December Fun Days and Dragon Fruit at the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden

Please join us during

Two Fun Days in December
at the

Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden
and Flower Garden

Sunday, December 7, 2014
and

Saturday, December 20, 2014

10 a.m. to Noon both days

Santa Maria Community Garden
910 S. Oakwood Drive, Santa Maria 

We're having a "fun day" this Sunday and we will be getting an exotic dragon fruit plant!

Come to hear Lien Wong talk about the plant, its health benefits and how to grow it.

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Click here to read about this healthy fruit: http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/display.asp?CAT=1&ID=41.

We'll be looking over the great work we did in November, pulling some weeds, doing some work on the adjacent flower garden that we maintain for the City of Santa Maria, discussing plans for the gardens' future, and having fun!

We planted 14 types of vegetables on November 2: Black Magic and Green kale, five types of lettuce (Lolla Rosa, Tango, Romaine, Green Oak and Red Oak), fennel, cauliflower, celery, endive, broccoli, chard and red cabbage. Thanks to Plantel Nurseries for the seedlings. On November 15, we planted three trees in one half oak barrel: blood orange, mandarin orange and kumquat.

We assigned individuals to research a vegetable and bring information on it to our next meeting. Remember to bring what you researched! We still have some available to choose for those who would like to help us. We need one volunteer to compile the information. We need to know things like the characteristics of the plant, what it needs to grow, how long it takes to reach maturity, and any other relevant information. 

We will try to meet two times a month now: the first Sunday and the third Saturday. For those of you who can't make Sundays, we hope you'll make Saturdays! Please mark your calendars (but look for our emails to reconfirm). 

Each meeting will start at 10 a.m. with a planning session (bring a chair, some food to share if you want, water to keep hydrated, gardening gloves, and your ideas). We'll talk, then do some work, then talk again. 

Bring your kids, too. We’ve had children as young as three years old help out, and we’ve had high school and college students as well young adults, middle aged adults, and some who are a bit older. This is a multi-generational, multicultural effort.

We hope to see you Sunday. Reservations are not necessary, but if you think you’ll make it, please let me know. (It makes me feel good to know people are coming.) Or if you have questions, feel free to contact me at Jeanne@sbcan.org. And check us out (and “like” us) on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CentralCoastGreenTeam

Hope to see you this weekend!

Jeanne Sparks
Central Coast Green Team Executive Director
SB CAN Communications Manager
Jeanne@sbcan.org


Please considering becoming a member of the Central Coast Green Team to help us to continue the Edible Landscaping Demonstration Garden and reaching out to help more members of the community get involved in growing their own organic, healthy food.

The Green Team is a project of Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN). To become a member of the Green Team, sign up to be a member of SB CAN and send us an email letting us know you also want to be on the Green Team.

SB CAN is a progressive organization working to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities. SB CAN advocates a holistic approach to community planning that integrates housing, open space, and transportation to meet the needs of all members of our community and future generations.

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