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Food For Thought's Annual Spring Home & Garden Tour

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Food For Thought's Annual Spring Home & Garden Tour

By Karen Ahn

Food For Thought, which provides nutritional support to HIV-positive and severely ill residents of Sonoma County, is proud to announce our 21st annual Spring Home & Garden Tour, which takes place on Sunday, May 29, 10 am to 5 pm. This highly anticipated event gives ticket buyers exclusive access to several stunning private homes, gardens, and properties within Western Sonoma County. The 2016 locations celebrate a range of architecture, native plants, unique trees, and the permaculture lifestyle. Funds raised by the tour go toward fresh weekly groceries, nutrition education, and a congregate lunch program for FFT’s clientele.

Highlights include: The Woodstock Estate, beloved “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz’s first Sonoma County home. Nestled among majestic coastal redwoods, the ten-acre location features Schulz’s original studio where he drew his iconic comic strip, stone-lined ponds, beautiful gardens in full flower, and carved statuary of forest animals and beloved characters from “Peanuts.”

A renovated Tudor revival home and garden, originally built in 1929 by Noble Starr, president of the Bank of Sebastopol. This one-of-a-kind location contains native trees, beautifully landscaped succulents, a carefully curated collection of modern art, and modernist salvage furniture.

A working fruit and vegetable permaculture garden, which utilizes natural elements to manage pests, including gophers and invasive insects. Other noteworthy aspects include a chicken coop with a living roof, an outdoor shower, a system of ponds that limits the need for conventional irrigation, and a magnificent bamboo screen that provides shelter and shade. The property owners use this site as a teaching landscape to help others learn about permaculture practices.

There will also be an opportunity to tour the food bank, organic gardens, and edible landscape surrounding the Food For Thought headquarters in Forestville as well as the whimsical, wonderful Food For Thought Antiques store in Sebastopol. 

Tickets for the tour are $45 and include a booklet with descriptions of the homes and gardens and a map for the self-guided tour. Homeowners will open their private residences to ticket holders from 10 am to 5 pm.

Order tickets online, by phone, or by visiting the Food For Thought office in downtown Forestville 6550 Railroad Ave. . Delicious gourmet box lunches from Cottonwood Catering for $15 can be pre-ordered ahead (phone only) and will be available for pick-up on the day of the event at Food For Thought in Forestville.

For more information on Food For Thought and the 2016 Western Sonoma County Home & Garden Tour, please visit www.FFTfoodbank.org. INFO: 707-887-1647