Zucchini Delights with Shana from Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co.

June’s Harvest of the Month is zucchini! Have you seen them yet at the Farmers Market?  “I always get excited when the first summer squash arrive,” says co-owner and baker Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.  “Nothing else tastes like squash.  It’s fun to work with, it’s not fussy like a lot of the spring vegetables – just throw it in some oil and grill it and it tastes great.” Continue reading “Zucchini Delights with Shana from Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co.”

Racial Justice Requires Food Justice

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have punctuated the centuries of systemic racism in our country with an immediate call to action. Sierra Harvest joins with all individuals and organizations that are committed to challenging ourselves, our communities, and our systems to create an equitable society for everyone, with freedom from violence, and opportunities to thrive. Continue reading “Racial Justice Requires Food Justice”

Not All Heroes Wear Capes!

Michael and Shanon Whamond of Hillview Farms

Not all heroes and heroines wear capes – some wear kitchen aprons and others wear farm boots!  And this is where our story begins with 300 pounds of fresh, spring lettuce delivered by two passionate organic farmers to three Nevada County school districts who continue to provide school lunches (to-go style) for low-income families during COVID.

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Get Set For Success With Our Sierra Harvest Garden Experts!

Would you like to have a bigger harvest out of your garden this year? After many years of requests, we are happy to announce that Sierra Harvest is now offering home garden consultations with Emily Koller, our Food Love Farm Director! If you have been struggling with a specific garden challenge, or just want to get general tips to upgrade your garden or improve your harvest, now is the time to schedule an appointment!

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Nevada County Farmers and Ranchers Respond to COVID

Concerns about our food supply are getting national attention.  In some cases, farmers and ranchers are facing pandemic-related staff shortages and abrupt loss of markets, resulting in economic hardships for some growers and fresh food that can’t get out to the people who need it.

Here in Nevada County, the impact of COVID on our local farmers and ranchers has been quite a different story, largely due to the benefits of small scale agriculture in a local economy with strong community ties. Continue reading “Nevada County Farmers and Ranchers Respond to COVID”

Farmers Markets Opening This Weekend!

Nevada County’s Farmers Markets are considered essential businesses, just like our grocery stores, and several are opening up in May with new social distancing rules in place.

Producers and market managers have taken measures to comply with the California Department of Public Health Guidance, and according to news posted by Nevada County “will allow for a low-risk environment for residents of Nevada County to obtain the necessary and nutrient-rich foods for their family.”

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Be the Local Food Movement – Join the Gleaning Volunteer Leadership Team!

gleaning volunteers 2019 at johansen farm
2019 Volunteers gleaning more than 8,000 pounds of squash donated by Johansen Ranch to Interfaith Food Ministry

In anticipation of the summer harvest season, we are now recruiting harvest leaders!

Gleaning Harvest Leaders commit to leading a small crew of volunteers to harvest excess fruit or vegetables in farms and gardens, and deliver the delicious bounty to Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM), who then distribute the produce to 8,000 clients in need! Crew leaders typically lead 1-2 gleans a month, July – October. To date the Sierra Harvest gleaning volunteers have harvested and donated more than 36,000 pounds of produce in the past two seasons!

Why should YOU be a volunteer Harvest Leader?

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