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Bee Virus Spread by Humans

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varroa mites on honeybees (Prof S. Martin, University of Salford)

Varroa mites on honeybees (Prof Stephen Martin, University of Salford)

In a recent Washington Post article, Darryl Fears reports that “the global spread of a virus that deforms the wings of honeybees and kills them in droves was caused by humans.” and it’s been happening for centuries.

While Asian honeybees that were traded in the former Soviet Union had learned to fight the mite that deformed their wings, their European cousins were less successful at fending off the pests.

Add the increased human trade of bees to the mix and it became a global pandemic.

How to Raise Your Own Chickens

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How to Raise Your Own Chickens | SUN, FEB 14 & 28, 2016 | 1:00–3:30PM

IMG_5063Lafayette resident, “Papa John” Kiefer, will again be offering
workshops that will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and sustainable coop construction.

There will be two FREE workshops offered and these will be held in Lafayette from 1:00PM to 3:30PM.

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016

Reservations are required | Contact: jhkiefer@comcast.net

Harvest Fest | October 18

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The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center invites you to

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our 4th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration | Sunday, October 18      

Please join us from 11AM to 3PM at the garden to share in the celebration!

Garden Tours | Games | Displays Refreshments

Music | Raffle | Native American Dwelling and Artifacts

Scarecrow and Apple Doll Making

FREE ADMISSION

Sunday: Fall Garden and Seed Saving Workshop

By Gardening Tips, News & Events, Soil, Sustainability

  
One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round!! Fall/Winter is still a great time to grow edibles and improve your landscape.

Join us Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:30PM for Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall plus a special bonus: Beginners’ Lesson on Seed Saving.

Lori Caldwell, aka CompostGal, will go over techniques to help transitioning your garden for Fall: seed saving, crop rotation, soil amending, cool-weather edible crops, sheet mulching and planting natives.

Participants: To practice techniques of seed saving, please bring seed heads, pods, fruit, etc. to prepare and trade with others for a simple seed swap. In the interest of diversity, please bring only heirloom and/or open pollinated seed varieties.

Interested? Register here.

The Lafayette Watershed, the Geography, Plants and Animals that Inhabit the Riparian Corridors

By Community Events, History, Irrigation, News & Events, Sustainability, Wildlife

OuScreen Shot 2015-07-28 at 1.09.53 PMr very own founder has been invited to speak at Lafayette Historical Society’s Speaker Series that focuses on the importance of water resources in our community!

Janet Thomas has lived in Lafayette for 31 years, a couple of blocks from Reliez Creek. She developed an environmental science course for the Acalanes Unified High School District and used the creek which borders the school and its surroundings as an outdoor classroom.

She is now involved with the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, which is adjacent to Lafayette Creek. Her community involvement today makes use of her research and teaching experience in the Acalanes High School District as well as Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley.Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 12.44.02 PM

Sunday, August 16, 2015 | 1:30PM
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Community Hall
Donations: LHS Members $10, Non-Members $15
Children under 14 free with paying adult
Reservations requested.

For reservations or additional information, contact LHS:
Email: Lafayette.History@comcast.net
Phone: (925) 283-1848

 

 

Backyard Composting Workshop August 8th

By Community Events, Gardening Tips, Organic, Soil, Sustainability

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 12.29.59 PMThe Lafayette Community Garden is pleased to host a composting workshop with the Central Contra Costa Waste Authority. Come to this FREE lecture-style workshop covering the basics of backyard composting, including, hot/cold composting, mulching, grasscycling and Vermicomposting (worms!), with plenty of time for Q&A and troubleshooting.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 3:00–4:30PM

Lafayette Community Garden and outdoor Learning Center
3942 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA

Reservations for the workshop is required! For questions, or to register by phone, call (925) 906-1801 x306.