From The Ground Up​

Upcoming Highlights

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. We also share our garden spaces with other groups, but again, please check for availability. ​Please feel free to contact From the Ground Up and let us know how we can help you?

 ​​​​​​​​​​Kentfield Gardens Children's Garden Program is back in session, meeting Friday mornings. Get your garden kits out kids.Come join our families at 1125 Kentfield Road. Our Kentfield Kids 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. The kids actually work in their garden growing food and doing fun projects, so remember our Kentfield Kids get dirty. Our gardens....You just never know what you will find under a shady fruit tree. That includes happy babies on blankets all summer long. There is always some garden related project, craft or science project going on too. Come have some fun! For more information, please contact Tami at (530) 321-0329 to arrange a garden day.                                                                                     

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​                                             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 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 1st @ 10 am - 2 pm - When we thought all was lost for our biggest garden project for the winter due to the fire, Sherri Scott got busy gathering volunteers to plant for us. The "From the Ground Up" group have all been effected by the fire and just had nothing extra to give the garden and here they all come. Sherri will be supplying starts to plant the rest of Kentfield Garden, a pot of delicious soup and some winter herbal remedies to share. Please come join her and other volunteers as we get dirty. It would be amazing if you could bring something to share too, but never a requirement. We are humbled by the outpouring of support that arose within seconds of my posting "we'll see you in the spring". Please PM Sherri Scott for more info or text Jenny at 530-513-7638.


*****POSTPONED DUE TO FIRE*****December 3rd @ 5:30 pm​ - Today is another nutrition session at Chapman Elementary School and here we go with our latest round of monthly "Creative Cooking" workshops with some of our favorite families. We provide hands on cooking lessons and the families learn nutrition as they are eating the actual food we are learning about. We love to learn together as we get creative in the cafeteria after school. This month's lesson will be about delicious winter soups. Everyone eats and everyone takes a recipe and nutritional information home with them. These classes have been opened up to any Chico Unified School District students and their families to come get healthy at Chapman Elementary School. This is a free event. For more information contact Ashley in the Office.



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


                             2019











​                                                  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 - Please 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 spaces. 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 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" and the students are from all over California. 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 located at 1125 Kentfield Road. 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. We are honored to be a starting location to get them motivated! We are looking for volunteers to help in the garden along side these college students, but we're also looking for donations of hot chocolate, hot teas and baked goods to help keep them warm and fed on a frigid morning as they leave for the next location.


                                              February 2018

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 "Family Night". From the Ground Up Farms 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 8th @ 5:30 pm - We will be back at Chapman Elementary School teaching our latest session of "Creative Cooking" with our Chapmantown families. This is so fun and do we make some noise in the cafeteria after school! We teach nutrition and cooking to these families through hands on cooking demos. There is always food to sample from that "lesson" and the kids are so excited as they stir and mix the latest recipes. You can contact Principal Mike or Ashley Trezza at 891-3100 for more information.

March 9th @ 11:00 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. This is a potluck picnic to welcome everyone, new and returning, so please bring a health snack to share. 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 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 Sesar and The Maltese, as well as, Stay Positive's Coot Dog, Big Slim, Hap Hathaway, Dub Heazy, Richie Ledreagle and One Up the Acoustic DJ for helping us bring awareness to our community about the importance of healthy food and life skills 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 30th @ 10 am - CSU CATS IN THE COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY at Kentfield Garden. From the Ground up is inviting any interested volunteers to join us at the garden at 1125 Kentfield Rd as we welcome back Chico State students for some general maintenance in preparation of next month's Spring Planting. We're putting the final touches on our raised bed project and have some soil and wood chips to move. We could sure use your help, so that we are ready to plant next month. 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 31st @ 10:30 am - The Simpkins Team/Keller Williams Realty will be helping kids learn the meaning of charity this Easter at Hooker Oak Park! We all love egg hunts because they are fun and you get to go home with treats, but there is more to Easter than what you receive, which is why we are all so excited to participate in their Charity Egg Hunt teaching kids the joy and importance of giving. The kids will keep the prizes inside the eggs they find, and then choose which charity they want to donate a dollar to for each egg by putting their eggs in that charity's basket! Donations are welcomed, but not required for attendance. ALL donations will go to benefit the 4 organizations on their flyer and as the children will learn at the event: every dollar COUNTS!! Please RSVP to join the fun ... call 530.809.3708 for information and questions.




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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 picnic and Egg Hunt. You won't believe this place! 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 21st @ 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 Jenny Lowrey at (530) 513-7638 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 "Family Night". From the Ground Up Farms 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 29th @ 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". 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.


​​                                              May 2018

May 16th @ 3:30 pm - 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. 6th Street Youth - Job Steps participants will be joining us for some giving back to the community. 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.

May 18th to 20th @ 10:00 am - Join us again at Lake Concow Campground for another round of Life Skills Education at it's....funnest....Check out Earth School Gatherings. We are honored to be involved in supporting such an amazing family project. This is an immersive life skills education course taught my professionals in the peaceful atmosphere of the Lake Concow Campground Native Village, with fun family camping for 3 days in the main campground. The love, experience and dedication that this group brings to the campground guarantees a special experience and a good time will be had by all. Further details are available on the Earth School tab above or by contacting Hap at (530) 518-4531.

May 20th @ 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.

