Community Alliance with Family Farmers' Local Food Guide [caff.org/programs/local-food-systems/local-food-guide]
California Earthquake Preparedness Month
History of the Vallejo Marine Terminal [VallejoMarineTerminal.com/here/?page_id=4607]
Participate in Vallejo Open Studios 2014! [link]
Docent training at Burbank Experiemental Farm: Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm in Sebastopol is looking for folks who would like to share their love of plants with visitors to Gold Ridge Farm. Docent traning will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 2pm. there is no commitment. Contact [firstname.lastname@example.org] for more information, and check the website at [www.wschsgrf.org].
Gravenstein Apple Fair, The sweetest little fair in Sonoma ...
Gravenstein Apple Fair held each August features arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, live entertainment and farm life activities.
100 Thousand DJs for Change: Roots of contemporary music documentary; all ages, all-styles dance battles ($10 to enter) with cash and prizes, non-stop music by some of the best DJs in Sonoma County. $8 to 10 donation suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds. Noon to midnight. at the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics, 99 Sicth st., Santa Rosa. [707-528-3009] [arlenefranciscenter.org]
* Creating a City of Sharing [Shareable.net/Sharing-Cities/learn].
* Interviewed: Amanda Palmer on the Gift Economy [Shareable.net/blog/interviewed-amanda-palmer-on-the-gift-economy]
* How to Live Off-the-grid in a Tiny House [Shareable.net/blog/how-to-live-off-the-grid-in-a-tiny-house]
Find a Spring, choosing your source of water [FindASpring.com].
* "Latest Vallejo guide book features hidden gems, arts section, more", 2014-04-08 by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen [link]
* "Vallejo Admirals begin search for players for 2014 campaign", 2014-04-08 by Irma Widjojo [link]
* Solano College to hold Stop the Violence summit with Vallejo events [link]
"A direct antidote to colony collapse disorder" [kickstarter.com/projects/253186733/seedles-grow-the-rainbow]: For the past year Ei Ei and I have been developing a fun and simple way to support the declining bee populations. We took our years of experience using seedballs and innovated even further to create rainbow seedballs or what we call Seedles. We've taken permaculture concepts and strategies and packaged them in a way that everyone can enjoy. Our campaign Grow The Rainbow already has hundreds of people backing the project and we'd love if you would too! Check it out - [http://kck.st/1cQDKwQ]. Can you spread the word for us by sharing this link with friend and family who may be interested in having fun while doing good? It's the perfect design for kids age 3-12 and parents who want to get their kids involved in gardening and growing.
Join us for Earth Day in Vallejo! Both activities will take place on Saturday, April 19.
Earth Day at the Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia
Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org]
The Vallejo Watershed Alliance will join 20-30 other vendors at the downtown Farmers Market. We’ll have a booth with information about our activities and how people can help us improve Vallejo’s waterways. This is a great volunteer opportunity for our Alliance members who’d like to chat with people about what we do, and the event is great fun as well. If you would like to sign up for a 2-hour shift (which gives you lots of time to enjoy the rest of the festival and farmers market, please hit REPLY and let us know.
9 a.m. to noon
Upper Hanns Park/Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor
Park at the dog park/skate park parking lot on Ascot Parkway. Follow the path behind the dog park, cross the bridge, and you’ll see us. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. We’ll provide water, tools, and light refreshments.
"I speak for the bees", letter by Geri Spieler of Palo Alto to the editor of "San Francisco Chronicle" [http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/letterstoeditor/article/Letters-to-the-editor-April-7-5380783.php]:
Thank you for the story of the fate of bees ("Program looks to give bees a leg up - or 6," April 4).
can all do our part to encourage the health of pollinating bees. All it
takes is to grow a few "bee-friendly" plants, whether in a pot or the
ground. Also try to keep the surrounding area as natural as possible.
way to help track the bee count is sign up for the "Great Sunflower
Project" (www.greatsunflower.org) out of San Francisco State
University. You don't have to be a biologist to participate. Just count
bees every week or so and log them onto the website.
Free dental clinic will serve many in Vallejo -
(report from Vallejo Times-Herald)
Hundreds of residents will be able to receive free dental services in Vallejo at an upcoming event.
The CDA Cares dental clinic will take place on April 25 and 26, beginning at 5:30 a.m., at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive.
The event is sponsored by the California Dental Association and its foundation.
Everyone will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there's a limit on how many people can be served per day, organizers said. In the past, the clinic had stopped receiving new patients by 2 p.m., and community members are advised to come early.
English-, and Spanish-speaking dentists, as well as dental and health professionals and community volunteers will donate their time, and provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education at the two-day clinic.
No identification is required to receive services offered.
SolTrans changes to bus Routes 1 and 3 in effect -
(report from Vallejo Times-Herald)
Changes to SolTrans bus Routes 1 and 3 have gone into effect in an effort to address timeliness problems on one of the routes, the agency announced.
Responding to tardiness issues on Route 1, schedule adjustments will address changing traffic conditions and slower boardings at stops along that route.
The changes affect only weekday timed stops with most changes falling within 1-5 minutes of their current departures, according to SolTrans.
