This year’s Local Food Hero Award honors the Explore Ecology Garden Program and its Garden Educators, please join us for an award ceremony at 2pm.
This year the award goes to the Explore Ecology School Garden Program and its amazing Garden Educators. Explore Ecology’s mission is educating the next generation of environmental stewards, serving more than 30,000 children annually. As a part of their mission, Explore Ecology’s Garden Educators teach garden-based lesson plans in 30 local schools, connecting children to the food they eat while creating healthy garden ecosystems. Unique to the program is the ongoing support of a dedicated Garden Educator for each participating school, working with both the teachers & their students.
Seeds, they are our past, they are our future. In past times, they were skillfully adapted to climate and location. Come join us as we encourage our community to save and grow out seeds specific to our own climate & place, while honoring our ancestors gift & legacy.
Past award recipients include: Matt Buckmaster, owner of Island Seed & Feed Nursery; Nancy Weiss, Director of Food Services for the Santa Barbara School District; Kevin Childerley, Santa Barbara Aquaponics; Judy Sims, Educator, school & community gardens advocate; Marshall Chrostowski, organic farmer & seed saver extraordinaire; Lorenz Schaller, ancient grains researcher & founder Kusa Seed Society; Oscar Carmona, Healing Grounds Nursery; Jerry Sortomme, founder of SBCC Environmental Horticulture Department; and the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market with all its farmers & growers.
14th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap with a new Spring date! The free event takes place on Sunday, March 20, from 11-4pm, rain or shine, at a brand new location, the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (SBCAW), 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 with both indoor and outdoor space. Parking info here: https://www.sbcaw.org/parking