Please join us for one or all of our spring 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!
Sunday March 30 3:00 to 4:30pm Big Gardens in Small Places: Container Gardening
Please join us for the first class of 2014 with Lori Caldwell, certified Master Gardner Composter and a favorite teacher at the Community Garden. If you have small space or want to grow your own food without being overwhelmed by a big garden, this is the class for you. Topics such as types of containers, maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens, watering and crop rotation will be covered. It’s a great way to start a garden or add on to maximize your existing garden possibilities. We have scheduled this class for March so you’ll be able to get your containers ready for spring planting.
Saturday April 5 11:30 to 12:30pm Eggstravaganza!
Eggs are an age-old symbol of springtime and renewal. Come visit the community garden and explore the cultural traditions of egg decoration as we learn about eggs and life cycles. Meet our garden chickens that are now laying eggs. Egg hunting and decoration will follow a library story hour. This is a collaboration between the Lafayette Library and the Community Garden.
Sunday April 6 9:30 to 2:00pm Natural & Cultural History Walk with Doc Hale
Come hike with Doc Jim Hale, wildlife biologist and naturalist, as he interprets the fire ecology of the recent Clayton Burn, wildlife, geology, wildflowers, and the material culture of the Native Americans including their useful, edible, and medicinal plants. We will visit bedrock milling stations, as well as a village site and pictograph site. Hiking level is easy. Bring lunch and liquids. Carpool from the garden at 8:30am or meet at 9:30 am at the John Muir Picnic Area just below the summit of Mount Diablo. A park entrance fee applies at both the north and south entrances. Cost for the class and field trip: $10/individual; $20/family tax deductible donation to Lafayette Community Garden to support our education programs.
We’ll meet rain or shine at the Lafayette Community Garden on Mt Diablo Boulevard across from the Lafayette Reservoir. A $5 donation per person to support our education programs is appreciated but not required. Register for our classes at our website: http://www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org
Classes are free although a $5 donation is appreciated.
Saturday April 26 1:00 to 4:00pm Growing Herbs for Teas
Announcing a special educational fundraiser for the Garden where you can learn how to grow, harvest, dry, store and make teas from herbs grown in your own garden. Hollie Lucas Alcalay of Hollies Homegrown in Moraga has made her own herb garden farm into a thriving business and will share with us her expertise and passion for herbs. Sample and savor herbal teas made from local herbs and take home a 4-pack of seedlings to help you get started. Suggested donation $40 (members $20).
May 3, 11:30 to 12:30 Butterflies and Their Foods
After a month developing in the Lafayette Library, our butterflies will be ready to release in our butterfly garden. Come hear butterfly stories, make wands, and create butterfly cookies. Take home a butterfly plant to coax butterflies into your own garden. This is a Lafayette Library and Community Garden collaboration.
May 3, 3 to 5pm Bio-Intensive Gardening To Feed The World
Global Student Embassy students from the Acalanes Union High School District will speak about bio-intensive gardening and how such practices are used around the world to address food access. They’ll share their experiences working on organic farm projects and reforestration in Nicaragua and Ecuador, as well as in their school gardens. Basic technical aspects of bio-intensive agriculture and how to effectively use small garden plots to grow an abundance of produce will be covered.
May 17, 2 to 5pm Wind Chime Workshop: Making Music in the Garden
Bring assorted “treasures” to make your own unique set of wind chimes. Possibilities include shells (with a hole is a plus), old flatware, driftwood, rounded weathered glass pieces, bottle caps, metal pieces and ???? Use your imagination, anything goes! We will have drills, threading tools, fishing line, assorted fasteners, and glue. Bamboo pieces and ceramic medallions will be available to add to your creation if desired. Make one to take home and one to leave to make music at the garden!
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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.