the Novato Live Well Network is to build a healthy, sustainable
community where people from diverse backgrounds come together
to reconnect with the land, procure, grow, and preserve food
in a sustainable manner for themselves and others, and cultivate
a truly integrated community. We define sustainability
as, "meeting the needs of all people "without threatening
the health of the natural environment or the well-being of future
generations." (Source: Worldwatch Institute)
THE MISSION of the Novato Live
Well Network is to: build and support a network of local community
gardens that enable people from diverse backgrounds to grow food
and foster community in a sustainable manner; work with
and educate families, schools, and our community about the positive
benefits of choosing sustainable ways of eating, gardening and
living by providing programs that support nutrition education,
our local food-shed, school and community gardens, and
sustainable living practices.
FEB. 23, 2013 EVENT:Grown In Marin Workshop:
Building Raised Beds & Learn How to Garden On a Grid Layout
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 (In case of heavy rain – the class will be held the following Saturday, March 2)
Time: 10AM – 12 Noon
Location: Green Point Nursery, 275 Olive Avenue, Novato.
To learn more: visit our Community Garden Page
OCTOBER 10, 2012:
City Council Approved the Novato Community Garden Project:
With over six years of hard work by a core group of Novato Live Well Network volunteers, on June 12, 2012 the Novato Community Garden Project finally met all the City of Novato requirements and received a unanimous approval of their plan. This includes a 25 year lease of City property at O’Hair Park off of Novato Boulevard, adjacent to the Dogbone Meadow Park.
To learn more, visit our Novato Community Garden webpage.
JANUARY 6, 2012 UPDATE:
Novato Community Garden Challenging Businesses to "Match the Patch"
As a current ad running on network TV touts, "Small businesses are the life-blood of the community," volunteers of the Novato Community Garden Project (NCG) are counting on this as they prepare to send out solicitations to local businesses in hopes of an 'infusion' of that 'B-Positive' blood-type.
The earliest support in the fledgling fundraising effort came from Patch, USA, the parent of our own Novato Patch. "We believe in this," said Erika Perkins from Patch, New York. "It's really important for us to support community projects like these and we like to be seen as a trend-setter. It's pretty typical for media outlets to donate 'visibility,' but you can't build a raised bed with that, can you?" Patch donated $500 in cash in August 2011...to read more...
YOU LIKE A GARDEN PLOT in the Novato Community Garden? We are
of Interest." You
will be the first to know about the progress in obtaining funding to build the
garden and the first to receive information on how to apply for a plot. You will
also be added to our email list to keep you updated.
to Download a "Application of Interest" In English
to Download a "Application of Interest" In Spanish/Espanol
15, 2011: The Novato Community Garden Committee
is excited to announce we have completed Phase One of
our project. Working with the City of Novato, and with support
of our City Council, a suitable garden site has been identified
and reserved at O'Hair Park, the site design approved, a well has
been drilled with services generously donated by Clear Heart Drilling,
and final negotiations for a long-term lease are underway.
NEXT STEPS-PHASE TWO: We
need your community spirit: your talents, support and services.
Please join in our efforts to raise the funds necessary to complete Phase
Two of this project. The City is ready to lease us the
land, but at a cost of $5,000 to write the lease, another $2,500
for building permits, and $2,500 is needed for required insurance.
An approximate $175,000 is needed to build an access road, parking
area, garden pathways, and a perimeter fence. To
8, 2010: Thumbs Up for Community Garden in Novato!
On August, 4, 2010, we presented our Novato Community Garden site design to the
City of Novato Design Review Committee (DRC). They loved our project! TO LEARN MORE and to see
the submitted site design and an overview of the project,
Visit our Community Garden
APRIL 22, 2010 EARTH
DAY EVENT titled: "Our Local Food Shed:
The Hidden Bounty of Marin" was a success. We learned
about "food sheds." View
the award-winning 30-minute video documentary, "Hidden
Bounty of Marin" written
and directed by Steve Quirt and Ellie Rilla, and produced by
Novato Public Access Television. And had a great dialogue with
local farmers, educators and Locavores about the importance
of supporting our local food shed.
WHOLE FOODS: NICKELS FOR NONPROFITS: for
Novato Community Garden
Whole Foods Novato has selected Novato Live Well Network for their
"Nickels for Nonprofits" program. Every time you shop
at Whole Foods Novato, make sure you bring your reusable grocery
bags. At checkout you have the option of receiving five cents credit
(per bag) or donating the money to a selected charity. During the
first quarter that ended on June 30, 2010. Over 3,958 bags where
brought in on behalf of our Novato Community Garden Project! For
each bag, 5 cents was donated and $197.50 was raised for the Novato
Community Garden Project. Keep bringing in those bags! For this
quarter (July-Sept. 2010). We encourage you to donate to the Food
And Nutritional Services (FANS) Department of the Novato Unified
School District--they are in charge of the school lunch program.
