I love spring! Not just because I don’t have to bring a jacket to work, or because the days get longer, but because I cannot wait for the return of fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing up, my mom would harvest foot long zucchinis and we would eat zucchini every single night for weeks. I couldn’t get enough of it!
We are lucky to live in California where we can harvest fruits and veggies almost year round and gardens do not have to live under blankets of snow and frost for months. Personal gardens have become more popular in the past couple years with more homes creating raised-beds as an alternative to planting in yard. Even businesses and organizations started growing their own crops as a way to encourage employees and participants to come together and work on a project.
The benefits of gardening are numerous. You get to be outside, soaking up vitamin D (but remember to wear sunscreen and a hat in during peak sun hours), and did you know gardening is exercise and helps reduce stress?! The vegetables you grow are rich in nutrients and fibers which help prevent against common chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. And it’s good for the environment too! Personal gardens reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste!
So, inspired by the coming of spring, we are hosting a gardening demonstration for March’s TimeBank Tales event!
We have invited Raffaella Cerruti from Valley Verde to each us how to create our own gardens. Valley Verde is a nonprofit organization in Santa Clara County that provides low income families with all the tools and materials to start their own organic vegetable garden, plus gardening and nutrition classes. They have planted 391 total gardens since their inception in 2011. Rafaella joined Valley Verde after moving to the Bay Area from her native Italy. She has her Masters in Agronomy and a PhD in Agro-Food Economics. We are so lucky to have an expert to show us how it’s done!
I am counting the days until TimeBank Tale on March 11th. Currently we are at 14 days, 4 hours, and 52 minutes. I cannot wait to learn the steps to creating my own personal veggie garden and eating the delicious produce. Maybe even I’ll grow a zucchini longer than my mother’s! You never know!
TimeBank Tales will be held at the El Camino YMCA at 2400 Grant Rd in Mountain View from 4:30-6 pm. To RSVP, please visit this link. For more information about the linkAges TimeBank, please visit www.timebank.linkages.org or call 650-691-8784. I hope you are as excited as I am to start your garden! Feel free to bring friends and family, and I look forward to seeing you at the garden!
– Shaina, Program Intern