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$2.85M Grant To Be Given To Sonoma State University By 2020 Forever In The Garden ROHNERT

by Robin Carr, Landis Communications, Inc. ~ 415-971-3991~Email: PARK, CA.

~The Federated Indians of

Graton Rancheria (FIGR) an- nounced they are contributing a $2,850,000 grant to Sonoma State University to revitalize the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Monies from the grant will be used to expand outdoor educa- tional space, increase facility capacity, and provide for ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliance and acces- sibility.

The facility will also be re- named the “Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Learning Center at the Fairfield Os- born Preserve” and provide the

public with information

about the Tribe’s longstand- ing presence in the Sonoma region.

“We’re very proud

of this opportunity to support the Preserve’s many environ- mentally focused educational programs for years to come,”

said Graton Rancheria Tribal Chairman, Greg Sarris. “One of our main goals is to maxi- mize outdoor learning spaces and strengthen the sense of the surrounding environment, which includes the tribal his- tory and connection with the land.” The Tribe has already do-

nated $833,500 toward the goal of $2,850,000, with the remainder to be paid by the end of 2020 as the project pro- gresses.

“These improvements will enable the growth of programs that enhance connections to nature and encourage the dis- covery of new solutions for challenges facing the earth,” said SSU President Judy K. Sakaki. “This is a tremen- dous gift to the university, and we applaud Dr. Greg Sarris, Tribal Chair, and the Tribal Council for their generosity

and stewardship of the land.” This is not FIGR’s first gift to Sonoma State University: the tribe also donated $550,565 to the University’s “Sum- mer Bridge” Program in June 2018 and June 2019. Summer Bridge provides extended ac- ademic and social orientation to hundreds of freshmen who are the first in their families to attend college. This grant al- lowed Sonoma State to serve more students and also extend the program from six to 11 days. A new academic compo- nent was implemented, aimed at preparing students for col- lege-level coursework. One of the primary goals of Summer Bridge is to increase student retention rates and academic success, while also recruiting and supporting more tribal students.

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again. It’s also time to cover your compost bin or pile from rain so the nutrients won’t leach out or if it’s thoroughly composted spread it on garden beds.

Divide perennials now and

plant bulbs that don’t need to be pre-chilled. You can store those in bags in the refrigera- tor and plant out in December/ January after cooling period.

their essential Bulbs like

fragrant freesia can be planted now. Your nursery person will know. Plant drifts of interest- ing and colorful bulbs for an outrageous effect in spring. You decide! Sow wildflower seeds now too and soon the rains will be- gin to water them in. Many nurseries now have special mixes for sun, shade, low or tall growing flowers and native of course.

Have fun

choosing. Give attention to your tools.

Clean with steel wool, sharpen and oil them with boiled lin- seed oil from flax seed. This is a great habit to get into making your tools last for a long time. ‘Silken’ spider webs glisten as they weave their incredible patterned mosaics in corners of old trellises and tall seed- ing plants and rain will dot them with elegant ‘diamonds’. Birds of all sizes scuffle and chase for tossed seed on paths, fun to watch them with their noticeable

hierarchy. The

garden begins to transform and silhouettes become more pronounced. Bundle up with soft Alpaca scarves, sit in the garden and ponder the incred- ible changes all around you. Breathe deep the fresh air and chill of late fall.

Never underestimate the healing power of quiet moments in the garden.

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in between rains. It’s a white powder from an- cient, fossilized sea crea- tures.

Sprinkle coffee grounds around each plant not to close to stems.

Epsom salt can be sprin- kled and stirred in the soil 3 inches from stems, very beneficial for plants.

Use grit or gravel as a ½ “ mulch around plants.

Outline with strips of thin copper tape around plants and beds.

Set out yellow saucers of beer to attract them.

Use Sluggo pellets as di- rected.

Build a raised bed.

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So you have slugs and snails? What to do.

Try sprinkling toasted or not crushed egg shells around affected plants.

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