This buttery yellow color
Have an hour or two?
CanDo helps make it easy
to make a difference.
See this image?
FARM TO FOOD BANK PROJECT
HELP EASE FOOD INSECURITY IN LESS
THAN TWO HOURS?
Join CanDo volunteers as we collect fresh produce from Farmers' Market vendors
and for the
Any Saturday - you choose!
or the short shift:
South Napa Century Center
195 Gasser Drive
to learn more or to
Teens and older, supervised children are welcome.
"Wildfire Is Coming."
SEE OUR RECYCLING TOUR BLOCK THIS WEEK.
It's filled with news you can use and one more Napa Recycling tour this month where you can learn
BITS AND PIECES
What the World Eats
Freelance photojournalist Peter Menzel, who lives with his wife here in Napa, created this astounding video comparing what 30 families in 24 countries typically eat in a week and its average cost.
"One of the greatest feelings in the world
is knowing that we
can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally
within our grasp."
SAVE THE DATES
NAPA RECYCLING AND SOSCOL WATER TREATMENT
Wednesday, June 26, 1:30PM (Allow two hours.)
or call 707.480.0174.
: Up to 20 may sign-up for the tour.
Kids are welcome, but very young children may find it too long. S
Tuesday, July 16
Learn about sharing food and building community in a simple,
yet powerful ways. While you're at it, have a bite to eat and meet neighbors who care as much as you do!
FFI and to RSVP: Email or call us at 707.252.7743.
HERE'S WHAT YOU
TO GET INVOLVED
In CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank, we grow fresh, local produce for the CAN-V Napa Food Bank. We also collect produce from generous Farmers' Market vendors for the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.
Waterway Keepers began as a CanDo project. Now it's orchestrated by our friends at the Napa Co. Resource Conservation District. Volunteers help maintain our river and streams to keep them vibrant and alive.
Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign.
hilary or Nancy.
CanDo has a brilliant way to help share food with neighbors in need.
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unday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast.
The Choices We Make
Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action
by alerting interested Valley residents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another organization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense. Only you can determine whether an activity is a good
fit, that is to say
compatible with your interests and abilities.
THE Z PROJECT
A Summer Story in Two Parts
few words from Karen Garcia, CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank Coordinator:
In many wonderful ways, Napa is still a small and close-knit community. If you're skeptical, read about how CanDo came to partner with Carrie Strohl, The School Garden Doctor.
Last year, a young woman began to volunteer in CanDo's Food Bank garden every Saturday. Her parents,
Larry and Rita Susnow, own a vacant lot on Randolph Street. They offered us the use of it, to garden either for the Food Bank or for ourselves. We planted a few winter veggies there, but weren't sure if we needed all that extra space.
Then we learned that Carrie, whom we already knew in her capacity as a Master Gardener, had an inspired idea for this garden space: why not use it to produce fresh vegetables for school lunches? She was already familiar with the land, its owners and their daughter,
having once led a garden education program for a local nonprofit. And she'd already spoken with Food Services at NVUSD about piloting the project.
Carrie presented her proposal to the CanDo CORE. We met with her and the property owners and decided that this was a terrific new way to benefit our community.
This partnership between Napa Valley CanDo, The School Garden Doctor, and NVUSD has the potential to offer fresh, local, organic produce to Napa school children on a large-scale basis for the very first time. CanDo is proud to be part of it.
Intrigued? Read Part II below.
Learn more about the School Garden Doctor
and the many ways you can help grow
the delicious Z Project. Click right
THE Z PROJECT:
Now hear directly from Carrie Strohl, The School Garden Doctor.
"On the last day of school, I led a group of students in a harvesting activity in the school garden. I showed them how to, "Look for the shoulder, grab the green stem, then gently tug." Twenty minutes later, about 25 pounds of carrots were pulled from the soil. The kids could barely wait for them to be thoroughly washed before crunching them between their teeth.
I'm often asked what schools do with the produce grown in their gardens. Many sell affordable organic produce to school families, thus supplementing their meager school garden budget. Often, teachers use it to conduct taste tests and cooking activities with the students. It's far less common to serve their harvests in the cafeteria as part of school lunch.
