From JANET ROSEN
August 27, 2009 Ukiah Valley, Mendocino, North California
This is to let you know that John Johns, one of the farmers at Ukiah’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, has been collecting names and contact info for local folks interested in a cooperative of backyard gardeners/farmers.
I’ve volunteered to spend some time on the tech stuff, setting up a way for those who signed his list plus other interested people to start conversing about what they’d like this project to be and do. We’ve set up a yahoo group (functions, just like the mendocommunity bulletin board and the mendobirds list, as an email group) at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yokayocoopgardens as a way to share questions and input.
What we have as a starting point is:
Where are the Yo-Ka-Yo Cooperative Gardens? They could be in your backyard, or maybe your neighbors…
If you look around the Ukiah area, there are a lot of trees producing fruit that is falling on the ground, perfectly good food going to waste. Many family gardeners are finding they either have more vegetables than they need or don’t have the time to maintain everything as they’d like. Meanwhile, there is a growing demand for quality local food.
Yo-Ka-Yo Cooperative Gardens is being established as a cooperative membership organization for “backyard” gardeners and farmers in the Ukiah Valley. Our goals are:
1. Establish a networking and mutual support network for members that will include gardening advice, seed trading, bartering of goods and services.
2. Establish a distribution conduit for excess produce, which may include donations to local non-profits and/or sales to the public.