Get in the garden this year!

Gardening photoBy Amanda Thibodeau
Published in the PRG winter issue 2020

In 2020, make a resolution to get your family out in the garden!  Studies prove that when we are involved in the growing, harvesting and preparation of fresh foods, we are more likely to eat them (adults and children alike). Not to mention, there are magic microbes in the soil that battle depression and literally make you happier! Pair that with the nutrients found in fresh-picked foods and you’ve got the recipe for health right in your backyard. How can you beat that? You may or may not have a sunny spot to grow your own bounty, but luckily Sierra Harvest has a number of ways you (and your family) can get your hands dirty this coming year.

Farm to School: Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School program is active in 96% of western Nevada County schools from K-12th grade. With fresh seasonal tastings, guest chefs, farm field trips, and school garden curriculum, there’s a good chance your student is already involved!

Sierra Gardens: Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. The popular Sierra Gardens program helps install veggie gardens, provides ongoing mentorship, and teaches seasonal cooking skills. Financial scholarships are available!

Food Love Farm: No garden? No problem. Come hone your skills at Sierra Harvest’s educational farm on a family volunteer day. Pick up plant starts at one of the plant sales in May. Come for seasonal U-picks from June-October. Send your little chef to summer camp in July. Or ask your child’s teacher to take a field trip there! (Basically, just come to Food Love any time of year!) 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City.

Sustainable Food and Farm

Conference: Have you got a budding farmer on your hands?  Want to get inspired together to take your gardening to the next level? Check out the Sustainable Food and Farm Conference February 7-9th. You can even volunteer as a family. Watch out though, it might be hard to choose with so many exciting workshops and speakers!

Nevada City Farmer’s Market: A few years ago, this popular market decided to expand to a year-round model! Hooray! Find your local bounty each the first Saturday of the month from Dec-April, and every Saturday during the warmer months. Challenge yourselves to eat seasonally (secretly, all winter veggies are sweeter!).

There are so many ways to get involved with where your food comes from this year. Whether you are growing your own food, or supporting local farmers who do, it’s good for the whole family. So, go on and try something new. Get the whole family outside and let’s make 2020 delicious! Learn more about these yummy opportunities at www.sierraharvest.org

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