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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Saturday, October 4th
Worm Composting Workshop
Learn the step-by-step fundamentals of composting using red wiggler worms. Create a worm habitat with a worm bin, troubleshoot your worm bin and use your valuable worm castings. Worm bins and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, October 4th
Basic Composting Workshop
Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. Cupertino residents are eligible for a Soil Saver compost bin voucher. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, October 4th
Growing Grains
Bring beauty and food to your table! Grow your own grains, and find that perfect harmony of which grains you can grow in your garden space and cook in your kitchen. Choose from a wonderful and incredible variety of grains like amaranth, quinoa, sorghum, teff, and millet. You will be reintroduced to the more familiar grains of wheat, barley, oats, triticale and rye. Learn how to grow, thresh, winnow, mill, cook and eat all of these. To better understand their importance to society, learn the history and ancestral stories of these grains. —Class includes break with special samples of homemade bread, grain salad and muffins, made from Golden Rule-grown grains. Taught by Ellen Bartholomew, who is the Manager of Golden Rule Garden at Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County. Ellen is also known as the Quinoa Queen! Assisting will be Fernanda Ramos Diaz, a MESA steward spending her second growing season working with Ellen.

Saturday, October 11th
Basic Composting Workshop
Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, October 11th
Organic Gardening in a Drought
Learn how to use biodynamic compost and compost teas to build and maintain soil health this fall with simple farm and garden techniques. Never tried compost tea? We'll show you how! Inoculating your soil with beneficial microbes will support stronger, more-resilient plants (even in a drought!) and reduce the need for additional fertilizers or amendments! Each attendee will receive a free sample tea bag. Taught by Randy Ritchie, who is the founder of Malibu Compost and a Landscape Designer for over 20 years.

Funding Agencies

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program

Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Participating Agencies

City of Cupertino

City of Los Altos

Town of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Water District

City of Sunnyvale

West Valley Communities (Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga)

Date:

2014-10-04


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Machado Park, 3360 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn the step-by-step fundamentals of composting using red wiggler worms. Create a worm habitat with a worm bin, troubleshoot your worm bin and use your valuable worm castings. Worm bins and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


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Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-10-04


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino


Cost:

Free


Description:

Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. Cupertino residents are eligible for a Soil Saver compost bin voucher. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Click to Register


Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-10-11


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Las Palmas Park, 850 Russet Drive, Sunnyvale


Cost:

Free


Description:

Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Click to Register


Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-10-04


Hours:

10:30-1:30


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

$49


Description:

Bring beauty and food to your table! Grow your own grains, and find that perfect harmony of which grains you can grow in your garden space and cook in your kitchen. Choose from a wonderful and incredible variety of grains like amaranth, quinoa, sorghum, teff, and millet. You will be reintroduced to the more familiar grains of wheat, barley, oats, triticale and rye. Learn how to grow, thresh, winnow, mill, cook and eat all of these. To better understand their importance to society, learn the history and ancestral stories of these grains. —Class includes break with special samples of homemade bread, grain salad and muffins, made from Golden Rule-grown grains. Taught by Ellen Bartholomew, who is the Manager of Golden Rule Garden at Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County. Ellen is also known as the Quinoa Queen! Assisting will be Fernanda Ramos Diaz, a MESA steward spending her second growing season working with Ellen.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click to Register


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Comments:


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Date:

2014-10-11


Hours:

10:30-12:30


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

$35


Description:

Learn how to use biodynamic compost and compost teas to build and maintain soil health this fall with simple farm and garden techniques. Never tried compost tea? We'll show you how! Inoculating your soil with beneficial microbes will support stronger, more-resilient plants (even in a drought!) and reduce the need for additional fertilizers or amendments! Each attendee will receive a free sample tea bag. Taught by Randy Ritchie, who is the founder of Malibu Compost and a Landscape Designer for over 20 years.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click to Register


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information