Do It Yourself Plant Propagation

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Don’t forget this Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 – 3pm, you can learn how to do your own plant propagation.

Kathy Echols, retired teacher of horticulture from DVC and respected expert on propagation, will get you excited about propagating your own plants. Learn how to start seeds and cuttings, care for them in the early stages of growth, and prepare them for transplanting to pots or your garden. You will also learn how to save seeds from your favorite vegetables to grow the next year.

See other Outdoor Learning Center activities here.

Have you forgotten what the Lafayette Community Garden used to look like?
LCG - July 24, 2011

Soup’s On!

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On Saturday, January 12, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is holding a program for kids (5-11) from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Come get warmed up in the library with some hardy-good soup stories!! Receive a certificate good for a visit to the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center! Harvest vegetables to take home for your own pot of soup!

Afterwards, the Lafayette Community Garden will be open from 3:00 to 4:30 where kids (and their parents) can pick vegetables so they can make their own homemade soup.

Check out our Facebook page

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Check out our Facebook page to see more of Larry Houser’s great photos from the Harvest Festival.

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Front Page!

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The Lamorinda Weekly featured one of our Garden classes on their front page this week.

Bug Bingo? Yes, Bug Bingo – also called, “How to learn your bugs and how to live with them in your garden” – was the new trendy game at the Lafayette Community Garden Saturday, July 14 facilitated by landscape designer and gardener Susanne Frey in the outdoor learning classroom across from the Lafayette Reservoir. About 15 adults and a few children came to find natural ways to manage pests and left with a better understanding of the natural processes that the savvy gardener can foster.
Once participants learned to identify the Mealy Bug, the Thrip, the Lacewing and the Katydid, the question was: Which ones are good, bad or ugly?

Read the rest of Sophie Braccini’s article here.

The Glean Team

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Great article in the Contra Costa Times yesterday about The Urban Farmers‘ gleaning project.  Check it out.

“I’ve noticed that good ideas that help people have a way of taking on a life of their own,” said Drew Holland, whose 2010 Eagle Scout gleaning project harvested enough fruit to feed 280 people for one day.

Siamack Sioshansi is founder of The Urban Farmers, the nonprofit group that supported Holland’s ambitions. In 2011, the organization expanded the Holland tradition, gathering over 5,000 pounds of fruit for the needy, and perishable produce for animals at Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

This year, Sioshansi’s irresistibly enthusiastic bucket brigade has grown again. More than 50 people attended the recent kickoff, leaving $1,000 in donations for much-needed equipment they will use to harvest the fruit in three months’ time.

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First Membership Meeting!

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Today, we held the first membership meeting for the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center at the garden site.

Mark Your Calendar!

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Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ Fall Garden Event

Date: September 10, 2011

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sponsor: Contra Costa Master Gardeners

Location: St. Perpetua’s School, Lafayette

More here.