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Sanzuma is dedicated to increasing access to healthy food sources through programs that focus on reconnecting communities with their environment and supporting Marin County’s Title 1 schools. On Feb. 2, 40 volunteers, ages 15-75, from San Rafael, Fairfax, San Anselmo, Marin City, Novato and Mill Valley,  participated in the organization’s first work day of 2019, helping to install the soon-to-be orchard at San Pedro Elementary School in San Rafael that Sanzuma is donating to the San Rafael City schools. Many of the volunteers pictured will participate in more volunteer work days throughout the year.

Master gardener Alice Cason (above, standing) worked side-by-side with high school students, weeding and getting the garden ready for spring.

Michael Davis (above, holding the ladder) husband of Lori Davis, the founder and executive director of Sanzuma,  worked with other volunteers, in the mud, to pound the T post through the hard clay soil.

Sanzuma Founder and Executive Director Lori Davis stands proudly in front of the 30 fruit trees that will soon be planted in the orchard. Once the trees produce, the fruit will be used in the San Rafael school meal program. The trees were purchased with grants and donations from Kaiser Permanente, Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor, Rotary Club of Marin, Giving Marin, Sanzuma, private individuals and the  Marin County Health and Human Services Department.

-Photos courtesy of Sanzuma

Spend part of your Valentine’s Day finding out how you can help others. Whistlestop is seeking friendly and reliable volunteers who want to give back to their community. The volunteer fair will take place on Feb. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., at 930 Tamalpais Ave. in San Rafael. For more information, call (415) 456-9067 or visit  -Photo courtesy of Whistlestop


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