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May 2019

Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

May 14 • 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Hay Barn, 1008 Ranch View Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Free

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a…

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Kids in the Garden – Hidden Villa

May 12 • 10:30 am12:00 pm
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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Kids learn and play, hands-on in our experiential learning garden. We will explore the mysteries of seeds and how they grow through stories and art., and learn about caring for the garden. We get to dig, hoe, and water, and then make a special new plant project to bring home to tend and watch grow!  While class is in session, parents can stroll the farm and enjoy our beautiful property. For children ages 6 and up.

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Growing Vegetables in Containers – San Jose

May 11 • 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Willow Glen Public Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125 United States
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Did you know that you can grow vegetables in containers year-round? Even in small spaces, you can grow your own food. Container grown vegetables can be decorative as well as good to eat. Almost any vegetable can be grown in a container if given the proper care. Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, cucumbers and herbs do well. Santa Clara County Master Gardener Laura Monczynski will show you how, with an emphasis on vegetables you can plant now for eating all…

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Cow Spa Day at Hidden Villa

May 5 • 1:30 pm3:00 pm
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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$15

If you enjoy ice cream, steak, cheese, or even leather boots this is your chance to thank the cows for their gifts. We'll be preparing an aromatic spa day for our eldest cow Hidden Villa, Cleo. First we'll harvest fresh herbs from the garden, prepare a plant-based fly repel spray and then enter the cow pen with supplies to rub and pamper our dairy friend. Great for families of all ages comfortable around animals. (PS This is a rare opportunity…

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Going Native Garden Tour

May 4 • 10:00 amMay 5 • 4:00 pm

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format. The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. The website also provides resources to help Bay Area gardeners to…

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Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration

May 4 • 10:00 am3:00 pm
Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123 United States
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Experience Santa Clara Valley's agricultural past, present and future, on land the Cottle family farmed for over 150 years. There will be children’s activities, local craft makers from San Jose Made, and food trucks. Meet the animals at the 4H parcel and visit the petting zoo. The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will host gardening talks at the Master Gardener parcel. They will also have seedlings and succulents for sale. Come see their new educational pavilion and beautiful…

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Real Food Real Stories with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop

May 2 • 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Free

What comes to mind when you think of wellness? Trendy ingredients, Instagram influencers, yoga retreats? This spring, hosted by Asana, we’re rounding out the conversation. Wellness isn’t just pretty images of self-care. Wellness is mental, emotional, spiritual, and communal health. More importantly, access, privilege, and diversity must be included in the conversation. Join Asana for a meal + story with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop. As the general manager of this community-owned social enterprise, she manages the marketing…

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April 2019

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

April 27 • 9:30 am4:00 pm
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration! Note - this is a ticketed event and may sell out.  Tickets are sold…

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Dahlia Society of California Tuber and Plant Sale

April 27 • 9:30 am3:00 pm

The Dahlia Society of California (DSC) is the San Francisco chapter of the American Dahlia Society. It was organized in 1917 under the laws of the California, two years after the American Dahlia Society was organized on May 10, 1915. DSC is a member of the Pacific Southwest Dahlia Conference, and an affiliate of the National Dahlia Society of England. Dahlia is the official flower of the City of San Francisco.

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Earth Day

April 22

“In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962 Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world…

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Cascarones – Learn to Make with Hidden Villa

April 21 • 9:15 am10:00 am
Free

Cascarones are used in celebration throughout Mexico for various holidays. These colorful toys are hollowed out egg shells with "nature confetti" inside. They can then be thrown or smashed (gently) on a friend for a good laugh. Join us for this fun and unique crafting program! Two sessions: 9:15-10:00 am, 1:00-1:45 pm

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Passport Celebration Day – Santa Cruz Mountains

April 20 • 12:00 pm5:00 pm
$75

Four times a year, on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, the wine growing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of this unique mountainous region. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable experience. With your SCM Wine Passport you can visit participating wineries 365 days per year during winery hours of operation as well as…

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Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County – Spring Plant Sale

April 20 • 9:00 am3:00 pm
Charles Street Gardens, 433 Charles Street
Sunnyvale, CA 94086 United States
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Join the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County for their annual Spring Plant Sale.  Lots of seedlings will be available for purchase for your spring garden. Details coming.....

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National Gardening Day

April 14

National Gardening Day is the perfect time for gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty. Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and natural nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices. National Gardening Day is…

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Tastes & Tales of Terra Madre Dinner – Sonoma

April 13 • 5:30 pm8:30 pm
$85

Join the Slow Food Sonoma County North Chapter for their bi-annual, Tastes & Tales of Terra Madre Dinner to celebrate Slow Food and their chapter’s delegates to Italy’s Terra Madre in 2018! Three delegates represented Sonoma County North: Kathy Matonak (chapter leader), Kelly Osman (Oz Family Farms), and Ellen Shick (food writer). Come join us as we hear Tales of their adventures and have Tastes that are inspired by this international food event.

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10th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Mateo

April 13 • 9:00 am1:00 pm

The annual Spring Garden Market is a plant sale and educational fair brought to you by the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. We offer more than 5,000 vegetable plants, herb starts, and succulents to get your home garden started. You’ll discover a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, other vegetables and herbs that have been expertly selected and lovingly grown by us for you. We’ve carefully chosen top-performing varieties for each microclimate, ensuring…

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25th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Jose

April 13 • 9:00 am2:00 pm
Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123 United States
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Join the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners for their 25th annual Spring Garden Market (SGM), a premier plant sale and sustainable gardening showcase. Choose from a huge variety of tomato, pepper, herb, and flower seedlings and succulents raised right here in the Santa Clara Valley. They grow varieties not readily available elsewhere, selected for outstanding taste, beauty, and performance in our soil and climate.

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Zanotto’s Wine Night – Willow Glen

April 11 • 6:30 pm8:30 pm
$55

Zanotto's April Wine Night featuring Patz & Hall and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be paired with the tastings.  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

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Peruvian Dinner with Guest Chefs

April 11 • 5:00 pmApril 12 • 9:00 pm
$69

Come experience Peruvian Cuisine at Parcel 104 with Peruvian Guest Chefs, Teddy Bouroncle and Rafael Lopez.  They will be joining Executive Pastry Chef Carlos Sanchez to create and share the unique flavors of Peru for two nights only in April.  As is always the case at Parcel 104, ingredients will be local and farm-fresh.  This will be a three course meal, with an optional wine pairing.

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National Handmade Day 2019

April 7

National Handmade Day recognizes all those who put forth their creative talents into gifts that warm the heart and leave us awe. Whether its baked goods, beauty products or woodcraft, quilts, toys or artwork, those who create handmade gifts do so with an eye toward craftsmanship. Some carry on traditions from one generation to the next and others transfer skills learned in a trade making it an art form. From artisans to craftsman, tinkerers and those with eclectic style who…

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