​​​​​​​​​​Kentfield Gardens Children's Garden Program is back. We celebrated "Back to Garden" day with our homeschoolers on September 22nd. Come join our families at 1125 Kentfield Road. They meet on Friday's at 10:30 am (weather permitting). We recommend a water bottle, sun hat and closed toe shoes are mandatory for our littles. Our gardens....You just never know what you will find under a shady fruit tree. That includes happy babies on blankets all summer long in the shade. There is always some garden related project, craft or science projects going on too. Come have some fun! For more information, please contact Tami at (530) 321-0329 to arrange a garden day.                                                                                     

*****Please watch Facebook for last minute weather driven announcements, changes or cancellations, as we get into the winter months and into Spring 2018. ****

                                             

                                                October 2017

October 7th @ 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 BBQing burgers (beef and veggie) 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 6:00 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 15th @ 11 am - 4 pm - Please join From the Ground Up as we welcome the next awesome new group to our fight for safe, affordable food. Help us welcome The Butte County Good Food Network and the amazing volunteers who donate so much of themselves to teach our community about safe, affordable food and lead the battle in food labeling and GMO identification. Come find out more as we gather at the Chico Guild to spread the word. There will be community information booths, speakers, films, food and live music. Come see what's new in Butte County. This is a free event and for more information or to participate, please contact Pamm Larry at (530) 570 6872.

October 28th @ 10 am (weather permitting) - Calling all garden warriors. Chico's favorite community garden is calling your name......Kentfield Gardens needs you! We will be teaching community activism...and gardening...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.


                                               November 2017

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 in the gardens or have a workshop to offer. 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 and schedule for the next garden projects. Will you be our next project???

November 11th @ 11 am (weather permitting) - 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 21st @ 11 am (weather permitting) - 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 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 2017

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 and changing what didn't. 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 16th @ 11 am (weather permitting) - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for our final "Group Maintenance Day" at Kentfield for 2017. We grow food for our community all year around, so please help us do a little winter garden maintenance. It will be an easy couple of hours and very rewarding! Come play in the dirt and help us feed the hungry, even in 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.


December 19th @ 11 am (weather permitting) - Volunteers needed one last time in 2017. From the Ground Up is able to help soooo many because sooooo many help us! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We're giving some garden hugs in Chapman Town. Want in? Just drop by Chico Community Children's Center at Elm/22nd and help out. This is a small garden and easy work. We will be mid winter garden and the kids still enjoy the food even if it's too cold to play in their garden. 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 Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.



​.........JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT'S IN STORE FOR NEXT YEAR.........









                                               January 2017

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 2017's garden and workshop calendar and add on the next garden projects. Are you our next project???

******Changed*****  Now January 5th @ 10:00 am - Join From the Ground Up as we welcome Ken Hodges to Kentfield Garden for the first time. Ken is the owner of Hodge's Nursery in Durham and he has generously offered to come teach us how 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! For more information on additional fruit tree workshops, you can contact Hodges Nursery at (530) 894-6598.

January 26th @ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Join us at the Dorothy F Johnson Center​ in Chapman Town as we join CARD in welcoming you to their community's "Come Play Family Night". From the Ground Up will have a booth with lots of information on our children's programs, 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.


                                                 February 2017

*****RESCHEDULED***** to February 14th @ noon - 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. 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 Ben Mielke at (510) 423-1253 for more information.

February 16th @ 5:30 pm to 7:30 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.

February 19th @ noon - 3 pm - We are so excited to be invited to BEC's Open House Garden Festival at their amazing Humboldt Garden site. This garden is located on the corners of Humboldt Road and El Monte Avenue. If you have never seen a cooking demo done the Edible Pedal Way, this is your chance. Or get the best starts and advice from Sherri Scott and GRUB Grown. So much more.....come play in the garden. You may contact BEC for additional information.



                                              March 2017

March 7th @ 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. Ben will be teaching general garden maintenance and soil preparation 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 Ben Mielke at (510) 423-1253 for more information.

March 10th @ 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 16th @ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Join us at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center in Chapman Town as we join CARD in welcoming your families to their community's "St. Patty's Day 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.

March 23rd @ 1:00 pm - From the Ground Up has been invited to speak again at the 12th Annual "This Way to Sustainability Conference" 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-210 at 1 pm. There will also be many other presentations, all day, all over campus. See you there!

​From the Ground Up Farms will also be exhibiting in
Colusa Hall from 8 am to 11 am. Sprinkle in a little lunch during the main speaking event and wahlah....we have been schooled!

March 25th @ 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 25th @ 8 pm ​- And the day just gets better! Please join From the Ground Up at The Maltese for our 3rd 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, Smokey and the Groove, The Ascenders 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 28th @ 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 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 3rd 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 2017

April 1st @ 10 am until 4 pm - I hope you can make it to The Wildflower & Nature Festival in Oroville at Riverbend Park. This festival shines a spotlight on our local beauty. This event is centered around the nature of Butte County. The festival will be free admission and will have tons of fun activities to offer for all ages. There will be bus tours to see the wildflowers on Table Mountain, children’s crafts and game area, and live music. Locals will be selling handmade and natural items. From the Ground Up will be planting seeds with the kids to take home, as well as, offering educational information and volunteer opportunities. See you in Oroville.

