Sustainable Living Workshop Series

We are proud to present the 2015/2016 Sustainable Living Workshop Series. Please share this information with your friends, family and co-workers!

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Fresh & Healthy: Eating Seasonally From The Farmers' Market - $20
June 2 : 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!
Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping, And Exposure Management For The Urban Grower - FREE
June 11: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Point Richmond Community Center

In historically industrialized uban areas, the potential for residential yard soils contamination is often high. Many urban residents want to grow their own food for health, economic, and community-building benefits, but are concerned due to nearby environmental issues or sources of contamination in their communities.

This workshop—a followup to last year’s “Improving Your Soil Quality (for the Urban Grower)”—will provide processes to assess urban soils and manage risk. Participants will increase their understanding of how to sample soils, map those samples and the results in order to prevent exposure and manage risk. The workshop concludes by looking at urban soil safety in the context of heavy-metal-safe-growing and risk management for backyard, production, community and school farms and gardens, with continued emphasis on best practices.

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, declutter, 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

Discover the many ways to conserve water around the home. Get all your questions answered about greywater and rainwater catchment systems.









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, and floral facial steams and cleansers. Take home a sample.







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.