Since our inception, we have worked collaboratively with FANS to
improve the school lunch food and the lunchroom environment, while
teaching children the importance of developing good nutritional
habits. To learn more visit our School
January 13, 2010: Water
Found at Garden Site! The Novato Community Garden (NCG)
Committee has determined that a water aquifer exists on the proposed
site for its community garden. The discovery of the aquifer significantly
projected costs to develop the garden, and allows the group to
move negotiations forward with the City of Novato for site plan
approval and lease initiation. TO
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT CLICK HERE.
WASTE: THE WORM STORY: It's
been one year since Lu Sutton Elementary School
in Novato had a Waste Audit. And, 6 months since the hungry
worms came to the school. Read about one mom's effort
to save the world one-bite-at-a-time: The
revealing story with pictures!
1. WASTE AUDIT: Played critical role in bringing the
Conservation Corps North Bay "School Lunch Waste Audit" program to
the Novato Unified School District.
2. THE SCHOOL LUNCHROOM: Sat
on the Novato Unified School District "Sustainability Committee"
and provided invaluable information, resources and support to the
district and local schools around issues of School Lunch Waste,
Recycling, School Lunch Composting, and improving the Lunchroom
environment to improve the eating habits of the students, while
reducing lunch room waste.
3. SCHOOL GARDEN SUPPORT: Provided
consultation, support and resource information to local schools
on building, growing and maintaining school gardens.
4. COMPOST CLUB WORKSHOP: Hosting
the second "Compost Club Workshop" in collaboration with the Conservation
Corps Northbay with a grant from Northbay Corporation.
1. NOVATO UNIFED SCHOOL DISTRICT (NUSD) SUSTAINABLITY
In the Fall of 2008 the trustees of the NUSD created
a Sustainability Committee to discuss challenges and seek solutions
for implementing sustainable principles in the schools. In addition
to having a representative from each school at the table, Novato
Live Well Network and Sustainable Novato both have a representative
on this committee. Recycling, school lunchroom waste, composting,
school gardens, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) are some of the areas we are addressing. To learn more about "greening" schools,
visit THE GREEN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE at www.greenschools.net
2. GARDENS IN THE SCHOOL: In
2007 Novato Live Well Network was instrumental in assisting all
schools in the Novato Unified School District in applying for the
California Instructional School Garden Grant. All the NUSD schools
were awarded a grant. Our two high schools each received $5,000
and all other schools received $2,500. Novato
Live Well Network continues to provides school garden support
through email notifications of grant opportunities and workshops;
by posting resources, workshops, how-to's and school garden
links on our website; by
providing email & phone consultation; and by sponsoring the Compost
Club Workshop. See our gardens page
for more info.
3. A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN NOVATO?: When
Novato Live Well Network formed in June 2006, one of our initiatives
has been to acquire a site to build a community garden in Novato.
It has been a bigger challenge than we anticipated. After 2-1/2
years of hard work, we are close to acquiring a site. Visit our Community
to learn more.
4. LUNCH BUDDIES, CONTINUED: We
continue to work with NUSD School Food Services Director, Miguel
Villarreal and school principals and parents to find ways to create
a healthier eating environment during lunch time. Visit our School
Kitchens webpage to learn more.
5. COMPOST CLUB WORKSHOP: On
Saturday, May 17, 2008 a group of dedicated teachers, parents and
students attended the "Compost Club Workshop". We learned
all about school lunchroom garbage: the plastics, papers, leftovers,
and uneaten food that ends up in the trash. Did you know food scraps
and other organic material take up about half of all landfill space?!
They produce methane gas, 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Landfills are considered the lead human source of methane emission,
according to the US EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program. To learn
more about the solutions in the school lunchroom, see our "Gardens
6. LU SUTTON ELEMENTARY SUCCESSFUL MCC
WASTE AUDIT: After months of planning, on February 28,
2008, Novato Live Well Network rolled out the School
Waste Audit project in collaboration with Marin
Conservation Corps (MCC) and the Novato Unified
School District (NUSD). Lu
Sutton Elementary (1800
Center Road, Novato) was the first of several schools
to participate in MCC's School Waste Audit program. “As
part of our 'Caught Being Green' environmental program,
the waste audit will help conservation 'come alive' for
our students!" said
Suzanne Thompson, Principal at Lu Sutton. Thompson added, "We
hope to empower our students to take action when there is a problem,
and to understand that their collaborative efforts with our community
can have significant impact beyond right here, right now.” The
Waste Audit event involves the school staff, teachers and students.
