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Three Sisters Gardens hosts first annual 'Indigefest'

Celebrate native art, music, food and culture at River City Farm

Three Sisters Gardens will host Indigefest, a fundraiser for its youth and urban farming program. (Artwork courtesy of Three Sisters Gardens)

This garden party spotlights the first farmers of California – Native Americans.

On Saturday, June 11, Three Sisters Gardens will host its first annual Indigefest, a “celebration of all nations coming together through art, music, food, culture and resources,” say its organizers. From noon to 6 p.m., the event will be held at Three Sisters’ River City Farm in West Sacramento.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Guests may order meals ($20) in advance from one of several participating food trucks or pay at the event.

Three Sisters derives its name from the “three sisters” of Native American farming – corn, beans and squash. Traditionally, the three crops are grown together, nurturing and supporting each other.

As an urban farming program, Three Sisters nurtures local youth while bringing organically grown food to its community. Indigefest marks the organization’s accomplishments so far while raising funds to do more.

“It has been an amazing journey, building and growing with our community,” say the organizers. “We have accomplished so much and have to take time to enjoy the fruits of our labor together. Please join us as we uplift and celebrate art, music, food and culture.”

In particular, Indigefest supports Three Sisters’ Agricultural Youth Leadership Development program.

“Through the urban farm apprenticeship program, youth impacted by the criminal justice system and Native youth will learn the skills they need to become leaders in their communities,” say the organizers. “Their experience will include hands-on training in organic agriculture, business operations and logistics, and community outreach. The program will also provide opportunities for further job skills development with other local organizations and curriculums.”

Indigefest will feature farm tours, live music, games, crafts, a fashion show and lots of food. River City Farm is located at 485 Regatta Lane, West Sacramento.



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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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