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Valley of Heart's Delight
Cultivating partnerships for a sustainable community
Food is fundamental to a sustainable future. Transporting food uses up non-renewable fossil fuels, which alters the climate with greenhouse gases. Conventional farming practices also pollute the water and deplete the soil. So, although supermarket shelves are filled today, we are undermining our ability to produce enough food in the future.
Fortunately, we live on some of the most fertile land on the planet. The region known today as Silicon Valley was once heralded by farmers, poets, and the Chamber of Commerce as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight.” In 1940, productive fruit and nut trees graced over 105,000 acres in Santa Clara County alone. In 1998, only 4,500 acres remained.
Our project seeks to create a vision of the future, which integrates past and present. Our project name, Valley of Heart’s Delight, evokes the region’s rich agricultural heritage, rooting our vision in the understanding that healthy natural systems are essential for our well being. To meet the challenges that face us, we can also draw upon Silicon Valley’s ability to find innovative solutions to ever-changing conditions.
Our goal is to open up new opportunities for local, organically grown food production. In doing so, we can restore the fertility of our soils and reduce our reliance on the petrochemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, and fuels) that are polluting our environment. And by participating in this process, people will reconnect with the Earth as the source of our physical and spiritual nourishment.
The project has six main components:
Home Food Gardens
We also organize regional Growing Circles where new and experienced food gardeners meet to share know-how, seeds and seedlings, produce, and occasionally tools and labor. Each group has its own format and schedule, and there's no cost to participate. Sample schedules from existing Growing Circles are available on line (click here).
For more information about joining or starting a Growing Circle near you, please contact Susan Stansbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Going Growing
Harvesting for the Hungry
Statewide Coalition Work
For more information, contact: Susan Stansbury,
The Valley of Heart's Delight is a project of the Foundation for Global Community
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