If you love gardening, you can cultivate food for the common
good when you volunteer with Veggielution Community Farm,
East San Jose. Not only do you get your hands dirty, you connect
with folks of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds,
and that’s the goal of Veggieution. If you are ages 8 to 80, you
can participate in farming, helping at the produce stand, cooking,
or First Saturday yoga.
At Santa Clara Unified School District Farm in Sunnyvale, you
can pull weeds, plant, and work hard tending plants that become
the life ingredients used for entrees in its school cafeterias.
Become a part of the movement to reinvent institutional grub.
This organic patch of earth is found smack dab in the middle
of the Sunnyvale Birdland residential neighborhood. Consider
helping at the farm stand on Friday afternoons.
And at Collective Roots, East Palo Alto, the organizers welcome
folks and groups who want to roll up their sleeves to maintain
its organic garden, assist with seed maintenance, or participate
60 South Bay Accent
Another favorite springtime option: Smack
a golf ball until mom or dad calls you home
for dinner. Or if you’re the mom or dad,
play a quick nine and bring home a large
pizza for the kids. Avid swingers keep clubs
in the car and go after work to a driving
range or golf course. Courses participating
in Quick.Golf (https://quick.golf/courses) let
you pay only for the holes played. As hours
are more precious than ever, and people’s
spare time becomes more compressed, the
pay-by-the-hole concept is an innovative
and practical option. Take advantage of
it at Los Lagos in San Jose and Deep Cliff
in Cupertino. Hopefully, more courses will
soon join the Quick.golf roster.
Alternately, you can practice your Arnold
Palmer swing at nearby driving ranges,
namely Santa Clara’s Pruneridge Golf
Course, San Jose Municipal Golf Course and
Santa Teresa Golf Club, also in San Jose.
PLANTS THAT NOURISH
in programs to teach communities about nutrition and healthy
cooking. This nonprofit has partnered with Fresh Approach to
establish links with schools, businesses, farmer’s markets and
health clinics to provide fresh food to those of all income levels.
Monthly workshops teach participants how to rotate crops, grow
food in contaminated soil and manage pests.
FROM TOP: COURTESY OF LOS LAGOS GOLF COURSE, KELLY OVERDUIJN ;OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: KATE COX/HARLEY
FARMS, COURTESY OF HIDDEN VILLA, COURTESY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY PARKS, COURTESY OF SHORELINE PARK