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Be amazed! Sat., July 12 – 3:30 to 5:00 PM

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Doc Jim Hale, wildlife biologist, naturalist and ethnobiologist will bring alive the amazing natural history of the Lamorinda area. Learn what plants thrived here and how they were used by local Native Americans. Find out what animals visit our area while we sleep at night. Doc Hale is an expert on wild, edible plants, the medicinal and cultural use of herbs, and mountain lion ecology in Contra Costa County. Doc’s photos and stories will delight people of all ages. Want proof? Check out this photo from Briones taken on June 19th. Register here.
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Growing Herbs for Teas!

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Join us for a unique fundraising event on Saturday April 26, 2014. For more information go Hollie’s Homegrown. To register, go here.
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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.

Learn About Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Installation

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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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Airport Gardening?

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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.

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Discovering a Sense of Place

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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!

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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!

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