From The Ground Up​

 January 2018

From the Ground Up will be busy this month with finalizing, scheduling and implementing the new years projects. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering or have a workshop idea. We will still be growing and harvesting foods throughout the cold weather months, donating it all as usual, but our workshops have slowed for the month as we gear up for 2018's garden and workshop calendar and add on the next garden projects. Are you our next project???




January 24th @ 10:00 am - Join From the Ground Up as we welcome Ken Hodges to Kentfield Garden again. Ken is the owner of Hodge's Nursery in Durham and he has generously offered to come by again to teach a free class on how to properly prune our fruit trees to maximize health, production and quality of future fruit. AND he will be teaching us at a later date exactly how to do this in a small space. Ken teaches these workshops regularly at his Durham Nursery. ​His place is truly a must see! Kentfield Garden is located at 1125 Kentfield Road. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 or you can contact Hodges Nursery at (530) 894-6598.

January_____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing fast and nutritious breakfast ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for healthier breakfasts and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


January 27th @ 8:00 am to 11:00 am - Kentfield Gardens will be welcoming some amazing new friends today. Chico is hosting a College "Volunteer Service Marathon". From the Ground Up has been contacted by the Sacramento City College's Circle K Club, a member of Circle K International, who has decided to volunteer at Kentfield Garden. January's Service Marathon is a 24 hour event held in Chico that will be held from the morning of Saturday, January 27th to the morning of Sunday, January 28th.




                                                                 February 2018

February 28th @ 11 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Gardening/Maintenance Workshop". We grow food for our community all year around, so please lend a hand doing a little clean up work as our winter garden starts to transition. We are also working on a major construction project....more raised beds. Let us teach you how to grow your own food and maintain your garden. It won't be long and we will be planting our spring/summer gardens. Come play in the dirt and shake off the winter lazies! Spring is right around the corner!This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.


February _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


February 22 @ 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm
 - Join us at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center in Chapman Town as we join CARD in welcoming your family to their community's "Love and Hearts Family Night". "From the Ground Up" will have a booth with lots of information on our children's programs, garden/nutrition workshops and volunteer opportunities. We will also be planting seeds with the kids to take home. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Erin Gonzales for more information at (530) 895­­-4707.


                                                                     March 2018


March 21st @ 11 am - GROUP MAINTENANCE DAY at Kentfield Garden. From the Ground up is inviting any interested volunteers to join us at the garden at 1125 Kentfield Rd for some general maintenance in preparation of next month's Spring Planting. We're also putting the final touches on our raised bed project. We could sure use your help so we are ready to plant next month. We will be teaching general garden maintenance to our new volunteers. Kentfield Garden grows food all year long, so we transition in phases. KISS....Keep It Simple Sunshine. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey @ (530) 513-7638 for more information.

March _(TBA)__ @ 10:30 am​ - We're baaaccckkkk! Come join our home school families for our "welcome back to the garden" day. We have a special surprise for the kids and From the Ground Up will be providing healthy snacks. We have some super amazing really fun projects planned for the spring session. We will be learning about weather using a terrarium and a weather station. In the spring we will be raising butterflies from caterpillars. We will be raising our own ladybugs. And best of all we have some awesome kids workshops planned. Come on over to Kentfield Garden at 1125 Kentfield Road.​ Come on kids...Mom and Dad say you can get dirty!


March _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


​March ____ @ 11 am to 2 pm - We are excited to be joining the Paradise Seed Lending Library for their seed and plant swap. This will be held at Billie Park, 501 Billie Rd, Paradise from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring the family and let the kids join From the Ground Up Farms in planting their own seed to take home, watch sprout and then plant at their own home. All of the materials will be furnished. This free event is open to the public.


March 15th @ 10:00 am - From the Ground Up has been invited to speak again at the 13th Annual "This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII" at Chico State University. Jenny Lowrey will discuss the importance of improved nutrition and how that can change your life. Jason Romer will be presenting the "Circle of Sustainability". We are honored to be invited again and hope you can make it to Chico State BMU-303 at 10 am. There will also be many other presentations all day all over campus. See you there! More information available online at Chico State's site.

