As Thanksgiving nears and we consider the bounty surrounding us, we extend our gratitude to 10 local organizations that provide our community with a variety of ways to connect with fresh food, local farmers, healthy practices, and a love of the earth. Our additional gratitude to Petaluma’s Douglas Gayeton of the Lexicon of Sustainability project for the amazing image.
• Farm to Pantry. A volunteer organization devoted to providing fresh, healthy, and affordable food to all through gleaning surplus produce that might otherwise go to waste from area farms and backyards.
• Russian Riverkeeper. Aiming to advocate, educate, and celebrate the Russian River watershed, Russian Riverkeeper works to inspire us all to protect this important local resource.
• LandPaths. A nonprofit whose goal is to foster a love of the land, helping citizens to learn more about our area so as to better protect and preserve it.
• Healdsburg High School’s Farm to Table Program. Helping the newest generation learn the value and practices of sustainable agriculture.
• Healdsburg Farmers Market. Founded in 1978 and one of the 22 original certified farmers’ markets in California, its last day of the season is this Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9am to noon.
• The Farmers Guild. Originally named the Young Farmers Guild, this group encourages and helps to connect the “newest wave” of agriculturalists.
• Community Garden Network of Sonoma County. Offers training, mentoring, and assistance to those who keep plots in the 90 community gardens we’re proud to have in this county.
• Community Alliance with Family Farmers. A state-wide program that connects farmers with consumers, chefs, and others who value sustainably grown and healthy fresh food.
• Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. A nonprofit agricultural center with an organic demonstration garden placed within the borders of an intentional community.
• The School Garden Network of Sonoma County. Supports nutrition-based learning programs in our schools, connecting kids to the earth in order to better understand their role on the planet and the importance — and pleasures — of healthy eating.
Best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving from all of us at SHED!