May 22nd @ 5:30 pm - We will be back at Chapman Elementary School teaching our latest session of "Creative Cooking" with our Chapmantown families. This is so fun and do we make some noise in the cafeteria after school! We teach nutrition and cooking to these families through hands on cooking demos. There is always food to sample from that "lesson" and the kids are so excited as they stir and mix the latest recipes. You can contact Principal Mike or Ashley Trezza at 891-3100 for more information.


                                                 June 2018

***** CANCELLED DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT *****​
June 13th @ 3:30 pm - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! We will be meeting at Kentfield Garden located at 1125 Kentfield Road for a "Group Maintenance Workshop". We're also welcoming 6th Street Youth - Job Steps Program. 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 20th @ 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.

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!!!


​                                             July 2018

July 29th @ 9 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 we're meeting for a quick and easy "Group Maintenance Day". We will be calling it at 11 am sharp due to heat. Don't forget your sun hat and water bottle. 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 "From the Ground Up" style! This free event is open to the public. You can also contact Jenny Lowrey @ (530) 513-7638 for more information.



                                         August 2018

August 28th @ 10 am - 2 pm - We have been invited to have a booth at the CAVE "Meet the Cause" Event at Chico State - Trinity Commons. We will be welcoming students back for another exciting semester and we will be introducing them to "From the Ground Up" and our free food, nutrition education programs and internship opportunities. See you on campus.

August 29th @ 3:30 pm - We will be welcoming our special 6th Street Youth Center's "Job Steps" Program participants back to Kentfield Gardens at 1125 Kentfield Road for a little TLC in the garden. They learn about growing healthy food and why it's so important, but they give back more than they know. The garden gets some much needed help, and we all get a bit of loving from them too. This is a much needed and very valuable program being offered to Chico's "At Risk" Youth in our community, which helps them learn the job skills needed to become a contributing member of the community through furthering education and employment. Awesome program, but wait until you meet Mallory. She is the HUGE heart that is leading this charge.

August 30th @ 9 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.



                                        September 2018

September 4th @ 3:30 pm - We will be at Kentfield Garden celebrating another graduation from the amazing "Job Steps" program through the 6th Street Youth Center. Come on over and congratulate the latest graduates....and enjoy a bite to eat.

September 14th @ 10:30 am​ - We're baaaccckkkk! Come join our home school families for our "welcome back to the garden" day at Kentfield Garden. This is a potluck picnic to welcome everyone, new and returning, so please bring a healthy snack to share if it's easy for you, but come either way. We always have too much. We will also be grilling fresh grown veggies to snack on. Wait until you taste what we've been growing. We have some super amazing really fun projects planned for the fall session. We will be learning some fun new stuff with the help of our newest CSU Intern. 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! This is a free event. Contact Tami @ (530) 321-0329 for more information.

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 19th @ 5:30 pm - School is back in session at Chapman Elementary School and here we go with another round of monthly "Creative Cooking" workshops with some of our favorite families. We provide hands on cooking lessons and the families learn nutrition as they are eating the actual food we are learning about. We love to learn together as we get creative in the cafeteria after school. This month's lesson will be about grilling fresh veggies and making marinades to your own taste. Everyone eats and everyone takes a recipe and nutritional information home with them. They are even opening these classes up to any Chico Unified School District students and their families to come get healthy at Chapman Elementary School. This is a free event. For more information contact Ashley in the Office.

September  18th @ 10 am - This is a blast for us! We get to play in the dirt with our daycare kids as our amazing Corey shows them how to plant seeds. We'll be at Chico Community Children's Center ready to rock and roll at our kids garden planting party. Today all focus will be on exposing these children to planting the food in their garden, that they already play and have classes in. From the Ground Up "regulars" work together 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 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 BBQing organic  chicken and grilling fresh veggies (as a vegetarian option) and are asking everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. Show us your stuff. We will have beer, wine, and water available. Everything is free, dinner and entertainment, but donations are definitely welcomed and greatly appreciated. We continue because of your generosity! 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, Announcements and Awards at 6:00 pm, Music at 6:30 pm and ending the evening with a fire show after the music. Don't forget to bring a chair, because we are expecting quite a group.  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 1st @ 5:30 pm​ - Today is another nutrition session at Chapman Elementary School and here we go with our latest round of monthly "Creative Cooking" workshops with some of our favorite families. We provide hands on cooking lessons and the families learn nutrition as they are eating the actual food we are learning about. We love to learn together as we get creative in the cafeteria after school. This month's lesson will be about grilling fresh veggies and how to make your own sauces and marinades. Everyone eats and everyone takes a recipe and nutritional information home with them. These classes have been opened up to any Chico Unified School District students and their families to come get healthy at Chapman Elementary School. This is a free event. For more information contact Ashley in the Office.

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 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 3rd @ 5:30 pm - Today is another nutrition session at Chapman Elementary School and here we go with our latest round of monthly "Creative Cooking" workshops with some of our favorite families. We provide hands on cooking lessons and the families learn nutrition as they are eating the actual food we are learning about. We love to learn together as we get creative in the cafeteria after school. This month's lesson will be about nutritious winter soups and their low costs. Everyone eats and everyone takes a recipe and nutritional information home with them. These classes are for Chapman Elementary  School families to come get healthy "From the Ground Up" style. This is a free event. For more information contact Ashley in the Office.

*****POSTPONED DUE TO FIRE*****November 29th @ 11 am - 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.