March 6th @ 11 am - GROUP MAINTENANCE DAY at Chico Community Children's Center located at 2224 Elm Street. From the Ground up would like to invite any interested volunteers to join us at the garden at Elm/22nd in Chapman Town for some general maintenance in preparation of next month's big planting party with these hard working families. These kids are a blast! We will be teaching these families how to improve their health by growing their own food. Help us show Chapman Town how much we love them. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.


March 24th @ 8 pm ​- And the day just gets better! Please join From the Ground Up at The Maltese for our 4th Annual "Spring Sowing Circle" fun-raiser.  We like to gather and join energies with some music and fun-raising as we get ready for the sowing of seeds in all of our upcoming spring/summer gardens. We would like to thank Seasar and The Maltese, as well as, Hap Hathaway and Family Business Music, ________________________________________________________________________ and D-Low for helping us bring awareness to our community about the importance of healthy food and nutrition education. This event is open to the public, but 21 and over only please. Asking for donations at the door, but really awesome raffle prizes. No worries! There are fun all age events all summer long. You can get more information from Jenny @ (530) 513-7638.

March 31st @ 10 am ​- From the Ground Up is so excited to announce that we have been chosen again by Chico State to participate in their CATS in the Community Day of Service on Cesar Chavez Day. CSU students will be joining us for a 4th year at Kentfield Gardens at 10 am. The garden is located at 1125 Kentfield Rd off of First Ave. We will be getting some last minute maintenance in before our big planting party next month. We will also be teaching CSU students the nutritional benefits to growing your own food. Thank you students and volunteers!!! The public is welcome to join us. You can contact Chico State Student Services at (530) 898-5701 for more information.


                                                                      April 2018

April 1st @ 11 am - If you are looking for some incredible family fun for your Easter Sunday, drive on up to Lake Concow Campground for a potluck Easter party.  You won't believe this place at sunset! Join in for the 5th Annual Potluck Picnic and Egg Hunt, a free event at Lake Concow Campground. Potluck picnic starts at 11 am. Egg Hunt starts at 12 noon. This is an EPIC egg hunt out in the meadow. Acoustic after party following, bring instruments! Bring food, drinks, or desserts to share, and a blanket or table and chairs. All are invited. Free admission. You can go to the Lake Concow Campground Facebook page for more info. You can contact Aindrea Romer for more information at (530) 588-4783.


April ___ @ 9 am - 2 pm - Come on out to Butte College for Earth Day 2017. There will be music, workshops, organic lunch, community booths and lots of fun and activities. Our volunteers will be available to discuss our gardens and programs. And yes, we will be planting seeds with the students....seeds of food, love and hope. This event is open to the public. Hope to see you there.


April 21 @ 10 am - Woohoooo! Here we go! It's time for spring/summer planting at our Kentfield Garden. This will be done in a couple of phases due to it's size. From the Ground Up is inviting any interested volunteers to join us at the garden at 1125 Kentfield Rd for an opportunity to help plant our spring/summer food. Let us teach you how easy it can be. Don't miss an opportunity to help plant the food that will be feeding those in need in Chico all summer long. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Ben Mielke at (510) 423-1253 for more information.


April _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


April 26th @ 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm - Join us at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center in Chapman Town as we join CARD in welcoming your families to their community's "Spring Carnival Family Night". "From the Ground Up" will have a booth with lots of information on our children's programs, nutrition/gardening workshops and volunteer opportunities. We will also be planting seeds with the kids to take home. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Erin Gonzales for more information at (530) 895­­-4707.​

April 30th @ 10 am - Now this is going to be a blast! Bring the family to Chico Community Children's Center for their big spring planting party. From the Ground up would like any interested volunteers to join us at the garden at Elm/22nd in Chapman Town. These families need our help! We will be welcoming these families and facility staff to help re-plant their "Learning Garden". We'll be inviting our cub scout troop back to help plant again. What a special way to give back to the very families who need us the most! See you there! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.

April 25th @ 10 am - Please help us welcome The Valley View Apartments to our new lineup of garden programs. What an amazing housing project! More local proof that there ARE local homeless housing options available. Who needs a garden and nutrition education more than those just finding their way back to healthy and happy? We started this garden in 2017, but they are now officially on "The List". Welcome and we love you! All invitations to this garden will be by Valley View Staff and/or North Valley Housing Trust. Please contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.