This summer, members of the Napa Valley School Garden Network will grow veggies for school lunch for the very first time. In partnership with The School Garden Doctor and Napa Valley CanDo, school garden educators are launching the first
pilot program in Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD).
Dubbed The Z Project, the pilot involves school and community gardens in growing, harvesting, and selling zucchini/summer squash to Napa's Operative for School food Health (NOSH), the self-operating food service program in NVUSD. This is not just an exercise in offering hyperlocal food. It's an experiment that tests what all school garden educators and food service personnel know to be true: kids will eat anything that they have a hand in growing. And, nine times out of ten, they like it!
Over the last two years, Brandy Dreibelbis, Director of Nutrition Services for NVUSD, has been working tirelessly to increase fruit and vegetable intake in school lunches.
At the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, she will direct her team to prepare the freshly harvested zucchini roasted with olive oil and seasoning as a vegetable side for an entree."
Click here to see what you CanDo to support
this terrific pilot program.
KEY RECYCLING TOUR TAKE-AWAYS
AND ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT
Napa Recycling Center
Soscol Water Treatment Facility
Wednesday, June 26
Last week CanDo tour participants learned more not only about WHAT we can do to have a positive impact on Napa's recycling efforts, but WHY it's so important! Here are a few take-aways (not packed in Styrofoam):
- Place NO plastic film in your blue recycling bin. THIS IS THE BIGGEST POLLUTANT to the material stream and jams the equipment.
- Mixed-material items (such as mailing envelopes with paper outside and bubble wrap liner) go into trash/landfill. They can't be recycled.
Read more take-aways here.
Carpool from the South Napa Market Place parking
lot, meeting at the front entrance of Target.
Details will be sent to those who sign-up.
Wednesday, June 26, 1:30-3:30PM
NRWS Recycling Center 820 Levitin Way and Soscol Water Treatment Facility at 1515 Soscol Ferry Rd.
FFI: Email Grania or call 707.480.0174.
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: 20 spaces total, only five left. Kids are welcome, but very young children may find the tour too long.
Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Other Groups Around the Valley
Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!
Note: Posting events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated.
We list a variety of
programs we feel may be of interest to our readers. Explore! Enjoy! Get involved!
NAPA VALLEY FOOD BANK PANTRY
SPONSOR: Napa Valley Food Bank
The Napa Valley Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help clients shop at the Food Bank's Pantry.
DATES and TIMES
: Thursdays, 10AM-2PM
Napa Valley Food Bank Pantry, 746 Yajome St.
FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY
FAMILY HOSTS NEEDED FOR MUSICIANS
SPONSOR: FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY
Festival Napa Valley offers tuition-free orchestra training program that attracts students from some of the most famous music institutions including Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and many more. This year, they continue the Academy's unique Host Family program as part of their effort to further involve the Napa Valley community in the excitement of Festival Napa Valley. Housing one of our students is an unique experience that allows participants to truly get to know budding professional classical musicians. Past hosts continue to rave about the experience, and host families enjoy exclusive access to select Festival Napa Valley events.
: July 7-22
Looking for host homes throughout the Napa Valley
DOCENT-GUIDED TREE WALKS WITH THE NAPA COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
SPONSOR: UC Master Gardeners of
Take a walk with the Master Gardeners through Fuller Park and the Veterans Home and learn about the many trees found there. All details are found on their website.
Varies. See their website.
Fuller Park and The Veterans Home
ROCK THE RIDE NAPA! A BENEFIT RIDE AND WALK FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Join us Saturday, June 29th, in Yountville for a morning together with local and national leaders working towards a future free from gun violence. There are two rides: a 25-mile ride and a 10-mile ride, as well as a 3-mile walk. Each activity will be followed by brunch at the Yountville North Park where we will have the chance to hear from a variety of voices making a difference in our collective mission to prevent gun violence.
Saturday, June 29, event start times:
8:15AM - 25 MILE RIDE
8:45AM - 10 MILE RIDE
9:15AM - 3 MILE WALK
The rides and walk start at the Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington Street, and end at the Yountville North Park, just up the street from the Community Center.
or visit their
, call 707.255.8118 x205
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