Native Plant Sale @ Markham Arboretum
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plant Sale @ Markham Arboretum

Fall is the perfect time to plant natives, and Markham has been busy propagating and nurturing lots of them for their best fall sale of the year. You'll find plenty of species that are not available at our local nurseries. Landscape designer and native plant specialist Kelly Marshall will also give a talk at 10am about her top 10 favorite natives to use our landscapes. 

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Markham Arboretum Pollinator Plant Sale
Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

Markham Arboretum Pollinator Plant Sale

Markham's nursery is a valuable asset to our gardens and community, so I thought it appropriate to include their plant sales on our events calendar. Biota's plants won't be there, but what they have to offer compliments our gardens.

Flowering perennials and natives are great companions for our food gardens, as they attract beneficial insects, butterflies, birds and lizards, and keep them fed and sheltered. They also keep the soil lifecycle healthy and help choke out weeds. 

Markham has a good selection of pollinator plants that you won't find in the average nursery,  and they're grown on the premises by knowledgable, enthusiastic people. I love supporting their nursery and think you'll love the interesting variety they have. 

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Rodgers Ranch Expo and Plant Sale
Apr
15
9:00 AM09:00

Rodgers Ranch Expo and Plant Sale

  • Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm & Heritage Center (map)
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The 5th annual Expo! This is our major event each year, and this year will be even better. Of course, we'll come loaded with all varieties of all our plant offerings, from tomatoes and peppers to herbs to beneficial companion plants. The Herb Society will have a great selection of herbs, and more plant vendors will be there to help fill up your garden. This year, the expo will also feature up-and-coming local food artisans, and as always, several free mini-classes. Admission is free.  

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Plant Sale at Markham Arboretum
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Plant Sale at Markham Arboretum

We're teaming up with Markham Arboretum's nursery for their Spring Plant Sale.  We'll have our tomato and pepper varieties there, and you can shop Markham's fabulous native and summer-dry plant selections. Markham is a wonderful resource and they offer many hard-to-find plant selections that are great for our locale. 

Markham's site

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Pop-Up Sale
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Pop-Up Sale

  • 1550 5th Street Concord, CA, 94519 United States (map)
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Our kick-off sale for 2017.  We'll have a full selection of tomato and pepper plants, with other edibles-- herbs, cucumbers, squashes and summer greens, available as mother nature allows.  

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Easy Non-Toxic Gardening
Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Easy Non-Toxic Gardening

  • Pittsburg Library Community Room (map)
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In this quick, jam-packed workshop you'll learn about growing healthy gardens and soil without chemicals; what to plant and where, and how to include habitat for bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Learn which plants work well together and which don't, good and bad bug identification, and how to make your own, all-natural "Killah Bug Spray".

Instructor: Kelley Burnham
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa

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Rodgers Ranch Spring Expo & Plant Sale
Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Rodgers Ranch Spring Expo & Plant Sale

This is our biggest sale with the most selection! This is such a fun event, with lots of local vendors, producers, and growers, plus mini classes, food, and a relaxed atmosphere on a historic homestead in Pleasant Hill.  We will come absolutely loaded with plants. There's no admission fee and the classes are free!

For a full list of vendors and classes, and for more information, click here.

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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 8
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 8

Bringing it Home: Class Presentations, Taking Permaculture Out into the Community (beyond the garden).
Permaculture in the garden is just the start – the principles apply in all areas of our urban lifestyle.  Review/overview of prior 7 class concepts. Series participants present their plans (optional). Participants will be able to:  Explore their overall lifestyle using permaculture principles to potentially lower their overall carbon and energy footprint; locate resources for further learning and implementation.

Instructor: Marian Woodard
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa

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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 7
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 7

Herb Spirals, Keyhole and Mandala Beds – Intersecting Beauty and Growing Efficiency. 
Identify what structures work best for your time and topography for most efficient gardening. Participants will be able to: build an herb spiral, keyhole bed, mandala garden or place plant containers for optimum yield and garden health.

Instructor: Marian Woodard
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa


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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 6
Mar
5
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 6

To Seed or to Seedling.
Learn what is most cost and time effective to grow from seed versus buy from a nursery. What to know when working with seed packets or 6-packs of seedlings. Plant some seeds for your own garden.  (Materials fee may apply.) Participants will be able to:  read a seed packet, know where to find crucial growing information, set up recordkeeping, distinguish which nursery plants are best for them to take home.  Know which type of growing medium to use when and how to make your own.  Learn tips for successful seed germination.

Instructor: Marian Woodard
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa

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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 5
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 5

  • Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trees, Guilds & Food Forests.
Whether pots on a balcony or a big back 40, learn how to choose and place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener. Participants will be able to: identify 7 levels of a food forest (even on a balcony or small patio!), 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; where to find additional information.  

Instructor: Marian Woodard. 
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa


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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 4
Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 4

  • Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Water:  Slow it, Sink it, Spread it, Save it. 
We don’t have a water quantity issue, we have a water containment issue.  Whether El Niño or drought, learning how to capture and use it can transform your garden. Participants will be able to:  identify most relevant water capture system(s) for your property (may include swales, dams, earthworks, ponds, greywater); use an A-frame to identify contour lines (for swales), and know how to implement the best system for your circumstances. 

Instructor: Marian Woodard
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa

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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 3
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 3

  • Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Building our Soils: The garden's most critical soldier.
The quality of soil makes or breaks any garden. Anyone can improve their soil with just a little time and effort - and it doesn't have to cost a dime. Plus, the healthier your soil, the more you save in amendments, your garden blossoms and you spend less time weeding and wondering why your garden isn't thriving. Participants will be able to: identify soil characteristics based on texture, structure and types of plants growing in it; know what turns soil into dirt; understand basic plant biology (and why never to buy petrochemically-based fertilizers again); know how to compost and vermicompost; understand the importance of organic matter in soil (hint: more is better!).

Instructor: Marian Woodard.
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa.

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Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 2
Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

Growing More Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 2

Garden Design – Components and Connections.
Learn what you must consider for successful garden design and implementation. Participants will be able to:  create a garden map, identify important components of your property, understand how elements affect each other, begin thinking about placement, and identify essential elements. Content includes what to consider on maps, analysis of elements (plants, animals, structures), and sector planning (zones, orientation, sectors/energies, slope). 

Instructor: Marian Woodard. 
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa.

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Growing more Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 1
Jan
30
10:00 AM10:00

Growing more Food in Harmony with Nature - Session 1

Perma-what? The What, Why, When, Where, and Who (you!) of Permaculture.
Rethink your definition and expectation of a garden and how little effort is need to work with nature for bountiful yields. Participants will be able to explain what permaculture is, understand how it addresses climate change, define your ideal garden, and gather the pertinent information to design your space.

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