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Penny Porter Offers More Than Canning: Sausage Making 101

Penny Porter Offers More Than Canning: Sausage Making 101

Penny Porter has been a foodie her entire life. From gardening and composting to cooking and canning, Penny does it all! She is absolutely food obsessed and she is determined to bring her friends, family and clients along on all of her food journeys.

Join Penny at All In A Jar on Sunday, February 8 at 11:00am as she gets out her recipes for for two mouth-watering winter menu additions. In this hands-on class, you will grind meat and chop produce to create two delectable sausages: an Apple-Pecan Breakfast Pork Sausage seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet apple, perfect next to eggs in the morning, and a Garlic Venison Sausage, excellent on pizzas or in chili. Students will also learn how to use a Food Saver for the freezer and go home with a package of sausage from each recipe.

Snacks are served at the beginning of each class and recipes and “How to Start” are always provided.

Penny’s classes run Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and Thursday 10:30am to 1:30pm. Private lessons are available upon request.

For more information or to sign up for this class or another, visit Penny at Allinajar.com or call 925.899.1745.

All In A Jar
3339 Carlyle Terrace
Lafayette CA

Sip of Soup and “Soup Opera” Performance Featured in the Contra Costa Times

Sip of Soup and “Soup Opera” Performance Featured in the Contra Costa Times

Have a read about the Sip of Soup event at the Lafayette Library tomorrow (Wednesday, January 14) in Lou Fancher’s article, “Lafayette: Garden gets exposure through ‘Soup Opera’” in the Contra Costa Times. Says Fancher:

“Soup Opera” …will feature Senior Library Manager Vickie Sciacca (narrator), the library’s Orlando Guzman (soup eater), garden director Janet Thomas (chef), piano teacher Xiomara Di Maio (United States president), Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen (chief of police) and Stanley Middle School music teacher Bob Athayde (waiter).

Join us on Wednesday, 12:00-1:30PM at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (open space), 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA for a not-to-be-missed performance of “A Soup Opera” and a Sip of Soup.

For more information, call 925-385-2280 or go to www.lafayettelib.org/calendar.

Sip of Soup, and Soup Opera at the Lafayette Library

Wednesday, January 14, 2014 | 12:00 to 1:30PM
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In partnership with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Garden members, the Library staff and mother/daughter teams from National Charity League will be serving soup in the lobby of the library on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 from 12:00pm and 1:30pm.

Special guests, Lafayette mayor Don Tatzin, Stanley Middle School’s Bob Athayde and piano teacher Xiomara Di Maio, will act out scenes from the book “The Soup Opera,” a story about a man, a bowl of soup, and the man’s comically frustrating quest to eat that soup.

All ages; no reservations necessary.
Lobby, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA, 94549.

Come join the fun at noon; a repeat performance will take place at 1:00pm.

The Highlights of the 2014 Season

Thanks to the community of Lafayette for a wonderful year! We enjoyed many successes. Here are some of the highlights:

– We reached capacity, with 70 garden member families (about 120 members) and sixteen families on the waiting list for next season.
– Soil was greatly enhanced through addition of compost and other organic nutrients.
– Ten beautiful new beds were constructed.
Propagation of our plants took place in homes and at the garden. Planting was done with attention paid to what was planted where. Rotation of crops, water conservation and bio-intensive methods of planting guided our planning.
– Plants which we propagated but couldn’t use in the garden were given to Chateau Lafayette and Belle Terre Eden Senior Housing facilities for their patio gardens.
– We opened the garden to the entire community Wednesdays 2–5pm, Thursdays 9am–12pm and Saturdays 9am–1pm. Many community groups (scouts, schools, garden clubs, etc.) were given tours.
– The garden produced over a ton of vegetables and herbs. Almost all of the harvest was taken by community garden members. What was in excess was donated to the new Belle Terre Housing and Chateau Lafayette.
– We got water! We worked with the City to access and purchase piped in water rather than depend on it being trucked as in years past. Thanks to a grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation and private donors, we were able to install an efficient drip irrigation system. We remained cautious in what and how we planted in order to save water.
– We took down our “not to code” greenhouse and purchased a beautiful new greenhouse, thanks to support from the Happy Valley Garden Club and the Brenner Foundation.
– Over 350 people visited our third annual Harvest Festival, enjoying activities from scare crow building to sachet making, listening to music, and learning about the natural history of Lafayette.
– Our education programs provided a variety of rich experiences for community members of all ages:
– Partnering with the Lafayette Library, we hosted regular themed book events and workshops for children.
– This summer we offered a month long series of eight preschool classes and a weeklong Native American immersion camp for 7 – 12 year olds.
– Ten adult and intergenerational classes and workshops were attended by over 200 visitors.

It’s Nearly Bedtime!

It’s Nearly Bedtime!

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What a great way to end the season! We had a great turnout at our Third Annual Harvest Festival. The garden was abuzz with energy.

Papa John gave an interesting talk about the sustainability of raising chickens. Susan Dannenfelser helped kids young and old bring life into apple dolls. Karol Dondero allowed our noses to guide us in making sachets and tea/herb bags. Peggy Magilen brought us back to the time of Miwoks. Doc Hale captivated an audience with a riveting talk about the indigenous peoples who inhabited the East Bay and his study of mountain lions.

We now have a have few more weeks until we close for the season. Until then, we’ll be busy tucking everything in for the winter, so it’s all ready for bed.

THE HARVEST FESTIVITIES HAVE BEGUN!!

THE HARVEST FESTIVITIES HAVE BEGUN!!

From now until 3PM today, our gates are open. You are invited to learn more about us and how you can be involved. We have lots on the schedule, from chicken talks to Apple doll making. Come out and have a little fun this afternoon. It’s sunny after all.

YOU’RE INVITED TO GET TO KNOW US BETTER

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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.

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