                                                                     May 2018


May _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.  


May 16th @ 10 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Maintenance Workshop". We just got most of our planting done last month, but have some more to do. Help us feed the folks who would do without fresh food if it wasn't for our loving volunteers and all of their hard work. We grow food for our community all year around, so please lend a hand doing a little clean up work. Come get dirty with From the Ground Up and remember the therapeutic benefits to gardening. We tend to feel happier and more energetic when we are in the sunshine. Come get some garden therapy at Kentfield! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.                       



                                                                       June 2018

June 13th @ 10 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Maintenance Workshop". We grow food for our community all year around, so please lend a hand doing a little clean up work as we are in full blown summer garden mode. Help us feed the folks who would do without fresh food if it wasn't for our loving volunteers and all of their hard work. Come play in the dirt and remember SUNSHINE boosts levels of serotonin - the body's natural happy hormone. That's why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines. Come get happy at Kentfield! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.

June 16th @ 10 am - From the Ground Ups Executive Director has been responsible for writing the grants that have been funding us since 2013. She's going to spend a morning at Kentfield Garden, located at 1125 Kentfield Rd, offering a free "Grant Writing Workshop". We would like to share some small, easy funding opportunities we have found, even if you're not a 501(c)3, for grants of anything from $500 to $5,000 for community related projects. We will answer questions as to what has been working for us and possibly be able to help you, your project or even your youth group or organization find the funding to make their project take off! We have made some really amazing friends along our path and like always....we want to share what we have learned.....for free to anyone interested. You never know what "grant expert" or new funding opportunity we might pull out of our hat! You can contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for further details.

June _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


June 29th, June 30th and July 1st - Come see our booth at the Sacred Movement Healing Arts and Music Festival at the amazing Lake Concow Campground. It's 3 days of family fun, kiddie village and parade, healing workshops, Native Konkow Maidu Village (and ceremonies), food and craft vendors, beautiful mountain campground and music, music, music!!!


June 19th @ 10 am - Volunteers needed again. From the Ground Up is able to help soooo many because sooooo many help us! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Here we go again loving on Chapmantown. Want in? All you have to do is stop by Chico Community Children's Center at Elm/22nd and help us do a little maintenance. We will be mid summer garden and the kids at the center enjoy their garden all summer long. It needs a little extra TLC so these youngsters and their teachers can continue to enjoy garden lessons. No heavy lifting, just light maintenance. Be a part of changing these little lives starting with improved nutrition. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.


                                                                        July 2018

July 26th @ 10 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! Can you please spare an hour to lend a helping hand at Kentfield Garden? The garden is located at 1125 Kentfield Road and meeting for a quick and easy "Group Maintenance Day". We grow food all year around for those in need, so got an extra hour? Should be an easy hour because of all of the community support this year. Help us feed the folks who would do without fresh food if it wasn't for our loving volunteers and all of their hard work. Wanna play in the dirt with us? Come get dirty the From the Ground Up Farms way! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey @ (530) 513-7638 for more information.


                                                                      August 2018

August 22nd @ 10 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! Can you lend another helping hand at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Maintenance Workshop". We grow food for our community all year around, so please lend a hand doing a little clean up work as we prepare for our big planting party next month. Should be an easy few hours because we have had so much community support maintaining our gardens this year. Help us feed the folks who would do without fresh food if it wasn't for our loving volunteers and all of their hard work. Come get dirty the From the Ground Up Farms way! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey @ (530) 513-7638 for more information.


August ____ @ 9 am - We're baaaccckkkk! Come join our home school families for our "welcome back to school in the garden" day. We have a special surprise for the kids and From the Ground Up will be providing healthy snacks. We have some super amazing really fun projects planned for the fall session. We will be learning about garden weather and atmosphere using a terrarium and a weather station. In the spring we will be raising butterflies from caterpillars. We will raise our own ladybugs this time as well. And best of all we have some awesome kids workshops planned. Come on over to Kentfield Garden at 1125 Kentfield Road and join these amazing parents as they teach their children a healthier way "From the Ground Up" style.​ This free event is open to the public. You can contact Tami at (530) 321-0329 for more information.


