HdV is now on Instagram! In an effort to expand our social network and share with many more people our good work, good food, and attempts to strengthen community relationships HdV is now sending out Instagram posts. We hope that these Instagram images highlight the amazing people who volunteer at the garden, our delicious seasonal produce, and events/ promotions that we would like all of you to be a part of! So follow us on Instagram we are under the name “huertadelvalle” and let us know what you think.
Are you ready? There’s only one week left till Huerta del Valle celebrates its one year anniversary!! Next Saturday, April 5th HdV will host a huge celebration at the garden from 9am to 5pm in an effort to celebrate our many accomplishments, program and garden development, and give thanks to all the community members, organizations, and volunteers who have helped and supported our work over the last year. The event is FREE and open to the general public. There will be a variety of food donated from local merchants and community members, music, presentations, performances, learning workshops, and much, much, more! This event is going to be awesome! We hope to see you and your family there!
As HdV continues to grow and develop we remain aware that we still rely significantly on the help, donations, and services of community members and organizations- whom quite possibly have been in a similar situation in the past. Recently we came in contact with an awesome organization- Hart Seed Co. that has offered tremendous help not just to HdV but to various organizations that can use help with attaining seeds. Hart Seed Co. runs an amazing donation program that distributes fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds FREE of charge to deserving organizations (the organization just pays for shipping and handling). Through this program HdV was able to acquire hundreds of seed packets at an extremely affordable rate. These seeds will undoubtedly make a huge impact at the garden- be it supplying families with fresh produce in their family plots, adding to crop development in our intensive growth area, or adding beauty and appeal to our garden design with bright blooming flowers. If you know of an organization- church, community garden, teacher, etc. who can benefit from the Hart’s Seed donation program you can find more information on their website, here.
Have you been to the Ontario Farmers Market? That’s right, earlier this month the city of Ontario opened its very first farmer’s market- and it is right next to HdV at Bon View Park! This is a great opportunity for Ontario and nearby residents to have access to fresh and local produce will supporting local, small scale farmers. If you get a chance- the farmers market will be open today and every THURSDAY from 3-7pm and is free and open to the public. There are plenty of stands to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, hot food, handmade crafts, and other items. Although HdV is not currently selling any produce at the farmers market we hope to in the future (once our intensive growth area is up and running) and encourage all of you to go out and support our friends from Heritage Farmers Market who are selling produce.
Not even a week into spring and HdV members are eagerly awaiting a delicious season of cucumbers, melons, and other early spring time favorites. But before we leave the cold winter days behind us we wanted to remind everybody of the amazing winter harvest we had these last couple of months! Lettuce, radishes, beans, and onions were flourished at the garden this winter! One gardener harvested 16 lbs of radishes and another one 12 lbs of lettuce in their family plots! Wow! There was also plenty of kale, beautiful green and purple cabbages, beets, carrots, and turnips. As a whole we had so much fresh winter produce that allowed us to host several “community harvest” days- where garden members shared the produce from their family plots with other garden members. Winter was certainly a tremendous growing season for HdV. We hope this growing power continues into spring!
Saturday marked the end of our March Pest Control workshops. Huge thanks to everybody who made it out to any of the three events: March 8th, 15th, or 22nd. It was great to see community members eager to learn about various types of garden pests and different safe and organic methods to keep them off our plants. If you couldn’t make it to any of the workshops in March we will be hosting a similar workshop at out 1 year anniversary celebration on April 5th (time TBD) and quite possibly again during the summer when pest infestation is at its peak.