Please join us for one or all of our classes at the Lafayette Community Garden across from the Reservoir. These classes are interactive, informative, fun, and, generally, FREE*, so come join us and prepare to get your hands dirty!
SUMMER DAY CAMP: MEETING NATURE THROUGH MIWOK EYES
August 4–8| 8:30–11:30AM (M–F)
Children ages 8 – 12 years old (a few additional adult caregivers welcome).
$50 per camper
This class will provide an immersion into the abundant world of nature as experienced by the local Native American Tribe, the Saclans/Miwoks. 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 $50 per camper fee covers the cost of materials. (Minimum of 6/maximum of 12 youth participants.)
August 9 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Ages 18 & up (families welcome)
Presented by the Contra Costa County Waste Authority, Linda Mizes 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. Register at http://www.wastediversion.org.
NOURISHMENT FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY FAMILY
August 13 | 7 – 8:30 PM
Developed for parents, grandparents and others caring for children
Participants will gain the knowledge needed to make the best food choices for their families. Topics include the importance of good nutrition, nutritional bandits and superheroes, nutrition claims and labels, nutrient rich snack ideas, fostering healthy eating habits, food allergies, supplementation and much more. Attendees will also get a taste of a yummy, nutritious snack along with the recipe to make at home. If you have children, plan to have children, or if you are expecting, you won’t want to miss this!
FRESH FARMERS’ CHEESE MAKING
September 7 | 3:30 – 5:00
All ages welcome
Have you ever considered the possibility of raising goats in your backyard? Come hear about Leah’s first year of raising three goats in an urban setting. Say hello to mama-goat Tessa, the star of the workshop, baaaaaa! 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.
ALL IN A JAR: Canning Basics with Penny Porter
September 21 | 3:30 – 5:00
18 and up
Come and 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 home.
*Classes, unless otherwise specified, are FREE, although a $5 donation per participant/$10 per family is appreciated.
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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.