Recalling history hopefully reminds us not to make the same mistakes, and preserving items from history provides us with visual and tactile reminder of what life was like, but it is not often that you get to actually bend down and inhale a snoot-full of history in heirloom blooming forms. Zamora Flora, a family-run farm based in Winters, provides that opportunity. Graduates from The Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship Academy (SLEWS) at the Center for Land-Based Learning are offered a chance to ply their new talents directly in the soil that they learned from. Zamora Flora is a product of the Academy and has been tilling the Putah Creek Road soil for years now. Aubrianne and Cal Zamora (no relation to the town) have cultivated long-spanning rows of blossoms. That alone could be held in reverence, but when one learns that the flowers are derived from a great-grandmother’s personal seed collection, the awe may be inescapable. Statice, Gomphrena, Sun Balls, Zinnias, and Celosia (to name a few), all are grown like fanciful soldiers embroiled in a battle for the ideals of natural beauty and harmony. Working in the backbreaking manners that are a thing of the past, the Zamoras are utilizing their flower prowess as the steppingstone to their ultimate farming dreams; self-sustainability in all manners of living. Luckily for the public, a bit of harmony and sustainability can theirs for the picking. On Saturday, Aug. 17 a team-up event with Zamora Flora’s neighboring farm Off the Beet Farms was held, where the general masses could gather and pluck their own vegetables or bouquets priced by the bucket full. All were welcome to enjoy their bountiful harvest. On Saturday, Aug. 24, Zamora Flora will be hosting another “U-pick-it event” from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at 5265 Putah Creek Rd. Pricing varies by the size of the participants’ containers and buckets. Other current events attended by Zamora Flora include: Wednesday nights at The Davis Farmers Market, Thursday mornings at the Sutter Davis Farmers Market, Petaluma Farmers Market on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. at Walnut Park and the Novato Farmers Market on Tuesday evenings from 4-8 p.m. at 1707 Grant St. in Novato. For more information or to schedule a personal U-pick-it event for weddings and other formal affairs, go to Zamoraflora.com or email Zamoraflora@gmail.com. ]]>
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