We’re excited! It’s been 10 years in the making of the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center. In 2008, a group 19 members of the community embarked on a quest to bring a learning garden to the City of Lafayette. Three years later, in 2011, was a groundbreaking moment: EBMUD and the City offered the community a home for what is now the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center.
On Saturday, March 10, the gates open for our seventh working season. We’ll be open Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00PM, Thursdays from9:00AM to 12:00PM and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Remember, all community members are always welcome to visit.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:00PM
Learn of our local valley’s history through the chronicles of three old houses from the 1800’s: The Old Yellow House in Orinda, Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill, and the John Muir House in Martinez. The inhabitants of these three houses lived in an original sustainable fashion, initially with wells, gardens, fruit trees, livestock and horses. The houses were miles apart, yet webbed together by an overall similar lifestyle, use of horse and carriage, and some exchange of information and goods.
Wonderful supporter/caretakers will be at the garden to speak about the first two houses, and a special guest from the 1800’s will give his presentation about the John Muir House.
These fun and informative historical presentations will be followed by an optional field trip to the Yellow House in Orinda, hosted by guest speaker James Wright. Information about days and times to make visits to the two other houses will be available at the garden presentation.
Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs.
To register for classes click here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The turn out for Saturday’s class, Plan(t) Ahead, was a great! Kids and parents learned that it takes a little planning to grow things. We look forward to seeing pictures of their pumpkins as they grow in these months leading up to Halloween.
A big THANK YOU goes out to Dena Hollowood of the Lafayette Library for coming out for this special storytime and activity.
We just enjoyed an engaging talk by Susan JunFish about pest control and learned some great alternatives that can help us regulate our environment.
She talked about The difference between acute toxicity and chronic toxicity. Acute toxicity involves high levels of adverse health effects and the response to substances of this type are more immediate. Chronic toxicity, however, involves less immediate, but still adverse effects and is generally associated with longer term exposure.
These terms are worth considering when looking at the common chemicals you use in and around your home. Studies have shown that commonly used pesticides can cause negative side effects, including issues with reproductivity.
There are plenty of least toxic alternatives. Learn more at Parents for a Safer Environment.
Our very own founder has been invited to speak at Lafayette Historical Society’s Speaker Series that focuses on the importance of water resources in our community!
Janet Thomas has lived in Lafayette for 31 years, a couple of blocks from Reliez Creek. She developed an environmental science course for the Acalanes Unified High School District and used the creek which borders the school and its surroundings as an outdoor classroom.
She is now involved with the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, which is adjacent to Lafayette Creek. Her community involvement today makes use of her research and teaching experience in the Acalanes High School District as well as Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley.
Sunday, August 16, 2015 | 1:30PM
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Community Hall
Donations: LHS Members $10, Non-Members $15
Children under 14 free with paying adult
For reservations or additional information, contact LHS:
Phone: (925) 283-1848
The Lafayette Community Garden is pleased to host a composting workshop with the Central Contra Costa Waste Authority. Come to this FREE lecture-style workshop covering the basics of backyard composting, including, hot/cold composting, mulching, grasscycling and Vermicomposting (worms!), with plenty of time for Q&A and troubleshooting.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 3:00–4:30PM
Lafayette Community Garden and outdoor Learning Center
3942 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA
Reservations for the workshop is required! For questions, or to register by phone, call (925) 906-1801 x306.