August 9th @ 10 am - Volunteers need again. Here we go again loving on Chapmantown. Want in? All you have to do is stop by Chico Community Children's Center at Elm/22nd and help us do a little maintenance. We're preparing for the big family planting party next month and could use your help with a little light maintenance and clean up as we move towards the winter garden. Be a part of changing these little lives starting with improved nutrition. Thank you! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.


                                                              September 2018

September ____ @ 9 am - In the spring we welcomed Valley View Apartments to our new lineup of garden programs. What an amazing project this has been! More local proof that there ARE local housing options available. They are enjoying their garden and workshops as they learn new ideas and techniques to eat healthier and save money at the same time. We love you families! All invitations to this garden will be  Valley View Staff and/or North Valley Housing Trust. Please contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.

September 9th @ 11 am to 2 pm - We are excited to be joining the Paradise Seed Lending Library again for their seed and plant swap. This will be held at Billie Park, 501 Billie Rd, Paradise from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring the family and let the kids join From the Ground Up Farms in planting their own seed to take home, watch sprout and then plant at their own home. All of the materials will be furnished. This free event is open to the public.


September 22nd @ 10 am - We're baaaccckkkk! Come join our home school families for our "welcome back to school in the garden" day. We have a special surprise for the kids, parents are joining us in a potluck style picnic and From the Ground Up will be welcoming our Homeschoolers back into the garden. Come say hello and get to know us. We have some super amazing really fun projects planned for the fall session. We will be learning about garden weather and atmosphere using a terrarium and a weather station. In the spring we will be raising butterflies from caterpillars. We will raise our own ladybugs this year as well. And best of all we have some awesome kids workshops planned. Come on over to Kentfield Garden at 1125 Kentfield Road and join these amazing parents as they teach their children a healthier way "From the Ground Up" style.​ This free event is open to the public. You can contact Tami at (530) 321-0329 for more information.


September _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


September  6th @ 10 am - HELP!!! Calling all volunteers. It's time to help these hard working families to play in the dirt together as we show them how to plant their own garden at home. We will be at Chico Community Children's Center ready to rock and roll at our community garden planting party. Since you all helped last month with preparation, today all focus will be on the lessons of soil, irrigation, planting and maintenance for our new gardening families. From the Ground Up "regulars" would really appreciate some extra help so that we can accomplish much more in less time with many hands in the dirt. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.

September 15th @ 10 am - It's time for our Fall/Winter planting at Kentfield Garden. From the Ground up is inviting anyone interested in volunteering to join us at the garden at 1125 Kentfield Rd for an opportunity to help plant our communities winter food. Don't miss an opportunity to help plant the food that will continue to feed those in need in Chico all throughout the cold winter months. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.


September 29th @ 4 pm - It's finally our turn to relax now that our last garden is replanted. Kentfield Gardens is holding our annual Kentfield Gardens Neighborhood and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ Potluck. From the Ground Up staff will be available to answer questions about our programs and ideas for next year. We will be BBQ'ing organic beef and veggie patty's and are asking everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. Show us your stuff. We will have beer, wine, tea and water available also. Everyone has worked so hard. Please come relax with us, listen to live music and enjoy a fire show in the garden after dark. Schedule is "Meet and Greet" at 4:00 pm, Dinner Served at 5:00 pm, Acoustic Music at 6:30 pm and ending the evening with a fire show after the music. Come play in the dirt with us! This is a free event. You may contact Jenny Lowrey for more information at (530) 513-7638.



                                                                   October 2018

October _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


October 25th @ 11 am - Calling all garden warriors. Chico's favorite community garden is calling your name......Kentfield Gardens needs you! We will be at 1125 Kentfield Road changing the world if you have a few minutes. The weather is definitely changing, and so must our gardens. We got most of our re-planting done last month, but sure could use your help as we do a little maintenance and replant the last area for winter. Our community is hungry all year round, so we grow food all year round. Thanks to more amazing volunteers than ever before, we have fed sooooo many more families and will continue to do so in the years to come. From the Ground Up gets down and dirty! Are you game??? This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.


