Day: July 26, 2015

TONIGHT: Just Eat It @ the Lafayette Library

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Come for the final installation of Sustainable Lafayette‘s summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on Tuesday, July 28th from 6:30p to 8:30PM in the Community Hall. Free snacks, cookies, coffee, and refreshments will be served. $10 donation requested.  $5 for students.

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We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.


Sustainable Lafayette’s Summer Film Series

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Film series

For the fifth year in a row, Sustainable Lafayette will be hosting a summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center featuring three recently released documentaries. These award-winning films will be shown on weekday evenings in June and July.  See movie descriptions and event info below. All movies will run from 6:30p to 8:30p in the Community Hall.

Free snacks, cookies, coffee, and refreshments will be served at each movie and special guest speakers will be included when possible.  $10 donation requested.  $5 for students.

For more information, visit Sustainable Lafayette.

Big Gardens in Small Spaces This Sunday

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Do you want to plant a garden, but feel overwhelmed? Or perhaps you are a seasoned gardener who is looking for new ideas to optimize your growing space.

Join us at the Lafayette Community Garden this Sunday from 3:00 to 4:30pm  to learn more about creating big gardens in small spaces.

Lori Caldwell, certified Master Gardener and Master Composter, will discuss the possibilities that containers can offer us to make an impact in a small space.

Ms Caldwell will also discuss the topics of maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens, watering and crop rotation.

It’s a great way to start a garden or add on to maximize your existing garden possibilities.

Sign up for Big Gardens in Small Places: Container Gardening here.

52 Community Garden Dispatches

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Jeff Spurier has just finished a year long project for the LA Times reporting on the Community Gardens across Southern California.  Here is his final post.

Community Gardens Dispatch No. 52: The end

It’s transition time in the garden. For me, that means the end of my year in the community garden.

This series began after I graduated from the UC Cooperative Extension’s master gardener class in spring 2010. My education continued in community gardens from Ventura to Long Beach, from the foothills to the coast, from the inner city to the ex-urbs.

Microclimates, demographics and histories of the gardens may have differed, but one commonality stood out: No matter the ZIP Code, gardeners were generous with their time, expertise, seedlings and harvest. It sounds like a cliche (or a statement of the obvious) to say that community gardens build community, but after seeing how these gardens can be good neighbors, raising property values and welcoming newcomers with open arms (and full sun), the cliche just sounds like fact.

…And though just about everyone grew tomatoes and beets, spinach and cauliflower, I always found a surprise planted in there too: minari, a Korean herb used in kimchee; the diminutive dog’s tooth pepper, which packs a wallop;  moringa, a fast-growing, drought-tolerant tree. And did you know you can grow coffee, tea and all types of mango and papaya here? I didn’t.

This vast variety of edibles, flowers and other flora from around the world will be the subject of my new series for L.A. at Home: the Global Garden, a trip down a cross-cultural path that winds through Southern California. In many ways the new series will be an extension of this one — a reflection of our community as seen through what we plant. Stay tuned.

Read it all here.

Troop 32153 Leads the Way!

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Wow! Girl Scout Troop 32153 has kicked off our fund raising drive with a super generous donation of $440!  This would be a great time to get together with some friends and match this gift.  For more information about how to donate, click here.

For more about this remarkable troop, read this at Lamorinda Weekly.

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Lafayette’s Megan Langner and her 180,000 honeybees!

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The Contra Costa Times has a great story about Megan.  Read about how she got started, what keeps her going and the nationwide challenges to the bee population here.  For more information you can check out the Mount Diablo Bee Association.