Actual locations of bus stops for these routes have not changed.
Route 1's first run of the morning is most impacted by the changes as it will start 20 minutes earlier -- from 5:30 a.m. to 5:50 a.m.
For a full listing of the proposed schedule changes, go to www.soltransride.com or pick up a flier on board any of the local, fixed-route bus lines.
Tips on growing tomato by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano
for Glen Cove Community Association newsletter, April/May 2014 [www.GlenCoveVallejo.com]:
SPRING IS HERE!
The days are longer and warmer and it is time to think about warm-season vegetables. At the top of the list of vegetables planted by home gardeners are tomatoes. Tomatoes can be challenging because many varieties prefer hot weather with warm nights. In Vallejo we usually have cooler weather; fortunately, we have microclimates that vary greatly. If possible, identify a location in your yard that gets at least 8 hours of sun and is protected from the wind. Prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost or you may improve your clay soil by purchasing topsoil that is high in organic matter. It is less expensive to borrow your neighbor’s pickup truck and fill it with soil than to buy bags at your local store.
There is a wide variety of tomatoes from which to choose. When I lived on the East Coast there was no problem growing Beefsteak or other large tomatoes, however, in Vallejo I have had no such luck. My greatest successes have been with smaller tomatoes including various cherry varieties and intermediate sized tomatoes.
Tomatoes seedlings should be planted deep in the ground so that most of the stem with lower leaves removed is buried. Water tomatoes deeply and allow the soil to dry between watering.
If you choose to add fertilizer to the soil around the seedlings be sure that the nitrogen content is not more than phosphorus (the first number of the three numbers on the fertilizer is less than the second) otherwise leaf growth will be stimulated at the expense of fruiting. If you decide to add manure to the soil, do so several weeks or months prior to planting. To help increase soil temperature decrease weeds, cut a hole in a piece of plastic and put the plastic on the ground around the seedling. Cover the plastic with organic mulch in order to prevent the soil from becoming too warm for the roots. The mulch should not touch the stem of the seedlings.
Tomatoes may be planted in April and May; however, weather is a factor in determining when to plant. Since soil temperature significantly affects growth, it is best to wait until the soil has warmed before planting.
Once the plants have begun to grow, they should be supported. There are a number of ways to do so including staking, buying tomatoes cages or creating your own supports using wire fencing.
Don‘t overwater your plants and keep an eye out for green caterpillars on your vines. Finally, as your crop ripens, enjoy them in salads and other dishes, share them with friends and be prepared to freeze or dry the surplus!
A special message from Benjamin Buggs, Founder and Director of Faith Food Fridays
[www.faithfoodfridays.com], a ministry of Faith Bible Church of Vallejo
Faith Food Fridays provides weekly free food, groceries and other items to Vallejo area individuals and families in need. Since June 24th, 2011 Faith Food Fridays has provided more than 30,000 families with healthy meals and the need has increased from an average of 60 to more than 150 families per week.
Every Friday between the hours of 3 to 6pm, community members in need are invited to come by, fill out a short form if they are new and receive a box filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy and dry goods. Everyone is offered prayer with specific prayer requests sought. After that, they are free to ‘shop’ for free clothing, shoes and small household items. Children are invited to choose a book, after which they can pick out a small toy.
Donations are gratefully accepted to assist in this important effort. We are in need of food donations, books and toys, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. You can also donate your time, our hours are Monday mornings between 8:30 and Noon, Thursday evenings from 4:30-7:00pm and Fridays 2-6pm. We can also sign off on community service hour requirements.
Faith Food Fridays mission is to give individuals encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow, by showing them God’s love for them and all people. We believe in providing a place where recipients can improve themselves, their families and eventually, our entire Vallejo community.
Currently Faith Food Fridays is funded by Faith Bible Church of Vallejo, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, as well as many local businesses and community member donations.
Our guiding scripture comes from the book of Mark, where Jesus feeds the five thousand. It was late and his disciples wanted to send the people away so they can go and buy themselves something to eat. “But he answered, “You give them something to eat” Mark 6:37
Vallejo’s Earth Day Activities
It’s spring, and the perfect time to celebrate Earth Day! You’ll find a host of activities to choose from, and the whole family will enjoy. Readers can call 645-8258 for more information.
Saturday, April 19 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Earth Day at the Downtown Vallejo Farmers’ Market on Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia
• Jugglers & performances
• Climbing wall
• Face painting
• Door prizes
• Kids craft projects and games
• Loma Vista Farm animals to pet
• California native plant sale
• Info on less toxic products for your garden
• Bring in your old mercury thermometer and receive a FREE fever
thermometer in exchange at the Vallejo Sanitation booth
• Check out the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf
• Recycled Art Contest winners will be announced!
The Vallejo Watershed Alliance is hosting a creek cleanup that morning as well; for details and locations visit www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Vallejo’s Earth Day is sponsored by the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District, VALCORE Recycling, Recology Vallejo, City of Vallejo, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, Solano County Fairgrounds, A-1 Guaranteed Heating & Air, and the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.
Big Ups to all the poets who came out for the recent National Poetry Month reading at the JFK Library in Vallejo: