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Discovering a Sense of Place

By Community Events, History, News & Events

There is a great set of outdoor learning opportunities coming up at Heather Farms called Discovering a Sense of Place. The first one, called “Thinking Like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History” happens on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Camellia Room at Heather Farms.

Other Events Include:

February 26: The Culture and Natural History of Contra Costa County with Doc Hale – 7:00-8:30 PM
March 1: Field Trip to Morgan Territory with Doc Hale – 9:00-3:00 PM
March 12: Living In California’s Greatest Watershed – The Delta: Its History, Beauty and Its Future with Mike Moran – 7:00-8:30PM
March 15: Field Trip to Big Break Regional Shoreline with Mike Moran – 9:30-11:30 AM

Download the brochure here.

Registration is required for all talks. You may register online, by sending an email to rentals@gardenshf.org or by calling (925) 947-1678.

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Nelson Mandela – prisoner, president…gardener?

By Blog, Outdoor Learning Center

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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Growing A Greener World

By Gardening Tips, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Organic

Check out these videos produced by Growing a Greener World. You might start with the one on Community Gardening. Or check out one of their shows on Rooftop Farming in Brooklyn: lots of interesting ideas on increasing production in limited space.

Growing a Greener World® is an award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in it’s fourth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.

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Bye Bye Tank!

By History, News & Events, Sustainability

It seems like only yesterday when our water tank was delivered. This tank helped us through the first two years while our more permanent, sustainable water was sorted out. But now we have more space for growing!

Discovering Dow Wetlands

By Community Events, Outdoor Learning Center

If you have seen the Miwok dwelling at the Lafayette Community Garden, you should know that the tules come from the Dow Wetlands.  These tules were cut and harvested over the past few months with the help of the wonderful volunteers who maintain the Wetlands and conduct tours for visitors.  The Wetlands are in Antioch and are teaming with birds, river otters, turtles and beaver.

Who can identify this fellow below?

 

2013 Harvest Celebration – Schedule

By About, Community Events, News & Events, Outdoor Learning Center

2013 Harvest Celebration

October 20, 2013  Noon to 3pm

Schedule of Events

NOON   WELCOME

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PICNIC AREA: ONGOING CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES

12:-00 – 2:15

Vegetable Prints/ Fragrant Sachets/ Plant Starts from Seeds/

Corn Husk Dolls/ Scavenger Hunt

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GARDEN ENTRANCE : MUSIC AND RAFFLE

12:30 -1pm    Gary Peare, Ukelele Instructor, Lamorinda Music

1:30 – 2pm    The Second Calling, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass Music

2:15 pm         Raffle Drawing  You don’t need to be present to win

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FRONT GATE: GARDEN and NATURE TRAIL TOURS

12:15   1:00.  1:45

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WEST END EDUCATION AREA: WORKSHOPS
12:15 – 1:00   Scarecrow Building with Sharon Anduri

1:00 – 1:30    Worm Composting with Lori Caldwell

1:45 – 2:15     Solar Cooking with Rennie Archibald

2:30 – 3:00     Drumming Circle

 

Fall Harvest Celebration – 10/20

By Community Events, News & Events, Outdoor Learning Center

Join us for the Lafayette Community Garden Fall Harvest Celebration Sunday, October 20 – Noon to 3 PM.

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We hope you will join us at the Garden to share in the celebration.

$5/Individual or $10/family donation requested

Garden Tours / Informal Classes

Local Musicians / Scavenger Hunt

Raffle / Art Projects for All Ages

Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Education Center opened last spring after three years in development.  Located on EBMUD land across from the Lafayette Reservoir, it has become a beautiful site where community members grow food collaboratively, participate in workshops about sustainable practices and harvest and share food.  The garden is being developed as a place where all community members can visit, witness and learn about a thriving garden and the native plants that part of the Lafayette Cree’s riparian ecosystem.