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Got Extra Produce? Sonoma and Marin County Gleaners

Farm To Pantry. FTP gleans wherever there is healthy, fresh produce to be harvested in Sonoma County.  You may also drop produce off in Healdsburg, Forestville, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Click here for details. How does it work? Volunteers receive an email from us when there is an opportunity in their area, typically once a week for two to three hours. There is no obligation except to RSVP and to let us know as soon as possible if plans change.… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Got Seeds? Want Seeds?

The West County Community Seed Exchange is a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds. All gardeners with or with out seeds to share are welcome. We hope that many gardeners will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed bank. The West County Seed Bank and Seed Garden is housed at the St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sebastopol and is open to the public monthly for… Read More »

Class: Grow Your Own – Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs

March 17, 2012 – 9:00am – 12:00pm Food security starts at home! Whether you are just starting or have planted before and want better results, this class will provide the information needed to have a successful gardening season. The class will cover the basics of organic gardening including site selection, soil fertility, seeds and transplants, planning the garden season, pest and disease strategies and designing gardens to use space efficiently. Enjoy the process – as well as the fruits of your labor!… Read More »

Class: Summer in the Edible Garden

Learn the essentials of summer garden care which will lead to successful harvests and satisfied gardeners! Energy and enthusiasm for planting the garden can be high, and with good systems for on-going care, you can keep gardening fun while enriching your understanding of the garden ecosystem. This class will include strategies for irrigation, crop fertility, pest, disease and weed control, as well as information on training and pruning, harvesting, food preservation, and seed saving.… Read More »