April 11th @ 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 13th @ 5:30 pm to 7:30 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 is the last of the series and is a free event open to the public. You can also contact Erin Gonzales for more information at (530) 895­­-4707.​

April 16th @ 11 am - If you are looking for some incredible family fun for your Easter Sunday, drive on up to Lake Concow Campground for a family picnic at the lake and Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt.  You won't believe this place and it's egg hunt! Join in for the 5th Annual Picnic and Egg Hunt, a free event at Lake Concow Campground. Picnic with your family at your leisure and the Egg Hunt starts at 12 noon. This is an EPIC egg hunt out in the meadow. Acoustic after party and drum circle following, bring instruments! Bring 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 22nd @ 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 Myrtle House 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 the winter of 2016, but they are now officially on "The List". Welcome and we love you! All invitations to this garden will be by Myrtle House or Jesus Center. Please contact Shelly Watson at 530-345-2640 for more information.



                                                  May 2017

May 13th @ 10 am - Please come and join Ben and From the Ground Up at Kentfield Garden as we rebuild our compost bin. Then in August we will be holding a compost workshop in our new bin. We tore out our old compost bin, which was made of old pallets, chicken wire and was in need of replacement. Due to the awesome generosity of Todd Hall and Molly Stokes AGAIN, we will be rebuilding our compost bin out of bricks for long term sustainability. It is always fun to upgrade, but Chico, we really need your help on this one. As you know, many of our core group are disabled and unable to move and stack these bricks. This is where you come in Chico and help us do a better job feeding our community. Come on over heavy lifters! Kentfield Gardens needs you! You can contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513 – 7638 for more information.


                                                June 2017

June 6th @ 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 Ben Mielke at (510) 423-1253 for more information.

June 17th @ 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 23rd, 24th, and 25th - 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, workshops, Native Maidu Indian Village (and ceremonies/sweats), food and craft vendors, beautiful mountain campground and music, music, music!!! Live music, drum circles, workshops and the land...oh my!!! You can go to the Lake Concow Campground Facebook page or Lake Concow Campground website www.lakeconcowcampground.net for details. You can contact Aindrea Romer for more information at (530) 588-4783.

June 29th @ 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 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 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 2017

July 15th @ 9 am 
- Calling all those Saturday volunteers that get left out of the fun we have during the week. So many of you tell me "I wish I could help, but I work all week", so here we go. Please join us Saturday at Kentfield Gardens located at 1125 Kentfield Rd for an easy morning of some general garden maintenance. We will be meeting early in order to beat the heat. We can always use help with the weeds this time of year. Come get involved in our revolution...free healthy food and nutrition/life skills education for all! YOU are what make From the Ground Up Farms everything that it has become. This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for more information.

July 23rd @ 11 am​ - Lake Concow Campground
has recently planted the Concow Homeschool Garden Project and we are inviting kids of all ages to get involved. This garden intended to be a learning space for young people in the area, but it's open to the public. If you or your children are interested in getting involved with the garden please get a hold of Hap Hathaway at 530-518-4531. They will be meeting for the first time on Sunday July 23 at 11 am at Lake Concow Campground to discuss the project goals, plans for fall planting, etc. Long term, they envision a market booth run by the kids to sell the produce they have grown, with the idea that the money can go toward a trip or project that the kids choose and agree upon. Looking forward to growing with you, have a great day Concow! Of course From the Ground Up Farms will be on site to help kick off such a critical need for our Concow neighbors, friends and families.


                                                    August 2017

August 11th @ noon - From the Ground Up will be announcing the recipients of our first college scholarships which have been made available this year to college students from Concow. Concow was so generous to allow us to have our festival in their yard, so we wanted to say thank you! Let's see if we can offer 5 next year and expand to other areas as well. 


August 16th at 10 am - noon - From the Ground Up will be welcoming the amazing youth and staff of the 6th Street Center for Youth to Kentfield Garden as they spend some time giving back to their community as we work elbow to elbow maintaining the garden that feeds so many. Come get involved. For more information you can contact Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638.

August 19th @ 10 am - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! Can you lend another helping hand at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Build-a-Garden Bed Day". We grow food for our community all year around, so please lend a hand as we begin the next round of raised beds at Kentfield and will start laying bricks to prepare for next months planting. 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 at (530) 513-7638 for more information.

August 21st @ 10 am - 2 pm - We will be joining C.A.V.E. at Chico State University for back to school day in the Trinity Commons building as they welcome new and returning students to campus. We are honored to have been invited to share our gardening, nutrition and life skill programs with the students and can't wait to get started teaching them that they don't have to eat Ramen noodles because they're in college. We have had a lot of fun teaching time-saving and cost-effective ideas on how to improve your nutrition and not go broke. This allows you to be more focused, reduce illness and just feel better all around. #1 lesson.... You are what you eat, so choose wisely. You can contact C.A.V.E on the CSU campus for more information on this event.

August 29th @ 10 am - Volunteers needed again. 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're preparing for the big family planting party next month and could use your help with a little light maintenance and clean up for 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 Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 for further details.


                                              September 2017

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  16th at 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 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 19th @ 10 am - Next scheduled for our Fall/Winter planting is our 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. We will be teaching planting techniques and appropriate winter crops, soil preparation and cost saving irrigation ideas. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about gardening and 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 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.


Upcoming Highlights

From The Ground Up​

There are other workshops available upon request. Please contact us for availability or to answer any questions you may have. There are many other workshops going on behind the scenes, but they are not always open to the public. Please feel free to contact From the Ground Up and let us know how we can help you?