Muir Ranch

John Muir High School

June 7, 2014
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You’re invited to Muir Ranch – Farm To Table Fundraising… 

Today is the day. Our first longtable farm dinner of 2014. Chef Ann Gentry is our chef and we are honoring the work of school garden hero Tomas O’Grady of EnrichLA. The weather stands to be pitch perfect 70 degree June gloom!Tickets are available online via eventbrite and we are looking at a good crowd tonight. The proceeds of the dinner support our intern salaries as teaching kids how to be effective, onsite workers is a “learning curve.”If you’ve been a volunteer or customer at the ranch we’d really love you to come. At this point we’ve covered expenses and may actually raise some funds. Woohoo. Eureka! We’d rather have your company than leftovers so the eventbrite discount code for $20 off is: summerjobsFitting right? So if you’ve been waiting to buy tickets or would like to bring a date, friend or family. Do so. If you have kids… email me at schoolgarden@gmail.com and I will let you know about availability so you can bring them for free. The eventbrite link is here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/muir-ranch-farm-to-table-fundraising-dinner-tickets-8497697843?aff=es2&rank=1 Bring your appetite, comfortable clothes and shoes (hey, it’s a farm) and don’t be surprised if you end up with flowers to take home (or put on your head). Oh boy!
mud

May 14, 2014
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Muir Ranch Heads to #dtla with LA Mayor Garcetti

May’s plugmob, our seedling giveaway, is on the road. We’re making 30-50,000 plants available to school, community and neighborhood gardens on the south lawn of LA City Hall this Friday, May 16 with our new partner, the Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

We always been open to schools across LA County. But with summer vacation almost here beautifying everywhere just made sense. Lord knows we have the plants and in So. Cal. things grow like crazy. We start at 4 and go ’til we run out of plants. Bring bags, labels and boxes; we can’t grow those for you. Names are important if they are important to you. “Cayenne” or “Cal Wonder Bell” pepper?” Ummhmm.

Parking is nearby in public lots in Little Tokyo. And yes, you can fit 1,000 plants in a reusable grocery bag on the train or bus or bike bag.

We hope to return this fall with a mega event, but your support now as a volunteer, donor and csa customer is always appreciated. There’s over 5,000 acres of asphalt in LA schools alone, we’re going to have a lot of work to do for a long while as we seek to give every kid the chance to grow a tomato and sunflower.

Thanks

Mud

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February 2, 2014
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Touchdown! #Gardenchat and #Supersowsunday Step Up for School Gardens Across the US.

Every year #gardenchat bloggers, writers, garden marketing co. reps, and yeah, gardeners spend their Super Bowl doing what plant nerds might be expected to do: garden. Specifically, the group discusses the season appropriate topic of starting seeds for SPRING! Hence #supersowsunday.

At the speed of social media, fearless #gardenchat diva @bg_garden asked for input from this farmer/teacher and he quipped, “Why doesn’t everyone in the industry/garden world start plug trays for local schools?” Yeah, why not. So here it is gardenistas, your opportunity to support your local farm to school program with something that kids and their teachers need: seedlings. AND hey it’s something you, and all of us gardeners, have.

So in the comments of this blog all you have to do is pick your local school district. Yes, district, as there’s not always a plant nerd at each school but 3 or 30 schools has a sure match.

Commit to a number of seedlings and when they’ll be available. List your @twitter ID and city/state and one of our Muir Ranch interns will be putting everyone in touch. It’s an awesome senior project for my kids and kids across the countryto get plants! Touchdown!!!

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January 9, 2014
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Urban Ag Meet Crowd Funding

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Happy New Years! With just 5 days and almost $2500 to go of its $10,000 goal Muir Ranch looks like it’s successfully entering the world of crowd funding to start of 2014.

Here’s the link to our indiegogo:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pasadena-rose-garden-at-muir-ranch/x/1623374

Since we are a little farm on the edge of the Rose Bowl in NW Pasadena and there is this parade thing in town this time of year we naturally thought, “Let’s do a ‘Pasadena Rose Garden’ and make a Toms shoes kinda’ buy 1/give 1 out of it!?” And that’s what we’ve done. If you buy a David Austin you get one donated to Muir Ranch too. Win/win, right?

We also have kale seeds, t-shirts, long table dinner tickets, and CSA vegetable and floral subscriptions on the campaign. Good stuff. Great prices. The full share of the CSA at $1000/50 weeks is 33% off the new 2014 price of $30/week.

We wish we wouldn’t have to do fundraisers to make ends meet around the farm. But training students how to be social entrepreneurs does have its costs. Fortunately, the method is the means and this campaign is an excellent hands on learning to for engaging your community (and customers) in doing good by doing good.

So please spread the word amongst your network. Only with your amazing support can we continue to grow (and eat really, really great food).

yrs,

Mud

Farmer. Project Director.