February 2020 MID-MONTH: Winter fruit tree care; BCG annual member meeting; Listening Circles and upcoming March events!
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"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love." 
–  Carl Sagan

Workshop participants work alongside Caretakers to create a Benicia food forest garden

From Garden Tours to Cooking Classes
In the month of February, we've completed a new demonstration food forest garden in Benicia through our Land and Water Caretakers class and public workshops, started a second garden with
student interns from Liberty High School, continued the work on a local food system through the Solano Local Food System Alliance meeting and held our first sustainable garden design workshop in Vallejo. And there is more yet to come!
We hope you'll join us for upcoming workshops on
tree care and chickens, garden design and installation, and new cooking workshops around the county. Our calendar is the best place to see the most up-to-date information. And mark your calendars now for our annual Benicia/Vallejo Demonstration Food Forest Garden Tour on April 25!

Upcoming February Events

Saturday, February 22

Winter Fruit Tree Care at ‘Shalom’ Demonstration Food Forest
3-4:30 pm, Registration is Full, Vacaville


Join us at Shalom Demonstration Food Forest garden in Vacaville where Kristina Fink from Lemuria Nursery will cover winter fruit tree care of deciduous fruit trees (apples, peach, pears, apricots, plums, etc). Kristina will cover the basics of tree selection, planting a bare-root fruit tree, soil amendments to produce an abundance of fruit, first through third year pruning to establish size and irrigation. She will also help to problem-solve some of the challenges of this newly established food forest garden and demonstrate the proper way of pruning these trees. Registration is full, but sign up for the waitlist here!


Saturday, February 29

Benicia Community Gardens Annual Member Meeting
9-11 am, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 East Second St., Benicia


All Benicia Community Gardeners are invited to attend this annual meeting and breakfast to review financials, policies and major news. More details here.


Saturday, February 29

Listening Circles Sessions
Central Solano cities


This is the second of two Listening Circles that will be held this month in Central Solano cities, with the second on Feb. 29. Listening Circles aim to find community-guided solutions to environmental issues and needs. Find out more here.

March Preview: 

March 7, 1-4 pm, Redesign Basics: How to Design for the Expanding Food Forest Garden (Register for Address, Benicia)

Tour the Birds, Bees and Beyond demonstration food forest in Benicia and discuss the redesign, then help move plants. Permaculture designer David Mudge will give a guided tour of the existing established five-year-old food forest garden. This is a chance to see the wise water features: diverted roof water and laundry-to-landscape and branched-drain greywater systems. The house is expanding and so is the food forest. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges with the redesign and then as a community we will help move the existing plants to their new location. There will be some plant giveaways. Register here!

March 19, 7-8:30 pm, Farm-to-Table Cooking Class (Registration is full, Benicia)

Chef and Culinary Arts Instructor Lisa Núñez-Hancock will show how to take a mid-March CSA box from Eatwell Farm in Dixon and turn it into a delicious and nutritious vegetarian Colcannon. Join us and learn how to make this updated version of an Irish comfort food classic using local and seasonal vegetables. All participants will get to sample the dish, take home recipes and be entered into a raffle for an Eatwell Farm CSA box! Registration is full, so keep an eye out for more cooking classes coming in March!


March 21, 11 am-12:30 pm, Benefits and Challenges of Chickens in the Garden and Tour of Food Forest (Register for Address, Vacaville)

Master Gardener Tina Saravia will discuss the garden benefits and challenges of keeping chickens. At the end of the talk you will get an opportunity to tour the Mangia food forest garden and see the wise water features and creative use of re-purposed items in the garden. After the tour you are invited to bring a dish to share at a lunch potluck. Learn more and register here.

March 29, 9:30 am-4 pm, Demonstration Food Forest Garden Workshop (Register for Address, Dixon)

This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create a demonstration food forest garden in Dixon, creating an opportunity to learn about rainwater capture and how to plant and mulch for a waterwise garden that builds healthy soil and yields food. On this first day, learn how to create swales, which are trenches that capture rainwater in the ground, divert roofwater to those swales, plant trees and lay mulch to protect and build healthy soil. Register here!


Stay Tuned!

We'll be announcing upcoming dates for cooking workshops, as well as for the next Vallejo Resilient Neighborhood! Check our calendar for upcoming workshops.

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

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