Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

Getting down and dirty is the best ‘upper’ Robyn Francis While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your […]

Free Gardening and Composting Classes

STOCKTON, Calif. – PUENTES invites the general public to attend a series of free garden and composting workshops at the Community Supported Garden located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Those interested in attending a free workshop should contact Rey Ledesma, Garden Coordinator, at (209) 983-1258 to RSVP.  The themes of the classes will be: […]

Gardeners can help safeguard imperiled plants

Plants are pulling a vanishing act, and gardeners may have to play a larger role on the world stage if vulnerable species are to be preserved and restored. Imperiled animals and birds generally get top billing, said James Wandersee, a botanist and educator at Louisiana State University, who called the appreciation gap between flora and […]

Citizen’s Adivsory Committee Invited to Particpate in SJC Fair!

PUENTES’ Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) has been invited to prepare a demonstration plot for the San Joaquin County Fair this summer! The CAC met on site on Earth Day, April 22, to discuss their vision for the garden… ultimately it was decided that when developing the site, they would focus on the idea of demonstrating different types […]

Backyard Composting Easy As 1, 2, 3…

Many you will probably agree that building an organic home garden can be cost prohibitive. At the hardware store you might have asked yourself: “I have to buy how many bags of that expensive organic compost per square foot to amend my soil?” Fear not! You can make your own  compost for free or very little cost in 3 easy […]