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Event: Waste Less Food Meet-Up, 5/14/14

Forty Percent of US Food Wasted! $165 Billion Annually; $2,275 Per Family. A 15% reduction in losses in the food supply could feed 25 million Americans annually. – NRDC 2012. Join us for the next Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) Waste Less Food  Meet-up,  Wednesday, May 14, 6-8pm at the Share Exchange in Santa Rosa. Panelists include: Jude Frates, Sustainability Consultant, Oliver’s Market and Community Market, Tim Page, FEED Sonoma, Annie Sherman, Sonoma County Green Business Program and former Whole… Read More »

Event: Waste Less Food Meet-Up

The first 2014 Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) meet-up will be held tomorrow eve, Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-8:15pm at the Share Exchange in downtown Santa Rosa. All are welcome to attend but must register in advance. Sponsored by LITE Initiatives and the Share Exchange, the initial topic is Wasting Less Food – at restaurants and businesses as well as at home. The focus will be on buying less, consuming less, discarding less and reusing as much as possible. (Please… Read More »

Volunteers Needed For This Weekend’s Gravenstein Apple Fair

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is the main fundraiser for Sonoma County Farm Trails, a non-profit organization created to support sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County. Held at Ragle Park in Sebastopol, we still need a few more volunteers for four hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers receive admission for both days, a parking pass, T-shirt, access to the volunteer snack area (provided by Whole Foods) and our gratitude! We hope you will join us! Check us out at gravensteinapplefair.com.

Bike Extravaganza, Saturday, July 13th, 10am-5pm

An All Day Event Of All Things Bicycle! West Santa Rosa. Meet professional racers;  Talk to bike builders;  See vintage bikes, race bikes, mountain bikes, electric assist bikes, recumbent bikes, art bikes… All ages welcome. Free to all. Community Bikes presents all aspects of bikes from racing bikes to art bikes to maintenance and education! Something for everyone! Come join us for exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, film, bike-art, frame builders, and celebration of bike culture! FREE to the public ~ all ages.… Read More »

Eco-Classes: Food Preservation and Gray Water

Upcoming Sebastopol Hardware Classes Food Preservation, Wednesday, July 10, 6pm Join expert Wendy Krupnick as she shows how to freeze, can, dry and pickle the bounty of your garden or the farmer’s market. This is a great class with a lot of good info for beginners or experienced cooks. All preserving supplies will be 20% off after the class. Gray Water Class, Wednesday, August 7, 6pm Join Bob Crase, the owner of Gray 2 Green, as he shows how to… Read More »

Event: Bambi vs the Bulldozer Forum, May 15, Free

“Bambi vs the Bulldozer” Forum on May 15 to benefit forest conversion lawsuit. At 7p.m. on Wednesday May 15, 2013 the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter and Sonoma Group are partnering with the Unitarian-Universalist Advocates for Social Justice, Sonoma County Water Coalition, and Forests Unlimited to host a public forum on the magnificent coastal forests of California’s North Coast. The meeting will be held at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, in Santa Rosa, and is open to the public without… Read More »

Class: Summer in the Edible Garden

Understanding the keys to summer garden planting and care will lead to successful harvests and happy gardeners! With good systems in place, you can keep gardening fun while enriching your understanding of the garden ecosystem. This 3-hour class will include strategies for planting, soil fertility, irrigation,  pest, disease and weed control. We’ll also discuss training, pruning, harvesting and cooking from the garden. Summer in the Edible Garden: Planting and Care Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm Finley Community… Read More »

Nominations Please! Sonoma County Environmental Awards 2013

Here is a chance to pay homage to the Sonoma County environmentalists and environmental programs whose work you most respect. Being nominated is an honor as well as an opportunity for a specific group or issue to receive broader attention. Nominations may be submitted via the SCCC website (www.envirocentersoco.org/awards). Click on the words “2013 nominations”. Please provide nominee contact information plus a paragraph or two on why this person or program deserves to be honored. Visit the award history pages… Read More »

Cultural Reskilling Symposium

A Celebration of Cultural Diversity, Folklore and Tradition Skills are a key part of sustainability yet we have let go many practices our grandparent and their grandparents used daily. This Saturday, 1/19 from 10am – 7pm a wide variety of practical skills will be showcased at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th Street in Santa Rosa. The event then continues into the evening with music, dance, collaborative workshops, and art-making.  Admission: Suggested $20 donation~ No one turned away for lack… Read More »

Laguna Environmental Center Open House

Saturday, July 14th 10am-3pm AND Thursday, July 19th 4-8pm Stone Farm, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd.) Santa Rosa CA 95401 Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a self-guided nature walk or a guide-led tour. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop and art exhibit in Great Blue… Read More »