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October 2019

Plants on Plants on Plants – Backyard SJ

October 20 • 12:00 pm5:00 pm
Backyard SJ, 35 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA
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Free

For plant lovers, plant enthusiasts or even people looking to get into plants, San Jose Made will be bringing to downtown San Jose a whole event featuring plant retailers, florists, DIY gardening workshops, fruit & veggie plant retailers and more to Backyard SJ (https://www.backyardsj.com). Free admission. Backyard SJ is a pop-up community garden featuring local events in San Jose’s Fountain Alley.

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Growing Onions, Garlic, Scallions, Shallots, Leeks and Chives

October 19 • 11:00 am12:30 pm
Berryessa Library
Free

Learn about the history of alliums, i.e. Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks and Chives, and how to successfully grow them in your garden, taking advantage of our bay area mild and rainy winters, warm and sunny summers. Grow a gourmet garden of bulbing onions, scallions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw will teach you how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store…

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Bioneers 2019 Conference – “Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Solutions”

October 18 • 8:00 amOctober 20 • 5:00 pm
Marin Center San Rafael, CA United States + Google Map

Worldviews create worlds. Our civilizational crossroads reflects a crisis of consciousness. Everything's going to change, and the only question is how. For our 30th conference, "Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Solutions," we've assembled a visionary program reflecting decades of transformative solutions and trail-blazing pathways that this growing community has so brilliantly developed. An idea whose time has come is unstoppable. Please join with us to help realize 30 years of transformative solutions and make the Revolution from the Heart of Nature and…

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Garlic: Cultivation and Care

October 17 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Free

Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store garlic bulbs. With proper curing, your garlic will last until next year’s garlic is ready. And with careful planning, you will never have to buy garlic again! Master Gardener Louise Christy will discuss the cultivation and care of garlic both in the garden and containers Presenter: UC Master Gardener Louise Christy

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World Food Day 2019

October 16

World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Held annually on 16th October, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime. Celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger…

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7th Annual GourdFest

October 12 • 11:00 amOctober 13 • 5:00 pm

Come enjoy the 8th Annual Gourd Festival and Competition. There's fun for all with classes, a gourd art competition, gourd art for sale and demos on making gourd art. Bring the young ones so they can visit our Make and Take booth to paint their very own gourd art piece to take home! Our gourd art classes start on Thursday, Oct. 10th - 11th, with 4 teachers and brand new classes! Our Annual Gourd Art Competition, sponsored by The California…

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6th Annual Seed Day with Silicon Valley Grows & Slow Food South Bay

October 12 • 10:00 am3:00 pm
Rancho Rinconada Park and Recreation, 18000 Chelmsford Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Look forward to interesting Speakers, Seed Exchange, Great Silicon Valley Bean Weigh-In, Potluck Buffet* and Garden Chat 9 - 10             Set up. All are welcome to assist. Seed Exchange - open all day 10 - 11            Joyce Eden & Instant Pot Demo w Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean 11 - 12            Garden & Seed Chat - How does your garden grow? sharing garden stories, brIng your questions. Keep your hands busy cleaning seeds to…

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Urban Permaculture

October 10 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Gilroy Grange Hall, 8191 Swanton Lance
Gilroy, CA
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Learn from the various Permaculture schools and apply the lessons in a yard-sized environment. After a quick photo tour of Ecology Action in Willits and the Holzerhof and Kremeterhof in Austria, we will dive into Jesse’s adventure converting his front lawn into a productive miniature food forest. Topics will center around growing soil, water management, and niches. Presenter(s): Jesse Imbach, certified permaculturist & CRFG board member

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Fantastic Fungi – Bay Area Premiere

October 10 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
The Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street
San Francisco, California
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$25

Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson, Fantastic Fungi takes us on an immersive journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet.  Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental…

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Tour & Tasting of Raff Distillerie

October 9 • 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Free

Come tour the facility of Raff Distillerie and learn about the craft and history of distilling in San Francisco by master distiller Carter Raff. This interactive experience will excite and delight you with tastings of the company's signature Bummer & Lazarus Gin, Emperor Norton Absinthe and Barbary Coast Rhum. Free, registration is required.

