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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:

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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Imagine Sedona – 2020 and Beyond

June 20, 2011

Did you miss the May events?  Here’s your chance to provide your ideas and thoughts about the future of Sedona 2020 & Beyond using a unique and creative exercise that’s both fun and meaningful.

Please ask your friends and neighbors to participate on Thursday, June 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the West Sedona School Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room.  We would also appreciate your forwarding this message onto your organizational membership.

Download Imagine Sedona newsletter for more information

Free Community Food Preparation Courses from Seed to Plate

March 23, 2011

Free Spring Community Classes and a Food Handler’s Course sponsored by the Verde Food Council are schedule for Sedona from April to June.

Learn about sprouting, container gardening, preparing simple and healthful foods, and other useful skills for green living. By taking the Food Handlers Course at the Sedona Community Center one can earn a two-year certificate. These classes are a collaborative effort of the Sedona community, including volunteer teachers, local community organizations and businesses.

For more information download the flyers below:

Free Spring Community Classes

Food Handlers Course

Gardening and Nutrition Community Classes in Cottonwood: These classes are offered as part of Mayor Joens, and the City Council’s Let’s Move campaign. For more information download the document below:

Free Community Classes in Cottonwood

Thanks for making the 2011 Spring Planting Festival a huge success!

March 22, 2011

Thanks to all our partners, presenters and participants who contributed to a fun, educational and enriching 2011 Spring Planting Festival!

Your feedback and suggestions for the future would be most welcome.

2011 Spring Planting Festival

February 20, 2011

Gardens for Humanity presents the third annual Spring Planting Festival from March 12 to March 20. The Festival will present more than 25 activities: workshops, cultural events, food and garden expos, films, and panel discussions plus many opportunities for people of all ages to learn and work with plants and the earth during festival week.

Opening the 2011 Festival on Saturday March 12 at 7:00 pm is a concert, Rhythms of Spring Planting, at the Cottonwood Old Town Center for the Arts, evoking the traditional joy of the rebirth of the planting season.

"Gary Nabhan""Toby Hemenway"

On Sunday, March 13, two of the world’s leading visionaries of the local food andpermaculture movements, Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD and Toby Hemenway, will set the stage for the week’s activities. Their Keynote address, From Land to Mouth − Connecting People to Place, Taste and Story will take place at 7:00 pm at St. John Vianney Church in Sedona.

This unique and exciting evening brings Gary Nabhan and Toby Hemenway together for the very first time. They will present their latest thoughts on the state of our food supply, climate change and progress in new regenerative farming strategies, as well as approaches currently missing in our efforts to meet these challenges.  Local seedsman and educator Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust will host the evening and moderate a panel with Dr. Nabhan and Mr. Hemenway after both presentations. Attendees should come prepared to be surprised and inspired.

More information: Evening with Gary Nabhan and Toby Hemenway >

Download a Flyer > FromLandToMouthFlyerB.pdf

The final day of the Festival, Sunday, March 20 will be the Backyard Garden Expo. The Expo organizers, Verde Thumbs Garden Club of Cottonwood will bring together Master Gardeners and vendors demonstrating transplanting, composting, worm composting, starting seeds, thinning of new plants, companion planting, growing in containers, seed saving, organic pest control, and rainwater harvesting.

Spring Planting Festival Calendar of Events >

We invite you to the workshops and events of our 2011 Spring Planting Festival, including several especially for families and children. This is the third year of the Festival and we have expanded our horizons, changing from a local event to one with broad impact on the sustainability and local food movements.