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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.

COMPOSTING 101: Take Your Recycling to a New Level

COMPOSTING 101: Take Your Recycling to a New Level

Did you know that the city of Lafayette has set its sights on diverting 75% of the city’s waste from the landfill. We aren’t far from that goal, with our 66% diversion rate, but we do have another eight percent to go.

We know you are already recycling, but are you ready to start composting? If so, join Contra Costa County Waste Authority’s Linda Mizes as she returns to the garden to share her expertise on home composting.

Learn how easy it is to enrich your soil and reduce your waste while letting nature do the work. You’ll leave with all the information you need to start a simple home composting system, as well as how to use the compost in your garden. Methods of simple vermiculture (worm composting) will also be covered and you’ll learn ways to use worm castings and tea.

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A Lamorinda Camp Exclusive: Meeting Nature Through Miwok Eyes

A Lamorinda Camp Exclusive: Meeting Nature Through Miwok Eyes

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.

Register today.

Best Deals in Town! Class and Plant Bargains

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!

CANCELLED: Lafayette’s Amazing Natural History

Doc Hale has informed us that has to cancel our event this afternoon. Due to an illness in his extended family, he has to fly to aid in the end of life care of his uncle. We are sorry to have this last minute glitch, but will notify you when we reschedule.

Thanks for your understanding.

Be amazed! Sat., July 12 – 3:30 to 5:00 PM

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Doc Jim Hale, wildlife biologist, naturalist and ethnobiologist will bring alive the amazing natural history of the Lamorinda area. Learn what plants thrived here and how they were used by local Native Americans. Find out what animals visit our area while we sleep at night. Doc Hale is an expert on wild, edible plants, the medicinal and cultural use of herbs, and mountain lion ecology in Contra Costa County. Doc’s photos and stories will delight people of all ages. Want proof? Check out this photo from Briones taken on June 19th. Register here.


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