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May 2019 MID-MONTH: Avant Garden Community Work Day, Demonstration Food Forest Installation, Resilient Neighborhoods,Walk the Talk Tours.
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"The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them" –  American Proverb

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A food forest keeper in Fairfield gives a tour of her garden


Join Us for the Installation of Magical Garden and
the Beginning of The Resilient Neighborhoods Program!

 

With demonstration food forest garden tours in Benicia and Vallejo and Fairfield and Suisun City in recent weeks, we've been inspired by all that has happened in gardens both established and new. Our food forest keepers shared with tour participants how they were enjoying the bounty of their gardens, sharing produce with neighbors and enjoying moments of peace within their gardens (without lawn maintenance)!

If you're feeling inspired to learn the skills needed to add water-grabbing swales, laundry-to-landscape greywater systems and bountiful food forests to your local community, we have several upcoming installation workshops where you can get your hands dirty and learn something new.

Join us in Fairfield for the installation of Magical Garden demonstration food forest on 
May 18 and May 25 or Saturdays in Vallejo starting May 25 for our first installation involving several neighboring homes through the new 
Resilient Neighborhoods program! 

Upcoming May Events


Saturday, May 18

Avant Garden Community Work Day 9 am-12 pm, Avant Garden, corner of First and D streets, Benicia 
Join us for a garden work day in Avant Garden! The day begins at 9 am and will conclude at around noon. It is not required that you have a box at the garden, as everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate! If you have a garden bed, this is the perfect opportunity to contribute volunteer hours, and if you don't have a garden bed, it's a great chance to see how it all works and sign up! Activities will include weeding and prepping garden beds. Make sure to bring water, gloves if you have them and closed-toe shoes. We hope to see you there! 


Saturday, May 18

Demonstration Food Forest Installation Workshop( Day 1) 10 am-4 pm, Register for Location, Fairfield 
This is the first installation workshop for the “Magical Garden” demonstration food forest garden in Fairfield. We will be laying down the foundation of this edible garden: digging contour swales, making berms, diverting roof water and planting trees. Break ground with friends and neighbors and learn how to use water wisely while creating an environment where life-supporting plants thrive. A healthy lunch will be provided by the homeowner. Please bring hats, gloves, a reusable water bottle and sunblock. Register here. 


Saturday, May 25

Demonstration Food Forest Installation Workshop (Day 2) 10 am-4 pm, Register for Location, Fairfield

This is the second public, hands-on installation workshop at “Magical Garden” demonstration food forest garden. On this day, we'll learn how to put in plants that work together, mulch and install a surface drip irrigation system. During lunch we will have a special celebration to recognize landscape designer Kathleen Huffman. This will be Kathleen’s last garden installation with Sustainable Solano, wrapping up four years of leading our sustainable landscaping installations and helping to build our local community. During this installation, participants will also get a chance to meet Lauren Bennett from Bay Wise Garden, who will be a designing for the sustainable backyard program in June. Register here. 


Saturday, May 25

Vallejo Resilient Neighborhoods Installation  9 am-4 pm, Register for Location, Vallejo

Join us this month as we get our first Vallejo Resilient Neighborhoods project underway! We will be working with a team of four homeowners to begin transforming their street into an environmentally and socially resilient community hub. To register for this first installation day click here.


Saturday, May 25

Walk the Talk Tours: L.I.B.T.Y.F.I.! An Intro to Permaculture Design 2-3 pm, Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield 
Leave It Better Than You Found It! That is the goal of every permaculture designer, especially when interacting with the environment. How can we begin to develop regenerative systems that will repair our damaged ecosystems? This month we’ll discuss a brief history of permaculture and natural farming. Then we’ll learn how its principles and design methods can be used to restore even the most devastated landscapes, including transforming a desert into an oasis! Register here.

