Day: January 4, 2018

Workshop: How to Raise Your Own Chickens

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Lafayette resident, Papa John Kiefer, is offering workshops again.

Coop


Topics will include:

♥ raising young chicks
♥ laying hen maintenance
♥ sustainable coop construction

Workshops are FREE and will be held in Lafayette from 1:00 to 3:30PM, on Sunday, March 4 and Sunday, March 18.

Reservations are required.
Contact: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com

Papa John

The Kiefer Sustainable Coop provides all the natural elements for chickens to be healthy, productive and safe. It is unique in that there is no smell and no cleaning.

 

 

 

TODAY: Plant Clinic and Tomato Class

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Tomato
Growing Tomatoes on May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30PM

WE NEVER LET A LITTLE RAIN STOP US, SO WHY SHOULD YOU?

Do you have questions about your garden? UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County will be offering a plant clinic at the Lafayette Community Garden TODAY from 10:00AM to 11:00AM to answer your gardening questions and help you to troubleshoot your plants FREE OF CHARGE!

And later, from 3:00PM to 4:30, join Helen Erickson, Master Gardener for a presentation about tomato growing best practices. Helen will be demonstrating planting techniques and will be available answer your questions.

We’ll have tents up to keep you as dry as we can. Dress warmly and enjoy the fresh air! You know we will.

Register now for her informative class, Growing Tomatoes.

“Mow no Mo’!” or “How to remove your lawn”

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Are you tired of mowing and edging your lawn, or for paying to have that done for you? Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your water bill? Wish you could quit with the herbicides? Would you like to have a beautiful, water-conserving garden that attracts wildlife? If so, “Mow no Mo!” is the workshop for you.

$30. Limit 30 participants.
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 – 3:00 Lafayette

In this hands-on workshop you’ll get information on how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. Most importantly, you’ll have the hands-on experience of sheet-mulching a lawn, and you’ll depart confident that you can do this at home.

We’ll meet at a Lafayette garden that currently has a lawn, but won’t when we are through with it! If you have them, bring a labeled long-handled shovel and rake, and gardening gloves, as we will be sheet mulching—cutting back turf, shoveling compost, laying cardboard, and spreading woodchips. We’ll work here until everyone has had a chance to try everything.

Bring a lunch to enjoy while you get your sheet-mulching questions answered. We’ll talk about how to select native plants and where to purchase them, provide you with a list of sheet-mulching resources, and let you know how you can get rebates from your local water district for removing your lawn. You’ll leave this workshop ready to sheet-mulch your own lawn away! To register go here.

Learn About Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Installation

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Did you know that the roof of a 1,000 square foot house can collect around 600 gallons per ONE inch of rain? In an average year with 12 inches of rain, that small roof could collect 7,200 gallons of precious, FREE water. Or are you aware that you can set up your laundry to safely and efficiently water your landscape?

Sustainable Contra Costa is hosting hands-on rainwater harvesting and greywater installation workshops to help you learn how to conserve water, make your home more energy efficient, and save money. Come join us March 23rd and March 30th to start off the Sustainable Living Workshop Series. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited! Location details will be sent after registration. To register and for more information, click the links below.

Rainwater Harvesting
Greywater Installation Workshop

Let The Planting Begin!

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This week we finally get to start planting.  This would not be possible except for the wonderful work of our members, volunteers, community partners and garden manager.  A world of thanks.  For great photos of the workday on Saturday click here.

First of three planting tables

 

Foraging in Lafayette

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Kevin Feinstein – aka ferelkevin – guided a class on edible wild plants at Sienna Ranch in Lafayette today.  See his new book here. (For some reason you need to open this post to see the links.)

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