Budget woes need not stop you from getting outside and learning from the experts! The UC Davis Arboretum has a great summer program list for your education and entertainment, and the great news is, there's no charge! Check it out here!
We like event on Saturday, August 8, "Guided Tour: Sun-Drenched Colors at 10 AM at the Shields Grove Gazebo. It's all about which plants can take the summer sun and still provide color in your garden.
All those interested in starting a community garden, check this out! The UC Cooperative Extension has a guide on all of the how-to’s of starting your own community garden. It's a great way to get people involved in their neighborhoods. Take a look at the this step by step guide which is to intended to help neighborhood groups and organizations along the path to starting and sustaining a community garden.
Dr. Linda J. Harris, associate director of the UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), collaborated with University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Research Specialist, Dr. Trevor Suslow back in August of last year and published a brochure entitled Food Safety Tips for Your Edible Home Garden.
This consumer brochure provides an outline of food safety practices important to consider in the edible home garden. The objective of the project was to help consumers develop a food safety plan for their home garden by applying food safety principles the authors have drawn from research and practical experience.
It contains some useful reminders for all you home gardening enthusiasts! You can download it here.
To find out more about the UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, visit their website here.
We are very proud of the great feedback and attention that we have received so far about the UC Davis Good Life Garden "Kids, Farms & Food" summer camp. Here is a link to a great article appearing in the Sacramento Bee today as well as a slide show of photos. Farm Fresh Learning--Sacramento Bee, date: July 28, 2009
You won't look at those old filing cabinets from the UC Davis Bargain Barn the same way after checking out this fantastic gardening idea from the blog Design Sponge. We did a quick search on their site and there are a few cheap ones--even a two drawer version for $15! They even have one that is already yellow!
We cannot wait for the half-acre bee friendly garden being implemented near the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. It should be open to the public by October 16, 2009. Yet another great reason to visit the university. For more information visit: The UC Davis department of entomology's website.
Great news! The Good Life Garden is almost in full production. So far beans, basil, chives, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and other gorgeous veggies have been harvested and given away to some very lucky people on campus. The garden is producing some amazing organic results with no fertilizers or pesticides utilized. Yesterday, over 150 people toured the garden as part of freshman orientation as well as a host of drop in guests that enjoyed the stunning designs and scrumptious scents of basil and garlic. Yum!
The mission of the UC Davis Good Life Garden at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is to expose and educate a wide audience to the relationship between good food and good health. The garden landscape, web site, blog, graphics, marketing and promotions are all designed and maintained by staff at the UC Davis division of Campus Planning & Community Resources.