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Building community one garden/ fruit tree at a time by taking advantage of the underutilized resources in our neighborhoods.
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Zach Lewis

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Howdy folks!

We have broken ground at the farm site (see images below)!!!

Theres a lot more work to be done: soil going in tomorrow, planting the following week, and greenhouse building the week after...but we are officially under way!

Back in January when this Kickstarter was launched (seems like a million years ago), I had no idea how people would receive the vision we put forward. I was waffling on what to do next, and my job prospects were slim. I had to make a choice to go all in or move on and try something different. But you guys, yes you guys!, showed such overwhelming support that we knew we had something special. Quite literally, without ya'll, none of this would be happening right now. 

Soooo, THANK YOU! We have been so humbled by the confidence that has been placed is us to do this good work, and we will keep working our butts off to achieve the dream.

A few others updates:
- we successfully helped change the zoning on urban agriculture in San Jose so we can move forward and have the farm
- we hired two outstanding new staff members (Ashley Ellis and Lan Ngo), without whom we would be lost as we take on so many great projects
- Our website is up and being worked on everyday by a handful of outstanding management information students at SJSU (www.garden2table.org). One of the nifty new enhancements is the interactive calendar that links to google forms so we can better manage all of our volunteer events...and theres a conveniently located donate page that links to our paypal account ;) !
- We built 2 new neighborhood gardens for 10 households!

There are a few other extremely exciting announcements, but I am just going to tease you and withhold until they are official!

Peas and Love,
Zach

Phase 1 farm bed construction
Phase 1 farm bed construction
Birds eye view of farm
Birds eye view of farm

Garden to Table in the LA times!

Hey all,

I just wanted to share some pretty exciting news! (my apologies if you are getting double blasted) The LA times published an article about Garden to Table on Sunday, and we are super happy and humbled by the recognition.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-san-jose-garden-to-table-20130804,0,7202082.story

Other news:
- A proposed zoning change for urban agriculture that we helped author will be going to the planning commission later this month! Once it passes, we will start building the farm around September/October. 
- We harvested 1015 lbs of apples on Monday - our all time record for a single gleaning event. We are now over 25,000 lbs since starting.
- We are still searching for our next apartment garden site, but have a home garden share lined up for 4 families that will be built later this month

More to come!

Thanks for your support! Zach

Breaking News!!!

Dear supporters,

First off, thank you for your patience on the rewards. It took longer than expected, but hopefully everyone has received them (notwithstanding a few exceptions I am working with personally). More importantly though...

HOLY GUACAMOLEEEEE!!!

This just in... I have held back until it was official, but we now have a signed land use agreement for a 1-acre vacant lot in downtown San Jose!!!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support, encouragement, and inspiration leading up to this historical moment. I am totally floored, and just plain giddy with excitement. WOW!

Now the real work begins, and we will be starting an aggressive fundraising campaign to get the remaining funds needed to build the farm later this summer/early fall. If you have any friends in high places, know of any foundations or grants that align with our mission of building a local food system, etc., please contact me. 

Other updates:
- just completed a 3 week effort to harvest loquats, cherries, and apricots that we donated for a special edition beer with the Almanac Beer Company. They will be putting us on the bottle and holding a fundraiser dinner during SF beer week sometime around February
- we are working with the City of San Jose and multiple local organizations on amending the zoning ordinance to facilitate the creation of more urban farms. 

More to come!!! Thank you for everything.

XOXO,
Zach

p.s. i have never signed off XOXO on any letter/email/communication in my life. THATS HOW EXCITED I AM!!! 

Spring Update

Hellooooooo!!

I still owe most of you personalized updates - my apologies - its been a busy few months building the framework for the non-profit (articles of incorporation are in! - final paperwork in the next 2 weeks), plus all the other stuff we already had going on!

As an example, this week we have 3 garden plantings, a garden revival with a few yards of compost, two fruit tree plantings, and a big fair all taking place! Whew!

On that tip, if you are in the San Jose area, come on out and enjoy a fun filled day with games, food trucks, and raffle prizes on Saturday, April 20th, from 1pm to 4pm at the Olinder Neighborhood Center (848 E William St). 

Soooo, you are all probably wondering - whats going on with the prizes? Most of the planter boxes are being finished this week (a few extras are being made to donate later), t-shirt design is being finalized this week, and I just finished the jam count. Most requests are good to go, but a few of you will have to either take a different jam we have extra of, or wait till this summer for more stone fruity goodness. I will send out those emails next week. 

Otherwise, we are on target to have the awards shipped out in early May (excepting those I have spoken to recently - I'll bump those up to get those projects off the ground!)

Cheers!
Zach

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