Welcome to Spring Community Work Party

March 28 @ 11:00 am - Event Details

hugelkultur team bestSpring into community on this fun day of construction, planting, and sharing food in the Edible Landscape.  Meet on Carmel Avenue mid-way between Portland and Thousand Oaks on the east edge of the Memorial Park.

(Arrive at 10:30 to help set up and stage materials to the areas where they will be used.)  (more…)

Posted in , , , on March 25, 2015

Urban Food Forests: Designing and Creating Resilient, Tree-Based Plant Communities

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - Event Details

with Jeremy Watts & Seth Peterson

A food forest is more than an orchard, more than a grove of fruit trees.  It is a holistically designed system that takes into account all of the elements necessary to create a regenerative “forest” of food.  An urban food forest grows into a self-sustaining system that provides an abundance for decades.  Thoughtful design creates a system that becomes easier and easier to maintain as the community of plants take charge and we become observant stewards who are a beneficial part of the natural world around us. They are systems that regenerate our natural world and reverse the damage caused by pollution and modern chemical agriculture while providing food, medicine and more.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

*  An overview of permaculture design principles and how to learn from Mother Nature through observation.

*  Selection of appropriate trees and support species (plants and mushrooms) to create low-input, low-maintenance ecological systems in urban areas.

*  Water-conservation techniques and drought-resistant species.

*  How animals fit into a food forest.

*  Site assessment, preparation, design, implementation and maintenance.

*  Fruit tree care: pruning, feeding, holistic disease & pest management.

*  Season-extension via custom grafting.

*  The ongoing joy of perpetuating and eating from your food forest garden!
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Participants will receive literature on the course material but are encouraged to take notes as well.

There are two work-trade positions available.  Contact at the email below if interested.

The workshop will go from 12 noon to around 4PM and will be led by edible landscaper Jeremy Watts and permaculture-enthusiast chef Seth Peterson.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.   The location is in south Berkeley not far from Ashby Bart.   If you have questions you can send an email to jeremy@foodforestdesignworks.com

Visit this Eventbrite page to register: $45 if you register by Wednesday March 18. Regular price $60.

Posted in , , , on March 16, 2015

West County Edition of the Great Tomato Plant Sale

(Event Sponsored by Urban Tilth)
April 11 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Tomato Plant Sale
The Contra Costa Master Gardeners, in partnership with Urban Tilth, will be holding their 2nd annual Great Tomato Sale on Saturday, April 11th from 10-3 at Adams Crest Farm 5000 Patterson Circle, Richmond. Come and get healthy tomato seedlings that have been specially selected for our area. Here is a link to more information including a list of the varieties available (click on shopping list link)
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Posted in , , on March 16, 2015

Greywater 5 Day Installers Course

March 17 @ 8:00 am - Event Details
Interested in learning all about greywater, installing your own system, or becoming a greywater installer for your area? This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems and incorporate the information into a business.
  • May 17th-21st, 8am- 5pm daily. (Sunday-Thursday) at the Humanist Hall near downtown Oakland.
  • Cost $650, limited work-trade positions available (priority given to out-of-town participants from areas without greywater installers)
  • For more information and to register go here.
Posted in on March 16, 2015

L2L Design Workshop

March 22 @ 10:00 am - Event Details
Ready to install your laundry-to-landscape system but need a little design support? Come to a 3 hour workshop where we’ll take you through the design process and teach you how to put all the pieces together (literally). You’ll create a mock-up of a real systems and go home with a plan for your own home.
  • May 22nd, 10am-12:30pm. At the Urban Farmer Store 2121 San Joaquin Street Richmond, CA 94804
  • Cost $15-$40 sliding-scale.
  • For more information and to register go here.
Posted in on March 16, 2015

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