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

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 your alliums.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw

Free Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm”

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table AdvisorsSlow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farma 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 better living and a healthier planet.

Doors will open for the screening at 6:00. Come early and meet representatives from local farming groups, or enjoy some refreshments from the concession stand. The film will start promptly at 7:00 PM and has a runtime of 1 hour, 32 minutes. 

Success with Cool Season Vegetables

Vegetables in the winter? You bet! Here in Santa Clara County we can grow vegetables year-round. Join us to learn about the wide variety of vegetables that thrive in our cool season: Broccoli, kale, peas, lettuce, and many more.

The National Heirloom Expo

Over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed on-topic speakers. Join us in three unique speaker halls, all with their own format.  Choose from individual speakers, expert  panels, or in-depth roundtable discussions.

 

More details coming….

Food For the Future Panel Discussion, a part of “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation”

From our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation.

Visit Los Altos History Museum’s“Silicon Valley Eats” food exhibit.

May – September

Gather around the table with us this summer as we remember the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, celebrate today’s diversity of cuisine, and learn about the new food technologies being developed in Silicon Valley.

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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.

Spring & Summer Vegetable Garden Class

It’s time to plant your spring and summer vegetable garden: those wonderful salad greens, and vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and many others.

In this beginning/overview class you will learn how to:

  • Plan your spring and summer vegetable garden,
  • Determine the best location and plant vegetable seedlings,
  • Maintain, irrigate and harvest your plants.

Presenter Master Gardener Jonathan Propp:  Jonathan has been a Master Gardener since 2008. He lectures frequently on growing organic fruits and vegetables in the home garden.

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.

Learn to Farm – The Singing Frogs Farm Way!

Singing Frogs Farm is proud to continue offering their successful, intensive, hands-on workshops to teach the mechanics behind their multi-award-winning, no-till, agroecological, intensive farming methods. Build your ecology, both above and below ground. Learn how to farm with (and for) Mother Nature. Understand how, in using these natural systems, you too can increase your soil organic matter, crop nutrient density and overall productivity.

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