A Bumper Crop of Apples Turns to Cider

The apple tree growing on the patio near the Livermore Pavilion has been here since before anyone can recall, providing shade in the summer and a crop of fruit in the autumn. In the past several years, the harvest has very meager, and the tree itself seemed to be struggling. After a vigorous pruning with help from our friends at the Merritt Pruning Guild in spring of 2019, though, the tree is flourishing once again and produced the largest crop of apples we’ve seen in years and years. The variety remains a mystery (we’ve considered dubbing it the “Livermore Crisp” in honor of one of MAGC’s founders), but the fruit is as crunchy and tasty as you could hope for. While we picked and gave aw

ay plenty of apples, there were many more that took a few knocks on the way down, and rather than letting these go to waste, we decided to

make cider. Using a vintage press borrowed from Ross Historical Society Board member Tom Gaffney, we enlisted the help of the Garden School students to juice pounds of apples. Each child took a turn cranking the handle to crush the fruit, or screwing down the press to squeeze out every last drop. We were all surprised by how much juice we got, and it was every bit as delicious as the apples. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to pick, press, and taste the delicious results.

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center