Please join us for one or all of our summer classes at the Lafayette Community Garden across from the Reservoir. These classes are interactive, informative and fun so come join us and prepare to get your hands dirty!
Saturday August 24 3:30 to 5pm Solar Cooking for Dummies (and the Uninitiated)
Solar cookers have been standbys in refugee camps and in third world countries for 2 decades. Freeing women from hours searching for fuel provides time for education and entrepreneurial enterprises. Eliminating smoke from the kitchen improves health and removes a burn hazard to children. Simple pasteurization of water eliminates a variety of eye and intestinal diseases. Super!
And now you first worlders can benefit from solar cooking too! Imagine walking into the back yard after work, opening your solar cooker and carrying dinner into the kitchen. Not a jot of natural gas or electron of electricity used. No drilling, no burning, no fracking. Slow cooking simmers flavor into vegetables. Fat cooks out of meats. Pre-cooking makes grilling faster and easier. But, best of all, is opening a pot and seeing your food steaming and ready to eat from no input other than the sunshine that is there anyway. Magic!
Join retired educator, Rennie Archibald, at the Lafayette Community Garden for a hands on class in solar cooking. Attendees will learn how to build and use a simple solar cooker, inspect a variety of alternative solar cooking devices, and sample foods cooked by the sun. You will take home your own solar kitchen: a cooker, pot and insulator! Materials fee of $40. Register at our website:
Saturday September 14 3:30 to 5pm Winter Gardens
Nanette Heffernan returns to the Community Garden for a lively discussion on how to prepare your garden for winter to ensure that you have a healthy spring. We will also discuss winter edibles that do well in Contra Costa such as Swiss chard, broccoli, and collard greens. This was such a popular class last fall that we wanted to bring Nanette back. You may even take home some seedlings to plant!
Classes are free although a $5 donation is appreciated.
Please check below to indicate which sessions you’ll be attending:
Our Mission: To inspire and motivate citizens of all ages to share and increase their knowledge about the importance of sustainable growing practices which promote a healthier community and earth.
Our endeavors will be guided by four fundamental values:
- Nature Is Our Teacher
- Sustainability Is A Community Practice
- The Real World Is The Optimal Learning Environment
- Sustainable Living Is Rooted In A Deep Knowledge Of Place
(The wording of these values is borrowed from Smart By Nature ™ a learning framework developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley.)
The primary mechanisms for achieving our mission are to:
- Use our garden site to teach about organic gardening, the riparian ecosystem and local Native American culture
- Provide classes that focus on inter-generational learning of sustainable practices
- Inform the community about other learning opportunities, activities and practices
- Partner with other institutions to support sustainable living education.