Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 February 9: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center - $20 Winter is the time to plant and care for fruit trees! Learn now to choose, plant, nourish, harvest and prune many varieties of fruit trees.
Drip Irrigation 101 February 20: 10 am - 12 pm, Pittsburg Library Community Room - $20 Drip irrigation allows you to save a tremendous amount of water vs. traditional irrigation methods! Seth Wright, an expert in irrigation efficiency with 20 years of experience as a landscape contractor, teaches you the basics of planning and installing a drip system in your yard. Resource materials will be provided.
Rain Barrels: Installing A Home Rainwater Catchment System February 27, 10am - 2pm, Private home in Walnut Creek - $35 - 100 Save hundreds of gallons of water by capturing the rain that falls on your own roof! In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn while doing, as a rain barrel system is installed in a Walnut Creek backyard. You'll get all the info about sizing your system, parts, different types of set-ups, and much more. Healthy lunch provided.
What's The Buzz: Beekeeping And Bee-Friendly Gardening - $20 March 8: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center Are you thinking about keeping bees? Or perhaps you just want to know more about these miraculous garden helpers and how to encourage them to visit your yard? Jan Pinkerton-Speith, our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeeper's Association, will teach us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens and much more.
Laundry To Landscape: Greywater Installation Workshop - Sliding Scale $30-40 March 19: 10 am - 2 pm, Private home in Pittsburg TBD Did you know you use 45-55 gallons of water per laundry load? Or that you can use 3-10 gallons per minute to water your lawn? In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to install a greywater system and convert your washer from laundry to landscape. With the help of our experts from Greywater Action you will: LEARN how to reuse water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. LEARN about common and popular greywater systems, soap and product considerations, codes, design and installation considerations, and how to build a laundry to landscape system. INSTALL a greywater system from the washing machine to irrigate edible plants at a private residence, so that you can do the same to yours!
The Egg And I: Backyard Chickens For Everyone - $20 April 2: 10 am - 12 pm, Private home in Walnut Creek Backyard chickens are easier than ever! You can enjoy fresh eggs and the many benefits for your garden of these peaceful and low maintenance animals. The class will cover starting chicks, coop designs, food, bedding, health, egg birds vs. eggs & meat, and ALL your questions! Coop designs and resource list will be provided.
Guide To A Healthier Home: Better Living Through Nature - $20 April 12: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center There is nothing nicer than a beautiful, clean home, yet cleaning products, furniture, bedding, carpet, paint and clothing can all include chemicals that can be harmful to our families. Denise Koroslev will show us how to reduce this exposure by maintaining a clean home with natural products. Discover what products are the greatest risk and how to limit or eliminate your exposure. Students will make and take home a jar of natural laundry cleaner.
Fresh & Healthy: Eating Seasonally From The Farmers' Market - $20 June 2 (CANCELLED. Look for future date, to be determined): 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center Join holistic chef and nutritional educator Suzanne Aziz in this food demonstration class as she discusses how shopping for local, organic, seasonal foods is best for your health as well as the environment. A healthy living crusader, Suzanne will show you how to prepare easy gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic dishes, such as roasted spring asparagus with aioli, a Mediterranean white bean salad, and a fresh mixed berry tart. Suzanne attended Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and promotes eating for health deliciously. This class will be fun, informative, and tasty! Home in Harmony – Living with Less Stuff- $20 June 14: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center An abundance of material items can smother us in many ways, keeping us from focusing on what really matters. Simplicity brings balance to our life, freedom from distraction and joy to self. Marian Woodard and Denise Koroslev will present fun, practical ways to organize, de-clutter, and get our home in shape, while resisting the urge to bring in more stuff. Kimberly Lam and Anne Baker will show sustainable ways to recycle these discarded items, giving them a new life so they don't end up in our landfill. Beyond The Shower Bucket: Water-Smart Living - $20 July 12: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center The drought is still present, despite recent El Nino rains. Discover many different simple options for household water conservation. Grey Water landscape design expert Joseah Rosales discusses how to get the biggest bang for your buck and the details surrounding different conservation methods, including: low flow fixtures and appliances, tankless water heaters, greywater systems, rain catchment methods, drip irrigation, lawn replacement through sheet mulching, and more. Learn concrete actions you can take as a responsible homeowner to maximize your water conservation efforts, taking cost and aesthetics into consideration.
Nature's Body - $20 August 9: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center Natural body products are best for reducing toxins and artificial ingredients on our skin, but they can be expensive. Join Denise Koroslev and make this a “girls spa night” with your daughter or friend to see how easy it is to make your own lotions, lip balms, floral facial steams, and cleansers. Take home a sample. To register, go to www.sustainablecoco.org/workshops
Home Canning & Preserving - $20 September 13: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center Learn how to preserve the bounty of summer in this beginner's class on canning & pickling. Demonstration of various methods of fruit jam preparation will take the mystery out of home-made jams. Students will learn how easy it is to make their own refrigerator pickles and will take a jar of preserves home. To register, go to www.sustainablecoco.org/workshops
Replace Your Lawn With A Water-Smart Garden, $20 Saturday, November 19, 9:30am - noon Pittsburg Library Community Room & Pittsburg Living Green Garden Learn how to convert your thirsty lawn to a beautiful, water-smart garden in this classroom/hands-on combo workshop with master gardener Marian Woodard! Start out at the Pittsburg Library Community Room and learn about a SIMPLE, low-cost method of lawn conversion, without digging up your lawn; how to create a site analysis of your space; and what types of plants (edible or not) to choose to create a picturesque, drought-tolerant garden. Then, head over to the beautiful Pittsburg Living Green Garden where your instructor will guide you through the step-by-step process of sheet mulching for lawn conversion. Additionally, learn techniques for keeping your new garden happy and healthy, such as frost protection.