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Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

In celebration of National Nutrition Month (March), the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency will offer a class entitled “Eat the Rainbow”.  The class will be held at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

This class will highlight the vitamins and minerals that are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables grown locally and will teach participants how plants use food from the soil to create those nutrients.  Participants will learn strategies for growing and eating a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables to support good health.  This class includes taste tests of fresh produce grown in the garden.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by March 14.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

The winter months are the optimal time to care for your fruit trees and help them stay healthy throughout the year.  Join the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on fruit tree care class in the garden’s orchard.

This class will be a taught by a UC Master Gardener of Yolo County.  Participants will learn proper fruit tree training and pruning techniques to optimize tree health and fruit yield, will get tips on how to select bare root fruit trees, and will learn about ideal timing for fruit tree planting and care.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by February 5.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

On January 26, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden was honored as one of 23 innovation challenge finalists at the statewide Let’s Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge Conference held in Sacramento.

The Let’s Get Healthy California task force began in 2012 with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation.  The Let’s Get Healthy Initiative includes six goal areas, each of which was highlighted at the conference.  Yolo County’s garden project, entitled “Growing Healthy Habits”, showcased the innovative ways that a community garden can improve food access to low income residents, provide nutrition and gardening resources for the community and be a place for youth to learn about the food system. Yolo County’s garden project coordinator served with four others as conference panelists to discuss community initiatives focused on the goal area of living well.

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

The California Department of Housing & Community Development has awarded $150,000 to Yolo County to provide relocation assistance to Yolo County residents without access to potable water as a result of the drought.

This award, from the Community Development Block Program, is part of the Drought Housing Relocation Assistance Program which was established under the governor’s drought state of emergency to assist eligible households, renters and homeowners in relocating and receiving rental assistance for 12 months in the event they lack reasonable access to potable water as a result of the drought.  The program also provides assistance with security deposits, last month’s rent and a one-time moving cost allowance.

Beginner’s Composting Class January 16

Is learning how to “go green” on your list of resolutions for 2016?  Then come to the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden in Woodland on Saturday, January 16, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for a free composting class sponsored by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Community Health Branch.

 

Composting is a great way to utilize green materials from your yard or garden and can enhance the success of your plants or crops.  This class will teach the basic skills and techniques used in “hot” composting, provide an introduction to the benefits of composting for plant nutrition, and detail how to use compost to improve your soil.  This is a hands-on class so be willing to roll up your sleeves and get some experience in the process.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

 

Garden Class: Water-Wise Drip Irrigation for the Backyard Gardener

Garden Class: Water-Wise Drip Irrigation for the Backyard Gardener

Integrating drip irrigation into your backyard garden or landscape can be an effective, low-maintenance way to save time, money and water, while helping your plants thrive.  Yolo County’s Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden is host to a free class on how to set up drip irrigation based on plant type and garden layout on Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This class will provide an overview of the strategies used to set up drip irrigation, such as the type of plants, the season, the role of drip timers and the soil.  There will also be a hands-on demonstration of how to set up a drip system and what components are needed to get started. 

Garden Class Nov. 7: Gardening Without Pesticides

Garden Class Nov. 7: Gardening Without Pesticides

Are you curious about how to garden without pesticides and still keep the harmful critters away?  The Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, located in Woodland and sponsored by the Yolo County Health &d Human Services Agency, will be host to a free gardening class, Integrated Pest Management: Gardening Without Pesticides, on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This class will provide an overview of the Integrative Pest Management approach to gardening.  Topics will include strategies for gardening without pesticides, how to identify products that are safe for use in the garden, techniques for identifying beneficial and harmful insects, and how to use plant and soil properties to help keep harmful critters at bay and optimize yield.