October 31st @ 5:00 pm​ - Happy Halloween! It's that time again and Todd and Molly never fail to entertain the Kentfield neighborhood. They put on quite the Spooktacular Halloween Party at Kentfield Gardens. Our Kentfield Kids have worked so hard on their scarecrows and frightening decorations. You never know where you may find a headstone or thigh bone! Bring a favorite dish to share, a chair and don't forget your costume! There's always a stage to show off your wild side costume creations and pose for pictures! Don't forget the sheet in the trees as a screen for Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you know Todd, you know the fireworks to expect. If you don't know Todd....surprise!!! Gather round the fire pit.....boooooooo!!!!





                                                                 November 2018

From the Ground Up will be busy this month with local fund raising and campaigning efforts for next years projects. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering. We will still be growing and harvesting foods throughout the winter, donating it all as usual, but our workshops will be quieting down while we fund raise for the next garden projects. Will you be our next project???


 November _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


November 15th @ 11 - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Maintenance Day". We grow food for our community all year around, so please help us do a little winter garden maintenance. It will be an easy few hours and very rewarding! Come play in the dirt and help us get ready for the cold. Hunger doesn't take a break, so neither can From the Ground Up. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.

November 8th @ 11 am - Volunteers need again. From the Ground Up is able to help soooo many because sooooo many help us! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Here we go again loving on Chapman Town. Want in? All you have to do is stop by Chico Community Children's Center at Elm/22nd and help us do a little maintenance. We will be mid winter garden and the kids still enjoy the food even if it's too cold to play in their garden. No heavy lifting, just light maintenance. Be a part of changing these little lives starting with improved nutrition, even when it's cold. This free event is open to the public. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.


                                                               December 2018

From the Ground Up will be pretty busy in December as well. We will be recapping what worked really well for our community and expanding those projects and programs. We love you Chico and we are here for you! We hope that you will contact us with your ideas, questions or even concerns. What can we grow for you???

December _____ @ 5:00 pm - Join us at Chapman Elementary School Cafeteria for our latest round of "Creative Cooking" for improved nutrition. From the Ground Up will be discussing ___________________ ideas for your family. We will be sharing foods prepared off site, but available here for visual display and tasting. We will also be teaching the actual preparation involved, nutrition, safe handling/storage, cost/time savings and printed recipes to take home. We like to share fun options you can prepare in advance with the kids. Our goal is to provide families with different ideas for ____________________ and show how easy it is to improve nutrition without breaking the bank. You can also contact Ashley Trezza at ATrezza@chicousd.org for more information.


December _____ 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - From the Ground Up will be serving warm teas and hot soups in a parking lot near you. We will be collecting non perishable food and toys for our community as we hang out for the day in a location to be announced. Brrrrrrrrrr.....we will be hanging outside to raise awareness of the HUGE need in our community for warm, safe places for our homeless. We want to talk to anyone who wants to know more about our free food or nutrition/gardening programs. We will be collecting any canned, dry people or pet food you can spare or share, but also new toys and new or gently used coats in all sizes. We have sooooo many awesome friends to hand over our collections to for distribution through their existing programs. Once again, we want to enhance and help collect for existing programs, rather than duplicate services. From the Ground Up has a whole year to plan, music, fire shows or who knows what while we CHILL. Come get a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or ???? Bet we can drum up some surprises.....Drums.....Hmmmmmm.......




March ????? @ ?? pm - Here are the details for our first "Bicycle Repair Workshop". It will be held at the ????? and is being presented by the employees of Sensible Cyclery (A Caminar Program). We are bringing together the employees of an employment training program to teach the guests at ?????? basic bicycle repairs. From the Ground Up loves the "other" lessons that will come from bringing these groups together. Who better to teach the homeless that there is hope, then those who have found housing and employment after homelessness? This free event is open to the public.


​May ??? @ 11 am to 2 pm - We are excited to be joining the Paradise Seed Lending Library for their seed and plant swap. This will be held at Billie Park, 501 Billie Rd, Paradise from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring the family and let the kids join From the Ground Up Farms in planting their own seed to take home, watch sprout and then plant at their own home. All of the materials will be furnished. This free event is open to the public.


