Growing 'green' greens

Groups to offer seminars on organic gardening

Sustainable Danville Area and Sustainable San Ramon will be holding a series of talks on the basics of organic vegetable gardening in the coming weeks for people who want to grow their own food.

The seminar series promises to help beginners avoid costly mistakes that discourage many new gardeners, while more experienced gardeners will have the chance to hone their skills, increase their knowledge, and find out about additional resources that can set them on the paths of continued learning and improved harvests.

The series ill be held on three consecutive Saturdays, July 23rd, July 30th and August 6th, from 9am to noon, at the United Methodist Pre-school, 902 Danville Boulevard in Alamo.

The instructor will be Carol Rossi of Garden Starts. Rossi has more than 25 years of vegetable growing experience and is a champion of organic and sustainable methods. The East Bay native teaches gardening basics to groups interested in organic growing and works with Sustainable Danville Area to encourage community gardening.

The seminars will be a mix of classroom and garden time,with a PowerPoint presentation, instructor demonstrations and group participation. Topics will include every aspect of organc gardening, from site selection to harvesting and putting the beds to bed.

Demonstrations will include seed sowing techniques, transplanting methods, and ways to calculate food supplies and plantings for one or more.

Group discussions will focus on question and answer periods, and methods to form farm circles and crop swaps. Farm circles offer the opportunity to maximize your available space and labor to maximize the crops grown. Crop swapping lets gardeners trade an abundance of one type of crop with others who are successful with a different crop.

The cost for the three days is $75; Contact Sustainable San Ramon or Sustainable Danville Area for more information.


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Posted by Beau Hunk
a resident of Danville
on Jul 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

Are these efforts in compliance with Agenda 21?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Excellent program! Our nation used to be one of small farmers and home gardeners. Both my parents grew up on family farms, worked physically hard, and inherently became independent and self sufficient because of that upbringing. I believe that my father's upbringing in that environment helped him survive the challenges he faced as an adult. He was in the first wave of the 29th Division on Omaha Beach in D-Day. He fought all through Europe, twice wounded, and was part of the assault into Germany. He lived a long life and unfortunately passed away not long ago because he was a cigarette smoker to the end. My Mom, into her 90s, is vital and active.

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