If you’ve driven by recently, you may have noticed that our garden is lush with harvest. We continue to be blessed with a diverse, energetic, positive community of garden members and supporters who have helped bring the garden and learning center together.
Little Free Library #18575 officially opened on Saturday, September 13 at the Lafayette Community Garden located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
With the motto “Take a Book, Return a Book, the Little Free Library’s mission is to promote literacy and love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. Books of all kinds, appealing to all ages, are welcomed. The members of the garden have initially stocked the LFL with their favorites, but other patrons are encouraged to borrow and to bring books to add to the collection.
The Little Free Library is considered a gift to the community. The books are labeled or stamped “Always a gift, never for sale,” to reinforce the idea that these books should circulate freely within the community.
The Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Wisconsin in 2010 and it has grown to include LFLs in most states and dozens of countries. More information can be found at the Little Free Library site.
The library is located beside the entry gate to the garden. It can be accessed from the street through the pedestrian gate to the left of the vehicular entryway.
Contact: Jeanie Hill
Penny Porter of All in a Jar will be at the garden on Sunday, September 21 from 3:30 to 5:00PM to share her knowledge of food preservation at home. Have fun learning the basics on water bath canning for high-acid foods. We will discuss the best foods for this process, the tools you need and the do’s and don’ts.
There are many tricks and techniques that make canning a unique process for extending the life of your favorite foods. Most importantly, this class will provide quintessential knowledge and skills for how to begin canning in your own home.
Join Penny Porter for some Canning Basics.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of this workshop, we have closed registration. We hope to repeat it in Spring. Thanks for your understanding.
Have you ever entertained the thought of raising goats in your backyard?
Join the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) on Sunday, September 7 from 3:30 to 5:00PM at the Lafayette Community Garden for the Fresh Farmers’ Cheese Making workshop. Hear about Leah’s first year of raising three goats in an urban setting and say hello to mama-goat Tessa, the star of the workshop.
Watch and learn how to make delicious fresh goats’ milk cheese, and sample a few different flavors. This hands-on workshop—designed for beginning cheese makers, cheese eaters, and anyone interested in goats—will teach you the techniques of basic fresh cheese making that you can do right in your kitchen with store-bought milk.
Still looking for the perfect camp? Want to learn a little about the local history of Lamorinda? Then come and join us at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center and immerse yourself into the abundant world of nature as experienced by the local Native American Tribe, the Saclans/Miwoks.
We will meet daily August 4 to 8, from 8:30 to 11:30am. Youth and open-hearted adults will live as tribal members adopting Native American names and cultural observances. We will use what nature has provided for tools, meals, clothing and shelter. The last morning will conclude with a tribal sharing of food and ceremony with guests.
Educator, Peggy Magilen, will lead this experience, assisted by other members of the Community Garden.
The camp is geared for children ages 8 to 12 years old.
A minimum of 6/maximum of 12 youth participants; a few additional (adult) caregivers welcome.
Cost: $50 per camper to cover materials.
Come by Wednesday from 2:00 until 6:00PM and Thursday from 9:00AM until noon to adopt a plant for your personal garden. We have tomatoes, cucumbers and various herbs at the table near the entrance for you to nurture. While you are here, feel free to stroll around and see how the former parking lot has transformed. To us, its a sanctuary. See what it can be for you.
If you have kids 10 and under, there are still three classes left in Our Secret Garden II series. Classes are from 9:00 until 10:00AM on the following days:
- Thursday, July 17: Garden Math
- Monday, July 21: The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out
- Thursday, July 24: Super Powers!
And at the low price of FREE, these are the best deals in Lafayette!