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It’s Nearly Bedtime!

It’s Nearly Bedtime!

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.



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.



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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New Little Free Library now open at Lafayette Community Garden

New Little Free Library now open at Lafayette Community Garden

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
(479) 841-9555

Have a “CAN”-DO Attitude


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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