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April 17, 2014
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Cultivate, educate at Truckee Demonstration Garden

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Slow Food Lake Tahoe announces the Truckee Demonstration Garden opening, formerly known as the Truckee Community Garden, located at the Truckee River Regional Park.

Slow Food Lake Tahoe (“SFLT”) thanks Project MANA for managing the garden and handing over the spade, giving SFLT the opportunity to revitalize the space and create a demonstration garden for high-altitude food growing education.

The mission of the Truckee Demonstration Garden is to cultivate a community committed to promoting local food production and increased food security through education and demonstration of high-altitude gardening techniques.

SFLT’s objectives for the Truckee Demonstration Garden are:

Educate the community on sustainable, high-altitude gardening techniques

Encourage food security and self-reliance by growing fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs

Inspire the spread of home gardens throughout the local community

Provide food for donation and charity

Promote a vibrant community space

The Garden will also be supported by businesses and organizations through a “Garden Bed Partner Program.”

Organized into distinct growing beds, partners may sponsor a garden bed through a sliding scale donation. Partners will be able to attend workshops free of cost and its bounty may be kept or donated to a charity such as Project MANA.

Planned SFLT Garden workshops include: Creating Great Soil; Succession Planting-Start Plants Early & Late; Taking Advantage of Microclimates; Crop Protection; and Hardy High-Altitude Crops.

The Welcome to the Truckee Demonstration Garden Celebration is currently scheduled for June 7, which will include a Creating Great Soil workshop. The Planting workshop will follow a week later.

SFLT will maintain a garden bed for reference and inspiration and be an open resource for questions regarding high-altitude gardening.

A SFLT Garden Manager will be on site from April through October to coordinate and manage maintenance as well as coordinate volunteer work days.

Garden workshops will be available at a nominal fee to the community.

There are a limited number of beds at the garden.

For more information about how to become a Partner or to arrange a Garden Bed Partner Program presentation contact Sharon at 530-913-5683 or visit www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org.

Project MANA’s mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region, visit www.projectmana.org.

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