Help Us Grow

Grow. Share. Eat. - Celebrate Life from Soil to Table

Family-focused and community-led gardening workshops, community potlucks and nutrition conversations.

1st saturday of EACH month:

gardening and food bonanza 

GROW. SHARE. EAT. WORKSHOP: 10:00AM-11:00AM
COMMUNITY WORKDAY EVENT: 11:00-12:30PM
COMMUNITY POTLUCK AND NUTRITION CONVERSATION: 12:30PM

For Upcoming Events info click here and also see our course calendar below.

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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 social events and workshop series, we will help support such efforts by teaching our community the essential skills needed to grow the best edible, organic 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 enjoy freshly harvested, seasonally centered, and culturally relevant food offered during the Community Potluck, while we have a conversation on nutrition. 

In each social event, we strive to include the elements of our three-pillar approach in our instruction through:
Growing - organic gardening instruction
Sharing - around the table conversations on healthy food
Eating - celebrating food and community while eating together


GARDENING WORKSHOPS: 
OUR 2017 THREE GARDENING WORKSHOP SERIES:

  • Growing the Foundation - Spring Series
  • Harvesting the Bounty - Summer Series
  • Restoring Health and Vitality - Fall Series

Many of the workshops will be taught by local instructors/seasoned CGN (our Collective Gardening Network) members.

OUR PRICING for the Gardening Workshops:

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.

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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

Saturday August 5, 2017 at 10:00AM

Garden Topic: Harvesting – How to harvest summer crops & save seeds

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

Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10:00AM

Garden Topic: Managing the Winter Garden – What to plant for the winter & how to manage it

Saturday November 4, 2017 at 10:00AM

Garden Topic: Winter Tree Pruning – Principles of tree pruning

Interested in teaching at our Monthly Workshops? Contact info@collectiveroots.org.