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Gardening Talks and Events

Ergonomics in the Garden

Dates: Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Rythmix Cultural Works
Address: 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Type of event: Community Event

Come hear about how ergonomics can make your gardening less painful and extend your time in the garden, both now and in the future. The goals of the presentation include:

  1. Understand how garden activities affect your body ergonomics and wear and and tear on your joints
  2. Learn to correct gardening activity for better body mechanics
  3. Demonstrate best ergonomic practices

Our Speaker, Joan Sarlatte, worked as a nurse practitioner caring for injured workers, many of whose injuries related to repetitive jobs. She became interested in ergonomics as a way to retrain your body toward better working practices. Now retired, Joan graduated in the Master Gardener class of 2018, and is interested in helping gardeners learn to work with less discomfort and fewer injuries.


How-to Backyard Compost Workshop

Dates: Saturday, October 19, 10 am to 12 noon
Location: City Slicker Farms
Address: 2847 Peralta Ave., Oakland
Type of event: StopWaste Event

Compost is gardening gold, and you can learn how to make it in your own backyard. StopWaste Educators Lori Caldwell and Trevor Probert will share all the basics, including pile building, troubleshooting, harvesting and best uses of finished compost at this free, hands-on workshop. It’s also a great opportunity to visit City Slicker Farms and see how they’ve incorporated compost into their food production. This is an interactive workshop, so bring garden gloves if you have them.


Compost Happens: Compost 101

Dates: Sunday, October 20, 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Pollinate Farm & Garden
Address: 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Type of event: Community Event

Come and learn how easy it is to transform your yard waste and food scraps into “gardeners’ gold”. The benefits of compost are many: recycling resources, saves money and water. This workshop will teach you to make, harvest and use this valuable soil amendment in your garden.

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Friends of Sausal Creek Native Plant Sale

Dates: Sunday, October 20, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: FOSC Native Plant Nursery, Joaquin Miller Park
Address: Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland
Type of event: Community Event

The nursery opens to the public only once a year. Don't miss this chance to stock up on local natives at great prices, and to support the Friends of Sausal Creek. There will be live music, crafts for kids, basket weaving, and native plant experts available all day. 

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Worms: The Hardest Working Pet You Will Ever Have

Dates: Sunday, November 3, 11:00 am to 1 pm

Location: Host's Venue
Address: 2727 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland
Type of event: Community Event

Come learn how to make compost with worms! Building organic matter in our soils is the best way to sustainably grow our own food – and amending our soils with compost is one of the best ways to do that! Do you have a lot of food scraps? Live in an apartment? Worm composting is for you! This workshop will mostly be hands-on, but will also include an engaging lecture learning. We will be modeling a system that is best in small backyards or indoors.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Lori CaldwellI is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener, and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. A garden instructor for more than a decade, Lori's mission is to reconnect people with the soil and all that it provides.

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Fundraising Plant Sale at Plant Exchange

Dates: Saturday, October 12, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Oakland Plant Exchange
Type of event: Community Event 

Plant Exchange holds a plant sale monthly saving green sustainable plant materials from the landfill and have recently added a Free Plant Giveaway to our program offerings. At the end of each fundraising event, we will donate our plants to non-profit community groups.

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