The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center celebrated its 10th year with a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, September 12, 2021. The event focused on indigenous culture and featured two inspirational speakers – – Jim ‘Doc’ Hale and Kanyon Sayers-Roods. Their presentations captivated and enriched our lives. In addition to the speakers, there were guided tours of the garden, information on raising chickens, master gardening and bee keeping, family crafts, edible treats, lavender lemonade, and an opportunity to walk a labyrinth and see the garden’s Miwok Village. Members were on hand to answer gardening questions and show off a variety of gardening methods and practices including hinged covers that prevent critters from eating crops, vermiculture (worm composting), mulching, a butterfly garden, deer resistant plantings and so much more.
Get ready to go through the garden gate and celebrate this year’s Harvest Festival – virtually of course.
The Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center’s annual Harvest Festival was originally scheduled to happen at the garden on September 27, but the event, like so many public events impacted by the pandemic, will be celebrated virtually with a movie. The movie shows how, even with limitations placed on its members, the garden became a much needed respite during these unprecedented times.
And, now, here it is: Harvest Fest – The Movie https://youtu.be/spHcH4Jvsjw
Because of the Corona Virus, this camp will take place online using zoom.
To register or for more information, click here.
In the Spirit of the Local Saclan Miwok
Enter our village time and place of the Saclan Miwoks. Here, we will explore Nature’s plants, trees, and animals. We will make necklaces, clapper sticks, acorn meal, arrow shafts, and celebrate with native music and foods. Soon, as now a Miwok, you may want to stay longer.
*Full payment due at registration. A full refund minus a $30 processing fee for camp cancellation until May 31. No refunds issued on and after June 1.
To register for this or other classes, go to our Featured Events page.
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.
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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.