Posts Tagged: Vallejo
It's always a delight to see bumble bees and honey bees foraging together on flowers during the winter "sun breaks." Lately we've been seeing them...
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, foraging on rosemary at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park on Feb. 23, 2021. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on rosemary at Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee, Apis mellifera, foraging on rosemary at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park on Feb. 23, 2021. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's mid-February and early morning in Vallejo, Calif. Westringia is blooming along a walking path near the Glen Cove Marina. Suddenly out of no...
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus Bombus melanopygus, foraging on Westringia in Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Check out the pollen on this black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus Bombus melanopygus, foraging on Westringia in Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
There she was--a gorgeous orange-and-black butterfly sipping nectar from a rosemary bush near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. She seemed so out of...
A West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, sips nectar Feb. 11 on rosemary near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, on rosemary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The next time you see a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) packing pollen, check out the color. Last Saturday on an outing in Vallejo...
Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, packing red pollen as it heads for an Echium (Pride of Madeira) in Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This red pollen on the yellow-faced bumble bee absolutely glows. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This past year I was involved with a process in Vallejo called “Participatory Budgeting”. A mouthful which basically means, we citizens got to participate in how a small portion of the City’s budget is spent. Specifically, this small portion is a percentage of the larger Measure B tax that we voted on a few years ago – we voted to tax ourselves, 1¢ of every $1 spent. What a good idea that we get to have a say in how at least part of it is spent!
And one project that was proposed for some of this money to be spent on, voted on by citizens and approved by the City, was enhancing current community gardens and creating new ones. Does everyone know about this? As citizens of Vallejo you absolutely should! As citizens of Solano County it would be nice if you did, even though it doesn’t necessarily impact you directly.
But as Master Gardeners, we should ALL be aware of this great accomplishment – getting funds directed toward enhancing and creating more gardens in the community! However, the challenge now is, how does this get implemented? That will be a long and somewhat tedious process no doubt and every garden that will be enhanced or created will be a wonderful thing.
However, my original thought when I first heard about this project was putting these gardens in schools. Not only would it teach children very valuable lessons, but if the gardens could grow to have a significant yield, they could provide food for school lunches! There are a variety of benefits that could come from creating gardens in schools, but it always comes down to funding.
I didn’t write this with a grand plan in mind, nor do I expect some major change to occur. But if a few of us ponder this idea, perhaps we can think of creative ways to help this happen in our schools, no matter where those schools reside. Anyone even remotely interested in gardening could help make these ideas reality. After all, one of the best lessons that children can learn is that great-tasting food can come from something they planted with their own two hands. Not sure if this is a real quote, but it’s similar to the one about fish …. “If you give a man a vegetable you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to garden you feed him for a lifetime”
Cal Maritime Cadet & Community Engagement Student Assistant, Natalie Laconsay, at Loma Vista’s Spring Festival.(photo by Mike Jory/Vallejo Times Herald)