Garden for the Environment

GARDEN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
APRIL 2012 NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS
  1. APRIL 2012 ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOPS
  2. EVENTS & UPDATES
  3. FOOD, FARMING AND GARDENING IN THE NEWS
  4. LOCAL FOOD NEWS: San Francisco's Seasonal Farmer's Markets
  5. FROM THE BORDER: The April Gardener is June-Minded
  6. VIEW FROM THE GARDEN: Fruit Tree Care and Apple Grafting
APRIL ORGANIC GARDENING AND COMPOSTING WORKSHOPS

URBAN COMPOSTING

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost:
Free

Urban Composting

Jump-start your spring garden with some homemade compost! Aside from giving veggies and flowers a healthy start, composting encourages beneficial organisms in the soil and can help break the life cycle of plant pests and disease. Join Garden for the Environment for this fun, hands-on class teaching methods for backyard and worm composting. Come learn what you can do to improve your garden without
chemical fertilizers or pesticides and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Rot on!

Eventbrite - URBAN COMPOSTING!

GARDEN TOUR: Discover the Beauty in Water-Wise Gardening

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Instructor:
Hilary Gordon, GFE's Sustainable Landscape Education Manager
Cost:
Free

Garden Tour

Join us for an informative tour of GFE's climate-appropriate demonstration garden focusing on water-wise gardening techniques and plants appropriate for San Francisco's Summer-Dry Climate. Learn how you can create a beautiful garden with plants that need little or no summer water. It's good for the environment and for the water bill!

Eventbrite - Garden Tour: The Beauty of Water Wise Gardening

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD! Seasonal Organic Vegetable Gardening in April

Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2011
Time: 10am - 12noon
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Instructor:
Carey Craddock, Organic Gardening Instructor
Cost:
$25 or $15 for GFE Members

Gardening 101

Year-round vegetable gardening is integral to creating a foodsystem whose values reflect seasonality, locality and clean food. To take full advantage of the unique gardening climate in San Francisco, it’s important to know your vegetable garden’s needs each month. Join GFE and local gardener Carey Craddock as we take a closer look at what to do in your garden in April to ensure you reap a harvest that will afford you Victory Gardener status. Its finally spring! This month will focus on choosing the right spots for your vegetable in the garden, caring for the seedlings you have started, growing yummy lettuces, as well as a tour of what’s growing at the GFE in April. Join us on the 2nd Saturday of every month to learn seasonal tips for year-round vegetable garden! Bring on the bounty! 

Eventbrite - GROW YOUR OWN FOOD!

INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC GARDENING
APRIL 2012
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Sponsored by the SFPUC

Location: Garden for the Environment, San Francisco

SF PUC Organic Gardening

PART I, GARDEN DESIGN
Date: April 7th, 2012 Time: 10AM - 12:30PM Cost: Free

Learn how to grow a healthy and beautiful garden that minimizes the impacts on the environment. From building a healthy soil with compost to selecting beautiful plantings appropriate for the Bay Area’s climate, this workshop will give you the basics to implement sustainable gardening practices. More info here.

PART II, GARDEN CARE
Dates: Saturday, April 14th, 2012 Time: 10AM - 12:30PM Cost: Free

Planning ahead for low-maintenance design and sustainable products is a key element to a successful organic garden. Join us to learn about natural maintenance practices that will keep your garden beautiful and your labor to a minimum. More info here.

PART III, GARDEN WATERING

Dates: Saturday, April 21th, 2012 Time: 10AM - 12:30PM Cost: Free

Water is vital to garden health. But, when is enough, enough? Join us to learn earth-friendly ways to water the garden and the most efficient practices for the Bay Area’s Mediterranean climate. More info here.


CITY CHICKENS! And Ducks Too!

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Instructor:
Paul Glowaski, Co-Founder of Urban Eggs & Farmer at Dinner Bell Farm
Cost:
$25 or $15 for GFE Members

City Chickens

Begin your morning by harvesting fresh eggs from your own urban back yard! You can keep chickens and ducks in San Francisco! Join Paul Glowaski, Co-Founder of Urban Eggs & Farmer at Dinner Bell Farm, for an exciting workshop on organic “eggriculture”. Whether you dream of just a few chickens, or dozens, you will learn all you need to know to keep even your chickens (or ducks) healthy and happy in San Francisco. This class will walk you through the entire process, including: ordering chicks, organic feed for chickens and ducks, sanitation & human health considerations. (Images: TheCityChicken).

City Chickens!

EVENTS & UPDATES

New Staff Maggie and HannahWELCOME NEW STAFF! Maggie Guerra and Hannah Shulman

Please join me in welcoming Maggie Guerra (Program Manager Interim, image at top right) and Hannah Shulman (Garden Education Coordinator Interim, image at bottom right) to the staff of Garden for the Environment! Maggie and Hannah will be working with us while our Program Director, Suzi Palladino, is on maternity leave (Mid-March to October 1st). You can read their bio's on our website and drop them a line at maggie@gardenfortheenvironment.org and hannah@gardenfortheenvironment.org. We are so excited they are part of the team!
- Blair Randall, Executive Director

 


Farm SchoolFARM SCHOOL 2012

18 Reasons, Garden for the Environment, Bi-Rite Farm, and Freewheelin Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course held May through September 2012.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming.  The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five full farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm in Sonoma. The lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm, and the farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting. To register, or for more information, click here.


