Sustainable Living Workshop Series

 
 
Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Environmental Center
$20
Fresh fruit off your tree is better than anything available in stores; it’s picked when perfectly ripe and full of nutrition. January and February are the months to plant, when nurseries have the best selection of bare root plants. Learn how to select rootstock, choose varieties, and prep, plant, prune, and maintain regionally appropriate fruit trees. Special attention will be given to keeping them small through first and subsequent pruning (dwarfing rootstock doesn't keep them small). We will cover small fruits and the differences in planting blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and currants.
 
 

 

 

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101
Thursday, February 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, Pleasant Hill
$20
Fresh fruit off your tree is so much better than what you find in stores! The best time to plant fruit trees and berries is in January and February, when nurseries have the best selection of bare root plants. Learn how to choose, prep, plant, prune, and maintain your fruit trees. Special attention will be given to keeping them small through first and subsequent pruning (dwarfing rootstock doesn't keep them small). We will also touch on berries and go over differences in planting blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
 
 
Drip Irrigation 101
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Envronmental Center
$20
 

Drip irrigation allows you to save a tremendous amount of water vs. traditional irrigation methods! Learn the basics of planning and installing a drip system in your yard. Resource materials will be provided.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clean & Green: Easy Nontoxic Gardening
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Library Community Room
$20
Certified permaculturist Kelley Burnham will teach you all about healthy soil without chemicals; what to plant and where, with special emphasis on habitat for bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Also learn which plants work well together and which don't, good and bad bug identification, and make your own, all-natural "Killah Bug Spray".
 
 
 
 
What's The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping
Thursday, March 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, Pleasant Hill
$20
 
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-Spieth, our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers' Association, teaches us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and much more!
 
 
 
 
The Egg And I: Backyard Chickens For Everyone
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Private home in Walnut Creek
$20
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.

Location details will be sent upon registration.

 

 

Living In Sync With Nature
Saturday, April 1, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sugi Garden, Pleasant Hill
$20
We will spend our time together being introduced to the wide variety of ways that we benefit from living in sync with nature. Our experiences will lead us to understanding how we fall out of balance and the resulting stresses that influence our lives. Solutions for stepping back into the natural rhythms of life will be offered. A snack foraged from the garden will be served.
 
 
Location will be provided upon registration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Backyard Gardening In Containers And Small Spaces
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Environmental Center
$20

You can still have a beautiful garden, with plenty of fruits and veggies, on your patio, deck, or other small space. Learn all the tips and tricks for successful growing in containers and other confined areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Greywater Installation
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Private home in Walnut Creek
$45 - 100 sliding scale
 
Did you know you use 45 - 55 gallons of water per laundry load? Or 3 - 10 gallons per minute to water your lawn? In this hands-on workshop at a private residence, you will learn and see how to install a greywater system and convert your washers from laundry to landscape. With help from our experts at Greywater Action, you will learn how to reuse water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines, as well as the latest on permits, codes, design and installation considerations. Location provided upon registration.

 

 
Home In Harmony: Living With Less Stuff
Thursday, May 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
$20 
 
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. 

 

Make It Don't Buy It: DIY Condiments & Sauces

Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
$20 
 
Learn how to make your own, natural, EASY, and delicious condiments like ketchup, mayonaise, mustard, and spice blends. It's fun, fast, and simple, and you'll end up with something much better than grocery store products that may be full of artificial ingredients and preservatives. Take home a jar that you made during class. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beyond The Shower Bucket: Water-Smart Living
Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
$20 
 
Discover many different simple options for household water conservation. Learn 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.

 

 

Kitchen Cosmetics: Natural Body Products
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
$20
 
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 out" 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Canning And Preserving
Thursday, September 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
$20
 
Learn how to preserve the bounty of summer in this beginner's class on water bath canning and simple lacto-fermentation. We will share tips and pointers to get you started on home canning with confidence. Demonstration of easy methods of fruit jam preparation will take the mystery out of homemade jams. Students will learn beginning fermentation to make their own zucchini pickles, and will take a jar of preserves home.
Materials fee for supplies to be paid in class. 

 

 

 

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Backyard Gardening In Containers And Small Spaces
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Environmental Center
$20