News Roundup for California Native Gardens

News around the garden is a’plenty–much like the harvests of many native edibles, berries and zucchini in the warmer months. As summer plants grow and wind their way upward on poles and trellises, California Native Garden Foundation, along with its partners and goals, keeps climbing too. Here’s a quick rundown of all the amazing things we are glad you support.

  • Nature camp started June 11. It’s not too late to sign up. New badges to earn this summer with special guests!
  • Google teams are coming for a visit to our ecovillage and training regen farm at Hester Garden in July.
  • We are looking for neighborhood advocates who want the use of 76 Race St to stay in this neighborhood as a teaching garden, native demonstration gardens and San Jose‘s first ecovillage. We want to support our business partners: Mindful Ways, The Mindful Aging Project, Good News Wood Salvation, CNGF’s Native Garden Nursery, and Middlebrook Gardens. Please continue to write Ruth Cueto and Dev Davis, our City Councilwoman.
  • Dev Davis, our District’s elected official, will be visiting our gardens on July 2 at 10 am. Please join us here to show your support to keep the gardens here and spreading this kind of land use to other communities.
  • We are launching Build 25 in the coming weeks. We are forming a steering committee representing 12 interest groups in Santa Clara county who support building 25 Regenerative Organic training farms in our county. These farms will be training and research centers so that young people can learn to design, build and manage them. Our steering committee’s goal is food sovereignty and food security for all residents in Santa Clara County.
  • Hats off to our special interns and students working on our regen farming model at Hester Gardens this year. We give special thanks to Louise Daviron, our sustainable agriculture intern from France, Enzo Ugolini, a dual major in Sustainable Forestry and Sustainable Agriculture, University of Santiago, Chile, and Katherine Cardoza, UCSC student intern.
  • Our Garden of the Month is Hester Garden. We celebrate the regen components featured and those being designed at this trailblazing site.
  • EWB/SJSU Students will be traveling with me to Cape Coast Ghana on July 27. We are launching a crowd funding site in a few weeks! It will tell the story of what we hope to accomplish on this trip with financial contributions from our community! Stay tuned!
  • We will be offering a regen farm class to college interns and members of the community in the fall. Helping us teach this class will be Sara Rosenberg, a no-till farm specialist whom we worked with in Yamoransa, Ghana. Sara taught members of the Peace Corp and small holder farmers at the Center for No Till Agriculture in Africa. She also designed and built a no till farm that CNGF helped fund near Kumasi, Ghana.
Our staff for Ferrin Reidinger’s graduation party- Juan, Louise and Enzo


We have T-shirts ready for our Google visit. If you’d like one, we will be launching our campaign soon.
Six categories of food plants that protect local ecology and stop global warming when we farm locally and eat
250 food plants, 12 months a year! Comfort, super, nitrogen fixing, drought tolerant, perennial and Native
foods. We are what we eat every day of the year.
How many do you eat? How many do you grow? How many Native grasses are in your local ecosystem? And
why is this important to know?

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