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$50

Permaculture 102: Learning Bird Language to Help Design Your Edible Garden

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Common Ground Garden,
687 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
Post Created by: Justa Lahgin

Bird Language is the next topic in our Permaculture Design series. Central to the practice of Permaculture Design is observation. Observing the land, its patterns, its inhabitants, all tell you things which you incorporate into the design of your land and life. Learning about the land from those who have a completely different perspective from you, but whose lives depend on knowing everything that is happening on the land can tell you more than you would learn, just relying on…

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Community meeting with school district to explore Full Circle Farm Land

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Peterson Middle School,
1380 Rosalia Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 United States
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

This is an opportunity to come together, to strengthen our South Bay food shed. There will be a community meeting to explore what residents and other local stakeholders would like to see at the site where Full Circle Farm is. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 1 at Peterson Middle School. For those who don’t know what this is about, after a decade of teaching young and old about urban farming, Full Circle Farm will cease operations on…

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Free

Project Peace Day of Service

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

Do you want to improve our community? Do you want to meaningfully give your time? Do you want a better East Bay? Join us for a Day of Service as a community partner. Coordinated by Project Peace East Bay, Day of Service brings together local faith-based groups, community members, and East Bay social service providers. Why does Project Peace do this? Our vision is for a more economically and socially sustainable East Bay, and we think that begins with rolling…

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Free

Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Space Heating: Applications and Considerations

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Berkeley Public Library – West Branch,
1125 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA United States
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

As our electricity supply becomes cleaner as a result of increased use of renewables, electricity becomes an attractive fuel source to designers and builders interested in reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions and creating zero net energy buildings. This all-day class will focus on efficiency gains and emissions reductions from electric heat pumps in new and existing buildings and will cover the advantages and limitations of these systems, the available technology and refrigerant types, as well as Title 24 compliance considerations.…

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Free

Electric Heat Pumps for Domestic Water Heating: Applications and Considerations

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Berkeley Public Library – West Branch,
1125 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA United States
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

As our electricity supply becomes cleaner as a result of increased use of renewable's, electricity becomes an attractive fuel source to designers and builders interested in reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions and creating zero net energy buildings. This all-day class will focus on efficiency gains and emissions reductions from electric heat pumps in new and existing buildings and will cover the advantages and limitations of these systems, the available technology and refrigerant types, as well as Title 24 compliance considerations.…

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Free

APPLY NOW: Bay Area Farmer Training Program

June 7 - September 26
Laney/Field Trips,
CA United States
Post Created by: NneJ Kennedy

Our newest project, the Bay Area Farmer Training Program, provides the education, training and tools for a new generation of farmers in California’s Bay Area to create socially-just, ecologically sustainable and economically viable urban and peri-urban farm businesses. Exceedingly high recidivism rates, increasing immigrant populations, a scarcity of living-wages for vulnerable citizens, and the rapidly aging farmer population all combine to create an urgent need to champion collaborative strategies in community development and seed opportunities to access training, land, and…

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Free

Everything you wanted to know about… Going Solar

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

Come hear Rosana Francescato from MyDomino present the nuts and bolts of rooftop solar, including: Rooftop solar basics How to prepare Steps in the process Maintenance and monitoring Other topics include back-up batteries, energy efficiency, community shared solar, and how a Community Choice energy program could make going solar easier. This is the third in a series of public-interest events on issues related to renewable energy and a sustainable future hosted by Local Clean Energy Alliance, www.localcleanenergy.org. The Alliance is…

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$30

Brown Gold: Building Better Compost the Biointensive Way

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Common Ground Garden,
687 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
Post Created by: Justa Lahgin

Compost is an essential part of a Biointensive garden. It helps to improve soil fertility, grow healthier plants, reduce insect damage, conserve water, recycle kitchen and garden waste! Naturally! And it’s easy! We can maintain a more sustainable garden if we understand the decomposition process and use the materials our garden generates in the most efficient way. It’s exciting to see compost materials turn into brown gold! In this class you will learn: how compost works why compost is important…

