Tag Archives: organic

Fall Garden Market – UC Master Gardeners

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.

Vegetarian Educational Institute – Summer Retreat

Our 4th annual Summer Retreat takes place at beautiful Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest Lake in the mountains of Central California. Continuing the tradition of the French Meadows Macrobiotic Summer Camp for the 50th year in a row.

Nestled between Pinecrest Lake and the slopes of Dodge Ridge ski resort, Camp Sylvester is an ideal setting for family vacations. With updated cabins and recreation halls sprawling over nearly ten acres of the Stanislaus National Forest. Camp Sylvester provides the fresh air, green pines and excitement of an outdoor adventure with all of the comforts of a rustic resort.

The picturesque, natural surroundings are an ideal setting to go “on retreat” and provide a unique environment in which to relax, study, and play.

Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat – How to Cook for Spring

The four seasons provide a natural rhythm to keep us in optimal health. Traditionally, each season brings new foods to the table. Eating seasonally supports health and wellness by helping our bodies adjust to the weather, our energy and activity levels, and more.

Spring is the season of new life. Come Spring, we get restless for change, for cleansing and newness, for the sun and renewed energy, for recommitting to our dreams. Nature gives us what we need to support this mood. A growing garden, green Spring vegetables, fresh eggs, and the sun feeds our body, energy, and mind.

If you need to change your diet or learn more cooking skills for health reasons, weight issues, can’t-get-dinner-on-the-table issues, or just because you love to learn, this weekend is for you!

Pathways to Farm Ownership – Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation, California FarmLink, and the National Young Farmers Coalition for a webinar that will guide you through the key steps in negotiating and composing a lease that has a built-in pathway to ownership. 
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn’t make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business. Learn about different types of lease structures, clauses, tactics that can lead to farm ownership, and how to position yourself financially to be able to execute a purchase option.
By 2030, more than two-thirds of all private agricultural land in the United States is expected to change hands. Additionally, over the past decade, the average cost of farmland has doubled, and land prices continue to climb. Unless you stand to gain farmland the old fashioned way—inheritance—new and scaling farmers need “out-of-the-box” strategies to stand up against the tide of U.S. farmland transition.
This webinar will provide ideas on choosing a land tenure method that’s right for your growing organic farming business, and how to best position yourself to consider a possible farmland purchase in the future, including financial planning through the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland Calculator tool.

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

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 healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

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 for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County – Spring Plant Sale

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…..

Tastes & Tales of Terra Madre Dinner – Sonoma

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.

10th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Mateo

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 that you’ll have a productive and flourishing garden this year.

There will be educational tables to help you select the best plants for your garden, and we’ll provide tips on how best to plant, grow and care for your new seedlings. Don’t miss our other activities and features too, including our exhibit and sale of beautiful succulent arrangements.

Winning the War on Weeds – Los Gatos

The rains are bringing much needed water to our gardens, but also sprouting pesky weed seeds that hide in the soil. Come learn simple techniques and tricks to minimize time and effort spent ridding your garden of weeds. Bring along weed samples from your yard for identification and removal strategies. Owner of the landscape company California Nativescapes, Rebecca Schoenenberger, specializes in creating beautiful, sustainable, and economical gardens appropriate for California. She has extensive knowledge of native plants and the environments where they thrive. Since 2011, Rebecca has also been a volunteer Santa Clara County Master Gardener.