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Bicycle theft hampers East San Jose farm box program

1 of the most effective achievements stories to come out of the pandemic final year was Eastside Join, a farm box application operate by Veggielution, the neighborhood farm at Emma Prusch Farm Box in San Jose.

Volunteers, coordinated by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, delivered boxes to East San Jose citizens on bikes with personalized-manufactured trailers. And the cyclists — most of whom had been not from East San Jose neighborhoods — had been partnered with regional inhabitants who realized the place and could speak to them about the problems the local community faces.

But a pair weeks back, a provide container at the farm was damaged into and 3 bikes with trailers had been stolen. “It’s not the initial time this has took place,” stated Emily Schwing, Veggielution’s public affairs director, but she noted that ” it has been much more than a year” because the farm has experienced a crack-in. She added that Veggielution would like to work with agencies like Spot: Household to establish up neighborhood methods that would make persons significantly less most likely to consider the bikes to start with. “They took a thing they almost certainly truly need, particularly for somebody who doesn’t have transportation or housing,” she reported.

And, as far as the bike coalition is concerned, this will just be a bump in the road.

“While this is unlucky, it will not deter us from continuing, on timetable, to put into action the application,” Shiloh Ballard, executive director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coaltion, said in SVBC’s web site. “It just signifies we want to recruit volunteers who have their possess way to have farm packing containers, preferably with any form of trailer or any implies to have the packing containers.”

Forty farm bins are delivered to families every month, while Veggielution hopes to increase the application in the close to long term. The subsequent delivery day is Aug. 1, and any one who desires to volunteer — newcomers can be paired with veterans — can sign-up at

‘ME TOO’ FOUNDER TO Talk: Tarana Burke, a lady who has committed her daily life to social justice operate and is almost certainly finest acknowledged as one particular of the founders of the “Me Too” motion, will be the speaker at the YWCA’s Encourage Luncheon on Oct. 28.

Burke, a sexual assault survivor and government director of the Me Far too firm (, is the co-editor of “You Are Your Ideal Issue,” — an anthology of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures who examine vulnerability and shame resilience. Her memoir, “Unbound: My Tale of Liberation and the Delivery of the Me Much too Movement” is anticipated to go on sale this fall.

The YWCA function once more will be virtual this calendar year, and you can get extra information or register at

FROM FARM TO TECH: David Mariani, a member of a multigeneration farming and fruit-packing family, will give an on-line presentation July 26 about the Santa Clara Valley’s changeover from an agricultural local community to the world’s high-tech capital. Mariani — who has served on 27 corportate boards and has expertise in agri-business and venture money, is the writer of “Poverty of Affluence,” a e book about how that transition affected the valley’s farming people.

You can sign up for the 7 p.m. communicate, co-introduced by the Saratoga Historical Basis and the Sunnyvale Heritage Park and Museum, at

NEW Experience AT THE LIBRARY: Patricia “Patty” Wong — president of the American Library Association — has been tapped as Santa Clara’s new metropolis librarian, setting up in October. Her 37-year profession has taken her through California, and most just lately she served as the city librarian in Santa Monica. With any luck ,, she will not skip the beach front much too significantly.

Wong was not too long ago inaugurated as the initial Asian American president of the library association, a countrywide organization that gives assets to library industry experts.

EUREKA!: The Los Altos Heritage Museum is celebrating the opening of its new exhibit on the Gold Rush with  a “Pioneer Day” on July 25 from noon to 4 p.m. The hands-on functions involve quilting, butter building, pioneer games and gold panning. People are encouraged to dress in “Western don,” but basketball shorts and a cowboy hat will possibly do for the rushed. It’s $5 per celebration and registration is demanded at

The exhibition, “Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush,”  which runs through Aug. 29, options pics, documents and artifacts from the era that explain to the tales of personal Californios, women, Indigenous Americans and immigrants who arrived trying to get their fortunes.

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