FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 04, 2011
CONTACT: Victory V. Lee, Founder
t. 800.971.3006 c. 510.302.9326
Oakland-based Victory Garden Foundation Teams with People's Grocery for the Oakland Service Event
(Oakland, CA) – Want to learn how to grow food? How to become more self-reliant? Want to help your community in need? Join the People’s Grocery and the Victory Garden Foundation on August 13th from 10am-2pm during Oakland’s first “Throw Down for the Town: The Oakland Service Festival” by participating in the People’s Grocery Urban Gardening event.
Join the work party! From 10am-2pm at the California Hotel (3501 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville 94608), the People’s Grocery and the Victory Garden Foundation will be cleaning up the urban farm, sowing vegetable and herb seeds, constructing an outdoor kitchen, and more. To volunteer for the People’s Grocery work party click here. Or, you may volunteer for one of the other great projects here. Then, head on over to the Mosswood Park for the service celebration from 2 – 6 pm.
The People’s Grocery Urban Gardening event is one of over 20 community service events planned throughout the day in Oakland during the festival. “Throw Down for the Town” is an initiative of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Seeds that are planted and grown on the urban farm during the Peoples Grocery Urban Gardening event will ultimately be used to service Victory Garden Foundation community needs and the Victory Garden to be installed at Oakland Frank H Ogawa Plaza in September. Victory Garden Foundation, Bay Localize, and People’s Grocery are working together finalizing plans with the City of Oakland to install the Victory Garden in Small Spaces edible gardens throughout the plaza. "Growing fresh, organic foods right in our neighborhoods is vital for the long-term health of our communities and urban environment," said Aaron Lehmer, Campaigns Director at Bay Localize. "We're honored to be partnering with Victory Garden Foundation and People's Grocery in turning this vision into reality!"
And, there are other ways to participate! Victory Garden Foundation is also co-sponsor along with Girl on Bike of the August 6th 11 am – 3 pm Crop Swap at Phat Beets Farmers’ Market in North Oakland, 57th and Market. Bring your extra harvest from your garden to swap and purchase vegetable and herb plants from the People’s Grocery nursery. Victory Garden Foundation is recruiting volunteers for both events and encourages everyone to come out, join a project, and lend a helping-hand for Oakland’s urban food events. “This is an exciting time in Oakland for Victory Gardens. We want everyone growing food at home no matter the size. It could be a pot or a plot,” Says Victory V Lee, founder of Victory Garden Foundation.
Founded in 2008 by Victory V. Lee, the Victory Garden Foundation began and still remains a neighborhood grassroots movement founded in the spirit of the historical Victory Garden movement of the 1940’s. The Victory Garden Foundation Inc is a non-profit public community-benefit (501c3) organization, established in 2009, with a simple mission: encourage and support people to grow their own food at and near home! Be part of the Victory! To learn more about the Victory Garden Foundation and how you can become involved please visit our website at www.VictoryGardenFoundation.org, join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VictoryGardenFoundation or follow us on Twitter @VictoryGarden2U.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Victory V. Lee, Founder
Take the Challenge!
Oakland-based Victory Garden Foundation Encourages Gardeners to Become Part of the Victory! Join the 350 Victory Garden Challenge Event~
April 14, 2011 (Oakland, CA) - On a single weekend, May 14th and 15th, 2011, gardeners from around the country will rise to the challenge to transform 350 landscapes into bountiful Victory Gardens with a focus on sustainability while at the same time supporting local businesses and economy. Building upon the success of over 100 garden actions in the East Bay during the 2010 Victory Garden Challenge event, the Victory Garden Foundation is now committed more than ever to inspire 350 garden actions for the May 14th and 15th, 2011 event.
The 350 Victory Garden Challenge was inspired in part by the 350.org international campaign as well as the encouragement received from iGrow Sonoma last year to participate. The Victory Garden Foundation took the Challenge offered by iGrow Sonoma and launched their own efforts to challenge others to “eat our way to Sonoma” by growing food at home.
Why 350? Top climate scientists say this is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to keep a stable climate. Today, we're at 391.06 parts per million CO2. It is clear we have work to do to gain our Victory. Together our actions and alliances add up and create real solutions to the climate crisis.
During the 350 Victory Garden Challenge weekend there are many actions people can take including: transforming their lawn into a food garden. Join or start a community garden; grow a row for a local food bank, or, get educated! Attend a gardening workshop or teach others. There are limitless possibilities to take action during the event and VGF encourages people to get creative and reach outside the box!
Whether you register your own project or volunteer on a community project, we need you. The Victory Garden Foundation will provide education, ideas, discounts, and incentives to inspire and support your efforts! To register your garden, please visit: www.victorygardenfoundation.org.
Founded in 2008 by Victory V. Lee, the Victory Garden Foundation began and still remains a neighborhood grassroots movement founded in the spirit of the historical Victory Garden movement of the 1940’s. The Victory Garden Foundation Inc is a non-profit public community-benefit (501c3) organization with a simple mission Encourage people to grow their own food at home! Be part of the Victory! To learn more about the Victory Garden Foundation and how you can become involved please visit our website at www.VictoryGardenFoundation.org, join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VictoryGardenFoundation or follow us on Twitter @Victory2U.