-0712, ext. 120 or tiona@SonomaEcologyCenter.org.

HARVEST MARKET OPENS! Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Soon we will have produce and plants for sale, right here at the garden!  If you wish to buy tomato starts early, please contact Tiona at 996-9744 or email:  tiona@sonomaecologycenter.org

4.  Community Gardeners’ News:

This year we are starting out with several new community gardeners.  Over 20 plots are being leased!  The Sonoma Valley Mothers’ Club is taking on a larger plot which they plan to fence and develop as a FUN and MAGICAL place for small children to get their hands in the “dirt”!  To help with small fence building and garden set up, please contact: Sarah Cerles at 996-1348


photo: Kevin McGuire, one of the new community gardeners at SGP, gets his plot ready for spring planting.

5. Community Events and Plant Sales:

Earth Day Fair at Whole Foods in Sonoma

Saturday, April 19th, 12:00–4:00 p.m    Free

An Earth Day Fair in celebration of Mother Earth. Sample delicious items from local and Green vendors. Enter raffles to win prizes. Visit educational tables from local organizations including Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Birding, and Sonoma County Bicycling Coalition to learn about composting, alternative transportation and more! Kids join Andrew Hippert, Whole Foods Market Team Member, to make art from recyclables and compostables.

Volunteers Needed for GREEN TEAM at Sonoma Valley Film Festival (April 9 – April 13)

The Green Team will be promoting green practices at each venue  throughout the festival.   If you know anyone who would like to participate, please have them call Pam Personette at (707) 935-9500.  volunteer@sonomafilmfest.org

Harvest For The Hungry Garden Huge Plant Sale!

Saturday, April 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  at 1717 Yulupa Ave. @ Hoen, Santa Rosa, (1 block from Whole  Foods)

Organically grown heirloom vegetables, flowers, native and habitat plants, medicinal and culinary  herbs, and more!

A benefit for Harvest for the Hungry Garden.  For more info:  566-7937

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Plant Sale!

Saturday and  Sunday, April 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15290  Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, CA.

For more information:  www.oaec.org / (707)874-1557

See you in the Garden!

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120


Sonoma Garden Park News – March 2008

Sonoma Garden Park 
March 2008 News
1. New Volunteer Hours
2. “What’s New In The Garden”  by Rebecca
3. Greenhouse Schedule – volunteers needed
4. Upcoming Events and Classes

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1. New Volunteer Hours:
With the days setting later and the weather getting warmer, volunteer hours have been expanded!
Wednesdays and Fridays 4PM-6PM and Saturdays 9AM-1PM. 
Volunteer this Saturday and receive a garden grown cabbage for St. Patrick’s day!
2. “What’s New In The Garden” by Rebecca
Spring is here. Beautiful peach and plum blossoms abound the garden and the first asparagus of the season unearthed itself to the world today. The raspberry patch is being reworked for easier access to succulent raspberries and the weeds are everywhere if you haven’t noticed! It’s also a great time to plant your spring lettuces and peas!

Rebecca Bozzelli, garden manager, directs high school volunteers in broccoli transplanting.  

3. Greenhouse Schedule – Volunteers Needed The greenhouse is in full swing with the Saturday Harvest Market just around the corner –opening first week of May – and I need your help. I am looking for volunteers who can routinely open, close and water the greenhouse. With the weather warming up, the greenhouse needs ventilation during the day but with the chilly nights, our little babies need to be tucked in. Please let me know, it’s as easy as opening (or closing) a door and checking the seedlings for water.  rebecca@sonomaecologycenter.org 

4.  Upcoming Events and Classes

“Greenhouse Growing Methods” Class, taught by Paul Wirtz, has been rescheduled for Sat. March 15th from 1PM – 3PM.
There are only a few spaces left.  Call 996-0712 X 120 for info.

“Introduction To Beekeeping” at Sonoma Garden Park,  Saturday, April 19th 10AM – NOON.  Details to follow.

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Project Manager
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008

Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008 
Park Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  10am – dusk
Volunteer Days through February are Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm (Unless it is pouring rain). 
Meet new friends!  Learn new skills! 
Rebecca Bozzelli, our new garden manager, has just returned from the Eco-Farm Conference at Asilomar and will share her stories with anyone who comes to the garden to volunteer!
Special Volunteer Opportunities:
Help pruning fruit trees, grape vines and various perrennial shrubs at the Garden.  
Help distribute workshop flyers in Sonoma. (contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120)  
Seeds Needed:  Do you have any viable vegetable seeds that you can donate?  We need all kinds, especially beets!
Butterfly Activity Station Installed:  
The first station of the Children’s Discovery Trail has been installed at the Garden.  It is an informational, bi-lingual, Spanish/English, station highlighting local butterflies, their host plants and what you can do to attract them to your garden. Through a grant from the Scarlet Oak Foundation and other individual donors, the Sonoma Ecology Center has contracted with Gordon Chun Design to install three activity stations.  The next two stations to be installed this year are the Bird Identification Station and the Honeybee Station.
February Workshops Offered:
Grafting Fruit Trees  – Saturday, Feb 9th  1pm – 3pm  Tommy Perot, extremely knowledgeable 9th grade high school student, will teach this class.  It was so successful last year and we are pleased to offer it again this year.  Free scions (grafting shoots), will be available to participants.
See attached flyer below.


Greenhouse Growing Methods  Saturday, Feb. 23rd 1pm – 3pm  Local farmer, Paul Wirtz, of Oak Hill Farm leads us on a tour of his greenhouses and discusses: seeding methods, nursery soils, greenhouse construction tips and fertigation (injecting organic fertilizer into irrigation lines).  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the Valley’s best organic growers!   This class will take place at Paul’s farm on Arnold Drive across from Brocco’s Old Barn, 19655 Arnold Dr.  Carpooling will leave from Sonoma Garden Park at 12:45 pm.


All classes are $20 sliding scale (no one turned away)  Please register by calling 707-996-0712 X 120 or email: 
Proceeds from workshops benefit programs at the Garden Park.
Special thanks to the following volunteers:  Suzanne Adams for bringing hot water for tea to our garden workshops.  Don Messing for installing garden benches onto platforms and making an estimate for barn windows.  Jane Downes for cabinet donation.  David Wenzel for growing plants and help with “everything”.  Jessie Olson for a garden design for native plants.  Tom Russert and Darren Peterie for beginning the wild bird habitat behind the orchard.  Gary Edwards for offering his tractor services.  Whitney and Jeanette Evans for their unfaltering support for the Children’s Discovery Trail! 

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

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