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  • July 2, 2021

    EBMUD is doubling their lawn conversion rebates to $1.50 per sq ft! Replacing your lawn with water-wise plants will help your yard face a long-term drought.

  • December 2, 2020

    We had a great time hosting our fall Healthy Soils Webinar Series! You can watch recordings of the webinars and find related resources on our website, click here

    Webinar Resources

  • October 14, 2020

    StopWaste works with urban farms and community gardens to fight climate change with carbon farming practices. Practices such as feeding the soil with compost and keeping unplanted areas covered help these communities grow healthy food and sequester carbon in the soil.

  • October 2, 2020

    Massive wildfires are part of the new norm in California and it's making gardeners concerned that smoke and ash are ruining their produce. Are the fruit and veggies that you worked so hard to grow still safe to eat?

  • September 21, 2020

    We encourage you to check out the upcoming events in our Healthy Soils Series, which showcases some of the practices used by our local farm partners.

Related Resources

  • Learn more about building healthy soil with this guide that provides tips to help you get started in your garden. It covers soil building strategies including composting, sheet mulching and cover cropping.

  • have transformed your lawn into a garden, but now what? This brochure covers how to maintain your garden after sheet mulching and includes a calendar of tasks so that you will be ready for every season.

  • Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide cover

    This 70+ page guide is written for the home gardener and provides how-to information, a design survey, profiles of East Bay gardens, and much more.

  • Wondering about the health of your soil? This interactive guide provides activities for you to engage and observe various aspects of your soil. Do just one activity or them all, at a pace that suits you.

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  • This in-depth guide can answer all of your compost questions. Whether you are an urban farmer, community gardener, or a backyard homesteader, this toolkit supports you in becoming an expert composter.

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  • El objetivo de este kit de herramientas es proporcionar un enfoque práctico paso a paso para los agricultores urbanos de cualquier escala para comenzar el compostaje en la granja agrícola, evaluar y mejorar el sistema existente, y convertirse en maestros compostadores.

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  • cover crop resource

    Growing cover crops is an excellent practice for all gardeners with an interest in building healthy soil, and especially for growing food. This handout covers the basics and gets you started with step-by-step guidance.

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  • After over a decade of gathering backyard fruit in Alameda and donating it to the Alameda Food Bank (over 23 tons to date!), Alameda Backyard Growers decided it was time to begin nurturing and collaborating with other gleaning groups in the East Bay and beyond.

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