The Marin Open Garden Project, a Sponsored Project of MarinLink, organizes weekly meetings of backyard gardeners to exchange excess fruit, vegetables and other goodies from their gardens in Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael and San Anselmo. Have a tree full of fruit? The Project will harvest unwanted fruit from your garden and distribute it to other neighbors and community food banks and soup kitchens. Let us harvest your fruit trees with our trained volunteers. Need a plot? Let us introduce you to a gardener with land to share. We are also working to expand the number of community gardens in Marin County and create a seed library tailored to Marin’s distinctive microclimates. We are also creating a garden tool library from which residents may borrow tools at no cost.
The Marin Open Garden Project was founded by Julie Hanft & Hilary Jeffris. Both Mill Valley residents, Julie and Hilary are graduates of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Sustainable Earth Forum, where they met in 2008. Both are also graduates of Dominican University’s inaugural Sustainable Practices Program. Hilary is a Marin Master Gardener and has been a volunteer garden teacher at Park School in Mill Valley. Julie is an environmental educator with Marin GreenPlay Camp, an afterschool and summer camp nature awareness program. She has certificates from the College of Marin’s Natural History and Environmental Science certificate programs, and has been engaged in the community in a wide range of environmental and civic pursuits.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Marin Open Garden Project.