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8th Annual TOUR de COOP

8th Annual Coop Tour is Coming!

The “Silicon Valley Tour de Coop” is really much more than just a few chicken coops – It’s a celebration of the pleasures and rewards of living in a sustainable and nature connected environment by everything from coops, bees to solar panels, grey water systems, urban farming and healthy live styles and everything in between.

So, for the 2019 Tour De Coop let’s expand our tour to also focus on lifestyle and community …and ways that allows each of us to live healthier lives for ourselves and also for the planet.  

Register now for the 2019 Coop Tour – September 14, 2019; 9am – 4pm

WWW.TOURDECOOP.ORG

This event is FREE and open to anyone with an interest in coops, chickens, biking and urban farming!  Simply register, and you will receive an email with the Tour de Coop map. Print it out, select your coop tour, and GO!  The event and coops will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Each year, the number of coops and various routes is defined by the energy of the coopsters and organizers.  We are just getting started for the 2019 tour!

The first year we had about 11 coops and 20 miles of tours, with 2 tours.

In 2016, our 5th year:
1,937 folks signed up; looking at 38 coops; with 13 different bike loops.

www.tourdecoop.org

Farms & Ranches Forever Fest

Join the Greenbelt Alliance for their Farms & Ranches Forever Fest.  Experience the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco! This annual happy hour features local farms and ranches, their products, and hands-on activities. Guests will be treated to live music, hors-d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cocktails.

Since 1984, more than 200,000 acres of Bay Area farmland—an area six times the size of San Francisco— have been lost to sprawl development. If we don’t act now, sprawl development could fleece the Bay Area of our treasured local agriculture.

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…..

25th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Jose

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 tomatopepperherb, 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.

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.

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.

One Seed One Community – Seed/Bean Share – New Santa Clara Community Garden!

This year One Seed One Community is saving the Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean, a black pole bean found on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.

The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean is tasty all season and can be enjoyed as a green bean, shelled bean and dry.  Come to the garden today to pick up yours for your garden!

Join us in planting these beans with intentions of peace, equity, kindness, community, connection, sharing, stewardship, love, and thoughts for those who endured/died on the Trail of Tears or for anyone who is othered–a dedication for belonging and growing a more welcoming and joyful world.

Save a Row for Diversity to share with our local seed libraries and other community groups.

One Seed One Community – Seed/Bean Share – Sunnyvale

This year One Seed One Community is saving the Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean, a black pole bean found on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.

The Cherokee Trail of Tears bean is tasty all season and can be enjoyed as a green bean, shelled bean and dry.  Come to the garden today to pick up yours for your garden!

Join us in planting these beans with intentions of peace, equity, kindness, community, connection, sharing, stewardship, love, and thoughts for those who endured/died on the Trail of Tears or for anyone who is othered–a dedication for belonging and growing a more welcoming and joyful world.

Save a Row for Diversity to share with our local seed libraries and other community groups.

Spring Gardening Tips and To Do lists – Santa Clara

Spring time is here and it can be overwhelming about prioritizing what to do in your garden. Master gardener Mint Pasakdee will share with you about ideas and topics on preparing soils, sowing seeds, getting transplants, fertilizing plants, pest controls, pruning perennials, mulching, etc.