Grow More Food In Harmony With Nature: Permaculture Series @ Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Back by popular demand! Superstar gardener Marian Woodard presents a very special opportunity to learn the most effective, most natural, deeply earth-centered gardening practices in this 6- week series. No matter what size your yard is, you’ll learn to be more self-sufficient, conserve water and energy, and build community with your fellow gardeners. Students will work on shaping and re-designing their own growing spaces throughout the class. You will see your yard in a whole new light!

The workshops take place Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Drop-ins are welcome for any date; you DO NOT need to take the entire series.

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What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping @ Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 @ Private Home
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.

Family Friendly Gardens @ Pittsburg Library Community Room
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you looking for ways to engage your kids in the garden? Many herbs, perennials and flowers stimulate the senses and attract pollinators like ladybugs and birds that help keep your garden healthy. Discover who might be visiting your garden as we explore “the good, the bad and the buggy” while showcasing some of the easiest family-friendly plants that pollinators love! Each family will make a pollinator home and receive a bug guide, plant list and an herb to get them started on creating their own thriving garden.

Snacks will be provided.

Get A Grip On Drip: Installation Workshop @ Pittsburg Environmental Center
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Drip irrigation is a fabulous way to save water, effort, and improve the health of your edible and ornamental landscaping. And yes, drip systems can be be really simple! Landscaper Seth Wright demystifies drip irrigation, so you can enjoy a hassle-free summer and save money on your water bills.

You’ll learn to confidently install or upgrade your own drip irrigation system. We’ll discuss design considerations from manifold to emitter, and then you’ll get hands-on experience assembling a wide variety of parts in a garden setting. No more tangles of spewing leaks or hiring someone to hand water when you’re out of town. Drip irrigation makes it all so easy.

A healthy lunch is included.

Home Canning For Everyone @ Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn how to preserve the bounty of summer in this beginner’s class! We will share tips and pointers to get you started on home canning with confidence. In this hands on workshop, students will learn some easy methods of fruit jam preparation that will take the mystery out of homemade jams. A basic water-bath canning demo will give you a good foundation to preserve at home. We will touch on other methods of food preservation, and everyone will receive handouts and take a jar of preserves home.