Spring Greens

These early spring days are ideal for growing leafy green crops, which thrive in our Edible Garden. We’ve had to do more watering this year since rainfall has been below average, but the tender lettuces, hardier kales, and leafier herbs are all flourishing this time of year. We have harvested broccoli, lettuce greens, arugula, and red mustard greens, and . The days when people thought of salad as “rabbit food’ are long behind us, and with access to such a bounty of vegetables, we know that salad can be anything from a delicate side dish to a hearty entrée. Try mixing some of the classic favorites such as butter leaf lettuce with more assertive arugula, or toss sturdy kale with cooked grains like farro or quinoa. Try this salad dressing recipe that is tangy, creamy, and wonderful on any of your garden produce:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a small mason jar, seal the lid and shake to combine; serve over the greens of your choice! For more ideas about putting your garden to work for your kitchen, join us for the Summer Edible Garden with Sierra Vasquez of Homestead Design Collective, at MAGC on April 17. Register online here.

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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