Friday, October 29, 2010

California-Grown Certified Farmers' Markets. Open all year. Rain or shine...

Did you know there are farmers' markets almost every day of the week, all year, rain or shine in California? We love the farmers and the markets. So much fun to be out and about! Breathe crisp morning air, listen to music, delight in the beautiful assortment of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Have fun. Visit a market soon!

CLICK HERE to FIND A MARKET in a city near you.

Here are a few local markets to pique your interest. You will find many more markets in cities throughout California. Simply search the California-Grown Certified Farmers' Markets website above.

Contra Costa Certified Farmers' Markets (CCCFM)
SATURDAY thru November 20, 2010
ORINDA, California: 9am - 1pm

Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA)
SATURDAY, Seasonal thru October
CLAYTON, California: 8am-noon

WALNUT CREEK, California: 8:00am - 1pm
Downtown on Locust Street

SUNDAY, Seasonal thru October
MARTINEZ, California: 10am - 2pm

CONCORD, California: 10am - 2pm
Todos Santos Plaza

Friday, October 22, 2010

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Concord Chevrolet Food Drive = $9.95 Oil Change...

From the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano website:

Concord Chevrolet Food Drive

Concord Chevrolet believes in supporting the local community! With a donation of 2 cans of food, your GM vehicle Lube, Oil & Filter Special is just $9.95* (a $49.95 value) through 12/31/10. Please call (925) 682-6400 for a service appointment. Giving has never been so easy and helpful to others in our community!

*Plus tax and hazardous waste disposal fee. Only GM - Chevrolet, Saturn, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC passenger vehicles and light duty trucks. Does Not Apply to Synthetic Oil Vehicles, Diesel trucks, Medium duty trucks and High Performance vehicles. CLICK HERE FOR COUPON which must be presented when service order is written. Cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts or specials.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Fairfield warehouse, 2339 Courage Drive, Suite F: Monday through Friday – 7:00 am - 3:30 pm; Saturdays by appointment
Concord warehouse, 4010 Nelson Ave., Concod, California: Monday, Friday, Saturday – 7:00 am - 3:30 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

FREE Website Design For Non-Profits...

Example of a food pantry website created by Anna, The Lemon Lady.

Many food pantries do not have a website. This is a problem. I can change that! If you are a non-profit or a food pantry, anwhere in America, I will gladly create a website for you - FREE of charge!

One common reason food pantries lack fresh fruit donations is that neighbors who own fruit trees simply don't know food pantries exist in their own city. Homegrown urban fruit can be donated to Women's Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens, Churches, Community Centers, County Food Banks and other food distribution points across the United States.

A lesser known food pantry in Concord, California is SHARE Food Pantry. Share receives very few donations simply because they do not have funding to support staff and publicity expenses. Like thousands of volunteer food pantries across America, they are too busy hauling and distributing food to the poor to manage publicity and marketing campaigns.

You can now find Share Food Pantry in internet search results. We can make this a reality for all food pantries across America. Let's end hunger one website at a time!

If you are a non-profit and need a website - please give me a call or send an email. I'm happy to help, no cost to you. If you know of someone who may need assistance, please spread the word. Nationwide. Do good. Have fun. Share the harvest!
(510) 406-1625

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If I were a teacher...Inspiring Students to Make a Difference. $25,000 Community Grants.

I'm a Mommy to a caring, sharing almost 4 year-old. The Lemon Lady "Mommy-Daughter" campaign against hunger helps solve a serious hunger and nutrition problem by engaging volunteers near and far - and personally harvesting or delivering over 100+ tons of healthy fruits and vegetables to the poor and hungry. Volunteers are always welcome and always needed. Contact your local food pantry or county food bank. Find out about hunger in your community. Believe me...hunger IS a problem in every community! Let's do something about it.

If I were a teacher, I'd begin this project in the schools. Teach children to share and care. Who better than energetic middle-schoolers to help spread the word? FRUIT GROWS ON TREES and FRUIT CAN FEED THE HUNGRY. It can't walk itself into a food pantry. Community minded individuals are needed to help bring fruit to food banks! It really is a simple message and an easy way to make a difference in your community. Any Town, USA.

Be inspired. Harvest fruit for the hungry. Make a difference today.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Christopher Columbus Awards.

The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science and technology program for middle school students. The program challenges the students to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.

Eight finalist teams and their coaches will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World® to attend National Championship Week and compete for valuable U.S. Savings Bonds and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Youth Garden Grants. Dream. Garden. Grow. Share The Harvest...

Youth Garden Grants Sponsored by The Home Depot Garden Club, Presented by The National Gardening Association now accepting grant applications. Due date is 11/1/10.

I encourage children to grow up in the garden. There is so much to learn, so much fun to be experienced. Are you part of a school club, civic group, community center? Plant small. Grow big. SHARE the harvest with those in need. Happy Gardening. Happy Harvesting.

CLICK HERE for Youth Garden Grants Information

CLICK HERE for FREE Seed Catalogs

CLICK HERE for Food Bank Resources - Donate Garden Produce

CLICK HERE for Gardening Resources

Monday, October 4, 2010

Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 9th 2010. Event is Free...

Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 9, 2010. 10:00am-2:00pm. Event is FREE. Parking $3.50 per vehicle. Face Painting. Storybook Hour. Pumpkin Decorating. Games for Kids. Free Raffle. (Optional BBQ Hotdog lunch is $5.00.) How beautiful! Pumpkin fun, with spectacular views of San Pablo Dam Reservoir. CLICK HERE for Harvest Festival info. Visit San Pablo Dam Reservoir website to find more details about other fun events. Visit soon! Reservoir closes end of October and will reopen in February 2011.

CLICK HERE for my related post about San Pablo Dam Reservoir, photos and boat rental discount information.

For more information contact EBMUD, 500 San Pablo Dam Rd., Orinda, CA. 94563.
Tel. 510-287-0459

San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, Ca. 94803
(510) 223-1661