June ??? @ 11 am - Come join From the Ground Up at Chico Community Children's Center garden as they offer a "Mason Jar Meals" Workshop. The goal here is to teach cooking from inexpensive, but nutritional, raw ingredients. We teach economy by purchasing bulk products. We teach nutrition by eliminating packaged and processed ingredients. We teach finances as they learn how little it can cost to provide a healthy meal. We even showed each jar typically costs less than $5.00 to make. Spend one weekend with empty mason jars, rices, beans, spices, etc and pre-package your dry ingredients. Then we open a mason jar, add water and presto. We have opened 2 mason jars and in 20 minutes fed 40 people...and they had second servings. Talk about convenience fast foods! This free event is open to the public.


July ??? @ 7 pm - Please join From the Ground Up and the Edible Pedal as we again gather in the ???? garden. We will be harvesting fresh veggies from the shelters garden and The Edible Pedal bicycle kitchen will be teaching how to prepare stir fry veggies over whole grain rice. The shelter guests will be doing all of the slicing, dicing and prep work as part of this amazing hands on cooking demo. There are so many lessons involved! Gardening, harvesting, cooking, nutrition and even how much money can be saved by growing your own food. Another example of it not having to cost a lot to eat healthy. This free event is open to the public.


August ??? @ 7 pm - This is a can't miss workshop! We will be gathering in the garden at the ????? for a Salsa making demo. We have gone to the experts and Cultivating Community North Valley will be joining us to demonstrate how to make the very best salsa straight out of your garden. Yummmmm! This free event is open to the public.


August ??? @ 3:00 - 5:30 pm - From the Ground Up hopes you can join the families and staff from Chico Community Children's Center in an air conditioned classroom for an exciting workshop. We will be set up at with pots of soup to taste, recipes to take home and a fun workshop on nutrition. We use Mason jars to teach bulk shopping, advance preparation to allow ease, speed and convenience as well as teach the family unit how to work as a team a prepare nutritious meals in advance. This will offer families a great way to spend quality family time together, save money to put back into the budget and also improve their health and reduce illnesses by improving nutrition. We will be gathered as parents come through to pick up children with a great bowl of soup before they head off. We want to show that it does not have to cost a lot to eat healthy. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Sue at (530) 891-5363 for further details.

October ??? @ 7 pm - Please join From the Ground Up as we return to the ??? with our most requested workshop of all. We will be bringing back our "Mason Jar Meals" Workshop with some fun new ideas. The goal here is to teach cooking from inexpensive, but nutritional, ingredients. We teach economy by purchasing in bulk. We teach nutrition by eliminating processed ingredients. We teach finances as they learn how little it can cost to cook healthy meals. We even show that each jar typically costs less than $5.00 to make. Spend one weekend with empty mason jars and pre-package your dry ingredients. Then we open a mason jar, add water and presto. We have opened 2 mason jars and in 20 minutes fed 40 people...and they had second servings. Oatmeal cookies and even breads can be prepared in advance. Talk about convenience fast foods! This event is open to the public.


October ??? from 11 am - 2 pm - We are so excited to be joining The Paradise Seed Lending Library Seed Swap Fall Event at Billie Park again. That is located at 501 Billie Road. We have so much fun every time planting seeds with the kids to take home. The best part is when you see them again and they tell you all about their sunflower or bean plant. They grew it themselves and they can't wait to do it again. And the Seed Swap event itself is a great opportunity to learn, purchase or swap plants and seeds. Fun day! See you in Paradise! This free event is open to the public.


November ??? @ 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Join us at the Rec Building as we join CARD in welcoming you to their community's "Give Thanks Family Night". From the Ground Up will have a booth with lots of information on our children's programs, nutrition and volunteer opportunities. We will also be planting seeds with the kids to take home. This free event is open to the public.


December ??? @ 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Join us at the Rec Building as we join CARD in welcoming you to the community's "Family Night Holiday Celebration". From the Ground Up will have a booth with lots of information on our children's programs, nutrition and volunteer opportunities. We will also be planting seeds with the kids to take home.​