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$15 - $55

Listen Live to Reem Assil’s Story with RFRS x Kiva

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Google Community Space,
188 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA United States
Post Created by: Crystal Huang

In a special partnership with international micro-lending platform Kiva and their community of lenders, Real Food Real Stories is featuring Kiva's Bay Area food entrepreneurs to hear their powerful stories behind building dreams with a pool of $25 loans. We are inspired by Kiva entrepreneurs, and we believe you will be too. On June 14th, we're inviting you to listen live to Rising Star Chef and Kiva entrepreneur Reem Assil, as she shares her journey from a community and labor…

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Free

Community Drum Showcase

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
West Oakland Farm Park,
2847 Peralta St
Oakland, CA United States
Post Created by: Brandi Mack

Come join us at Afia Walking Tree's Community Drum Showcase at the West Oakland Farm Park!

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$1,000

Urban Permaculture Institute Permaculture Design Course

June 20 @ 8:00 am - September 9 @ 5:00 pm PDT
Impact Hub Oakland,
2323 Broadway
Oakland , CA United States
Post Created by: Susan Silber

The Urban Permaculture Institute (UPI) is offering a Permaculture Design Certificate training this summer in the East Bay. Class sessions will be held on Tuesday nights at Impact Hub Oakland and Saturdays at both Alameda Point Collaborative Farm as well as various field trip locations. The entire training is 16 sessions (9 Saturdays 10am-6pm and 7 Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:30pm). The first session is on June 20th. Registration is now open here: http://www.upisf.com/east-bay-summer-2017/. If you are new to permaculture you can…

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$20

Organic Gardening 101: How to Grow Without Pesticides

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Common Ground Garden,
687 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
Post Created by: Emily Danko

Learn how to approach pests and diseases from a more holistic perspective, with Suzanne Bontempo, a certified IPM Advocate, in association with Our Water Our World. We’ll explore how garden ecosystem works through the lens of Integrated Pest Management, with a focus on beneficial insects. Many predators and parasites are our allies. Discover who’s who on the Top 10 most wanted list of beneficial bugs, and gain the upper hand by attracting them to your garden. Register online at: http://bit.ly/2jG1o9c

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$5 - $30

Eleventh Annual Edible Garden Tour

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Common Ground Garden,
687 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
Post Created by: Justa Lahgin

Join Common Ground Garden for the 2017 Edible Garden Tour! Our annual Edible Garden Tour is Common Ground Garden's main fundraiser. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support our programs, which include: running the sustainable demonstration garden, youth education, adult volunteering and education, and donating fresh vegetables each week to local food closets. Your ticket purchase gives you access to a map of participating gardens, featuring not-to-be-missed highlights: Mini-orchards, grey water catchment systems, gardening demos, a bounty of berry…

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Transition US National Gathering

July 27 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm PDT
Macalester College,
St. Paul, MN United States
Post Created by: Nils Palsson

Mark your calendars for the first-ever Transition US National Gathering, “Growing a Movement for Resilient Communities: Broadening, Deepening, and Scaling Up,” to be held July 27-31 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. We expect around 250 community resilience builders from across the country to gather, build connections, share skills and knowledge, and generate new ideas for how to collectively move toward our shared vision of a resilient future of connected, localized communities free from dependence on fossil fuels. We’re…

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$30

How to Grow and Use Medicinal Herbs

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Common Ground Garden,
687 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
Post Created by: Justa Lahgin

‘Let food be thy medicine…’ – Hippocrates Come learn about herbs that grow well in our Bay Area climate and that are easy to use for self care. We will focus on kid- and dog-friendly herbs. Learn to identify, grow, and use them on a regular basis, including: cultivating the plants dealing with bulk fresh/dry herbs using in tincture, essential oil or flower essence forms Penni Thorpe is a volunteer at CGG and a long time lay herbalist and flower…

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