Food Love Farm Veggie, Herb and Flower Starts Now Available at our On-line Store!

Food Love Farm plant sales 2020Home gardeners, the Food Love Farm annual plant sale has officially begun! Starting today, we have opened an easy to use on-line store where you can shop at home for the starts you need for your backyard garden.   

If your budget is too tight to buy plant starts – we can help! Thanks to the generosity of the Nevada County Department of Social Services and the The Lee & Dunn Group at Baird, Jon Lee & Janice Dunn, we can provide starts regardless of ability to pay, as long as supplies last.   Contact Farmer Emily to find out how more.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

sierra garden install at Washington School 2018Has there ever been a better time to take control of your food security then today?  One way to ensure a steady supply of fresh produce is to grow your own at home. If you don’t know how, the Sierra Harvest Garden program is here to help.

Sierra Gardens began about 9 years ago, in order to address local food insecurity and expand access to fresh organic food in Nevada County. Last year, Sierra Gardens participants grew over 4,000 pounds of fresh produce at home, with 100% reporting they now eat more fresh vegetables in their regular diet. According to program director Edy Cassel, “We expect to build our 100th garden this year”, including a new project at the Nevada County Youth Center, formerly Juvenile Hall. 

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New Positions for Sierra Harvest Staff Members!

Miriam LimovWe are delighted to share that Miriam Limov, who many of you know as our beloved Engagement Manager, has been hired as our new Farm Institute Associate!  She has been playing many roles at Sierra Harvest over the last five years, and in this new capacity, she will be working with Molly Nakahara to help support and expand our Farm Institute Programs, continue the great work Lauren Scott has done to help more restaurants and institutions buy directly from local farmers, take the lead on the Nevada County Food Policy Council, and continue to manage Soup Night and Farm Potlucks.   

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Grow Your Own Recipe Challenge

Students participating in Harvest of the month programParents, have you found yourself in the role of teacher, principal and cafeteria chef at home?  Here are some fun and fresh ideas from our staff that you bring into your “school day”, including a chance to win prizes!

Grow Your Own Recipe Challenge

It’s easy to grow your own sprouts or microgreens at home – they are tasty and packed with nutrition! Join our Grow Your Own Recipe Challenge and you could win a $25 gift card to the BriarPatch Food Co-op! Here’s how:

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Need Food Assistance? Local Resources are Available to Help with Meals

students enjoying fresh veggies at a garden cart at a school 2019Due to job losses and isolation measures, many community members are suddenly faced with new challenges for feeding their families.  Our Nevada County community is working together to help those in need.  Here are some resources for you, friends, or loved ones that might need some extra help during this time.

Financial Assistance Programs Available Below

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Our Local Food Heroes

volunteers handing out food at interfaith food ministry 3-20Food has the power to bring people together. Even with social distancing practices in place, we have witnessed in these past weeks how our local food and farm community is working together to create more local food resiliency, help out those in need, and build stronger connections.   The local food community we have been building together in Nevada County is more essential than ever.

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We are here for you!

tasting days - williams ranch 2019 - approvedSierra Harvest’s roots are grounded in community.  Since 2008, we have been working together to improve our collective health and wellness through local food. Today, we find ourselves feeling even more committed to our work ensuring the community has access to healthy food to nourish us as we embrace what is important.  

Even though schools are closed, we will continue to support children by providing assistance to food service directors as they offer school meals for pick up. We are also expanding educational materials on our website and social media that are chock full of farm fresh activities for children now at home.   

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Food Love Farm welcomes new Farm Educator

Melanya, Sophie and Emily at Food Love Farm 2020
Left to right: Melanya, Sophie and Emily at the Food Love Farm

This spring, Melanya Gonshorowski joined the team of educators at the Food Love Farm.  Melanya brings many years of experience with both farming and educating, including guiding kids’ backpacking and canoe trips and as a counselor at Camp Augusta.  Most recently she has served our community as a midwife with Sierra Homebirth.  Melanya says “I’m excited to have my hands in the dirt and share my love of cooking with Nevada County students!”  Field trips to the farm will begin this April for local students.  Sophie Larsen, Senior Farm Educator and Emily Koller, Farm Director, both entering their third year at the Food Love Farm, are excited to begin this season and to welcome Melanya to the team!  The Food Love team has been busy in the greenhouse this spring, seeding thousands of vegetable, herb, and flower starts. Stop by the farm April 25, May 2, or May 9 for our annual plant sale!