Update from the Garden Park

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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

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GET INVOLVED – Volunteer

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

* snacks provided *

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Wishlist

Garden Shears

Compost Thermometer

Rubber Mallet

Scale

Propane Stove

Hori Hori

What’s growing on?

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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

Ingredients
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

Preparation
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

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Volunteer Hours

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

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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

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Garden Wishlist

Hedge Shears

Rakes

Shovels

Hori Hori

Propane grill or stove

Happy Holidays from Sonoma Garden Park!

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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.

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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. 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

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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.

Cheers,
Rebecca Bozzelli
Garden Manager
Sonoma Garden Park
(707) 815-4871
http://www.sonomaecologycenter.org

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