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The Living Ground: Soil Cultivation

Thursday, August 21st at 7pm

Take part in this primer on organic soil cultivation, from principles to practices. We’ll learn about the physical and biological properties of soil, including the intricate soil food web present in every healthy garden. Additional topics will include the use of compost, the growing and use of cover crops, and sheet mulching.

About our speaker:  Laura Nicoletti is a Marin County Master Gardener, member of the Marin Master Garden Pruning Guild, has a Sonoma State certification in Sustainable Landscaping, and is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional.  Through her garden design business, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens.  A native of Venice, Italy, Laura is an avid edible gardener and loves to use fresh ingredients in her cooking.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall

Saturday, August 16th at 1pm

When it comes to gardening, insects aren’t always pests. In fact, some insects, called “beneficials,” are actually a boon to gardeners. They prey on the pesky insects that gardeners don’t want, and they help to pollinate flowers and maintain soil health. This program will focus on the world of insects and their importance for watershed ecology, healthy gardens and the natural world. Topics covered will include the benefits of conservation biological control–a technique for integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control–and enhancing garden habitats with the right plant selection to attract beneficial insects.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Gardening for Beneficials

Tuesday, July 29th at 7pm

When it comes to gardening, insects aren’t always pests. In fact, some insects, called “beneficials,” are actually a boon to gardeners. They prey on the pesky insects that gardeners don’t want, and they help to pollinate flowers and maintain soil health. This program will focus on the world of insects and their importance for watershed ecology, healthy gardens and the natural world. Topics covered will include the benefits of conservation biological control–a technique for integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control–and enhancing garden habitats with the right plant selection to attract beneficial insects.

About our speaker:  Laura Nicoletti is a Marin County Master Gardener, member of the Marin Master Garden Pruning Guild, has a Sonoma State certification in Sustainable Landscaping, and is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional.  Through her garden design business, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens.  A native of Venice, Italy, Laura is an avid edible gardener and loves to use fresh ingredients in her cooking.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Worms: the Hardest Working Pets You Will Ever Have

Saturday, July 19th at 1pm

Have a lot of food scraps?  Live in an apartment?  Worm composting is for you!  This hands-on workshop will teach you about the benefits and uses of worm compost. You will learn how to set up a bin, and we’ll discuss harvesting and best uses for this garden fertilizer.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Sustainable Practices for Water-Wise Gardening

Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm

This hands-on class focuses on permaculture and sustainable techniques for your home garden. Topics such as sheet-mulching, the benefits of compost and mulch, bio-intensive edible gardening, hydrozoning, and native plants will be covered.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

From Big to Small, Planting Seeds Can Be Fun

Saturday, April 19th
Creekside Room – 1:00pm
Registration encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.

Get a head start on your garden and learn how to grow your vegetables from seed in flats, 4” pots, and directly in the ground. Big-seeded peas, beans, melons, zukes and cukes are perfect for 4” containers and easy to start outside in our Spring weather. (Great for kids, too.) Home gardeners can start small-seeded veggies in flats and then transplant up to 4” containers. Learn what vegetables grow best directly sowed into the ground.

Outsmart your garden bugs and grow your veggies big before transplanting into the soil!

Click here to register.

BIO:

Norma Novy is an urban farmer and was co-owner of Mellinor Farms for four years, a plant nursery which grew seeds and plant starts for unique vegetables, edible flowers, insectary plants, and California natives. She has studied growing tomatoes for several years, increasing her harvest each year, as well as developing her own vegetable gardens in both front and back yards.

Art Lecture – The Cultivated Life: Gardens as Symbol and Reality

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Mill Valley Public Library
Creekside Room
7 PM (doors open at 6:45)

This illustrated talk will offer an engaging thematic survey of the history of garden and landscape design from ancient to modern times. Dr. Leslie Ross, Chair of Art History at Dominican University of California, will explore the many ways in which human cultivation and manipulation of the natural world can be seen as indicative of social, political, and religious values and concerns. From the Garden of Eden to contemporary environmental art, the treatment of the landscape is an excellent lens through which to view and analyze the attitudes of humans toward the world of nature.