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Free Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm”

October 8 • 6:00 pm8:45 pm
SJSU Hammer Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table Advisors, Slow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farm, a film that chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for…

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Ecocity World Summit – Vancouver

October 7 • 8:00 amOctober 11 • 5:00 pm

The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature. It is a biennial event which involves over 1000 delegates from all around the world. The first conference in this series was held in Berkeley, USA in 1990 with the purpose of bringing together bright minds to share knowledge on ecological and sustainable city designs. Ecocity Builders, a nonprofit corporation, has since been convening summits in different locations around the globe such as Abu Dhabi, UAE…

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4th Annual Little Italy Street Festival

October 6 • 11:00 am7:00 pm
Free

Festival Highlights: Authentic Italian Cuisine from Little Italy Businesses and Italian Restaurants located throughout Santa Clara County Fantastic Entertainment lineup including Pasquale Esposito, Vanessa Raci (New York), Anthony Nino Lane Band, Johnny Neri Band, and other authentic Italian Musicians In addition there will be a wine garden pouring both Italian and Cal-Italia wines, Artisan Italian Craft vendors and Children’s Activities Free festival and plenty of on-site parking. San Jose Diridon Station is also walking distance for Public Transportation options by Caltrain or VTA Lightrail.

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Martial Cottle Park Fall Festival

October 5 • 10:00 am3:00 pm
Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123 United States
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In addition to shopping incredible local food and drink makers and local makers of handcrafted goods, attendees will be able to picnic, buy and paint pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, play pumpkin carnival games, buy fresh organic produce, participate in DIY craft workshops, enjoy a pop-up petting zoo, explore the park's Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Market, view up-close farm tractors and farm vehicles, enjoy live music, play at the cattle corral and so much, more!

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Hoes Down Harvest Fest

October 5 • 10:00 am4:30 pm

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is dedicated to honoring and promoting the knowledge of agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through inspiration and education. Our goals extend beyond the weekend of fun and education. Every year, for 30 years, the Hoes Down has generated valuable resources for local and statewide organizations working on projects which benefit sustainable agriculture and rural communities. Please note that all tickets will be pre-sale this year. There will be no ticket sales at the gate.…

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Fall Garden Market – UC Master Gardeners

October 5 • 9:00 am2:00 pm
Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123 United States
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The UC Master Gardener Fall Garden Market plant sale offers a bounty of winter vegetable and flower seedlings plus beautiful low-water succulents. They all thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Come get inspired! Arrive early for best selection. UC Master Gardeners will be hosting educational talks, children's activities, a Green Elephant sale, and an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

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Flowers and Herbs for your Fall Winter Garden

October 2 • 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Gilroy Library, 350 W. 6th Street
Gilroy, CA
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You can add interest and color to your garden in winter, while enjoying some culinary benefits. You'll find out about winter/fall flowers and herbs that add beauty, attract beneficial insects and grow well in the cool weather.

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Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds – Webinar

October 1 • 11:00 am12:00 pm

Beneficial birds can help farmers keep pest insects, rodents, and pest birds at bay. They act the same way that beneficial insects do in helping with pest control. The overwhelming majority of songbirds are beneficial during nesting season because they feed pest insects to their voracious nestlings. Farmers may be able to reduce their pest-control costs by providing habitat for these beneficial birds and by only targeting detrimental birds at the right time and place. Wild Farm Alliance and two…

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September 2019

Star Chefs – Fundraiser for Silicon Valley Foster Youth

September 29 • 4:30 pm8:30 pm
The Computer History Museum, 1409 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA
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Star Chefs is a great pairing of a love for incredible culinary flair and the belief that every child deserves an opportunity to live a healthy and happy life!  Twelve culinary artists compete to support foster youth at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Everybody wins! Each chef will be preparing their culinary best paired with their favorite beverage. The evening will feature a chef competition, raffle, live auction with vacation packages, unique culinary experiences, and much more!

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Plants on Plants on Plants – Backyard San Jose

September 29 • 12:00 pm5:00 pm
Backyard SJ, 35 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA
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Free

For plant lovers, plant enthusiasts or even people looking to get into plants, San Jose Made will be bringing to downtown San Jose a whole event featuring plant retailers, florists, DIY gardening workshops, fruit & veggie plant retailers and more to Backyard SJ. Backyard SJ is a pop-up community garden featuring local events in San Jose’s Fountain Alley.

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