Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm, and contributing author of, “Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City”, will show you how he transformed a blighted urban yard into an edible paradise. By using permaculture design he’s created both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health.
Upcoming Events At This Venue
September 24, 2014
September 28, 2014
Join us for a Workshop on Hive Health with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and local hobbyist beekeeper and bee breeder Alan Kramer. Learn how to tell whether your colony is healthy or suffering from a honey bee pathogen. If your colony is not doing well, learn how to recognize what is affecting it and your options for bringing it back to health.
October 5, 2014
Join the San Francisco Milk Maid for a crash course on home cheesemaking. In two wonderful, action-packed hours, learn how to ferment fresh milk into fragrant farmers’ cheeses or fail-proof, super healthy kefir. Learn which milk to use, what equipment you’ll need, how to get the most probiotic benefits and best, how to enjoy your home dairy creations. Class price includes instruction, recipe sheet, in-class tasting and your own take-home fermentation project.
Space is limited, register online.
October 8, 2014
Bay Area favorite Pam Peirce returns to Pollinate to share her edible gardening expertise! Despite the drought, our amazing climate means that we can eat from our gardens year round! Learn easy gardening strategies to maximize the use of any rainfall we may receive in the fall and winter months. Learn Pam’s secrets to timed plantings – what to plant now, and what to plant as we approach the end of the calendar year and into late winter. Pam will explain when to start seeds indoors or buy seedlings, what seeds to sow directly into your beds, how to nurture soil that is used year round, the best veggie varieties for fall-into-winter growing and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens.
October 12, 2014
Great organic gardens start with great soil! Discover the physical and biological properties of soil, the difference between soil texture and structure, and how to test your soil. In this informative workshop, beginners and and green thumbs alike will learn how to improve soil structure by increasing the soil’s organic matter content. We will discuss the intricate soil food web and its importance for material recycling. Additional soil building topics will include hot and cold composting, vermicomposting, sheet mulching and cover cropping. After learning about organic soil cultivation from principles to practices, we will head out to Pollinate’s demonstration garden to build a hot compost pile, start a vermicompost system and observe other soil building strategies at work.
October 15, 2014
Container Natives: Growing for Color, Texture, and Blooms with Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery
Living in an urban area or being a renter can mean having to do a fair amount of gardening in containers. Never fear! In this informative lecture/discussion we will learn the basics of container gardening with a focus on beautiful native plants. Enjoy stunning arrangements of potted native plants as a focal point in your garden, and learn the secrets to getting the most vibrant foliage colors, interesting textures, and long-lived blooms. In addition, we’ll cover how to design and maintain a native container garden long term,exploring various potting mediums and amendments, pests and diseases, and take a look at the options for the containers themselves.
October 18, 2014
Pollinate Farm & Garden and Outdoor Afro team up in October for a classic fall activity. Play with your food — join us for our first annual Pumpkin Carving workshop! At this family-friendly event we will learn about the diversity of pumpkins, squashes and gourds, how and when to grow them, and take a look at examples of their many uses. We will explore common and unusual carving tools and take a look at some fun, spooky, and over-the-top pumpkin carving designs. Then we’ll head out to Pollinate’s demonstration garden for some Jack-o’-lantern carving creativity of our own. Participants will be able to take home their creations. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
October 26, 2014
Come learn about the secret world of native bees and the benefits of attracting them to your garden! Jaime Pawelek (Wild Bee Garden Design and the Urban Bee Lab) will give a presentation on California’s 1,600 species of native bees followed by Q & A. We will then move outside to build native bee condos to take home, and we’ll build some bee-friendly container gardens for Pollinate’s honey bees. Also on hand will be the Urban Bee Lab’s newly released book “California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists”.
November 9, 2014
New to beekeeping or just want to understand more about what’s involved before plunging in? Curious about all the buzz, why bees need our help and how you can get involved? Join us for an Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and local hobbyist beekeeper and bee breeder Alan Kramer.
Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping in this popular class! Topics include common hive types, tools and safety equipment, hive maintenance and a hands-on hive inspection. Participants will have an opportunity to taste local honey and receive 10% off our basic safety accessories starter kit.