GardenSmart: Growing Tomatoes in Mill Valley During a Drought

April 9th, 7:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library
Creekside Room

In collaboration with Marin Master Gardeners, Mill Valley Public Library presents Growing Tomatoes in Mill Valley During a Drought.

Joe Jennings will speak on the joys of growing your own juicy ripe tomatoes in Marin County. He will review the basics for planting, watering and maintaining your plants, discuss which varieties will be successful, introduce you to scaffolding, and address water-wise strategies.

About our speaker: Joe Jennings is a Larkspur resident who grows vegetables year-round and is experimenting with Native California plants in his yard. After 29 years in San Francisco he and his wife Marisa moved to Larkspur in 2009. They enjoy gardening, hiking, biking, and home remodeling. Joe is a technology patent broker who earned an MBA from the University of Washington.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

First Friday: Planting Ideas

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Friday, April 4th
Mill Valley Public Library
Main Reading Room – 7pm

Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.
For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.

*Registration is strongly recommended.

In concert with the launch of SeedSmart, the Library’s Seed Lending Library, we present a convergence between art and science as speakers from four different disciplines endgage in a lively, multifaceted conversation on the exotic world of plants. Using grape, heartsease, chamise, maple and sunfower as starting points, poet Amy Glynn (A Modern Herbal), ethnobotanist Jolie Lonner Egert (Go Wild Consulting), watershed consultant Apryl Uncapher (Creating Rain Gardens), and seed company founder and formal ecological interior designer N. Astrid Hoffman (Living Seed Company) will explore everything from literary references to medicinal uses, seed dispersal to cultivation strategies, water use to odd facts, and more.

Click here to register.

 

This Evening’s Presenters

Amy Glynn’s work appears widely in journals and anthologies including the Best American Poetry 2010 and 2012. She has been a recipient of a James Merrill House fellowship, the Mona van Duyn Scolarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Poetry Northwest’s Carolyn Kizer award. Her poetry collection “A Modern Herbal” was released by Measure Press in November 2013. She lives in Lafayette CA.

Apryl Uncapher is an ecological designer dedicated to rainwater harvesting modeled on nature’s examples. Co-author of the San Francisco Rainwater Harvesting Guide and Creating Rain Gardens, Apryl has consulted on a variety of integrative stormwater management and water recycling projects for more than a decade. With a degree in innovative design engineering from Purdue University and accredited as a LEED professional, Apryl continually sources opportunities to participate in water projects that inspire a sustainable water consciousness.

Jolie Egert is the owner of Go Wild Consulting a company that fosters healthy ecosystems and our connections to them. Jolie is has inspired thousands of people to deepen their connection to the natural world and awaken their ecological selves. She received her Master’s degree in Natural Resources/Forestry from Humboldt State University where she studied sustainable forestry practices including the harvest of wild medicinal plants from Northwest forests. She is a Certified Forester and Permaculture Designer. Jolie has completed ethnobotanical projects on four continents.

Jolie is Adjunct Faculty at the College of Marin and she regularly teaches at diverse venues in the Bay Area. She has served as the President of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. You can learn more about her work at www.gowildconsulting.com

N. Astrid Hoffman is a native of Colombia and raised in Miami Beach, Astrid’s journey of living closer to the earth, began at the ripe age of thirteen. Realizing people’s disconnection with the natural world, she became active in educating and inspiring people to live more harmonious lives.

After being formally trained as an interior designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Astrid moved to California to connect deeper with the land. She incorporated her studies as a designer with her environmental sensibilities beginning her career as an ecological interior designer. She expanded her knowledge and acquired a Certificate in Green Building and Permaculture, as well as becoming LEED accredited. While working in the design field she saw the need for more sustainable practices, and launched her firm Astrid Design Studio.

In 2009 she moved to the agricultural institute of Solstice Grove located in west Marin county, California, where she deepened her connection with the natural world and had the delight of meeting her husband Matthew. Astrid looks forward to continuing her path of educating others to create harmonious living environments by empowering them to grow food and save seeds!

Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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