The next Content LAB, Flower & Garden, brings the spirit of spring to the table on May 14. Participants will enjoy a day at local community farm Veggielution as experts teach easy-to-follow seasonal gardening techniques that can also be used at home. There will be fresh, plant-based, organic cuisine by Organicopia and an open bar stocked with local wines, beers, and other beverages.
Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to create a more sustainable food system in San Jose. Their goal is to engage residents throughout Silicon Valley, with a special emphasis on fostering community engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San Jose. Through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food, and outdoor learning, Veggielution helps to build social capital in East San Jose and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.
California has a rich agricultural heritage and grows over two-thirds of the country’s fruits and vegetables. California also has an equally rich ecological heritage, supporting tremendous biodiversity, and is home to over 65,000 native plants, many of which are unique to California. At this Content LAB, Mika Shibuya will introduce Native Hedgerow and it’s role on the Veggielution farm. In the hands-on portion of the LAB, participants will put this knowledge to use and learn how to propagated and care for their own native plants.
Mika Shibuya is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. She returned to Veggielution after completing her Silicon Valley HealthCorps service at the California Native Garden Foundation, where she worked as Nursery Manager. Veggielution was lucky enough to first have her on the Farm Crew as a HealthCorps member from 2012 to 2014. Mika is passionate about strong food systems and social justice and knows her way around a greenhouse. To her responsibilities managing Veggielution’s small production nursery and guiding volunteers in greenhouse tasks, she brings a strong sense of organization, focused attention, and a wonderful affinity for plants and people.
The owners of Petite Petal will also be guiding participants through the process of creating designer floral arrangements.
The Content LAB series inspires, creates, and connects the creative community.
$55 – General Admission
$75 – General Admission plus one-year subscription to Content
$35 – Content Subscribers (with email code)
$20 – Student (ID check at entry)
Event tickets include: floral design class, floral arrangement and vase, gardening tutorial, garden seeds, organic fresh-off-the-farm appetizers, and an open wine and beer bar (for ages 21+).
Photography by Elle Mitchell