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If you live in Sonoma County, California, you can benefit from the currently offered H.A.V.E.  workshops and our Veterans Organic Peace Garden in front of the VA Clinic by the Sonoma County Airport.  

See our Workshop tab on the top or side menus and participate. 

They are FREE. 

Come visit our Garden and help us with the planting, maintenance like watering, and the harvest of vegetables, organically grown by folks in the community, Vets and non-Vets helping each other. 

Do only what you can per your ability status. 

We will announce Work Parties on this website - see the Help/ Volunteer  tab. 
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Veterans Organic Peace Garden

Sonoma County

  2011  2012  2013  2014

The garden is located at 3839 Brickway Blvd., directly in front of the Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic, near the Sonoma County Airport in California.

2014

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden January 2014 - Photo by Lee Gooding

2013

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden August 2013 - Photo by Lee Gooding

 

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

Vegetables harvested from the H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 5/29/2013 - Photo by Thomas Presley

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 6/4/2013 - Photo by Lee Gooding

Tom Presley watering the H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 6/4/2013 - Photo by Lee Gooding

H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 6/4/2013 - Photo by Lee Gooding

Tom Presley tending the H.A.V.E. Veterans Organic Peace Garden 6/4/2013 - Photo by Lee Gooding

 

Veterans Organic Peace Garden

- Photo by Lee Gooding.

2012

The Veterans Organic Peace Garden is the current 2012 main project of Helping American Veterans Endure.  Come and join us at the next Work Party.  If your disability hinders your physical ability, come by anyway,  and pick up some  vegetables for your table.

8/12/2012:  Eggplant and squashes in beds planted by the volunteers in Spring.  - Photo by Kenneth E.  Norton.

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2011

H.AV.E. is in the beginning stages of starting our first garden, to teach our veterans all of the various aspects of organic gardening. We strongly believe that this will help our veterans in many ways, especially those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Working with your hands in the soil can be a very grounding experience for everyone and really helps us to get connected to nature. Eating directly out of the garden is extremely beneficial, not only for the nutrients, but also the two forms of energy that all living entities, including the earth, have in them.

The garden is located at 3839 Brickway Blvd., directly in front of the Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic, near the Sonoma County Airport, in California. The owners of the property, Basin Street Properties, in Petaluma, have agreed to let use their half acre plus parcel for our garden, until they are ready to construct another building there, at no charge to us. They also own the building that houses the VA Clinic. We and all of our veterans are so very grateful to them!

Our vision for the garden is to create a most inviting park like garden, where we can teach organic gardening, as well as other workshops in Creative Writing, Humor, Art, Music, Massage, Photography and many other subjects that will also be of benefit to our veterans. The garden will have wide pathways for both wheelbarrows and wheelchairs. Although we are starting in mid summer we have starts, donated back in May, by the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, that we planted in raised beds, that we H.A.V.E. volunteers built at our first work party.

We plan on building a picnic area around the two oak trees at the front area of the parcel, as you drive into the Harvest Business Center. We plan on using many landscape plants from the nursery, down the street, at the Sonoma County Honor Farm, as well as many landscape materials that will be donated by many of our local businesses. Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery has already donated a soil sample test and will be donating soil amendments, starter plants and drip irrigation.

We first broke soil on April 26, 2011 when Tom Finn, of Sonoma Land Works, donated his time, by bringing his backhoe out and digging 300 feet of trenches for our irrigation pipes. Wyatt Irrigation Supply gave us a discount on the supplies and on Sunday Brian Schuler, of Mindful Landscapes, helped us install all of the piping, as a donation. We are so thankful for all of our local business support. Ripping the land is our next step, hopefully before we build the raised beds. We may plant summer cover crops, which will be buckwheat, as suggested by our volunteer consultant, Wendy Krupnick, of iGrow Sonoma.

Tom Finn of Sonoma and Works donated his time and his use of the backhoe to HAVE  4/26/2010

7/15/2011 Volunteer Tom Finn, of Sonoma Land Works, digging the irrigation trenches. - Photo by Lee Gooding.

7/19/2011  Volunteer Brian Schuler, of Mindful Landscapes, laying the irrigation pipe. - Photo by Lee Gooding.

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Our next step will be adding soil amendments, tilling and planting our winter garden. At each stage of the way we will offer workshops for our veterans and put them to work. We envision having a Farmers Market, with other local organic farmers participating and selling salads and other dishes to the VA staff, as well as the employees of the other local businesses, at the lunch hour. Perhaps some live music and a little comedy might evolve from some of our future workshops. At the north end of the parcel, we will have our greenhouse, tool shed and our compost area. This area is where all of the underground lines are, so we wont be disturbing them. Herbs and flowers will also be a big part of the garden, with workshops for both of them.

10/12/2011  Volunteers Larry Patrizio and Lee Gooding building the raised beds - Photo by Carolyn Gooding.

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Our workshops will all be taught by volunteers from the many talented people in our community. We will have signs for our up coming workshops and one with a list of our donors and volunteers. We invite all of the members of our community to join us as volunteers and donors, as well as with ideas for our garden and for future gardens for our veterans. We will be inviting all of our local veteran groups to join us in the garden, as volunteers and for our workshops. As the garden grows, so do the tenders.

Last, but certainly not least, we are dedicating this garden to our cofounder, Marty Koellhoffer.  We owe our existence to Marty! Unfortunately, Marty had to resign, as our Executive Director, at the beginning of 2010, due to his ill health.

10/12/2011  Volunteers Larry Patrizio and Lee Gooding transporting the newly built raised beds - Photo by Carolyn Gooding.

10/21/2011  Volunteer/Executive Director Lee Gooding building the raised beds at the Garden site - Photo by Lee Gooding.

10/21/2010  Volunteer Larry Patrizio building the raised beds at the Garden site - Photo by Lee Gooding.

10/21/2011  Volunteer Doug Slayton planting in the raised beds - Photo by Lee Gooding.

 

10/27/2011:  Volunteers Paul Armstrong (green shirt), Doug Slayton (red shirt) and finish master finish carpenter Tom Presely (straw hat) building new rasised beds next to  the beds planted in Spring .  - Photo by Ken Norton.

10/27/2011:  Volunteers Doug Slayton (red shirt) and Tom Presely (straw hat) building new raised beds next to beds planted in Spring .  - Photo by Ken Norton.

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