All garden classes hosted at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306
More classes on the way!
A ticket for our one of our classes supports all of our community oriented programming, including: Youth Education (free field trips for Title 1 schools), garden Volunteer Program, weekly sustainably-grown-vegetable donations to the Palo Alto Food Closets (SPAFC and PAFC).
June 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Looking for expert tips, tricks, and suggested varieties for gardening in the Bay Area?
Look no further.
Drew Harwell, expert manager of Jesse Cool’s garden, will detail out what every gardener needs to know for growing the healthiest fruits and veggies year-round in this unique micro-climate. In this garden class, he’ll cover his favorite vegetable varieties that thrive in Bay Area gardens, and he’ll discuss the best way to go about growing them. Drew will also be sharing some of the tips that he wishes he’d have known when he started gardening near the Bay.
Don’t miss this chance to make your garden thrive all year long!
Taught by Drew Harwell who is an edible-garden and Permaculture consultant, the manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change Garden and the former Common Ground Garden Manager.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1OXS0s2
June 25 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Price: Minimum donation of $25, but please give generously in order to support teachers and Common Ground
Want to live sustainably by getting off the grid?
Cooking with the sun is a powerful option. Solar cooking saves money, flavors food deliciously, and reduces your carbon footprint. Indeed, you can make a simple solar cooker with a cardboard box, aluminum foil, and a piece of glass. Alternatively, you can buy a solar oven that will get as hot as your gas or electric oven. During this garden class, Carol will show several different versions of solar cookers and discuss how to use them for your day-to-day cooking.
Carol Cox, an expert gardener, managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly twenty years. Now she gardens in an empty lot in the middle of Willits, in collaboration with her neighbors.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1lfRz2X
July 23 from 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM
(Common Ground Garden Will Open at 9:30 a.m. for Brochures and Maps to be Picked Up)
Price: $15 for General Admission
Let’s celebrate our tenth year!
The Edible Tour is Common Ground Garden’s main fundraiser. The total cost from each ticket goes to support our programs, including: running the sustainable demonstration garden; youth education (mainly teaching classes from Terman Middle School, Gunn High School, and Young Life Christian Preschool where their food comes from); adult volunteering and education (hosting Saturday classes and running the volunteer program); donating food each week to the local food closets. To make the tour accessible to the whole community we have tiered pricing for tickets (a smaller and larger donation to Common Ground Garden).
Not-to-be-Missed Highlights: Mini-orchards, grey water catchment systems, gardening demos, a bounty of berry varieties, native plants, medicinal herbs, ancient grains, and–of course–lovely gardens teeming with veggies! Rediscover the delights of small, local gardens in your community. Soak up new water-saving, green-thumb gardening tips. Connect and share ideas with other gardeners. Meander parts of the tour by bicycle. This year, Google HQ’s ‘kitchen garden’ will be featured on the tour!
And, for the first time the tour will include four local garden ‘hubs’: in Redwood City, East Palo Alto, San Jose, and of course Palo Alto. Gardens will be mainly located in these areas. Each hub will feature a local community-oriented garden, and a map with a bike route for participants to use and see the gardens on the tour. We will also suggest local eateries to stop and have lunch, garden stores to stock up on seeds and plants, and cafes or pubs to end your tour and celebrate the awesome gardens visited.
Thank you for gardening! The tour map will be available for pickup at Common Ground Garden, as well as an online digital version.
Get tickets at http://bit.ly/27lPfuq
October 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: Only $5 thanks to the City of Palo Alto PublicWorks-Watershed Protection and the Our Water, Our World program!
With winter coming, now is the time to ready your garden against pests!
Fall is the perfect time to set your garden up for success in the spring. Come learn in this garden class about what you can do now to help prevent pests and disease in the coming months. Participants will also learn how to keep ants, rodents and other pests out of the home.
Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto PublicWorks–Watershed Protection, Common Ground Garden, and the Our Water, Our World program. Taught by Teresa Lavell, a certified IPM Advocate who works with water agencies in the Bay Area to promote cleaner waterways by educating home gardeners on less-toxic solutions for their gardening problems.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1m0bR0i