Behind the Scenes: “We Garden” Event with Maria Shriver

Setting up a good public relations and public education event can be challenging, but more importantly, it’s often very enjoyable and fun.  Take a look at today’s event at the California State Capitol Park. I took a camera to this event because I am really excited about the message First Lady Maria Shriver and her co-stars Food Network Chef Guy Fieri and Alice Waters – the inventor of fresh “California Cuisine” were sending to kids about sustainable living and family gardening. I wanted to see how it all came together.  It was a great event. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the event:

Here’s the details: Building on her continuing commitment to the creation of edible school gardens as a learning experience for children and the important role of food, California First Lady Maria Shriver planted the first edible garden at the California State Capitol grounds on May 21, 2009. “WE Garden in Capitol Park” will serve as a way to educate and inspire Californians about the important lessons gardens teach students, children and people of all ages, lessons rooted in nutrition, healthy living, agriculture, science, history and service. Particularly, the WE Garden project will provide ample hands-on educational experiences for the hundreds of school children that visit the Capitol each year, through the creation of a series of ten individual lesson plans to provide for ongoing instruction.

In addition, Shriver was joined by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary A.G. Kawamura, Food Network Chef Guy Fieri, 2008 California Hall of Fame Inductee Alice Waters, Tim Alderson, Chairman of the California School Garden Network (CSGN) and Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers. At the event, Guy Fieri participated with Junior Chef assistants in a cooking demonstration showcasing how simply garden vegetables and herbs can be put together for a delicious meal.

More information about the “We Garden in Capitol Park” and the First Lady’s campaign.

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