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Victory Garden Watch: Day 2

Day 2 of the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden installation brought some amazing volunteers down to the Civic Center to dig up the rest of the sod. We were blessed today by the brawn and dedication of Rachel Alschuler, Molly Copans, Eric Danch, Luke Hass, Nikki Lennart, Blaine Merker, Karen Nemsick, Matthew Roth, Jeny Smith, Monica Via Rengo and Kathy Ziccardi.

Using a Deere tractor and shovels and hands, the team moved most of the sod off the installation site. Despite the intense physical work, the volunteer team, lead by Manager John Bela, were enthusiastic and energized by their involvement in helping to create the Victory Garden.

By the end of the day, much of the sod had been moved to the side of the project. Without their dedication and support, this civic community garden wouldn’t be possible. If you would like to volunteer in the next few days to help us get the Victory Garden under way, please contact us at with “Victory Garden” in the subject line.

So much of Slow Food Nation is being made possible due to the generosity of the time and energy donated by hundreds of individuals, organizations and businesses. In order to bring the thousands of producers, farmers, presenters and advocates to the table, we are relying on donations, in-kind contributions and pro bono assistance. You can learn more about the partners who are making Slow Food Nation possible on our web site at:

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Naomi Starkman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. She was a 2016 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and co-founded the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Naomi has worked as a media consultant at Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, WIRED, and Consumer Reports magazines. After graduating from law school, she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the City of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission. Naomi is an avid organic gardener, having worked on several farms.  Read more >

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