LandPaths' Happenings Blog

Supporter Spotlight: Pamela Domino

Pamela Domino Bayer Farm DonorPamela Domino is a local RN MSN and Roseland community member who studied Social Behavior in her undergraduate studies and is a strong advocate for Public Health.  Living just on the edge of Roseland since her move to the area fromPetalumain 1997, she loves this community and appreciates the vibrancy and diversity of the neighborhood.  “Roseland Rocks!” she says. 

She came to Bayer Farm through Rotary West as a member of their Red Badgers, a group of new Rotarians who sponsored our fruit tree orchard and other programs during their initial year in the club.  She was touched by the values inherent in the Bayer Farm project and continues to stay involved through volunteering, a recurring monthly donation, and as an annual Tree Adopter!

Pamela was fortunate to be raised in a family that was very connected to their culinary roots.  Her Italian and Irish heritage emphasized the importance of home-cooked meals, growing your own veggies and herbs, and limiting sweets or packaged foods.  She is thankful for this early education in eating healthy, but notes that many people do not have the same good fortune.

Many people, Pamela notes, lack the financial resources or education to make healthy food choices.  This is a tragedy in our times, as the worse we eat the poorer our health.  The epidemic of diabetes and obesity that Roseland and many working class communities experience is primarily caused by poor diet.  Healthy nutrition is a form of preventative medicine that prevents chronic diseases, and it is important that people have access and awareness of the power of our food!

What she sees in Bayer Farm is the opportunity for a community to change its health through experiential education and practical food-growing.  Some children barely know what a vegetable is these days, but when they help to plant it, tend it and harvest it, suddenly a fresh green bean or strawberry is better than candy!  In addition to the better taste, there is more opportunity for family bonding and deeper meaning when it is home-grown – and once the kids get excited, the parents have a much easier time making sure their children get the nutrition they need.

In Roseland, where many families lack even a balcony on which to put a container garden, the resource of Bayer Farm is an incredibly effective way to not only introduce nutritious produce into people’s daily lives, but to build a stronger community based around healthy choices, a connection to the land, and family unity.  Pamela is enthusiastic about the future of this “Slice of Beauty” and sees what we have done so far as just the beginning. 

Pamela, we are honored to share this beginning with you and we Thank You for contributing in so many ways to our shared future! 

Posted by Magdalena Ridley at 15:39

Adopt a Fruit Tree at Bayer Farm! ¡Adopta un Árbol Frutal en Bayer Farm!

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Adopt a Fruit Tree at Bayer Farm!  ¡Adopta un Árbol Frutal en Bayer Farm!

(Para español lea abajo) There are so many ways to support Bayer Farm, but this is one of the sweetest!  Select a tree from the list below and be its adoptive parent for 2012 with just a $75 donation!  You will have first option to renew each year so you can form a special connection with your tree over the years.  Come visit your tree, enjoy the fruit as it begins to bear, sit in its shade as it grows bigger, and most of all, enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that through your support hundreds of Bayer Farm community members have the chance to also form a special connection with fruit trees right in their neighborhood.  What is a more tangible expression of hope and love than a tree?

The benefits to you are:

-Your name on a hand-painted sign beside your special tree

-The opportunity to come visit your tree whenever you like!

-An intimate relationship with this urban farm that almost always has something in bloom - come visit with the garden coordinator and take pride in your special role within our community!

-A great excuse to come to a workday and do a little tree-tending with the other awesome Bayer Farm volunteers and supporters!

-Our eternal thanks and gratitude

To adopt a tree, please contact Omar Gallardo at omar@landpaths.org to reserve your favorite!  The full list of trees is below.

EN ESPAÑOL:

Hay un sin límite de maneras de apoyar a Bayer Farm, pero de todos ¡ésta es una de las más dulces! Escoja un árbol de la lista debajo y sea su padre adoptivo por 2012 ¡con solo una donación de $75! Tendrá la primera oportunidad de renovar cada año, para asegurar formar una conexión muy especial con su árbol a través de los años. Venga a visitar su árbol, disfrute de las frutas mientras empieza a producir, descanse en su sombra mientras crece, y más de todo disfrute de su satisfacción al saber que su apoyo ha brindado una oportunidad a cientos de personas en la comunidad de Bayer Farm para también formar una conexión con árboles frutales justo en su barrio. ¿Que hay que sea más palpable una expresión de esperanza y amor que un árbol?

Los beneficios que recibe usted son:
-Su nombre en un letrero pintado de mano al lado de su árbol especial
-¡La oportunidad de venir a visitar su árbol cuando quiera!
-Una relación muy cercana a esta granja urbana que casi siempre tiene algo floreciendo. Venga a visitar con el coordinador del jardín y ¡tenga orgullo en su especial posición dentro de nuestra comunidad!
-¡Una excusa muy válida de venir a uno de nuestros días de trabajos y cuidar su árbol un poquito con la ayuda de nuestros otros voluntarios!
-Nuestro agradecimiento sincero

Para adoptar a un árbol favor de comunicarse con Omar Gallardo (omar@landpaths.org) para reservar su favorito.  Vea la lista para escoger su árbol favorito:


TREES /ÁRBOLES:

Apples/Manzanas:

  • "Tydeman's Orange" -
  • "Liberty" -
  • "Honeycrisp" -

Pears/Peras:

  • "Warren" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED
  • "Blake's Pride" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED

Asian Pear/Pera Asiática:

  • "Shinseiki" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED

Plum/Ciruela:

  • "Elephant Heart" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED
  • "Santa Rosa" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED

Apricot/Chabacano:

  • "Harglow" - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED

Fig/Higo - 

Olive/Olivo - ADOPTADA/ADOPTED

Lime/Limon -

Kiwi Vines/Viñas de Kiwi -

Thank you to Rotary West for their support and sponsorship of the fruit orchard!  Without their contributions in 2011 the orchard would not have been possible!  

~¡Gracias al Club Rotario West por su apoyo y patrocinio de la huerta!  ¡Sin no por su contribución en 2011 la huerta de árboles frutales no habría sido posible!

Posted by Magdalena Ridley at 11:25
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