Food Sharing

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Edible East Bay writes about:

Sharing has made a comeback. East Bay residents are now bartering, trading, exchanging, swapping, or simply giving away an abundance of homegrown produce or homemade food in a variety of creative ways. Of course, gardeners who grow their own veggies have always doled out surplus squash and spinach to neighbors (or as the San Francisco Chronicle recently wisecracked, arugula and cilantro, the Berkeley equivalent of summer’s backyard bounty).

Read more.

Quarry Lakes – Demonstration Garden

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In the Contra Costa Times, you can read about:

Alameda County Master Gardeners, through an agreement with the East Bay Regional Park District, are developing a demonstration garden in the Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont. We also work in cooperation with the Alameda County Water District.

Although the garden originally was conceived to introduce the community to the use of plants that tolerate our dry summers with little or no additional water, our approach necessarily broadened to creating an environmentally sustainable garden.

Can you say compacted soil?  Read the whole thing here.

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.

Lafayette’s Megan Langner and her 180,000 honeybees!

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The Contra Costa Times has a great story about Megan.  Read about how she got started, what keeps her going and the nationwide challenges to the bee population here.  For more information you can check out the Mount Diablo Bee Association.

Kickoff Gathering

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We gathered at the Lafayette Reservoir today for the official kickoff of the Lafayette Community Garden project after three years of planning.

Lot’s of energy around planning, building community and then growing food.  Got a glimpse of preliminary drawings and schedule for fund raising, permitting, construction and then planting and harvesting.

Planting the Seed!

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Please join us as we create the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center.

Since 2008, a core group of nineteen community members, including educators and master gardeners, has been looking for a community garden and outdoor education center.

In February of 2011, EBMUD and the City of Lafayette agreed to allow the community to use the multi-acre site in front of the Filter Plant on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.  In addition to learning sustainable gardening practices at the site, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local habitat displayed by the beautiful oak, bay laurel and other plants along the adjacent creek.

Community support has grown as the concept has been shared with local seniors, garden clubs, scouts, families and individuals looking for opportunity to create a model of respectful land use and civic cooperation.

In April 2011, Sustainable Lafayette became the fiscal sponsor of the project.