Even though we can begin to remember the joyous sights and sounds of Spring in our gardens, we still have some weeks to go before we really can dig in.  This is not to say, though, that The Bounty Garden isn’t springing forward!  With generous guidance from the law offices of Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco, The Bounty Garden submitted its Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State in January. Upon its endorsement as a California public-benefit corporation this month, we will promptly submit our application to the Internal Revenue Service for The Bounty Garden’s 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Meanwhile, many organizations are beginning to prepare for the future opening of The Bounty Garden at Hap Magee Ranch Park. Our Eagle Scout, San Ramon High School student Josh Miner, and his troop 228 are starting their preparations for the construction of the raised vegetable beds. The preparations and paperwork involved in attaining an Eagle Scout award are very comprehensive and detailed, and The Bounty Garden is proud to have been chosen by our Eagle Scout as his project. We look forward to supporting and assisting him in any way that his organization allows.

As a part of the Stone Valley Middle School’s 8th Grade Promotion activities, the graduating class will be participating in a Community Service Event.  The event will be held on June 8th on the campus.  One activity currently planned is to plant and care for the first seedlings to be placed into The Bounty Garden’s raised beds!

Each year in April, the Athenian School celebrates the spirit of its community through community service.  Athenian high school students have offered The Bounty Garden almost 100 hours of service on the morning of April 17th and we hope, if not this year, to participate in such a wonderful event for many years to come.  It is so inspiring to see the young adults of our community thinking about ways to support the goals of The Bounty Garden and care for their less fortunate neighbors.  Bravo!

Finally, we still await news from the Town about the process that lies ahead. Following the December hearing of the Hap Magee Joint Planning and Operations Committee, all indications showed an expedited processing for The Bounty Garden in hopes of a late Summer or Fall harvest. The Committee has agreed to meet more often than their regularly scheduled quarterly meetings in order to move the process ahead and we are eagerly awaiting word from our Town and County staffs as to this new schedule. A lot of work remains to be done and we remain committed to work in any way that we can to produce a bountiful harvest for our Food Bank in 2011!