Native Plant TourNATIVE PLANT GARDEN TOUR
Date: April 15th, 2012
Time: 11am - 3pm

The Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents its 8th annual Native Plant Garden Tour on Sunday, April 15th. The free, self-paced tour provides a unique opportunity to see San Francisco and Bay Area native gardens. Hosts will explain how these gardens conserve water, provide wildlife habitat and reinforce our local identity. Descriptions of gardens participating in the tour, along with a map, are available at sfnativegardentour.org

 


photo by Anne HammerskyFREEWHEELIN' FARM 2012 CSA SEASON
GFE CSA DROP-OFF IS THUR EVE


GFE is thrilled to once again host a drop-off site for the Freewheelin' Farm CSA. Mid-May to early November you'll get 30 different crops sustainably grown down the coast, just north of Santa Cruz. SF Bicycle delivery available, as well as a Mission Dist drop-off at 18 Reasons. To reserve your spot for the 2012 season, or for more info, visit freewheelinfarm.org

 


SF BOTANICAL GARDEN PLANT SALE
Date:
May 5th, 2012 Time: 10am - 2pm


This enormous plant sale has something for everyone, from the amateur to the skilled gardener. For more information about the 45th annual Spring Plant Sale, visit sfbotanicalgarden.org


3-DAY INTENSIVE ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE AT ALAN CHADWICK GARDEN
Dates:
May 18-20 and July 20-22, 2012


This is a really unique chance to learn from the renowned instructors of the UCSC Farm and Garden Apprenticeship in a short, 3-day intensive class. More information visit casfs.ucsc.edu


DINNER BELL FARM PASTURE-RAISED, HERITAGE BREED CHICKEN AVAILABLE

You can find Dinner Bell Farm Chicken at Slanted Door and Bar Agricole, or you can buy it directly from the farmers. Dinner Bell delivers to SF once a month. More information at dinnerbellfarm.com

FOOD, FARMING AND GARDENING IN THE NEWS

California Effort Underway to Label Genetically Modified Foods
Jason Mark, Earth Island Journal, March 12th, 2012

Record-breaking One Million Americans Tell FDA: We Have a Right to Know What's in Our Food
Naomi Starkman, Civil Eats, March 27th, 2012

LOCAL FOOD NEWS

SAN FRANCISCO'S SEASONAL FARMER'S MARKETS

Spring is in full swing, and with is comes the return of San Francisco’s seasonal farmer’s markets!

Many of San Francisco’s farmer’s markets have transformed in year-long food centers and places for community gathering. This time of year we welcome back some of the other markets that have taken the cold and wet winter off, returning with spring’s bounty. Visit these newly opened neighborhood markets!

Castro Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays 4pm-8pm
Began March 14th

Glen Park Farmers Market
Sundays 10am-2pm
Begins April 1st

Mission Community Market
Thursdays 4pm-8pm
Begins April 12th

UCSF Mission Bay Farmer’s Market
Wednesday s 10am-2pm
Begins April 11th

Upper Haight Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays 4pm-8pm
Begins April 4th

For a full list visit this 2011 map of San Francisco’s 22 (!) Farmer’s Markets.

This is a new column by Maggie Guerra, GFE Program Manager. Questions or comments? Contact Maggie at maggie@gardenfortheenvironment.org

FROM THE BORDER

THE APRIL GARDENER IS JUNE-MINDED

Sparaxis"Spring is here, and the long-awaited rains are blessing the garden. By the south gate of the Garden for the Environment, I can look with satisfaction at the bright bursts of color from Harlequin Flower and Spring Star Flower blooming on one side of the pathway, while colorful grasses, rockroses, and irises light up the other side. But this is no time for a gardener to rest on her laurels..."

Read more of the APRIL From the Border

VIEW FROM THE GARDEN

Last Month in the Garden: Fruit Tree Care and Apple Grafting

Top: Spring Sparaxis!; Left Middle: Matthew Sutton teaching 'Basic Organic Fruit Tree Care'; Right Middle: 'Heirloom Apple Tree Grafting', taught by Matthew Sutton; Bottom: Urban Composting, taught by Lizzie Roeble and Amy Kessler.

Sparaxis

Intro to Fruit Tree Care and Grafting

 Compost

Visit the GFE Flickr page for more photos from the garden.

(Photos by Blair Randall, 2011)

ABOUT THE GARDEN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


Garden for the Environment teaches youth and adults in San Francisco to garden organically. Founded in 1990, GFE provides hands-on education to 3,000 youth and adults each year at its ½ acre organic teaching garden.

The Garden for the Environment is a fiscally-sponsored non-profit project of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, supported by workshop fees, individual donations, with support from public and private foundations and city agencies.

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Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation workshops at the GFE are funded by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Urban Composting workshops, SFUSD Field Trips and the GCETP Program at the GFE are funded by the SF Environment, through a Zero-Waste Grant Award.