Alchemy Bread would be nothing without our community. Customer Scrapbook is an ongoing collection of the special people who make our world vibrant. It's my pleasure to use this installment to introduce you to my regular customers and dear friends Liz Schuiling and Sarah Darpinian of Oak Valley Youth Garden.
"I love coming to friendship bake at Alchemy Bread because my kids love to think about what we have growing that we could trade with Bonnie for bread. I love that it makes customers and friends grow closer and creates a community! -Plus the bread is delicious!" - Liz
Sarah and Liz together run the Oak Valley Youth Garden project. This free children's program offers gardening twice a month on Thursdays, where young people can learn about the work involved in growing food at the Ripon Community Garden space. This hands on learning is a valuable asset to our children and a beautiful introduction to the natural abundance of our region. Learning the ongoing process and seasonal ebb and flow of different flora is an invaluable lesson to learn early and connect to the care and stewardship of our local resources.
Each gardening day includes a special lesson, a handcraft for older children and a storytime for younger ones. Creative and thoughtful lessons and crafts have included making leaf lanterns out of mason jars, learning about heirloom seeds, making fresh butter, and even a little sewing project!
Sarah and Liz put plenty of their own unpaid hours into this program to make it free and accessible to all children. They purchase the plants and seeds, craft materials and supplies for the garden. All the produce they grow is donated to the Gospel Mission and the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry to provide fresh vegetables for meals to those in dire need. One way that they raise money to support their efforts is with a fundraiser. This year they are offering locally hand printed market totes featuring their beautiful new logo.
Please consider supporting this wonderful organization and putting down roots in your local community by purchasing a tote, which will look wonderful carrying all your produce at the farmer's market. Purchase a tote by commenting on their facebook page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to learn more or interested in attending a gardening session? Please find your friendly neighborhood green thumbs Liz and Sarah by following the links below.
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