Hands On Sacramento Day Renovates Non Profit’s Urban Farm for Healthy Communities

September 26, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Hands On Sacramento and Volunteer Sacramento united local businesses from the Sacramento region’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) to participate in Hands On Sacramento Day. This year’s project called on volunteers to renovate Soil Born Farms, a non-profit center.

“We encourage Sacramentans to contribute to their communities by uniting and taking action,” said Kathy Chow, Director of Hands On Sacramento. “Hands On Sacramento and Volunteer Sacramento are striving to make this community a better place by getting volunteers to dedicate their time and talents helping others.”

Soil Born Farm’s mission is to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to learn and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.

“Unlike many places around the world, we still have the unique capacity to feed ourselves and create sustainability around good, locally grown food,” explains Shawn Harrison, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture Project. “Preserving and nourishing this rare opportunity now may be the most important long term health decision we make as a community.”

Community leaders including Mayor Kevin Johnson, Karen Baker with CaliforniaVolunteers, corporate leaders and employees across the Sacramento region came together for this important cause to help support healthy communities and low-cost food sources in our local area.

“Volunteerism is the backbone of our country and one of the best ways people can get involved to make a difference in their community,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “I am honored to partner with Hands On Sacramento, and my hope is that together we will inspire people to get off the sidelines and get involved to make Sacramento a city that works for everyone.”

Hands On Sacramento Day volunteers harvested food that will help nourish families in low-income areas through a variety of outlets including Del Paso Heights Community Farmers Market, Head Start Urban Produce Stands and the Sacramento Food Bank. Soil Born Farms also offers a work-trade program, where regular volunteers are able to donate time for healthy produce.

Additional accomplishments from the Hands On Sacramento Day volunteer effort included:

  • Packaging harvested produce
  • Planting new seasonal crops for Fall
  • Building a demonstration garden for the facilities education program
  • Native habitat restoration projects
  • Entrance beautification projects
  • Community education about urban agriculture

The new 25 acre American River Ranch site promises to be a great community resource. Through the cultivation of collaborations and partnerships, Soil Born Farms has assisted in the development of new urban growing sites including small farms and community gardens. These food-producing resources provide healthy produce to areas in Sacramento with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information on volunteer projects in your area, visit www.handsonsacramento.org.

Hands On Sacramento, a program of the Community Services Planning Council, organizes volunteer opportunities to match the schedules of busy individuals, families, groups and businesses. Hands On Sacramento currently has over 16,000 registered volunteers and has provided tens of thousands of volunteer hours since its inception in 1998. Visit the Hands On Sacramento website to connect with high-impact, meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout the year – www.handsonsacto.org.

Additionally, Volunteer Sacramento, an effort led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, took part in today’s activities. Volunteer Sacramento works in partnership with Hands On Sacramento and Honorary Chair Congress woman Doris Matsui, to encourage volunteerism and service in our community.

Volunteer Sacramento is an effort led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, in partnership with Hands On Sacramento and Honorary Chair Congress woman Doris Matsui, to encourage volunteerism and service in our community. With the goal of making Sacramento the number one city in California for Volunteering, Volunteer Sacramento asks every resident to donate a minimum of 10 hours each year.

Our goal is to have over 500,000 hours of community service logged by the end of 2009, which will translate into an economic contribution of more than $10 million back into our community. Adults, youth, families and companies will participate in service projects centered around a monthly calendar of volunteer themes.

SOURCE Hands On Sacramento

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