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Fall Events

We encourage you to check out the Healthy Soils Webinar Series, which showcases some of the practices used by our local farm partners. The Series includes our Healthy Soils and Backyard Composting webinars, and a film screening of Symphony of the Soil followed by a discussion about carbon farming. To access all of the soil building resources mentioned in the webinars, click here. Thanks and look forward to seeing you!

Healthy Soils Webinars

Symphony of the Soil Film Screening  

When: November 19, 2020, 6pm to 8pm
Hosted by: StopWaste & Eden Garden
Cost: FREE
 

Join us in this screening of the film “Symphony of the Soil” and a short, follow-up discussion on carbon farming in home gardens. The film is created by Deborah Koons Garcia and Lily Films Studio. Symphony of the Soil Beautifully illustrates the complex life that exists in healthy soil ecosystems, the role that carbon plays in soil health, and how institutions, farmers and gardeners impact this soil ecosystem. Following the film, we will discuss findings from local urban farms in Alameda County on the impacts of carbon farming practices on soil health and climate change.

This is a free, public webinar hosted by StopWaste and Eden Garden. There is a 100-person limit to the webinar, and this will be a first-come, first-served event (at the time of logging into the webinar). The discussion (not the film) will be recorded, posted, and shared with all participants in case you miss the event.

 

Gardening from the Ground Up

When: Webinar took place on September 26, 2020 
Hosted by: StopWaste and Fremont LEAF
 

Watch the recording of this interactive webinar that highlights the importance of building healthy soil! StopWaste educators Lori Caldwell and Trevor Probert will provide guidance and tools to help build and assess your soil health, including activities that gardeners can take home and use to learn more about their own soil. Come learn how gardeners growing healthy soil can also play a major role in addressing climate change through “carbon farming.” We will also share some exciting lessons learned from Fremont LEAF’s soil. 

Find resources mentioned in the webinar and watch the recording, click here.

 

Backyard Composting

When: Webinar took place on October 17, 2020
Hosted by: StopWaste and Mills College Community Farm
 

Compost is gardening gold, and you can learn how to make it in your own backyard in this virtual workshop. StopWaste educators, Lori Caldwell and Jeannie Pham, will share all the basics, including how to build a pile, troubleshoot, and harvest. We will also explore the best uses of finished compost.

Find resources mentioned in the webinar and watch the recording, click here.

Watch the Webinar Recording


Community Events

​​​​​Unusual Edibles from Around the World

When: November 19, 6:30 pm
Hosted by: Ploughshares Nursery
 
Let your palate guide you around the world during this discussion of five 'unusual edibles'. We aren't in Kansas anymore. This will be a one hour presentation with Q&A.
 
Meeting ID: 851 0755 4187

Passcode: unusual

 

​​​​​Unusual Edibles from Around the World

When: November 21, 10:00 am
Hosted by: Ploughshares Nursery
 
Let your palate guide you around the world during this discussion of five 'unusual edibles'. We aren't in Kansas anymore. This will be a one hour presentation with Q&A.
 
Meeting ID: 839 1711 6348

Passcode: unusual

 
 

​​​​​Native Plant Design and Maintenance Considerations

When: December 14, 2 pm to 3:15 pm
Hosted by: EBMUD
 

In this webinar, Jennifer de Graaf will present on designing and maintaining native plant gardens. Jennifer will use a number of CA native plants such as Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond ambition', Yarrow, Salvia x. clevelandii, Quercus agrifolia, Carex tumulicola, and Blechnum spicant, etc. to demonstrate important workflow considerations to design native plant gardens and to reduce hazards in the event of a wildfire. This critical thinking method can be applied to a variety of garden settings.

Jennifer has 22 years of professional landscape design and project management experience of parks, schools, hospitals, trail systems, streetscapes, historic properties, commercial housing, and estates and private residences. For five years, Jennifer taught courses for UC Berkeley Extension in the Landscape Architecture Certification.

Jennifer also served as the Lead Trainer and Director of Education for ReScape CA. She is licensed as a Landscape Architect in California, a LEED Accredited Professional, ReScape CA Qualified Professional, ReScape CA Rater, and a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University.

EBMUD Water Conservation Staff will also present updates on water supply, water demand, and water conservation programs.