Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series

When: 2nd Sat. (Feb. – Sept.) from 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: 4500 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, 94602
Cost: $10 in advance
$12 at the door or by calling us at 510-866-8482.

Thank you to The Rose Foundation for making this gardening workshop series possible. All presentations are held outdoors, please wear layers. We will move indoors if there is rain.

Interested in purchasing bulk tickets for our classes at a group discount, the full season pass for 15% off, giving a horticulture presentation, or volunteering? Email connect@theplantexchange.com or call (510) 866-8482.

2018 Gardening Class Schedule

February 10th: Gardening 101

March 10th: Chicken ‘n’ Bees

April 14th: Growing Edible Herbs

May 12th: Urban Permaculture

June 9thThe Art of Pruning

July 14th: Advanced Soil Amendments/Intro to Gardening

August 11th: Mushroom Cultivation

September 8th: Natural Pest Management

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 2-4pm

Two workshops to choose from – One for beginners and one for our advanced gardeners and plant lovers

Workshop #1: Intro to Gardening

IMG_5529Gardening Basics What are all of the essentials you need to know to be a successful vegetable gardener? We’ll review the importance of selecting the planting site for sun/shade, improving and preparing your soil, watering, mulching, fertilizing, deciding what to plant and keeping pests at an acceptable level.

Cool Season Gardening Did you know that we can garden year-round in the Bay Area? We’ll discuss what you can grow, how to prepare your soil and how to protect your cool season garden from pests.

Susan Fritz has been a Master Gardener since 2014 but has been gardening since childhood when she started learning from her parents how to care for ornamental plants. She is the current project lead for the Speakers Bureau of the Alameda County Master Gardeners.

Workshop #2: Advanced Soil Amendments

compost-teaWant to learn more about composting and how to use composting tea and ferments to care for your plants? Topics covered will include:

  • Compost Tea – Learn how to make homemade teas for more roots, better flowers, or lush growth
  • Ferments for plants – Ferments are all the goodness of organic ingredients that’s been concentrated, stabilized and made ready to feed to your plants through the process of fermentation.
  • Organic Pest and Fungal Management – Learn how to make your own organic, and safe, pest and fungal management concoctions

Come with your questions for Jesse Porter, Owner of Oakland Garden Supply. Read more about Jesse and the team at Oakland Garden Supply here.

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 2-4pm

The Art of Pruning

Pruning101Take the mystery out of tree pruning with this hands-on workshop! Learn the basics and leave with skills you can start using immediately. The workshop will also include a show-and-tell of different types of wood, branches, branch collars, compartmentalization of decay in trees. Bring your questions and come prepared for a fun interactive learning experience.

Topics covered include:

  • How trees grow
  • Why pruning keeps trees healthier
  • How trees react to pruning
  • Seasonal pruning
  • How to prune properly
  • Common pruning mistakes
  • Identifying a properly pruned true
    and more!

Tony Wolcott is a Certified Landscape Horticulturalist, Certified Irrigation Designer, Board Certified Master Arborist, Master Composter, and Bay Friendly Designer. His work experience includes being the urban forester at the Cities of Albany and San Francisco, non-profit work with Friends of the Urban Forest, Our City Forest, and arborist representative with Bartlett Tree Experts. Currently he is professor of Arboriculture within the Horticulture division of the Biology Department at Diablo Valley College.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 2-4pm

Intro to Urban Permaculture

Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 8.16.55 AMPermi-curious? Hear stories from real, on the ground, projects showing ways we can meet our needs while being beneficial to all life. Hear stories about Permaculture design. If you love good food, regenerative farming, natural building, community building, renewable energy and are curious about a design system that ties it all together then come check out this free introduction.

We’ll discuss practical ways you can use permaculture design in your life to grow your own healthy food, harvest and clean your own water, build your own home, transition your career, reduce your carbon footprint and increase your carbon rootprint while building lasting, quality community relationships with people that share your values.

Taught by David Cody of the Urban Permaculture Institute. To learn more about permaculture design trainings in the SF Bay Area, visit the Urban Permaculture Institute at www.UPISF.com.

Saturday, Apr. 14th, 2018 from 2-4pm

Growing Edible Herbs and the Healthy Soil Connection

HerbsApril is a great time to add annuals or perennial edibles to your garden! Jeannie Pham will be on-hand to talk about the many benefits of growing your own food and the healthy soil building techniques to increase yields, keep down pests and diseases and use less water. Topics for this talk include: rebuilding soils, the best crops and herbs for your area, pest control, crop rotation and more! Participants will receive a handy edible reader for reference.

Jeannie Pham is a Master Composter, StopWaste of Alameda County Educator, and edible and native plant aficionado. She has been enthusiastically gardening, composting and teaching classes on environmental topics for the past nine years

Saturday, Mar. 10th, 2018 from 2-4pm

Urban Gateway Livestock: Chickens ‘N’ Bees

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 1.47.24 PMChickens and bees are the “gateway livestock” for urban homesteaders. Requiring relatively little space, these hard working critters add a lot of value to a beautiful and functional urban farm or garden site.

Backyard chickens are all the rage! Not only are they a source of fresh, wholesome eggs — a small backyard flock adds beauty and provides fertilizer, pest control, and hours of entertainment. They are the ultimate ‘pets with benefits’! Learn the basics to get started with a flock of your own. Honeybees are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of the food we eat every day! New to beekeeping or just want to understand more about what’s involved before plunging in? Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping including hive types, tools and safety equipment.

Yolanda Burrell is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. Yolanda is owner and founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden, an award-winning edible plant nursery and urban farm store with a twist: Pollinate provides supplies and know-how for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening, food preservation, artisanal food crafting, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping.

Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2018 from 2-4pm

Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner Gardener

Feb-10-2018Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants from seed and cuttings with Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. This is a hands-on workshop will be demonstrating techniques and best practices so grab your gardening gloves! Jeff will discuss choosing soil, watering your plants, how to avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Gardening is fun and interesting. Come away with everything you need to start your own small garden!

Jeff Bridge is the Manager of non-profit Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda California. Jeff is grateful for the opportunity to bring his twenty years experience working in the best Bay Area nurseries to benefit Alameda Point Collaborative’s supportive housing program for formerly homeless families and individuals.