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No green thumbs required: Gardeners and wannabees are welcome at Dawn Gardens

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor

A free compost workshop begins the organic gardening season Saturday, June 4, at the Dawn Gardens in Indian Falls, where a new crop of summer interns is as busy as the bees.

Master Composter Bob Boschee will lead the workshop and show people using hands-on techniques how easy it is to build a good compost pile.

He will also share his expertise with wormier methods, for those who are interested

Nearby farmers’ markets

Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market
Corner of Church and Main streets
Thursdays beginning June 23
5 - 8 p.m. or dusk

Romano’s Certified Farmers’ Market
Sierra Valley Farms, 1329 County Road A23 in Beckwourth
Fridays beginning June 3
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Dawn Institute Produce Stand
Indian Falls Road, Indian Falls
Saturdays beginning in July
8 a.m. - noon

Loyalton Farmers’ Market and Bazaar
Main Street
Sundays June - September
noon - 3 p.m.
Bob Macey, 993-4337

Susanville Farmers’ Market
Historic Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road
Saturdays June - September
8 a.m. - noon
Lassen Land & Trails Trust, 257-3252

New Dawn interns include Andrew Culler and Beth Wacks, both most recently from the Bay Area.

Originally from Georgia, Culler wants to learn more about farming, and is enjoying the peaceful interlude at the Dawn, where he can escape distractions and refocus his energy on the future.

Out of all the small farms in Northern California he visited, he liked Dawn Gardens the best.

Dawn horticulturalist Manuel Boehmer inspires him with his experience and knowledge about sustainable living and gardening.

Wacks is originally from Baltimore, Md.

She interned at a small farm on the coast last year that was twice the size of the Dawn, with goats and chickens.

She enjoys learning about sustainable agriculture and is pleased with the mission of the Dawn Institute, which includes an educational aspect for community benefit.

Plumas County is an interesting place for Wacks, because there are so many different and exciting ideas happening for such a small place.

She plans to return to Maryland and participate in or start an urban farm or community garden.

Returning to the Dawn this year is intern Kari O'Riley, who is excited to be sharing her love of sustainable agriculture with school children and residents.

In Greenville public and charter schools, O'Riley is teaching students in second through sixth grade about sustainable gardening.

And every Wednesday through the summer, she will work with kids in the new Green Thumb Club.

Kids are welcome to have fun together and enjoy a variety of gardening activities, singing songs and making healthy snacks while learning more about their connection to food.

The club will meet from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Indian Valley Community Center on Highway 89 in Greenville, across from Sierra Sunrise Coffee House and Deli.

O'Riley will also host several open garden times where all residents are welcome to come and enjoy learning gardening together.

She will have some activities organized, and some activities will address whatever needs to be done in the garden that day.

O'Riley will post dates and times at the community center when she has figured out the schedule. For more information, call her at (805) 320-5279.

Produce now appearing

Dawn Gardens supplies fresh organic herbs, vegetables and fruits to Evergreen Market and Quincy Natural Foods, as well as to chefs at Pangaea Cafe and Pub and Longboards Bar and Grill.

Residents are welcome to shop for produce right at the garden each Saturday beginning in July, from 8 a.m. - noon.

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