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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: Wasting 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 »

Class: Food From the Garden Year Round

Sponsored by Santa Rosa Parks, Recreation and Community Services August 24, 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm 2060 W. College Ave. Finley Community Center Fall & winter vegetables can give you the most production for the longest period with the least amount of effort! Learn about crop selection, timing,soil preparation, cover crops, crop rotations, and winter care for fruit trees and other perennials. Good soil care over winter can improve soil health significantly.  Tips on getting cool season crops established in late summer weather as… 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.

Forty Percent Of US Food Goes Uneaten

In “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”, the Natural Resources Defense Council reports that 40% of US food goes uneaten at a cost of $165 billion per year, not to mention that the land, water, chemicals and energy we use to produce and transport this food is also squandered. The 2012 report recommends: “The government conduct a comprehensive study of the food system waste and set national goals for… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Event: Laguna Fest 2012

Laguna Fest 2012 Saturday, July 14th – 11am to 11pm Presented by Laguna Farm and Sonoma County Herb Exchange Laguna Farm, 1764 Cooper Rd., Sebastopol, Directions from 116/Cotati or Santa Rosa Reskilling & Homesteading Classes, Demos & Workshops Fiber Arts, Clothing Swap, Upcycling, Dying with Nature, Felting, Knitting, Sewing Tracking & Aquatics, Mushroom Cultivation, Herbalism 101, Composting Fermented Food Making, Cheese Making. Cider Making, Biodynamics, Reclaiming Cannabis No-Permit Legal Outbuildings and Structures, Beekeeping & Bee Gardens, Composting, Beer Making, Pressure Cooking &… Read More »

Spring at OAEC – Plant Sale and Events

Spring Biodiversity Plant Sale and Tours Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, 9 am-5pm, Tours: Saturday – 2pm, Sunday – 10am and 2pm Hundreds of open-pollinated, heirloom and rare varieties – all California Certified Organic – many started from our own seed collection. All have been trialed, tasted, and savored for years in our demonstration gardens and kitchen. This sale features early Spring crops such as lettuces and greens, peas, brassicas, chards, onions… Read more Summer Biodiversity Plant Sale May 5 & 6… Read More »