Steven Swain, Horticulture Advisor
Forging Ahead with Community Gardens
The Marin Master Gardeners’ School Garden Program worked with 15 school gardens delivering vegetable production and environmental education to more than 700 students. With assistance from the Marin Community Foundation, we identified the most important barriers to participation, maintenance, and establishment of community gardens in Marin County, including: access to gardens, affordable insurance, and local permitting issues. Read more about these findings in the recently released report “Marin County Community Garden Needs Assessment.” Also, look for future our steps to collaboratively meet these needs and increase and improve community gardening opportunities in Marin.
More than 7,000 fair goers toured the Marin Master Gardener Globalicious World garden demonstrations at the 2010 County Fair, and 750 attended 15 presentations on topics such as edible, water wise, and wildlife habitat gardening and landscaping. Approximately 80 Master Gardeners contributed roughly 600 hours to create the event, staff the demonstration gardens, and deliver the presentations. For the second year running, the booth was awarded first place by the Western Fair Association for “Community Outreach.”
Working independently and with other state agencies, we investigated new techniques for disease detection in landscapes, and identified the cause of a disease afflicting willow trees in the San Rafael area. Two useful publications include UC Integrated Pest Management Notes for California Oakworm and Sudden Oak Death.
“Just wanted to thank you for the great presentation at the Bay-Friendly training!!! You got so much great information in and the participants really enjoyed it.” -- Debi Tidd