A date is picked and all garbage for that day is collected, sorted,
weighed and documented. This will provide a benchmark for schools
and departments to improve on. Read
our press release and watch a video
clip of the event (scroll down) and see the results: Lu
If you'd like
to bring this Waste Audit program to your school, please
contact Jennie Pardi, Community Recycling Program Coordinator for
Conservation Corps North Bay (formally: Marin Conservation Corps)
at (415) 454-4554 ext 282.
7. "APPLE MARKET/HARVEST MARKET" HAS GONE LOCAVORE!
On Thursday, January 31, 2008 Harvest Market,
located at 155 San Marin Drive (415-898-1925), began selling
produce from Marin County Farmers Market. We want
to thank Heidi Kertel our "Locavores of Novato" Chair,
for her instrumental role in bring this about. See
our letters to the editors we sent to the Marin
Independent Journal and to the Novato
Advance. When you go to Harvest Market, please let them
know how much you appreciate this. Also, let them know what
products from local farms and agricultural businesses you'd
like them to carry.
8. GREEN SCHOOLS: Novato
Live Well Network continues to be an active voice in greening our
schools: From addressing school lunchroom waste & recycling
to being advocates of school gardens and Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) principles. We participated in Sustainable Novato's Green
Schools Coalition of Novato formed the Fall of 2007 and we continue
to advocate for a healthier and safer environment for our children.
We tabled at Sustainable Novato's Green Schools forum held January
30, 2008 and at San Marin High Schools Earth Day event on April
Statistics show that green schools create a healthier
learning environment, raise test scores, increase attendance, save
school districts money in the long run and reduce global warming
impact. With climate change and environmental toxins threaten our
children’s health and future well being, schools can take
a leadership role in both education and practice in greening our
schools. Fortunately, proven and effective Green Schools programs
already exist. For more info: visit THE
GREEN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE at www.greenschools.net
9. RETHINKING PLASTICS FORUM UPDATE: DVD's
We sponsored Green Sangha's (www.greensangha.org)
presentation of their "Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives"
forum. The event was held on January 12, 2008. It was rebroadcast
throughout the Spring of 2008 on Novato Public Access Television
(NPAT) -- Novato Comcast Channel 26 ( www.npat.org.)
Why do we need to care about plastics? A lot of our food is wrapped
in plastic products and many of us put our local organic produce
in plastic bags. But plastic is not only bad for the environment,
now scientific evidence shows that toxins found in plastics are
also leaching from the plastics into our food and into our bodies.
We learned about doable life-style changes that we could make
to protect ourselves, our family, and the
those who missed the event or broadcasts: DVDs
are now available of the event ,
cost $10. Contact Veronica Valero for more info: 415-897-2302
To learn what you can do regarding this plastic dilemma, visit
Green Sangha, our presenter's web page on plastics: www.greensangha.org/Plastics-Campaign. There are many handouts that you can download to learn what you
can do to reduce your plastic consumption. In the next few weeks
we hope to provide additional information and resources.
also purchase organic cotton canvas produce
bags, stainless steel
water bottles and other non-plastic items from EcoExpress. Another
informative web site on living beyond plastics is: www.nonurdles.com/.
DECEMBER 10, 2007 NLWN UPDATE, see PDF document for details:
1. The New Word is "Locavore"
2. Your Support, Shopping Power, & The Story of Stuff
3. Rethinking Plastics Forum: Save this date: Saturday, January 12, 2008, 7-9PM
4. This Fall in the Schools
5. Novato Community Garden
JULY 07 UPDATE: see PDF document for
1. Health Forum July 21, 2:00-4:00 PM: Health in A Balance:
The Effects of Toxins…
2. $45,000 Grant for Novato School Gardens
3. A Year of Success in the Schools: NLWN Accomplishments 2006/2007
Novato Live Well values open dialog and the sharing of ideas.
We respect differences and the different choices people make
around food issues. We encourage learning all sides of an issue,
collaborating to find solutions, and the sharing of resources. To
learn more about our Vision, Mission, and who we are see our
"About Us" web page.
The Novato Live Well Network is a sponsored project of Marin
Link, a California nonprofit corporation, exempt from federal
tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.
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