March 1, 2018

Wow!  The February 2018 Free Farmers Market hosted by the Simi Valley Community Garden was by far the highest attended Free Farmers Market to date! 

We want to extend our very deepest gratitude to all of our amazing volunteers, partners, sponsors and attendees for their perseverance with the brief rainstorm, which didn't dissuade the participants or the Market from operating as scheduled.  Once again, 100% of the fruits, vegetables, breads, pastrie...

October 20, 2017

On October 17, 2017, the Simi Valley Community Garden, in an innovative collaboration with Food Forward, a Los Angeles based food gleaning and recovery organization, hosted Ventura County's first Free Farmers Market at the Community Garden. 

The Free Farmers Market provided thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local residents, all of which was distributed at no charge to attendees.

The goal of the Free Farmers Market is to connect the vast abunda...

May 18, 2017

How sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they taste like dessert, but they provide some surprising health benefits. Many people think about sweet potatoes as being nothing more than plain old potatoes that can tweak our taste buds with some extra flavor. Yet cutting-edge research on sweet potatoes tells us that nothing could be further from the truth as they have so many unique nutritional benefits to offer!  Click here to read mor...

March 16, 2017

Even if you're getting a bit of a late start shaking off the winter doldrums like many are this year, here is a monthly planting guide for some of the more popular edibles from January through August for the Southern California region. With our wonderfully long growing seasons, we found these recommendations extremely motivational in getting us going on this years crops! And of course, it served as a great reminder of "better late than never"!  Happy Garden...

March 16, 2017

And just like that, the relentless rainstorms of winter came to an abrupt end, and the spring Gardening seaon has begun!  Bye bye winter blues!

Activity at the Garden has escalated exponentially!  Besides the harvesting of winter crops, cleanups of beds in preparation for spring planting, amazing work-party turnouts, a fantastic first BBQ/Potluck of 2017, first spring plantings in the Sharity Garden, and the welcoming of so many new gardeners and groups to t...

June 22, 2016

Teachers conducting gardening based hands-on activities for pupils often report dramatic improvements in behavior, greater confidence and improved self-esteem even among children with a history of disruptive behavior.  Read more about it here:  http://www.gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk/blog/why-gardening-is-great-with-children/

January 13, 2016

‘Tis the season for corn on the cob, and it’s high time we celebrate. Fresh corn comes just once a year, and corn on the cob is a favorite for many. While some people prefer a little salt and butter with their corn, others like to take things up a notch, and today, we’re highlighting seven recipes that add some sophistication to the harvested yellow veggie. Next time you have guests to impress, instead of handing them a simple ear of grilled corn, try your...

January 5, 2016

I always think of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham when I am sharing the benefits of vegetables with clients and friends. There is often so much resistance. Can’t you just see it? “Could you, would you?” and the famous reply…“But I do not like them, …”

On my personal journey, the most difficult emotional shift I needed to make around food was to move meat from the center of my plate and replace it with amazing, nutrient dense vegetables. It was difficult...

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