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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 14, 2010 $B ens worl lers a ina il The Dawn Garden starts off slow in a cold spring, but harvesting has, begun in earnest; and the weekly farmer's markets are set to begin Saturday, July 17. Sales will be each Saturday morning, 8 a.m. -noon. Visitors are invited to tour the gardens, ask questions and learn about organic and sustainable gardening practices. Photos by Alicia Knadler New Dawn Institute interns Karl O'Riley of Santa Cruz and Christina DelCampo and Sarah Herrick of Orange County are all world travelers who are excited to be spending their summer in Indian Falls learning about organic gardening and sustainable living practices. Alicia Knadler where she heard a few rock- Manuel Boehmer said by Indian Valley Editor ets falling nearby, way of explanation for Del- aknadler@plumasnews.com And she worked in Tel Campo's story. Aviv, where she and othersAnd intern Karl O'Reily of Summer interns at the reached out to help the pros- Santa Cruz brings her keen Dawn Institute this year are titutes there, interest in sustainable farm- world travelers, and each She has also worked all ing from Ireland, where she was inspired on those travels over the states, in Mexicorecently discovered her roots to learn more about organic and in Canada, through theand the history of the great and sustainable farming, auspices of World Wide Or-potato famine of the mid- All three young women ganic Opportunities on Or-1800s, when almost a third of were drawn to the Dawn Gar- ganic Farms, a network that the population died from dens in Indian Falls for connects host families allstarvation, and that many lessons and work sessions over the world with volun-more emigrated to avoid star- led by horticulturalist teers who are willing to trade ration. Manuel Boehmer and his a set number of farm-laborAlthough Irish farmers wife, Michele Adams, who hours for room and board, have learned not to put all both have hosted the gardens DelCampo, who majored in their hopes into one crop, the since they started the project agroecology and ecosystemspotato, they still grow mainly back in 1991. studies at U.C. - Santa Cruz, root vegetables and kale, Two of the interns worked recently completed a two- O'Reily said. in agricultural areas, Sarah year Peace Corps mission in So she is very interested in Herrick with Sudanese Niger, where she worked in a sustainable farming prac- refugees in Israel, and natural resources manage- tices she is learning at the Christina Del Campo with ment position. Dawn Gardens, like crop di- the Peace Corps in Niger, She learned the Hausa lan-versity and rotation as well where the environment is guage during her first twoas the important habitat very fragile, months there, before beingneeds of beneficial insects. Both now hail from Orange assigned to a village. While many residents were County in S0 !iern Califor- There is a real problem sitting around wondering if nla. with desertification there, it was safe to put their toma- Herrick firstbecame inter- Del Campo said, and much of toes out yet, she and other in- ested in sustainable agricul- her work included plantingterns were harvesting com- ture while she worked with trees for people to harvest frey for the compost pile. refugees on farms in Israel. firewood from. The early bloomer had During her six months DelCampo had one of the done its job keeping the dif- there, she also worked in a village children fascinated ferent kinds of bees from foster home, where she with her compost creation,starving, and it was now time reached out to help people in "What are you doing," the to clear land for some other a nearby community where child asked her after watch- crop. rockets had fallen during a ing her put her leftover food Other early bloomers in recent skirmish. scraps in the same spot every abundance at the gardens in When she went through day. early spring are borage, Gaza, she stopped at a farm "I'm making dirt," Del- chives, quince, blackberries Campo answered, only to re- and apple trees. ceive a look of disbelief min- New at the gardens are a gled with keen interest, few grapevines, varietals like "Wherever people are cabernet, syrah and pinot struggling to feed themselves noir. the soil becomes precious," The cuttings, or canes, Weekly Saturday pro- duce sales at the Dawn Gardens in Indian Falls begin Saturday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. The main garden is locat- ed between the Greenville Wye and Crescent Mills, just off Highway 89 on In- dian Falls Road. The Fair is committed to providing families with a healthy, smoke free entertainment experience. Januvia and Janumet are drugs prescribed to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes. Both drugs have recently been linked to patient reports of acute pancreatitis which could lead to death. If you or a loved one suffered I Diane D. Thomas l from any type of pancreatitis after taking either drug ~}'av~l~zrd I ~ ~ nOW toll free at 1-800-THR-ZAGI~g for a /~eoo cool.tat/on. We practice law only in Arizona, but Travel Specialist I associate with lawyers throughout the U.S. o i ~ :i"~ Pho.~ ~,Z SSO~3 I CTS #20611394{:) PC) Box 318, Clio, CA 96106 I .... ~l~.l~e.ooln Graeagle Medical Clinic accepts walk-ins, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can also avoid a trip into Portola or Reno, by having your labs drawn at the Graeagle Medical Clinic. Service available Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Specialties available at GMC include: Chiropractic, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Orthopedics and Podiatry. Graeagle Medical Clinic 7597 Highway 89, Graeagle Call 530-836-1122 Eastern Plumas Health "People Helping People" j One of the most important tools for successful organic gardening is having early bloomers, like comfrey, to attract bees and other beneficial insects. Were brought by fellow or- check a gopher trap. His ca- day, July 17. ganic gardening enthusiasts nine companion and gopher-There will be herbs, salad Bill McClintic and Lisa getting partner Flo stood fixings and many other fruits French. nearby, watching him with of the garden available Boehmer and other friends, her head cocked sideways, throughout the summer and last year shared in the collec- ready for action, into October, as long as the tion of starts, and Boehmer Boehmer, his wife, Flo andhard autumn frost holds off. received more than 100 more the interns all welcome visi- For more information, for planting this year. tars to tour the garden and those interested may call the There are also hops grow- learn about sustainable farm- Dawn Gardens at 284-6036. ing wild at the gardens, ing Saturday mornings from "They're from the ances- 8 a.m.-noon, during their tars," Boehmer said with a weekly produce and cut For more photos, see page 6B smile before bending to flower sales that begin Satur- e I All of our grandstand & carnival areas are smoke free~ Friday, Aug. 13 with special guests The Jeff Pershing Band Stage seats: $25 Grandstand seats $20 Bleacher seats: $15 P @ $15 General Admission / $10 Seniors & kids under 12 Aug 14 $15 General Admission /$10 Seniors & kids under 12 Contact the Fair Office or www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net for event tickets and info. 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