November Growing Thymes: Welcome Monica, Volunteer of the month, Growing our Youth Garden, and more!
November 2012 Growing Thymes

In this Issue

*November State of the Farm
*Growing Garden
*Welcome Monica
*Volunteer of the Month
*Group Workdays

*Workday Schedule
*Art in the Garden

*Produce Share

*Family Fun in the Garden
*Contact Us

Weekly Farm Stand

San Pedro Farmer's Market
Hours: Fridays 10am to 2pm
Location: San Pedro Square between Santa Clara St & John Street, San Jose

At the Farm
Hours: Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Location: Veggielution Farm @
Prusch Farm Park

   *Pak Choi
   *Red Radish

   *Butternut Squash
   *Delicata Squash
   *Green Cabbage
   *Lacinato Kale
   *Rainbow Chard


Veggielution accepts EBT!

November Workday Schedule

Tues, Wed, Thurs
8:30a - 12:30p

Workday: 10:00a - 12:30p
Potluck Lunch: 12:30p

More Workday Info


Holiday Workday Cancelations

Nov 22nd-24th
Dec 23rd-Jan 2nd



Art in the Garden

Saturday, Nov. 24 from 1:30p-3:30p. $10 donation

Get inspired! Every 4th Saturday of the month we will be holding art classes at the farm, with each class focused on a different theme. 

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Family Fun in the Garden

Now Every Saturday From

Family Fun in the Garden is a great way to spend time with your kids while exploring the garden, learning about healthy lifestyle choices, and discovering the exciting processes of the natural world. This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and become more connected to your family, your community, and the environment.

These activities are open to people of all ages, but are geared towards families with kids under 12 years of age.


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State of the Farm

We saw our first rains this October, even though we also had an Indian summer of really warm days. It was a good October overall, pretty average in terms of weather, and very productive for fall planting. This Saturday we'll be having fried green tomatoes for lunch as the farm crew will be saying goodbye to the tomato patch we're ripping them out in order to make room for some of our last fall plantings which will get in the ground this month.

Even though in our area you can usually plant brassica crops up to December 15th, we'll be stopping early because after Thanksgiving we will be completely occupied with our massive volunteer days for NVIDIA's Project Inspire. The first part of December will be occupied by preparing for, and running two workdays where 1500 NVIDIA employees will be building a total of 9 large buildings for Veggielution and installing over 800 perennial plants.

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Mark Medeiros
Farm Director

Stories from the Ground: Growing Garden


Each week on the farm seems to bring more exciting changes than the last. With a new staff member added to the team, beautiful gates installed at the youth garden, and Project Inspire scheduled for early December, the vision of Veggielution is moving ahead right on schedule. Concurrently with the farm’s changes, the Youth Garden is scheduled to expand as well. Irrigation has finally found its way into the raised beds and will make its way into the rest of the garden on the NVIDA workday. Themed garden beds are also in progress, along with several vertical features and additional seating areas.

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Keri Waller
Youth Educator

Welcome Back Monica

Veggielution's educational programs are under new management! Monica Benavides is warmly welcomed back to Veggielution. Monica recently concluded an AmeriCorps position at the farm, and has now joined our permanent staff. She will be filling the brand new position of Education Director.

Monica is currently managing a number of programs and projects at the farm, including our adult cooking classes, our youth program, The Dig Crew, school garden education, youth garden maintenance and activities, and all outreach efforts. She has already provided the education team with a great deal knowledge and support based on her years of experience. We are all extremely grateful to have her back on board expanding and growing our educational programs here at the farm.

Michelle, on the right, helping in The Youth Garden

(Michelle, on the right, helping in The Youth Garden)

Michelle’s favorite part of volunteering on the farm is listening. She enjoys listening to the personal aspirations of both staff and volunteers, and is inspired by the thirst for agricultural and environmental-related knowledge at the farm. In Michelle’s words, “the more I listen to them I feel more compelled to find effective ways to support the sustainable growth of Veggielution's operation.” And that she does! Not only does Michelle volunteer in the greenhouse and youth garden on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, she has contributed a significant amount of funding to Veggielution’s farm operations through obtaining donations.

Thank you Michelle for your passionate contributions to the farm!

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Keri Waller
Youth Educator

Group Workdays

Eager to do some meaningful work with your fellow employees, friends, or organization members? Spending a beautiful day of working outdoors on our 2-acre non-profit community farm is an educational and exciting team building opportunity. Your group will work on various farm projects while learning about sustainable agriculture and organic farming concepts. Join us in getting your hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of your labor!

Your tax-deductible contribution will assist us in creating a sustainable food system by providing community access to healthy and local food, creating youth and adult leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.

We have multiple packages that your group can choose from.

Learn more about Group Workdays







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