Day: April 6, 2016

Kids’ Event: Trash to Treasure

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Ask kids what they see in the recycling bin and most of them will see a bin of potential. The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center will be unleashing this potential at the Lafayette Library with upcyclables generously donated from Republic Services on Saturday, April 16. Bring your children to the Arts & Sciences Room from 1:00PM to 2:00PM and watch them — and help if they want you to — bring new life to…well…”trash.”

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Register now!

Sunday: Fall Garden and Seed Saving Workshop

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One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round!! Fall/Winter is still a great time to grow edibles and improve your landscape.

Join us Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:30PM for Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall plus a special bonus: Beginners’ Lesson on Seed Saving.

Lori Caldwell, aka CompostGal, will go over techniques to help transitioning your garden for Fall: seed saving, crop rotation, soil amending, cool-weather edible crops, sheet mulching and planting natives.

Participants: To practice techniques of seed saving, please bring seed heads, pods, fruit, etc. to prepare and trade with others for a simple seed swap. In the interest of diversity, please bring only heirloom and/or open pollinated seed varieties.

Interested? Register here.

Mother’s Day Weekend: Make and Take a Wind Chime Home With or For Mom

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Personalize a wind chime. Collaborate with Mom or celebrate her with some music from the heart..
Wind chimes made to order.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day weekend making musical wind chimes in the garden! Come alone or bring your mother, grandmother, aunt, friend or children!

Wind chimes can be made with an exciting mixture of elements. Google “wind chime images” for many fun and creative ideas. Bring recycled items like old keys and jewelry, drillable kitchen utensils, silverware, and garden knick-knacks. Use your imagination! Susan Dannenfelser, local artist, will have filament, string, drills, other fasteners and materials for you to use.

All ages welcome!

(Adult supervision required for children 10 years & younger)

Register today!

Make a Little Music on Saturday, May 17

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Come to the garden Saturday, May 17 for a fun day of making music!

Wind chimes can be made with an exciting mixture of elements. We’ll have fasteners, adhesives, and basic materials, like filament, string, drills, glues, and bamboo. But to make your wind chime uniquely yours, bring items like old keys, bottle caps, earrings, beads, flatware, (smooth) sea glass, and industrial hardware. Just use your imagination!

You’ll have time to make one for yourself and possibly one for the garden. Search the web for inspiration for your music maker!

Join instructor Susan Dannenfelser, local sculptor and garden member, at the Lafayette Community Garden from 2:00PM to 5:00PM to discover your inner artist.

For more inspiration, visit Susan Dannenfelser at www.dannenbeck.com.

Kids 10 and under, please bring your own adult.

Sign up here.

Vermicomposting?

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Vermicomposting (Worms!) & Bin Building Workshop
Saturday, April 5th, 10-12pm
Heather Farm Community Center, Walnut Creek
Instructor: Linda Mizes
Registration Form must be submitted by March 28th: http://www.wastediversion.org/app_pages/view/1723
$20.00 Registration Fee
20 household max capacity
CCCSWA Residents Only: Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.

Nelson Mandela – prisoner, president…gardener?

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The Christian Science Monitor reports on Mandela’s prison garden here.

After 18 years imprisoned on Robben Island, Mandela and his colleagues were transferred to a prison on the mainland outside Cape Town. Pollsmoor was a concrete monolith. The political prisoners, however, had had a small garden in their cell block courtyard on the island, and Mandela was determined to have one again in his new circumstances.

“Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed in sun the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission,” Mandela recalled. “I requested that the prison service supply me with sixteen 44-gallon oil drums that I had them slice in half. The authorities then filled each half with rich, moist soil, creating in effect thirty-two giant flowerpots.

“I grew onions, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and much more. At its height I had a small farm with nearly nine hundred plants.”

Read it all.

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