Gardening Talks and Events
Lawn to Garden Party
Not like any other lawn party, this one gives you a chance to help convert a lawn into a garden all in one day! Come join us in Berkeley as we transform a lawn using cardboard, compost and mulch. StopWaste educators and staff will be on hand to guide us as we sheet mulch and plant a new garden. This is a great opportunity to see the whole process, from curb cutting, prep, actual sheet mulching and planting. Participants will learn about lawn conversion rebates, drought tolerant plant choices, and sheet mulch materials.
At the end of the event there will be a raffle drawing for some great garden gifts. Please register to receive location details and so that we have a head count for seasonal snacks and tools.
Plant Exchange Speaker Series: Healthy Soils and Growing Herbs
April is a great time to add annuals or perennial herbs to your garden! StopWaste Educator and Master Composter, Jeannie Pham will be on-hand to talk about the many benefits and beginner-friendly ease of growing your own culinary and medicinal herbs. We will cover the healthy soil building techniques to increase yields, keep down pests and diseases as well as conserving water. Topics for this talk will include: rebuilding soils, great herbs for your area, pest control, and more! Participants will receive a handy edible reader to take home for further reference.
Maintaining Your New Garden
This free workshop is a great opportunity to get hands-on tips for dealing with weeds, plant growth and irrigation at a garden that was sheet mulched two years ago.
Design for Lawn Conversion
Want to convert your lawn but not sure what you to put in the new garden? This free talk, presented by Bay-Friendly Designer Tyler Coen, will cover design basics to consider when converting and how to convert sustainably with sheet mulch (cardboard, compost and mulch) to create a California drought resistant landscape.
You can also stop by the StopWaste table and get more gardening questions answered, as well as pick up a discount coupon for plants.
Community Events and Talks
LEAF Documentary Film Series
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) is presenting a series of environmental documentary films on sustainable agriculture. All events include a sampling of local food, followed by the screening and a Q&A.
Our Ocean and Climate Change
Dr. Heller will talk about a biogeochemical cycle, driven by ocean bacteria, that sustains life on Earth by keeping the atmosphere in balance. The most important piece of this cycle is nitrogen fixation - the same process that makes soil rich. You'll learn how tiny molecules in tiny creatures (DNA in bacteria) influence and respond to planet-size processes like atmospheric balance and climate change.
Our Soil and Carbon Sequestration
Explore the many benefits of healthy soil in this exciting talk. Healthy soil not only conserves water and protects our water systems but it stores carbon leading to increased soil microbial communities, healthy and abundant food systems, and a more resilient climate. According to soil experts, restoring soil health through regenerative farming practices (i.e., no-till, cover crops, compost) and regenerative ranching practices (i.e., holistic grazing) has the potential to return carbon to the soil and lower atmospheric CO2 levels within decades. Presented by Anne Stauffer of the Sierra Club.
Gardening with Nature at Home and at Work
Soil is alive! Come to learn and see the difference between dirt and soil. Soil compaction and over watering are two of the most common challenges for a successful garden. Learn about the very important jobs soil microbes perform and how they partner with plants. Learn simple ways to invite them into your garden at home and at work and why you want them to take the lead in caring for your plants. Presented by Theresa Lyngso.
LEAF and Fremont Seed Library Workshop Series
Learn all about onions and garlic, plus get some FREE onion slips and garlic bulbs.
Learn all about pollinator plants and honey bees. LEAF’s beekeeper will bring an observation frame with live honeybees. You can also get some free flower seeds.
Spring Plant Exchange
Want an instant New Garden? Bay Area plant lovers flock to this unique, all-volunteer run event. To participate in the free exchange, gardeners must bring plants to exchange, or garden items, such as clay pots, decorative items, garden umbrellas, tools, equipment, books on gardening, stepping stones, and more. Gardeners may drop off donations beginning two weeks before the event. For more information please call (510) 866-8482 or email the Plant Exchange.