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Spring Bounty Nothing gets me more fired up then a farm tour. Yesterday I traveled to North San Juan outside of Nevada City, CA to pick-up veggies from Mountain Bounty Farm for our annual Slow Food Lake Tahoe fundraiser. Mountain Bounty Farm is Tahoe’s largest CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) with close to 400 veggie…

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I had the fortune of attending a gardening workshop this past weekend in Pagosa Springs, CO where the Growing Domes are manufactured. It was wonderful to meet the designers of this amazing 4-season growing structure and fellow dome owners. When Udgar and Puja Parsons brought their business, Growing Spaces, to Pagosa Springs 17 years ago,…

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For the past four months I’ve been taking a leadership class to gain related skills, learn more about my community and network with other, local professionals. It is hosted by the North Tahoe Business Association. For five weeks, we heard from different keynote speakers from all parts of the region and reviewed the critical elements…

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In the 80’s, there were these hideous sunglasses called Blu Blockers made famous by an infomericial featuring a catchy, rap jingle. When I heard of soil blockers, that was the first thing that came to mind. Haha! Soil blockers and Blu Blockers, however, do have one thing in common…the sun! Soil blockers are an alternative…

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One of Five “Eat Your Color” fridge magnets Our first Gardens to Hospitals event is about to kick-off next week in Jackson, CA. Gardens to Hospitals (G2H) is a project of Lisa’s Organics – an organic, frozen vegetable producer based in Lake Tahoe, CA. In short, G2H partners school gardens with hospitals to raise awareness…

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Lisa’s Organics’ slogan I’ve been back in Tahoe two months now. In the absence of snow, I’ve been hard at work shaping what will hopefully be a bountiful career in food activism. It is only the beginning but I can feel the momentum gaining. First up is a philanthropic campaign for Lisa’s Organics. Lisa’s is…

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I’m brushing up on my environmental education for the Gardens-to-Hospitals program that I’m building for Lisa’s Organics. It’s a program where school gardens partner with hospitals on collaborative projects which galvanize both school and hospital to provide healthy meal programs. Students and children at the hospital will come together for an interactive growing activity or…

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Aquaponics system: water tank for fish with trellis above for plants Monday the 5th is three days before the full moon and according to the biodynamics calendar, it is a good day to plant above-ground, leafy green vegetables. It will be our first official planting in the grow dome. And what better veggies to start…

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See photos below for making dirt into soil The grow dome is really starting to take off. We are harvesting greens at least once a week: chard, spinach, lettuce, and mustard greens. Keep in mind, this is Tahoe in April. On average, the dome heats up b/w 75-95°F everyday. And at night, the dome is…

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Truckee Community Farm is green with harvest – April 16, 2012 The grow dome and the Truckee Community Farm received its first news article! Read the entire story in our local paper at the Sierra Sun, click here. The story wasn’t so much about the grow dome’s unique structure but rather how its design enabled…

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