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Citrus Heights organic garden to host 2nd annual plant sale

Greenhouse plant seedlings. Photo by Luke Otterstad
Greenhouse plants, stock photo. Citrus Heights Sentinel

Updated Mar. 28, 5:31 p.m. —
The Sylvan Ranch Community Garden will be holding its 2015 plant sale next month, with organizers inviting the public to come see what’s been growing in their newly built greenhouse — and hopefully pick up a plant or two to help support the nearly two-acre garden project.

Naming off a list of plants being grown this year, community garden Board Member Debbie LeVon said plants include four beans varieties, six kinds of cucumbers, several different eggplant types, four kinds of corn, a wide variety of herbs, several different melons, and nearly a dozen varieties of peppers — as well as squash, tomatoes and a variety of flowers.

LeVon said the annual fundraiser is a good way to provide quality plant starts for gardeners in the community, commenting that prices will be $5 or less, depending on the size of plant. She also said any plants left over will be grown in a special section of the garden which helped provide a donation of over 250 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to a local food closet last year.

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Located at the corner of Sylvan and Stock Ranch Road, the once-vacant lot has been transformed into a thriving organic garden – thanks to the efforts of “enthusiastic gardeners,” according to LeVon.

The City-sponsored garden project began in 2009 and allows residents to grow and harvest in designated “common areas” for a membership fee of $25 per year. Members can also lease their own 4 feet by 20 feet plot for an additional $25, with preference given to Citrus Heights residents, according to the garden’s website.

Required to be self-sufficient, LeVon said the community garden relies on membership fees and fundraisers to help maintain and improve the location each year. The group held its first plant sale last April, with organizers reporting fundraising goals were exceeded by “over $100.”

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All proceeds from this year’s plant sale will go to benefit the garden, according to LeVon.

More information is available at (*Editor’s note: as of Mar. 20, the garden’s website appears to be down, pending renewal.)
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If you go:

Plant Sale (see flier: 2015 April Plant Sale )
Sylvan Ranch Community Garden
7450 Stock Ranch Rd., Citrus Heights
Dates: April 11 – 12, 18 – 19
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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