Sakata Seed America is putting its post-CAST (California Spring Trials) plants and flowers to good use to support events in its local California communities of Salinas and Morgan Hill. The plants, along with donations from Sakata’s Charitable Giving Program, will support three, fun-filled community events that promote healthy lifestyles and support the agricultural industry.
Plants for Paws, Salinas Animal Services, Saturday, April 18
In the wake of California Spring Trials, Sakata Ornamentals will donate plant material from its display to the City of Salinas Animal Services. Plants for Paws is a plant and flower sale held at the shelter facility on Hitchcock Road in Salinas. This year, funds raised will go toward the Community Cats pilot program, a program intended to trap, shelter, neuter and return cats to their communities in order to decrease the number of cats in the shelter. This is the second year Sakata has contributed to Plants for Paws in support of the Salinas community and, this year, up to $5,000 worth of plant material will be donated to the fundraiser to support the new program. For more information about Plants for Paws, please visit Facebook.com/PlantsForPaws.
Soil Art Day, Morgan Hill, April 18
This free family event, sponsored by Sakata Seed America, celebrates Earth Day and supports the Morgan Hill community. Soil Earth Day will feature artist Helen Lessick’s art installation at the Morgan Hill Community Garden, as well as a ribbon cutting with Mayor Steve Tate, art activities for kids, composting demos, tours and a lively discussion about urban gardening with Dr. Lucy Diekmann from Santa Clara University in nearby San Jose. For more information on the Morgan Hill Community Garden and Soil Art Day, visit: Facebook.com/MorganHillCommunityGarden.
71st Annual Salinas Valley Fair, King City, May 14-17
Another substantial portion of post-California Spring Trials plants will be donated to landscaping for the Salinas Valley Fair. Sakata contributes to the event annually, not only through the giving of plant material, but through donations to The Heritage Foundation, as well. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enriching the heritage of the Salinas Valley Fair and showcasing agricultural industries to the community. This year, Sakata will donate 49ers tickets and seed to the Heritage Foundation Kick Off Dinner’s silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Fund for the bettering of the Salinas Valley community. For more information about the Salinas Valley Fair and the Heritage Foundation, visit: SalinasValleyFair.com.