Day: September 19, 2018

Celebrating 7 Years This Sunday!

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From parking lot to fruitful garden…we have much to celebrate. What was once a road, parking lot and staging area is now mostly a cooperative vegetable garden where members work together, in teams or individually, but share in the produce.

This Sunday, September 23, we invite the community to visit the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center as we celebrate the end of the 2018 season at our 7th Annual Harvest Festival.

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The garden was established in  the spring of 2012 after three years of planning by a small group of Lafayette community members. It has become a place for community members to grow food, learn about the local ecosystem and organic gardening and contribute back to our community.

The gates swing open to the public from 11AM and the festivities will last until 3PM. There will be many activities and speakers. Please come check out what we have to offer. The event is FREE.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00  Welcome
11:30 – 12:00  Raising Chickens: Papa John Kiefer
12:00 – 12:30  Worm Composting -Linda Mizes
11:00 – 2:30    Food, Community Tabling, Games, Displays, Crafts, Card Sales, Scarecrow-making
11:30 and 12:30  Garden Tours
12:30 – 1:00   Flute Music by member Pamela Halloran
1:00 – 2:00   Saklan Material Culture: “Doc” Jim Hale will discuss the plants, animals, and natural resources used by the Bay Miwok Saklans
2:00 – 2:30   Beekeeping: Jan Pinkerton-Spieth
2:30 – 3:00   Flute Music by member Pamela Halloran
2:50 – 3:00   Closing (Winner of popcorn count)

*Included are finger food, sandwiches, tea, water and lemonade.

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!!

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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.

Too early to think about winter gardens?

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Yep, still a little too early.  But it is not too early to register for the last class this year.  Sign up now for our September 29 class on Winter Gardens.


There is as much happening in your garden over winter as there is in summer…even if you don’t plant anything. Did you know tomato horn worm grubs could be hibernating in your soil? Or that you may be promoting the growth of various wilts by composting your tomato plants? Join Nanette Heffernan in a lively discussion on how to prepare your garden for winter to ensure you have a healthy spring. We will also be discussing winter edibles that do well in Contra Costa County: Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Collard Greens…the list goes on and on. You will even take home some seedlings to plant!

September 29   3 – 5pm   Winter Gardens

You can register online here.

Lafayette Today

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Hope you didn’t miss the August Issue of Lafayette Today. Fran Miller has a great article about why the garden is every bit as much about community as it is about gardening and education.  Check it out!

The new gate at Lafayette Community Garden