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Highlight of the Month – August 2010

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Have you heard of the Lake County Community Co-op? First off – so that we are all on the same page, a “co-operative” is a group of persons with agreed-upon values, intentions and principals, working in cooperation to fulfill a community need. The LCCC’s intention is to provide healthy, locally-grown food to the community in a sustainable (green) way. LCCC was founded by JoAnn Saccato who has a wonderful “Original Vision” that is really worth checking out. (Click on the underlined words and you will be directed to that page.)

Many households in Lake County will travel out of the area to purchase organically grown produce and other types of health-foods at stores such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. As a member of the co-op you have the option of picking up a “CSA Box” of freshly picked, hand sorted fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis – you can also add freshly baked breads to your order. The co-op just recently added an on-line ordering system called FOODS (Facilitated Online Ordering and Distribution System.) With FOODS you can order weekly CSA Boxes, cakes, cookies, eggs and breads. The orders are delivered to one of many local delivery sites where you pick up your order.sidebar_membership

Perhaps you are trying to shift towards feeding your family some healthier meals? Perhaps you are trying to make a contribution to lowering CO2 emissions? Maybe you like the idea of supporting our local farmers? Maybe you want to learn better farming techniques? Or, maybe you like the idea of less or no pesticides on your food? If these thoughts have crossed your mind, you might want to take a moment to check out LCCC.

The food is beautiful, organic, healthy and locally grown. The cost is comparable to what you would spend in any market. The process is easy. And at least for me, there is an absolute thrill I get each time I pick up a box and open it to see what is there.

Along with the food, LCCC provides different educational events, and has been working towards community gardens. LCCC is currently helping the Highlands Senior Service Center attain their long time dream of having a community garden. Here is LCCC’s most recent invitation to the community:

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – The Lake County Community Co-op invites the community to a unique garden tour in Kelseyville on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet at the home of Monte Black and Ancient Lake Gardens, 8993 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville. From Kit’s Corner on Highway 29, take Soda Bay Road for about three miles. Park across the road from the farm’s property entrance and meet at the gate of the entrance.
The tour is free and open to Lake County Community Co-op members and the public.
Experience Ancient Lake Garden’s food forests, which mimic the resilient and beneficial relationships between plants found in natural forest ecosystems.
Food forests typically include complex perennial polyculture plantings, rich in biodiversity and productivity.
Local residents and permaculturists Mari Silva and Grover Stock will share their conscious designs.
In their garden, you’ll learn about guilding, swaling, and contouring to eliminate soil erosion and water waste. Learn why they emphasize growing soil and beautiful perennial vegetable and flower gardens.

written by – Lynnette Bertelli

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