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Our Harvest Market is reopening for the season on Saturday, April 21! Come join us.

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Apr
21
Sat
Give Back to Your Garden Park this Earth Day @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This Earth Day give back to your Garden Park! Bring your whole family and lend a hand tending our market garden beds, harvesting, planting, weeding or working in the nursery, all while enjoying Sonoma Valley’s fresh springtime weather.

Let’s celebrate our amazing community resource and the abundance of food we receive from this working farm!

To sign up for this free event please go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3357903.

Harvest Market Reopens for Season @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sonoma Garden Park’s beloved Harvest Market is officially reopening for the season on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Harvest Market will remain open every Saturday through late summer.

Featuring fresh-grown produce including lettuce, bok choy, radishes, kale, cilantro, salad mix, eggs and olive oil, the Sonoma Garden Park is a favorite grocery source for Sonoma residents. Everything is organically and sustainably grown right on the Garden Park’s 6.1 acres except for the olive oil (which is grown and pressed nearby).

Local gardeners have an additional resource: UC Master Gardeners will be on hand during Harvest Market hours to answer all gardening and horticulture questions regarding pest management, the seasonal planting calendar, and anything else you can think of.

A variety of veggie starts – propagated at the Garden Park’s on-site nursery – also are for sale throughout the season.

Come join us in the Straw Bale Barn, buy some produce, and take a stroll around the beautiful Garden Park as our spring flowers begin to bloom. Then come back on subsequent Saturdays and keep stocking up!

Biochar Workshop at Sonoma Garden Park @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Have you heard the buzz about biochar, and how by using this special form of charcoal you can improve your garden’s soil while also helping to address climate change?

Learn why you should be using this amazing soil amendment, how you can make it yourself or where you can purchase it, why it is important to blend it with nutrients before using it, and how to apply it. Weather permitting we will do a small “conservation burn” – a cleaner pile-burning technique that also produces biochar. This 1.5-hour workshop will teach you what you need to know to improve your garden using this “coral of the soil.”

This workshop is taught by Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Ecology Center’s Biochar Projects Manager and Director of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative. Tickets are $20 per person.

Please note the workshop will be canceled in the event of a Spare the Air day.

May
5
Sat
Eco-Friendly Garden Tour @ Sonoma Garden Park
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sonoma Garden Park will be showcased as one of the inspiring gardens of Sonoma and Marin counties during this annual self-guided tour organized by Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin. The Tour highlights Russian River-Friendly and Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens.

Come inspect Sonoma Garden Park’s Low Impact Design (LID) garden features and learn about sustainable landscaping and agricultural practices used throughout the park. Docents and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the plants and sustainable landscaping practices.

We will have veggie starts for sale throughout the day!

To register for this free event, please go to: http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/eco-friendly-garden-tour/.

May
19
Sat
Herbal Gifts for Mother’s Day @ Sonoma Garden Park
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come celebrate mothers everywhere and honor Mother Earth by making some hand-crafted herbal gifts for mom! You will learn how to make an infused oil and turn that into salve or balm that can be used to heal cuts and scrapes and other boo-boos. This is a fun and family-friendly workshop. Each participant will take home a container of hand-crafted salve!

This workshop has limited space and registration is required, so reserve your spot today by going to https://herbalgiftsformom.brownpapertickets.com.

Jun
9
Sat
Caring for Pollinators from the Ground Up @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Sonoma Ecology Center will be offering a Bee Patch Garden Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9th, at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Did you know there are over 600 varieties of native bees live in Sonoma County? Most we will never see because they’re fast, often small, and nest underground. But take a summer stroll in Sonoma Garden Park and you’re likely to spot more bees than you can count. On one day alone, researchers documented 80 bee species.  Other beneficial insects and hummingbirds use the garden, too, as it’s a busy oasis of year-round habitat and food resources. The Garden is an exciting and productive local offset to mounting, worldwide pollinator declines.

Come join us at the Sonoma Garden Park to learn how your garden can help reverse the downward spiral in pollinator populations. A well-designed, home garden Bee Patch offers the biodiverse foraging and nesting habitat pollinators are stressing to find.  If you build it, they will come!

Workshop co-leaders are: Oona Heacock, assistant executive director with the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council; Katy Pye, former conservation district leader and author of a pending workbook on tracking garden pollinators; Kandis Gilmore, Ecologist and Pollination Biologist from Sonoma State University, and Joan Weir, apprentice in the UC Davis Masters Beekeeper program.

A lecture period will set up a Garden walk to observe forage and nesting habitats and identify native bees and the plants they prefer. Participants will learn how to create a Bee Patch habitat in their home gardens and monitoring techniques for contributing data to citizen science biodiversity studies.

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