2012 Spring Planting Festival events and workshops

March 9, 2012

A Week of Activities to Celebrate and Green Your Life

2012 Spring Planting Festival events and workshops


2012 Spring Planting Festival

February 22, 2012

Our Fourth Annual Spring Planting Festival will take place from March 24 with our Opening Concert, Guitars and Beyond, and run until the Finale, April 1, featuring the ever popular Backyard Gardeners Expo.

The theme our 2012 Festival is “Greening Your Life,” and will focus on what each one can do on the scale of the individual, home and community to promote food security, a resilient, quality lifestyle and connection to the environment.

  • For the new gardener there will be hands-on workshops on getting a garden going, including building soil fertility with composting and vermiculture, exploring crop diversity, and learning about irrigation.
  • For the more experienced gardener there will be workshops on backyard beekeeping, rainwater harvesting, seed saving and permaculture design.
  • For those striving to experience the nurturing and healing forces of nature we offer workshops in herbal preparations, aromatherapy, extracting essential oils from native plants, and several artistic workshops and performances that explore the Sacred in nature.
  • For those who love to explore the delicacies of local foods we offer a workshop on cooking with native and local foods. In addition, five outstanding Sedona restaurants will feature a Spring Planting Festival locavore menu, with each weeknight featuring a different restaurant.
  • For those seeking to become better neighbors to the environment we call home, we have native plant walks and a presentation on how to develop an environment free of toxic chemicals.
  • For those who are interested in energy independence and advocating local food security and choice we have two forums, “Greening your Home” and Local Food: The Human Connection.

To explore all the events, workshops, and locavore menus and to register online, use this link to our calendar: http://www.gardensforhumanity.org/events/spring-festival-2012.html

There are a wide variety of events to enjoy with your friends. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Spring Planting Festival!

Newsletter for January 2012

January 20, 2012

Gardens for Humanity ended 2011 with gratitude to our donors, volunteers and collaborating organizations that are working with us to bring about necessary changes for a more sustainable and healthy world. We have found that an increasing number of people are working on an essential part of the big picture to make the world we envision and hope for a reality.

To see the foundation upon which we are building for the coming year take a look at our 2011 Annual Report by clicking here.

Many of the projects that we began in 2011 will continue to grow and expand. To bring our goals to fruition we have created created a number of action teams. We invite you to choose a team for which you have a passion and become a part of it, either in a leadership or volunteer capacity. These teams will contribute much to our community in the coming year.

2012 Action Teams:

  • Spring Planting Festival
  • School Gardens
  • Youth Green Team
  • Community Gardens
  • Public Gardens
  • Art and Environmental Education
  • Events
  • Demonstration Gardens
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Coordinator
To express your interest in becoming involved in our projects, or to find out more, either email me or fill out a Volunteer Information Form.

We look forward to a year filled with new hope and abundance,

Richard Sidy, President
Gardens for Humanity

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Join us for the movie “Good Food”

January 20, 2012
  • Friday evening, January 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
  • Sedona Public Library Community Room – Admission is FREE.
  • Sponsored by the Verde Valley Sierra Club 
  • Co-sponsored by Gardens for Humanity, the Verde Food Council and Sustainable Arizona.

An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest. After leaving the land for decades, family farmers are making a comeback. They are growing much healthier food, and more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. And most of this food is organic.

Following the film there will be a discussion of what we are doing in Sedona and the Verde Valley to promote an “Agricultural Renaissance.”

Click here to watch the trailer.

A River Runs Through it Nature Gallery

September 11, 2011

Verde River Days: Dead Horse Ranch State Park Saturday, September 24, 9 AM – 3 PM

‘A River Runs Thru It’

Elizabeth Gerstner and Wendy Harford (sustainable environment, visionary artists) have come together this year to present you with ‘NATURE GALLERY’,  ‘A River Runs Thru It’.

The gallery will provide artists an opportunity to create directly with natural source and community a chance for visitors to interact and experience art thru the eyes of nature. Click here to find out more.

"Nature Gallery"

Verde River Days "Nature Gallery" poster

Earth Cups – Celebrating Art in the Earth

August 11, 2011

Join us Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  

EARTH CUPS: Celebrating Art in the Earth

Benefit gardening and art education projects in local schools.  

The Sedona Arts Center, Special Exhibition Gallery

Dennis Ott, Nancy Robb Dunst, Sharron Porter show some Earth Cups

You are invited to attend “EARTH CUPS – Celebrating Art in the Earth” to benefit gardening and art education projects in local schools. Discover, enjoy and purchase a unique variety of cups, mugs and saucers created, painted and signed by the artists.

These hand-crafted and hand- painted cups come in all different shapes and sizes, from large coffee mugs to small demitasse cups; some with handles, some without. The “Earth Cups” were painted with glazes and fired so they are colorful, fanciful, and functional additions to one’s cup collection or for one-of-a-kind gifts.

  • Enjoy a complimentary Coffee/Tea Social with herbal teas and special coffees.
  • Taste savory and sweet treats grown or made locally.
  • Sedona poet Christopher Lane and Young Poets from Red Rock High School will perform their poetry.
  • Gardens for Humanity artisan and cook’s aprons will be available.
  • Artwork by Sharron Porter, Toby Friedman and Janise Witt will be exhibited and available for purchase to benefit our educational programs.
  • Enjoy music, art and conversation.

Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sedona Arts Center in the Special Exhibition Gallery and adjacent workshop studio.

The creation of this event was truly a gift from many in Sedona’s artistic community. Special thanks to the Sedona Arts Center and Dennis Ott for providing the ceramics studio every week throughout the spring, and to the artists of the Sedona Visual Arts Coalition for their creative talents and energy.

For more about our event read the excellent article in KUDOS online.

Since we wil not be able to process credit cards, cash or check only please.

For more information contact:
Richard Sidy, 284-9055 or president@gardensforhumanity.org