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By Community Soil Foundation
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About

At the Community Soil Foundation we are redefining the community and school garden models by joining them together. With the help of some initial donations for our project, the Larkfield Community Garden & Learning Center, we have been able to start the installation of the garden in February 2015 but this is just the beginning! We have an amazing vision for this to be a year-round educational garden that will act as a community gathering place where new friends are made, old friends reconnect, family members congregate, and neighbors join together. During the week K-8 students will be taught math, science, language arts, and history in the garden. On the weekends the garden will be an educational center for all ages where we will teach four-season food production, ecology lessons, orchard maintenance, how to install backyard-sustainable systems (such as rainwater catchment, grey water, rain gardens, etc.), and how to do alternative gardening like gutter and pallet gardens. Youth and adults will also learn about health and wellness practices through nutrition education, yoga, and meditation in the garden.

In order to make this garden really grow into the learning center we envision, we need more support from the community. We need your help to be able to increase access to affordable and organic produce and to offer an array of classes in the garden for local residents of all ages. We have raised enough to put in the first phase of the garden, but we need funds to pay for the School Garden Educator so she can teach the classes to the K-8 students in the Mark West Union School District. $20,000 will ensure we can pay the salary of the School Garden Educator for one year on a part-time basis.

If we raise $48,000 we will be able to install much-needed infrastructure and a tool shed and purchase garden tools for students and volunteers to maintain the garden.

If we raise $67,000 we will be able to pay the School Garden Educator to teach full time. We will also be able to build the outdoor classroom where students of all ages can come together for ecology lectures, and it will double in the afternoon and weekend as a yoga classroom.

If we raise $72,000 we will be able to also pay for supplies for our two farm stands where we can sell produce and help to ensure the sustainability of the garden. One of the farm stands will be located at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market. The other farm stand will be located next to the Snack Shack at the Little League Fields, and we will sell healthy food options as an alternative to the chips, hamburgers, and hot dogs that are sold currently. 

Help us make this a reality ... Please keep spreading the word about our project and help us reach more students and community members and we will keep you updated on our progress! To learn more about the agency, the staff and the project, visit our website at www.communitysoil.org.

Risks and challenges

The four members of the Community Soil Foundation Executive Team have over 45 years combined experience in various disciplines including garden design and installation, non-profit management, public health and environmental education, and curriculum development.

Over the past two years staff members have been working closely to develop strong relationships and active partnerships with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, the Mark West Union School District, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, the Mark West Little League, and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

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    A $45 donation entitles you to one free class in the Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center located in Santa Rosa, CA for the 2015/2016 season that starts in October 2015. For specific details and an up-to-date class schedule visit www.communitysoil.org starting in September 2015.

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    A $100 donation entitles you to three free classes in the Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center located in Santa Rosa, CA for the 2015/2016 season that starts in October 2015. For specific details and an up-to-date class schedule visit www.communitysoil.org starting in September 2015.

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    A $500 donation entitles you to 3 consecutive months of a seasonal produce box between the months of August 2015 and October 2015 or August 2016 and October 2016. A $500 donation also entitles you to one free class in the Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center located in Santa Rosa, CA for the 2015/2016 season that starts in October 2015. For specific details and an up-to-date class schedule visit www.communitysoil.org starting in September 2015.

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    A $1,000 donation entitles you to one name plaque displayed in the Larkfield Community Garden located in Santa Rosa, CA. Community Soil Foundation staff will contact you with options for placement within the garden.

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    A $5,000 donation entitles you to eight hours of garden design consultation with C27 certified Landscape Contractors who specialize in edible landscaping and farmstead development throughout Sonoma County. The consultation can take place in person within Sonoma County or by phone and email for individuals residing outside of Sonoma County.

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