Vallejo's Upcoming Festivals

Vallejo is really a great place to live. There are so many passionate people who are involved in community and the weather is awesome. In the fall, the average temperature is 62.9 degrees Fahrenheit, which is great weather for all the upcoming festivals listed below. 



Visions of the Wild
September 3-6, 2014
Downtown Vallejo
10am-4pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, "Four Glorious Days of Art, Music, Speakers,  Films & Field Trips."




Unity Day
Sunday September 14, 2014
Vallejo City Park (Louisiana and Marin Streets)
10am-5pm

Free celebration of all Vallejo has to offer! Arts, Health, International Food Court, Two Performance Stages, Fun Activities, Free Face Painting, etc!





Vallejo Waterfront Weekend
October 4-5, 2014
Vallejo Waterfront & Downtown
Starts at 9am

Come enjoy the revival of this favorite Vallejo event! Whale boat races, music,  food and entertainment. Proceeds will be donated to the Mira Theatre Guild towards the renovation of their roof.





Loma Vista Harvest
October 25, 2014
11am-4pm
150 Rainier Avenue, Vallejo CA 94589

Arts, Music, Craft Demonstrations, Food and much more


Part-time job at Vallejo People's Garden

Open Position: Education and Development Coordinator

Vallejo People’s Garden
1055 Azuar Avenue
Mare Island, Ca 94592

Summary:
This is a contract position funded by Participatory Budgeting Year 1 grant funds. Under the supervision of the VPG Governance Board, the Coordinator will manage the volunteer program, facilitate educational workshops, and strategically plan and prepare for the continued viability of the VPG over the next 2-3 years. His/her duties will include oversight of the VPG “garden mobile” trailer project, establishment of the second garden at the Global Center for Success, grant writing and other fundraising, and collaboration with other PB-funded gardens, non-profits, and Vallejo City staff.

Responsibilities:
Coordinate and facilitate the volunteer resources at the garden
Delegate the sourcing of garden materials and supplies
Research and write grants to sustain position and programs
Keep the VPG connected to schools, city agencies, other PB gardens, Food Banks, and organizations that service those most in need
Conduct or coordinate educational workshops in organic gardening and nutrition education at the garden and other designated sites
Send out bi-weekly e-newsletter to VPG volunteer list
Advertise events on social media sites and VPG website, or recruit and train a volunteer to do this
Conduct or coordinate outreach ie farmers' market, Flyway Festival, and other big community events
Oversee and ensure the successful build out of second garden site at GCS
Oversee creation of garden mobile, in coordination with board members
Work with board to conduct at least one fundraising event
Attend monthly board meetings

Qualifications:
Enthusiasm for working with a diverse population, including youth and adults
Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
Knowledge of and posssess grant-writing skills
Ability to work independently, self-motivate, and be flexible
Excellent project management, computer and social media skills
Ability to multi-task and handle shifting priorities
Ability to lift 25 pounds
Basic knowledge of organic gardening, health and nutrition a big plus

Compensation:
Part-time 20 hours/week for six months
$16-$20/hour depending on experience

To apply, please submit the following to: info@vallejopeoplesgarden.org

Cover letter including reason for wanting to join the Vallejo People's Garden
Resume highlighting relevant experience

Deadline for applications is July 21, 2014

Food to Grow On

It's great to see kids interested in gardening and knowing they will take what they've learned about gardening in their formative years and apply them throughout their lives. The program Food to Grow On developed by Ms. Yakabe and Ms. Edwards from the Vallejo Charter School allow the kids to learn about soil, seed, plant growth, harvest, food production, and everything in between.
At the garden, even the teachers got to learn something about tomatoes, which they in turn will teach their students and others. Here's a post from Organic Gardening Magazine on tomatoes: bit.ly/OGTomatoTips

May, 2014

So many things happening in the month of May and it's only mid May. First, Vilma Aquino conducted a class on water-wise gardening at the Joseph Room in Vallejo where over 60 attendees showed up to learn about gardening during this time of California drought.


On May 10th, Bay-Friendly Landscape Coalition held a talk at the VPG on 'Lose Your Lawn' where Lori Caldwell and Sarah Sutton taught attendees how to kiss their lawn goodbye and embrace a Bay Friendly landscape. Check out www.bayfriendly.org


After the talk, attendees had a fabulous lunch courtesy of Chipotle and Sandra's smoothies using fresh ingredients from the garden like kale, beets, carrots, and celery. It was invigorating!


And afterwards, volunteers from AmeriCorps worked in the garden. What is AmeriCorps you ask? AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security.


Lastly, Sandra Saragoza (dedicated VPG volunteer with three kids) gets a chair massage in the garden from Kim Sturdevant of The Napa Valley School of Massage to promote holistic health. Check out their website at www.napamassageschool.com to learn more on how you can become a certified massage therapist from one of the premiere locations in the world: Napa Valley, California. Seriously, we could all use a massage at the end of the day.



Lose Your Lawn

Join us at the Vallejo People's Garden on Saturday, May 10th from 10am-12:30pm and learn how to lose your lawn without tearing it out. This free how-to talk and tabling event presented by Bay-Friendly Educator and Master Composter Lori Caldwell, along with a Professional Landscape Designer, will provide design and plant selection advice as well as walk you through converting your lawn without breaking your back or wallet. There will be a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching--an innovative technique of layering materials on top of your lawn, allowing you to plant right into it.  Plus, learn how you can participate in your local water agency's water conservation rebate program, which could put some green in your pocket!

Everyone who attends the talk will receive a free copy of the Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide. There will be a drawing for additional garden gifts at the end of the talk.


Check out many more resources for lawn conversion at www.LoseYourLawn.org

Vermiculture and Compost Talk

Come join us on Saturday, April 5th from 10am to 12 noon. VPG will be hosting a vermiculture and compost talk conducted by Master Gardeners of Solano County. Learn how you can transform your garden and other vegetable waste into dark, rich soil that gardeners call black gold.


A Succulent Workshop

Vallejo People’s Garden
presents
A Succulent Workshop


Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:00am-11:00am



Join us at Vallejo People’s Garden on Saturday, November 9, from 10am-11am for an introductory succulent propagation workshop! We’ll talk about the basics of succulent growth, care, splitting, and propagation. This event is a great introduction for the succulent swap meet planned for early 2014! It is a free event, but donations are always accepted for our nonprofit organization that provides organic produce to those most in need in the Vallejo community. Please RSVP Rachael@vallejopeoplesgarden.org if you plan to attend. We hope to see you all there!