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News - March 27, 2013

Portola Valley may hold garden-sharing event

With the growing season just ahead, a proposal before the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, March 27, would establish a gathering place on the fourth Saturday of every month for residents to exchange the fruits, both literal and metaphoric, of the labors in the garden. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse.

The "garden share" would take place at 10 a.m. in the redwood grove near the schoolhouse. Besides tips and conversation, goods exchanged could include fruits and vegetables, herbs and seeds, pickles and jam, chicken manure and earthworms, according to a report by Brandi de Garmeaux, the town's coordinator of initiatives on sustainable living.

Such events cultivate community, share best practices, encourage appreciation of homegrown food, reduce waste and lower food-gathering carbon footprints, Ms. de Garmeaux says.

The redwood grove "provides a lovely space for the event and eliminates the need for setting out tables, as there are three existing picnic tables in the Grove," the report says, adding that the event is "not intended to be a primary food source."

Go to tinyurl.com/PV-share and turn to Page 34 for more information.

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