Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Receives Grant (jump to article below)
Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden
College of Marin
Wendy is a founding instructor in organic agriculture at the College of Marin, and teaches two semesters per year at the 5.8 acre certified organic education farm and garden located at College's Indian Valley Campus in Novato.
The Edible Schoolyard
Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Edible Schoolyard is a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom. Students participate in growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce during the academic day and in after school classes. Students’ hands-on experience in the kitchen and garden fosters a deeper appreciation of how the natural world sustains us and promotes the environmental and social well-being of our community. Wendy is a mentor and advisor for this project and has been since its inception in 1995. Visit the Edible Schoolyard Project website.
Dragon Coast Home Nursery
Wendy and Peter grow organic vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings as well as perennial and native plants at their home nursery at Muir, Beach, California. There is a plant sale each year in the spring and in the fall. Click here to see the plant list from the Spring 2011 sale. More information, including exact dates (as soon as they are available) and a map, is on the calendar page.
Marin Master Gardeners
The Marin Master Gardeners are a group of trained and deducated volunteers with a love of gardening and horticulture. Through community service and educational outreach, they provide home gardeners and community organizations with the knowledge and skills to create a healthy environment for Marin County. Since 1986, Marin Master Gardeners have worked as non-paid staff members of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), answering public inquiries and providing information on all areas of plant health and gardening practices.
College of Marin: Organic Farm and Garden Classes
(click on the current catalog, then on "Environmental Landscaping")
Conservation Corps North Bay
The Ecological Farming Association
Farmer Veteran Coalition
The New York City Coalition of Community Gardeners
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA/VT)
Slow Food USA
Skip Kimura, Organic Garden Coach
University of California Cooperative Extension-Marin
University of California "Grown in Marin"Grown in Marin is a comprehensive website for Marin agriculture serving farmers, educators, and the public. It hosts a complete listing of Marin producers and where to find their goods, current articles and press relating to sustainable agriculture, an events calendar, profiles of Marin County agriculture, archived newsletters, and a variety of other useful resources.
A $233,000 grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office will help the College of Marin enjoy the fruits of its new organic farm for a long time to come.
With the help of the grant and another $201,950 in matching grants the 5.8-acre farm at the college's Indian Valley campus could begin paying for itself within 20 months. It is the first state-approved program for organic farming in the country.