Connect with nature through gardening

by David Goldstein
Ventura County Public Works Agency

Through growing food, you benefit both the environment and your health. Food gardening gives you control of which (if any) pesticides and fertilizers are used, and home grown food obviously also reduces the traffic, pollution and energy consumption involved in transporting crops from farms to wholesalers, to retailers, and eventually to homes.

To help you get started, or improve your food growing techniques, consider the Master Gardener program offered March 12 at the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 14292 W. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. Registration and Continental breakfast start at 8:30 a.m. and speakers, starting at 9 a.m., will explain how to make and use raised beds, demonstrate the “salad cart” concept (a mobile garden of shallow-rooted plants), and discuss various options and varieties of tomatoes. The cost to attend is $20, and tomato plants are available for $1 each. Also for sale at various prices will be 4-feet-by-4-feet raised beds and salad carts. 

For more information, or to register, visit the Master Gardener website at (Registration information is listed under calendar section and on the left side of the page). For questions, contact Leah Haynes, Master Gardener Program Coordinator at

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