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Farm Discovery at Live Earth                                                                                                                                            Winter 2017
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Notes from the Field Classroom
Winter Reflection

It's finally starting to feel like spring! We kicked off our spring season last week and we are hoping to leave this very wet winter behind. Although I don't think we are free from the rains just yet, it's at least nice to feel some sunshine and heat. It has been quite a winter with all the heavy rains and strong wind. We've been cooped up inside and eager to work outside. As we start breaking ground and enter the long season ahead, I reflect on the months that have passed while we let the earth rest.
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Looking Forward
New This Year at Sheep to Shawl, A Craft Gallery & Contest
Bring your fiber crafts or a picture! We want to see what you are up to the rest of the year. Please bring your fiber crafts from home to show off. We will make a physical and virtual display over the course of the day and award a prize for our favorite item. The winner gets a prize!
Farm Discovery Hosts Annual Sheep to Shawl Fair at Live Earth Farm
Farm to Fiber! On March 18th, celebrate fiber with Farm Discovery at the 8th annual Sheep to Shawl Fair at Live Earth Farm. Businesses and organizations like Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Synergy Organic Clothing, Carmel Honey Co. and 4-H will help provide hands-on activity stations for guests to take part in every part of the process of making wool into clothing and art., as well as a delicious organic lunch, raffle and new this year a fiber craft contest and gallery. Come learn from local fiber artists while experiencing fun on the farm with the entire family!
On March 18 th, 2017, 10am to 2pm at 1275 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, Farm Discovery's Sheep to Shawl event, will feature hands-on stations demonstrating the entire progression of processing wool. The event takes place in and around our renovated turn of the century redwood barn rain or shine. Local artisans display and sell hand made goods from gloves to rugs. The Banana Slug String Band plays at noon celebrating environmental education through song.  
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ACTIVITY STATION HOSTS: 4-H , Garden Variety Cheese, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services , Soquel High AVID Club, Teen Kitchen Project
VENDORS & FUN:
Banana Slug String Band, Carmel Honey Co., Hidden Fortress Micro Farm & Roasters, Penny Ice Creamery
SPONSORS:
Affordable Plumbing, Amara Lee, Edible Monterey Bay, Modesto Milling, New Natives, Pajaro Valley Irrigation, Pacific Ingredient Exchange, Patagonia, Santa Cruz County Bank , Storrs Winery, The Swift Stitch, Synergy Organic Clothing, Watsonville Coast Produce 
Discretion Brewing Love Monday for Farm Discovery

April 24, 2017, 11:30am-9pm
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a $50 match on day of donations




Get Involved
Farm Discovery Field Trips & Summer Camps for All
On December 5 th 34 first graders from Ann Soldo Elementary visited Farm Discovery. They fed our chickens and goats, learned the nutritional differences between an apple and apple cider, while pressing their own cider; and they practiced identifying foods in various stages of their life cycle in a garden scavenger hunt. At the end of the day, the kids did not want to leave this special place. Jorge said, "After my mom is off work I am going to have her take me back here." We hear comments like this from kids all the time. They are transformed by their experience with Farm Discovery and they want to share it with the people they love. Our on-farm events and family programs are their opportunity to share the farm with their families.
 
Your support of our community events and programs makes them very successful. Our definition of success is making empowering, farm-based events and programs available to our community, educational and fun for kids, youth and families. We value your contribution to our local, good food community.
 
We are currently doing our planning for 2017 and hope to include you from the beginning. We are celebrating our 10th year of offering transformative food, farming, and environmental education in our community.

 
Growing and preparing sustainably farmed food supports healthy bodies, healthy ecosystems and healthy economies. One person's day-to-day choices, even a child's, can positively impact and support the health of our community.

Please consider a meaningful contribution to help us transform kids relationships to food and farming.

Annual Campaign
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Please download the goodshop app so that all of your online shopping can support Farm Discovery. We raise a few hundred dollars each year this way and with your help we cold make it thousands!
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Rennee's Garden Seeds
Buy your garden seeds from
Renee's Garden Seeds and 25% of the order value will be donated to The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program.

Here's how it works:
Simply go to www.reneesgarden.com

At check out, just enter the code
FR338A in the coupon code box on the checkout page, and that's it! Renee's Garden will send a year-end check to the Farm Discovery for 25% of all orders who use this fundraising code.
The money we raise through this program is an investment in our 2017 seed budget.
Student Corner
Fall on the Farm!
We have had a busy fall season with plenty of schools coming to enjoy the changing of seasons on the farm. Our homeschool session came once a month from October-January and enjoyed the rainy season we have been having. We crafted items like native wreaths (pictured below), hand salves, apple sauces, and explored curriculum focused around soils, propagation, and much more. Our spring homeschool session began in February. Many local schools came out for a farm experience, such as MacQuiddy Elementary and Ann Soldo. Santa Cruz Montessori continues to come every Thursday for their weekly program. click here for more...
Recipe of the Month
  Warm Dates with Olive Oil, Sea Salt, & Lemon Zest
 

Dates are something I've been a bit obsessed with lately. I've been eating them with everything, whether I stuff them with peanut butter as a quick bite or chop them up and add them to wild rice with herbs and almonds, they are so versatile...

Check out the rest of the recipe on our blog . . .
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Farm Discovery at Live Earth | (831) 728-2032 | lefdpdirector@gmail.comFarmDiscovery.org
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