Day: October 17, 2017

The Season is Winding Down…

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Jan Spieth from Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association speaking at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center’s 2017 Harvest Fest

Thank you to all that attended our 6th Annual Harvest Fest on Sunday, October 15, 2017. We had some wonderful speakers and lots of kids of all ages making scarecrows, playing games and eating yummy food. Much appreciation goes out to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to put on this event and to all the community participants for coming to share their passions.

We feel our garden is a gift to our community and are always happy to see people take the time to visit us and to find out what we are all about.

That said, we have only two more weeks till the 2017 season comes to a close. In the coming weeks, we will be bedding down for winter and preparing for spring. During our work days — Tuesdays from 4PM to 7PM, Thursdays from 9AM to noon, and Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM — we welcome you for a visit.

We are also taking applications for the 2018 season, so if you are interested in getting involved next year, please fill out an application form and send it our way.

Doc Hale Update

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Keep up with our amazing naturalist and friend of the garden, Doc “Jim” Hale by checking out his web site. Periodically it will have updates with news and the latest on Jim’s condition. The site also has a link  to a fundraising effort set up by some of his friends to help with his ongoing medical expenses.  

I hope you will consider sending the link below to any of your friends who also know Jim: 

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-jim-doc-hale-fight-cancer-and-a-nerve-disease/342422

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

I’ts “Bugs Week” at the Library

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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!!! It’s Bug Week at the Lafayette Library!

Designed for: Kids (5-11), All Ages, Young Children (0-5)

It’s Bug Week! Lots of fun activities all week! Storytimes & crafts! Bug visitors and a chance to go find your own beautiful bugs! Stop by the Lafayette Library & Learning Center for more details!!

On Saturday March 23, from 12-1 PM kids can come to the Garden and Dig around in the Worm Bins!

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Sheet Mulching!

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Last weekend we got a good lesson on sheet mulching from Lori Caldwell in our first Outdoor Learning class of the year. Now we are putting that lesson to good use under the oak trees in our garden. First we laid down a layer of cardboard making sure not to leave any ground uncovered. Then we thoroughly soaked the cardboard and added mulch (wood chips). The transformation continues!
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Organic Gardening Event

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Great event coming up, Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Moraga Library starting at 7:00 p.m. Deva Rajan of Moraga Farm and Julie Welch, St. Mary’s College Community Garden Coordinator talk about their respective gardens and how to start your own organic garden.

 

Green Heron

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This Green Heron was photographed by Steve Hobbs at the Lafayette Reservoir.  Now is a great time to get a 2012 Calendar featuring the Lafayette Reservoir and benefiting the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.  You can pick one up at Orchard Nursery.

Learn more about Green Herons here.

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