|This year CGF members and guests tour organic farms and gardens within their own communities.
|A CGF member signs on for Farm Tour 2009.
|Farm Tour guests peruse the day's itinerary and details on the gardens and farms they'll visit.
|CGF Board members Mary Davey and Matt Burrows with Cynthia D'Agosta, CGF's Executive Director.
|Matt Burrows, President, CGF Board of Directors welcomes attendees to Farm Tour 2009.
|Farm Tour guests settle into the cool comfort of an eco-friendly Bauer Transportation bus.
|First stop, Collective Roots in East Palo Alto.
|Wolfram Alderson, Collective Roots' Executive Director, welcomes Farm Tour 2009.
|Guests enjoy coffee, tea and crumb cake served al fresco.
|Farm Tour guests wander through Collective Roots' herb and flower garden.
|A neighborhood family tends their vegetable plot at Collective Roots.
|Collective Roots staff member with an ingenuous "Bike Blender".
|Wolfram emphasized the importance of communities
taking an active role in their food system and environment.
|Farm Tour guests enjoy a sunny spot in the garden.
|A shady spot amid the flowers suited these guests just fine.
|Cynthia and Matt thank Wolfram for the insights he provided
on Collective Roots' goals and accomplishments.
|With the day's temperature steadily climbing, our next stop Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale.
|Liz Snyder, Executive Director welcomes guests to Full Circle's urban farm.
|Liz leads a tour of the farm while imparting the nature of Full Circle's benefits to the community.
|Once slated for development, this acreage now produces organic crops for community consumption.
|Farm Manager Meghan Cole and guest with a bin of freshly picked carrots.
|Vegetables raised here are sold at Full Circle's weekly Farmers Market.
|Liz introduces Sara Gallardo, Full Circle Farm's Education Manager.
|Sara talked about the need for school children to learn first hand where their food comes from.
|Melissa Patel, Garden Manager, explains the Farm's organic approach to growing crops.
|Farm Tour takes a mid-morning break at Full Circle Farm's vegetable stand.
|Guests enjoyed fresh carrots and toasted radish chips as their mid-morning snack.
|Farm Tour guest about to sample a naturally formed "curly carrot".
|Guests kept cool snacking in the shade before departing for the next stop on the Farm Tour.
|Emma Prusch Farm is a 47-acre agricultural park in the heart of Silicon Valley.
|With the sun high overhead, lunch was the Farm Tour's first priority.
|Trays of sandwiches and berry cobbler ala mode were generously donated by Buck's of Woodside.
|During the after lunch break, one guest shared his
knowledge of the Bay Area's serpentine soil composition.
|San Jose City Council member Nora Campos spoke
of the importance of Emma Prusch Park to the community.
|Joni Diserens, Executive Director of Village Harvest,
a non-profit organization working to help feed those in need.
|Amie Frisch, Executive Director of Veggielution, a grass roots
effort which began by raising crops in backyard plots.
|Amie led guests into areas under cultivation by
Veggielution aided by volunteers from the community.
|Amie shares how Veggielution evolved from a series of
backyard plots into a large-scale agricultural farm.
|A portion of Veggielution's garden plot at Emma Prusch Farm.
|Veggielution recently expanded and now includes this
acreage for growing crops for the community.
|Emma Prusch Farm Park Naturalist, Dennis Bolger
shares the park's history with Farm Tour guests.
|Dennis spoke of the many children's educational programs hosted by the park.
|Off we go to see the other attractions at the park.
|In Emma Prusch' living room, Dennis shared details of her life
and generous bequest to the people of San Jose.
|The park features orchards, barnyards, a childrens playground, and family picnic areas.
|Thanks Dennis for sharing your extensive knowledge of local history and park programs.
|Now it was time to return to CGF's headquarters to relax while sampling local wines and cheeses.
|Winemaker Alan DeWitt of Emilio Guglielmo Winery (obscured here)
with Randy Robinson of Vino Locale did the honors pouring wine.
|Randy Robinson, Proprietor of Vino Locale in downtown Palo Alto.
|Farm Tour guests sampled a variety of local wines.
|Including those from Santa Clara Valley's Emilio Guglielmo Winery.
|CGF Board of Directors VPs Helen Chapman, Margaret MacNiven
and April Vargas with Karen Coppock.
|Special thanks to Committee for Green Foothills for hosting Farm Tour 2009.
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