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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

Sunday: Fall Garden and Seed Saving Workshop

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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.

Backyard Composting Workshop August 8th

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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.

Have a “CAN”-DO Attitude

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Penny Porter of All in a Jar will be at the garden on Sunday, September 21 from 3:30 to 5:00PM to share her knowledge of food preservation at home. Have fun learning the basics on water bath canning for high-acid foods. We will discuss the best foods for this process, the tools you need and the do’s and don’ts.

There are many tricks and techniques that make canning a unique process for extending the life of your favorite foods. Most importantly, this class will provide quintessential knowledge and skills for how to begin canning in your own home.

Join Penny Porter for some Canning Basics.

Workshop Alert for Saturday, June 21: Small Enchanted Worlds

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Come to the Lafayette Community Garden to learn how you can add a little whimsy to your yard at our SMALL ENCHANTED WORLDS: DRAGON, GNOME AND FAIRY GARDENS workshop. On June 21 from 2:00 to 5:00pm, artist Suja Pritchard will guide you in making an “enchanted world” container garden for visiting dragons, gnomes, and fairies, with a house, path and fence!

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Saturday, June 7: Composting 101

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Ever wondered how you could improve your soil? If you have, you can learn how to cook up a batch of homemade compost on your own.

On June 7  from 1:00 to 2:30PM, Contra Costa County Waste Authority presents Composting 101 at the Lafayette Community Garden.

Linda Mizes returns to the garden to share her expertise on home composting. Learn how easy it is to enrich your soil and reduce your waste while letting nature do the work. You’ll leave with all the information you need to start a simple home composting system, as well as how to use the compost in your garden. Methods of simple vermiculture (worm composting) will also be covered and you’ll learn ways to use worm castings and tea.

This workshop is FREE to adults (ages 18 and older/families welcome), but reservation is required! For questions or to register by phone, call (925) 906-1801 x306. To register online, visit www.wastediversion.org.

We Had a Great “Chime”

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Thanks to Susan Dannenfelser,Kirk Beck, our volunteers and material donators, the Wind Chime Workshop was a success!

We had 21 participants by day’s end, six of whom were helpers, and three of whom were engaged children.20140518-151653-55013179.jpg
All the “smiling faces added to the wonderful energy in the class! Good right brain tickling is also good for the soul!” commented instructor Susan.

Thanks, Susan. As Chris Young said, “We had a lovely chime together.”20140518-151652-55012168.jpg