Ashland Nature Center

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Ashland has more going for it than the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  For instance they have an inspiring, educational, nature center with demonstration gardens each designed with a unique theme: the Butterfly Garden, Reptile and Amphibian Garden, Herb Garden, Heirloom Garden, Native Plant Garden and Bird Buffet.  Interpretive materials help learners of all ages self-navigate the garden.  In addition to building community, this Outdoor Learning Center shares information about local wildlife, sustainable agriculture and native plants.  Lots of great ideas for us to build on in Lafayette.

Ashland Nature Center


Raspberries!

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The California Garden Web is another great resource for gardeners.  Go here for their advice on growing raspberries.

UC Botanical Garden

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UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden has a great website.  Features include their calendar and their interactive map.

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Check out the slideshow below then click on donate.

A Pearfect Metaphor

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Siamack Sioshansi and his merry band of volunteer gleaners from Urban Farmers has struck again.  Lamorinda Weekly reports that over two weekends in August, they harvested nearly 1,000 pounds of pears from private gardens across Lafayette.  Siamack said:

70 percent of the weight of a fruit tree is made of carbon that the tree extracted from our polluted atmosphere,” he explains, “after a few years it will feed those who planted it, then it will continue to grow and feed a community. Long after those who planted it are gone, it continues to give plentifully if it is taken care of. Fruit trees are a perfect metaphor for life at its best on our planet.

Read more here.

Check out the video here.

Gleaners!


Troop 32153 Leads the Way!

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Wow! Girl Scout Troop 32153 has kicked off our fund raising drive with a super generous donation of $440!  This would be a great time to get together with some friends and match this gift.  For more information about how to donate, click here.

For more about this remarkable troop, read this at Lamorinda Weekly.

Girl Scout Troop 32153

Nuts to Renewable Energy

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This morning, KQED had a great story about Dixon Ridge Farms and their organically grown Walnuts.

Russ Lester, the owner of Dixon Ridge Farms, has been leading the charge to get the rules changed. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to shrink the carbon footprint of his organic walnut farm and processing plant in Yolo County.

Read more.