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Food stamps, or EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer), can be a lifesaving form of assistance to the 45 million people (15 percent of the US population) who cannot afford to buy groceries each year.  Many programs allow recipients to use their benefits in restaurants and supermarkets, and — not as well-known — to purchase seeds and plants.  SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) offered by the Federal Government, allows EBT points to be turned into thriving subsistence backyard gardens.

To help get the word out about the lesser known side of food stamp benefits, garden advocate Daniel Bowman Simon formed the nonprofit SNAP Gardens.  The organization offers informational posters in several languages for farmers markets, housing centers, and community centers across the country, letting the locally administered EBT programs promote the proliferation of home small-scale farms. With a boost from an Awesome Food microgrant, SNAP Gardens will soon be working with the Dinner Garden to establish a telephone hotline that provides horticultural advice.

For those who could use a little extra know-how to start raising food from seed, the SNAP Ed-Connection , intended as instructional aids for regional EBT providers, is a great resource for education and training materials. San Luis Obispo residents can attend free enrichment classes all year round by master gardeners every 3rd Saturday of the month.   Cuesta College occasionally holds community workshops for a small fee that focus on designing, establishing, and maintaining a new garden.  The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden leads tours of its demonstration plots, and gives first time green thumbs a chance to practice and get dirty every Tuesday from 9-11am.

Even if you do not take advantage of EBT, you can let gardens provide for you and your family! What a great way to save money, reconnect with the earth, and eat healthy this season!


All great nations deserve great artists.  All great artists deserve great art supply stores.  San Luis Art Supply provides whatever your creative spirit desires.  Owner Neal Breton specializes in brands that are professional-grade, affordable, and locally produced whenever possible.   With several decades worth of painting experience, Neal has an incredible in-depth knowledge of the materials he sells and is always willing to give advice on how to use each item.  Prices are extremely reasonable and employees will let you know how to get the most mileage out of whatever you purchase.

The store carries complete product lists for several art and architecture classes offered by Cal Poly and Cuesta College and is a favorite one-stop-shop for many of the colleges’ students.  However, if you are looking for a craft store akin to Michael’s or Aaron Brothers, you will be disappointed.  San Luis Art supply caters more towards the student, serious artist, or those working with the traditional mediums.  If you are in search of painting, sketching, screen printing, calligraphy, potting or stenciling equipment, you can’t beat San Luis Art Supply.  (Scrap-booking, beading, and flower arranging are best left to Beverly’s.)

Not only is SLAS a wonderful resource for materials and knowledge, but it is a venue for gallery shows and the collaborative center for several cultural events around San Luis Obispo.  Local work is displayed monthly on the walls above the paints and pens, and Thursday afternoons are host to “Hang Out and Draw” sessions which are often sponsored by sketching or painting companies featured in SLAS’ product line.  Breton is the creator and organizer for “Last Fridays”, a city-wide night of receptions held in downtown stores, galleries, and cafes in order t0 present the works of younger artists.  On any given day, you will see friends and customers sitting inside the front door working on pieces, doodling, and asking the owner for color consultations.

Check out San Luis Art Supply and support a fantastic local business!  SLAS is located on 116 Morro St, (between Higuera and Marsh) and is open 7 days a week.