The Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center is the flagship for the non-profit offshoot organization of Community Soil called the Community Soil Foundation. The Larkfield Community Garden is a demonstration garden that is intended to teach/show local residents how to grow food in Sonoma County. Activities at the garden will connect schools in the Mark West Union School District, and the Mark West Little League, with Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, and many other local businesses and residents.

This project will raise awareness of the practices and methods of local market farming, while also offering students and members of the local community an opportunity to understand how organic food is grown. Subsequent yields from and the farm will be offered at a farm stand or donated to a local food bank. Our vision is to have kids and families operating a farm stand adjacent to the Little League Snack Shack. We are also interested in setting up a stand once weekly at The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. All donations made to the farm stand will go back to the Larkfield Community Garden Project to fund tools, seeds and curriculum development.

The Larkfield Community Garden Project will be an outdoor classroom facilitated by Farmers, in collaboration with Community Soil Foundation's Garden Coordinator, and faculty from schools in the Mark West Union School District. The curriculum will focus on natural resource protection and environmental education in the realm of small-scale organic farming and habitat protection. This project will host educational volunteer days for the public, as well as volunteer days for school kids and Little League teams. Additionally, these hours can satisfy community service hours for students. This will be a truly community-operated garden, and it will rely on a steady participation of volunteers of all ages.

We hope to see you there!!

For more details on how to get involved with everything at the Community Soil Foundation visit the website at:

www.communitysoil.org

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