Harvest Sharing Program

The Vallejo People's Garden is starting a new program called the Harvest Sharing Program. Your participation and generosity in donating your excess fresh produce will help to reduce food waste in Vallejo and will provide nutrition for your neighbors who need it. Here's what it's all about:

What: People in the community donating their excess produce of fruits and vegetables from their garden to benefit the homeless, low income people, senior citizens, and working poor.

When: Drop off Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm.

Where: Vallejo People’s Garden, 1055 Azuar Drive, Mare Island, CA 94592

Why: To share what you have with people who are most in need and to reduce food waste.

For more information, call or e-mail Vallejo People’s Garden at (707) 733-3874 or info@vallejopeoplesgarden.org

Vegetables and fruits collected will be bagged for distribution among different shelters and community organizations serving the elderly, the poor and the homeless.


Vallejo People's Garden. Growing Healthy Food, People, and Community.

Volunteer Day, June 25, 2011

When the Vallejo People's Garden needed an irrigation expert, we met Jimmy Domino who was willing to volunteer his time to help us install the irrigation system for the garden--just in time for the summer. The system he is installing should help us to conserve water and provide the needed coverage for the plants to receive the right amount of water at the right amount of time.






Jimmy Domino giving Harry McCray a lesson on installing an irrigation system. Jimmy will be back on Friday to help us complete the drip system to the rest of the raised beds. Come on by if you'd like to help us finish installing the irrigation system. For more information, contact us at
volunteer@vallejopeoplesgarden.org.







Our tomatoes are getting bigger so Nick had to make wire supports for the bed of tomatoes. VPG is really lucky to have a consistent group of loyal volunteers like Nick. Nick usually shows up and helps us with the 'physically challenging' duties at the garden before he goes for his Saturday afternoon hike. Thanks Nick!








Laura putting up the wire supports for the bed of tomatoes. She also pruned them by pinching off the bottoms of the tomatoes so the tomatoes can grow bigger and better. With so much care given to the vegetables and tomatoes at the garden, they should be very tasty come harvest time!








Sister Elvie securing the irrigation hoses to the soil. Beautiful day to work in the garden--temperatures today were in the low 70s--great California weather!

Our Shed




Here's what our shed looked like before volunteer Dennis Scarla took charge of the shed. We always had take everything out of the shed in order to find anything!
















Now it's organized and you can easily find everything! Thanks Dennis! You've done a marvelous job!



















How many gardeners out there find it exciting to have an organized shed?

















Gardening is so much easier with an organized shed! What does your shed look like? Share with us some of your photos!
Visit us on our Facebook Page if you can't add pictures to this site.

Volunteer Work Day, June 11, 2011



Manjinder, Anna, Sister Elvie, and Russell harvesting our first batch of purple potatoes! It was like finding buried treasure! It was so cool to stick our hands in the soil and pull up a beautiful purple potato!












Mmmmmm!!! Anyone have a good recipe for purple potatoes!











One of the younger members of the Vallejo People's Garden: Anna (Sister Elvie's granddaughter) with the freshly harvested red beets. How healthy and beautiful Anna and the red beets look!










Sister Elvie harvesting red beets. We'll be donating the vegetables we harvested today to the Christian Help Center.















The corn and green beans were looking a little yellow so Amanda added organic fertilizer to the beds.











Amanda lovingly caring for the bed of green beans. The green beans are certainly going to thrive now that Amanda has provided them with organic fertilizer.











Dennis custom making staples for the irrigation hoses using wire clothes hangers. Good thinking Dennis! It's always good when you don't have to spend any money on something new--just reuse what you already have.










Master carpenters, Doug and Chon, adding the finishing touches to the Vallejo People's Garden bulletin board. It looks great guys!

Community Meeting, June 12, 2011


Sunday Community Meeting: June 12, 2011

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Vallejo People's Garden
behind 1055 Azuar Drive, Mare Island, CA 94592

Everyone is invited to our second community board meeting, especially the folks who volunteered for positions on the board last month! If you did volunteer for a role on the board, please come with your short paragrpah "position description" to share. 2-3 sentences is fine. All others, welcome too-- we still have a few positions that need to be filled! We've got some major strategizing to do together. See you there.

Volunteer Work Day, June 11, 2011


Forecast for tomorrow's volunteer work day is "cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon; high near 65F." That's good enough weather to install the last pieces of the irrigation system to each raised bed. Bring your hat, water bottle or coffee cup--we'll have fresh brewed coffee and Nature's Path snacks. For more information, contact VPG at (707) 733-3874.

volunteer, June 4, 2011


Rain in June???? That means our volunteer work day for today is cancelled. :( We'll try again next Saturday, June 11...same time, same place: 9am-12noon at the Vallejo People's Garden.

Stats


Just checked out our stats and found that from May 4 to June 2, the Vallejo People's Garden had 949 page views. That's awesome, especially since our website has only been up for about six months! 931 of those page views are from the US, three from Russia, two each from Germany, Guatemala, and Malaysia, and one each from the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Canada, United Kingdom, and Peru! Wow!

For those of you outside of California, USA, drop us a line and let us know about your community gardens. Or even if you're from California, drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you!