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Learn About Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Installation

By Community Events, News & Events, Sustainability

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.

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Greywater Installation Workshop

Airport Gardening?

By Blog, News & Events, Sustainability

If you have been to Chicago recently and arrived at the O’hare airport you may have seen something remarkable – the vertical farm in G Terminal.

Future Growing LLC is the innovator at O’hare and the same company gets credit for the amazing rooftop garden that fuels the kitchens of New York City restaurant, Bell, Book and Candle.

Read more here and see the rest of Urban Gardens here.

Hat tip to Lori Caldwell for telling us about this vertical garden.

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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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!

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.

Urban Farmers in the News

By Community Events, News & Events, Organic, Sustainability

Nice article today in the Contra Costa Times about The Urban Farmers.  You can read the whole article here.

LAFAYETTE — What began as a gleam in the eye of Siamack Sioshansi, founder of The Urban Farmers, has become a growing groundswell of East Bay gleaners.

From students at Danville’s Athenian School to a cadre of fresh produce pickers at Temple Isaiah and Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette to future food justice fighters at Contra Costa County’s Monument Crisis Center in Concord, Loaves and Fishes, Diablo Valley College and various Kiwanis clubs to a coalition at Moraga’s Saint Mary’s College, an ancient tradition has become more than a trend in the East Bay.

Read more.