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Spring Newsletter 

A Note From Kory:

Since our last newsletter in October, Sweetwater has continued to benefit from the strong support of our extended community.  Between your donations, grants awarded, attending on campus events and helping create new opportunities for residents, together we continue to live the Sweetwater mission of offering individual choice and challenging each resident to reach his or her highest potential.
 
And just like the tipi put up last week out by the farm, Sweetwater is rising higher!  The month of April is filled with activity – between Autism Awareness Month, our Earth Day Open House, the new enrichment activities being added to our regular schedule and the beginning of spring planting on the farm, everyone and everything is in motion.
 
Thank you for your continued support.  Please remember that your donation to Sweetwater in any amount is appreciated and makes a difference.

A Wondrous Winter It Was! 

Our Sweetwater residents had a great time closing out 2016. Of course, parties were a favorite event. We had a great turnout for our Fall Harvest Dinner and the Holiday Party in December.

Residents were busy out in the community as well. Julia hosted a holiday open house at her art studio and Maris performed with the Sonoma Valley Chorale.
The abundance of rain this winter didn’t dampen the spirits of staff and residents. Attendance at weekly Potlucks and Hangouts remains strong with such activities as photo scavenger hunts, holiday bingo and making slime. Maris was busy creating a scrapbook of her life at Sweetwater and Gaby continues to create beautiful collages. Art is a weekly favorite with Haley joining the crew from House D. Another popular activity this winter was Special Olympics. Residents enjoyed bowling and basketball, with tennis beginning in April.
Residents are volunteering out in the community with ongoing commitments to Jack London Green Team recycling, Pets Lifeline, Ceres Project, and Sonoma Valley Library. We also added two new volunteer opportunities – stocking shelves at FISH (Friends In Sonoma Helping) and cooking a weekly meal for SOS (Sonoma Overnight Support).

Mark your Calendars! 

Come celebrate Mother Earth at Sweetwater Spectrum with some good ol' farm fun.  Enjoy a morning full of movement, music, art, food and of course our brand new teepee!  We hope to see you there! 

Fab Farm Fun

Farm Enrichment activities have been on the upswing as the spring season picks up! Farm Night and Craft Night continue to be resident favorites, and construction is underway in the new resident garden area near House D. Residents have enjoyed planning what they will plant in their four new raised beds, one for each house! Justine has also implemented the Garden Cart Project, which is a mobile gardening station that can be taken inside the resident houses. She is having great success working with residents on their patios, planting seeds and transplanting seedlings that then go back out to the greenhouse to grow. In fact, just last week our residents planted 6 dwarf fruit trees! Sunflowers, pumpkins, and lots of food is on the way in the new resident garden! It is sure to be a great season on the farm this year. 

A Note From Farmer Luke: 

Spring has finally arrived on the farm, bringing with it warmer days and continued rains. The microgreens are growing beautifully in our state-of-the-art greenhouse, meeting the demand of three new wholesale customers. The greens sit next to our tomatoes, which are just itching to get into the ground once the rains clear. We're also looking forward to all the other wonderful spring and summer crops, including broccoli, kale, cabbage, salad mix, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and much more. 

We're continuing to sell our microgreens at the Friday farmers' market here in town. Folks are really enjoying our products! They keep on coming back, which we love. Once May rolls around, look out for our farm stand opening up again (day to be determined). In addition to our microgreens we'll be bringing delicious produce to the stand. Lastly, please join us for our Earth Day Open House on April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We'll have a few lovely events out on the farm, including a work party (seeding and transplanting spring crops), and a workshop with Farmer Luke about how to get your spring and summer gardens off to a good start. Don't miss it! Happy growing y'all!

April is Autism Awareness Month! 

Each year Sweetwater Spectrum helps support Autism Awareness Month by asking local eateries to distribute yellow napkins during the month of April.  This year we have over 10,000 napkins floating around Sonoma!  Look for the yellow at your favorite joint today and help spread the word! 

Did you know that over 3.5 million people are living with autism in the U.S. with an average diagnosis at just 4 years of age.  If you are receiving this newsletter, chances are you know someone who is affected by autism and we genuinely thank you for your continued support of Sweetwater and the Autistic community!  
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