The communities of Salinas and Morgan Hill will be filled with fun events in the upcoming months focused on important areas like community, public health and animal services. Sakata Seed America, with facilities in both Salinas and Morgan Hill, is supporting local communities and causes through its Charitable Giving program.

Plants for Paws; Salinas Animal Services; April 18

In the wake of California Spring Trials, Sakata Ornamentals is set to donate a large amount of plant material from their display to a terrific, local organization: City of Salinas Animal Services. Plants for Paws is a plant and flower sale held at the shelter facility on Hitchcock Road in Salinas. This year, funds raised will go toward the Community Cats pilot program, a program intended to trap, shelter, neuter and return cats to their communities in order to decrease the number of cats in the shelter and, ultimately, decrease the amount of euthanized cats due to shelter over-population.

This is the second annual year Sakata has contributed to Plants for Paws in support of the Salinas community and, this year, up to $5,000 worth of plant material will be donated to the fundraiser to support the new program.

Soil Art Day; Morgan Hill; April 18

This free family event supports the Morgan Hill community as well as the celebration of Earth Day, a time to promote the local community garden and spread awareness about healthy eating and growing your own food. Soil Earth Day will feature artist Helen Lessick’s art installation at the Morgan Hill Community Garden, as well as a ribbon cutting with Mayor Steve Tate, art activities for kids, composting demos, tours and a lively discussion about urban gardening with Dr. Lucy Diekmann from Santa Clara University in nearby San Jose.

71st Annual Salinas Valley Fair; King City; May 14-17

Another substantial portion of post-CAST plant and flower material will be donated to landscaping for the Salinas Valley Fair, a long-standing community tradition that supports local agriculture and the overall community. Sakata contributes to the event annually, not only through the giving of plant material, but through donations to The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enriching the heritage of the Salinas Valley Fair and showcasing agricultural industries to the community. Among their efforts, the foundation offers support to 4-H and FFA programs, creates agricultural education opportunities and promotes public awareness for community needs. This year, Sakata will donate 49ers tickets and seed to the Heritage Foundation Kick Off Dinner’s silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Fund for the bettering of the Salinas Valley community.