Cultivating community with the Windsor Garden Club | Opinion – California News

Cultivating community with the Windsor Garden Club | Opinion – California News

What do you do when you have 350 pounds of basil? Come to the Windsor Garden Club meeting Aug. 15 and find out.

It’s not a theoretical question; Dani Wilcox, the program director of the nonprofit Farm to Pantry, had to figure that out just the other day. The nonprofit uses volunteers to gather surplus produce from fields around Sonoma County, and delivers as much as possible to more than 22 food programs, pantries and low-income housing complexes on a weekly basis. But when something – like 350 pounds of basil – has Wilcox stumped, her solution is to call the chef at the Food Bank. His solution to the basil abundance issue, of course, was pesto. Lots and lots of pesto, frozen and stored to give away to food bank families later on for meals.

Wilcox is just one of the community wellness speakers on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Windsor Garden Club’s monthly meeting. (6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Community Room at the Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Dr.). The focus for the night will be on health, with a spotlight on how to get healthy food to the entire town.

But back to that basil: what to do if you’re a backyard gardener and you’ve got way too much produce? Too many tomatoes or tons of zucchini? In Windsor, Wilcox suggests donating it to the Windsor Service Alliance at its office, 8987 Windsor Road. The food is distributed to our neighbors in need. If you’ve got a bumper crop, and you need help harvesting it, Farm to Pantry Gleaners is another solution.

Gleaning, for those unfamiliar, is the process of going through a…

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