June Preview: 

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Resilient Neighborhoods (Register for Location, Vallejo)

Join us in June as we continue our educational workshops for our first Vallejo Resilient Neighborhoods project! We will be working with a team of four homeowners to begin transforming their street into an environmentally and socially resilient community hub. Learn more here. Check out our calendar for more details on what will happen at each weekend workshop.

 

June 1, 6-7 pm, Whats for Dinner? Wrap It Up! Cooking Workshop (John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo)

Join Chef Lisa Núñez-Hancock as she explores and rolls an exciting array of delicious wraps filled with a myriad of healthy and nutritious ingredients just in time for the lazy days of summer. Learn the ins and outs of creating classic California burritos, the techniques of making lavash pinwheels (a colorful and easy appetizer that makes entertaining a breeze) and join in on a lively discussion of the famous San Francisco Mission District Burritos and the best spring rolls in Vallejo. As always, our workshops are free to the public and there will be yummy samples, recipe booklets and surprises.

 

June 13, 6-8 pm, Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, Pesticide Free (Avant Garden, corner of First and D streets, Benicia)

As we try to attract beneficial insects to our gardens, we also keep an eye out for those that may harm our plants, but how to manage the garden without damaging the ecosystem? Join Peter Swenson for this presentation on beneficial insects and how to attract them while managing pest insects without pesticides and chemicals. Bring your questions about pest challenges in your yard, and Peter will provide organic solutions! Register here. 


June 22, 9 am-2 pm, Vegetable Garden Installation and Community Cleanup, (Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 900 6th St., Vallejo)

Join us for the installation of a vegetable garden. This project will serve as a source of fresh produce, a hub of information and a place for building relationships in partnership with Emmanuel Arms Community Inc., the service arm of Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church. On this day we will also have the Annual South Vallejo Clean Up Day, from 9 am-12 pm. Neighbors are welcome to dispose of items in garbage bins provided on-site. There will also be also a yard sale for those who wish to rent a space, and proceeds from the yard sale will support the Emmanuel Arms Community Inc. nonprofit. We hope you will join us! Register here. 


June 26, 6-8 pm, What’s for Dinner? Summer CSA Cooking Workshop (Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. Second St., Benicia)

Join Chef Stephanie Oelsligle for a lively cooking class that celebrates summer ingredients and supports local farmers!  We will take a brief tour of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in Benicia then learn tips and tricks for cooking with seasonal ingredients from a CSA box. Chef Steph will prepare two dishes and provide generous tastings, recipe packets and surprises. Stay tuned for the menu and additional details! Free and open to the public. Registration required. Sign up here.  

 

June 29, 1-3 pm, What’s for Dinner? Summer CSA Cooking Workshop (Fairfield-Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield)

Join Chef Stephanie Oelsligle for a lively cooking class that celebrates summer ingredients and supports local farmers! Find out how to get involved in the NEW Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at the Fairfield-Cordelia Library then learn tips and tricks for cooking with seasonal ingredients from a CSA box. Chef Steph will prepare two dishes and provide generous tastings, recipe packets and more. Stay tuned for the menu and additional details! Free and open to the public. Registration required. Call the library at (877) 572-7587 to register.

 

June 29, 2-3 pm, Walk the Talk Workshop: An A-Frame Frame of Mind (Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield)

Catching and storing energy is one of permaculture’s most vital principles. It allows us to operate in the same manner that nature does, making the most of resources when they are available. This month we’ll learn how to capture tens of thousands of gallons a year from our roofs by building and using an A-Frame, which is a leveling device used to find and draw contour lines on a slope. Then we’ll examine the 100-foot swale snaking through our demonstration food forest garden and discuss how it can retain over 1,500 gallons of water at once! Register here. 

 

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If you are a blogger, photographer or just interested in volunteering, please join in! If you are interested supporting a sustainable future in Solano County, let's talk at info@sustainablesolano.org 

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Newsletter deadlines are the 3rd Friday of the month. Please email your contribution to gabriela@sustainablesolano.org

 

This is a partial listing of May events.
Our monthly newsletter and website will have complete listings.

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