Grow. Share. Eat. - Vitalize Life from Soil to Kitchen
A family-focused and community-led gardening, nutrition, and cooking new workshop series.
Gardening workshops: 1st saturday of EACH month FROM 10:00aM-11:00aM
Cooking and nutrition: 3rd Thursday of EACH month from 6:00PM-7PM
For Upcoming Events info click here and also see our course calendar below.
We aim to deeply involve our East Palo Alto (EPA) community in creating a community-based food system through gardening, education, and healthy food access.
Through our new workshop series, we will help support such efforts by teaching our community the essential skills needed to make the best edible, organic local gardens through hands-on gardening opportunities in our instructional garden. We will also instill a strong understanding of the benefits of eating healthier by offering the opportunity for our community to learn to prepare healthy dishes by incorporating freshly harvested, seasonally centered, and culturally relevant food into their diets, while cooking and eating together.
In each workshop series, we strive to include the elements of our three-pillar approach in our instruction through:
- Growing - organic gardening instruction
- Sharing - healthy nutrition education, and
- Eating - cooking and eating together
Many of these workshops will be taught by local instructors/seasoned CGN (our Collective Gardening Network) members.
Each workshop series consists of 6 classes over 12 weeks. Each of the six classes will be a one-hour session. In each workshop series, three classes cover organic gardening topics and three workshops are cooking classes with a focus on the connections between food, health, and traditional heritage. Each series includes a final discussion of suggested follow-up, hands-on activities, and/or recommended local field trips, which will enhance the learning experience, while supporting community building and future partnerships.
Our 2017 Three Workshop Series:
- Growing the Foundation - Spring Series
- Harvesting the Bounty - Summer Series
- Restoring Health and Vitality - Fall Series
- Free - for active CGN (Collective Gardening Network) members
- $5/workshop (or $25/series) – for EPA and Belle Haven Residents
- $10/workshop (or $50/series) – for participants residing outside EPA and Belle Haven
Farmers’ Market Vouchers:
At the end of each workshop series, each participant who completes the series will receive a $5 voucher to purchase fruit and vegetables at our seasonal East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market.
the 2017 Course Calendar
Growing the Foundation - Spring series (March-May)
Saturday March 4, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Organic gardening: It All Starts With the Soil and Composting
Thursday March 16, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Clean Eating – Learning why & how we should “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” - Michael Pollan
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Garden Preparation – How to prepare your garden for planting, watering, weed suppression, & plant protection
Thursday April 20, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Reducing Inflammation – Learning why we should reduce sugar, wheat, soy, dairy & eat healthy fats
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Planting – How to plant seeds/seedlings & plan orientation in the garden (including “Square-foot Gardening”)
Thursday May 18, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Healthy Plate Composition – Discovering what a healthy plate should look like with vegetables/fruits, lean protein, high-fiber starch, healthy fats, and limited dairy
Field trip: Exploring local farmers’ market
Harvesting the Bounty - Summer series (June - August)
Saturday June 3, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Garden & Pest Management – How to best manage your summer garden & institute integrated pest management with beneficial insects
Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Eating Locally Harvested, Seasonal Produce – Reducing our carbon footprint & eating healthier foods
Saturday July 1, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Watering – Intro. to drip irrigation systems
Thursday July 20, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Eating the Rainbow – Increase nutrition and please the palette (& eyes!) through variety
Saturday August 5, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Harvesting – How to harvest summer crops & save seeds
Thursday August 17, 2017 at 2:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Food Preservation – Learning principles of freezing, drying, and canning
Restoring Health and Vitality - Fall series (September - November)
Saturday September 2, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Soil Renovation & Crop Rotation – Principles & preparation for winter planting
Thursday September 21, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Healthy Microbial Life in Your Food - Learning principles of fermentation, pickling, & probiotics
Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Managing the Winter Garden – What to plant for the winter & how to manage it
Thursday October 19, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Boosting Nutrition – Adding super-nutrition to your diet through green smoothies, juicing, & “hidden” veggies
Saturday November 4, 2017 at 10:00AM
Garden Topic: Winter Tree Pruning – Principles of tree pruning
Thursday November 16, 2017 at 6:00PM
Nutrition Topic: Healthy “Fast Food” – Tips and tricks for creating quick and on-the-go healthy meals
Interested in teaching at our Monthly Workshops? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.