Sustainable Foods & Gardening Event – Saturday

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In Our Own Backyard, a sustainable food events is coming up! Check out the press release below for more information:

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Contra Costa Master Gardeners and the City of Brentwood are hosting In Our Own Backyard, a celebration of local and sustainable, fresh food at the new Brentwood Community Center, 760 1st Street, Brentwood, California.

Beginning at 9:00 am, the morning program will focus on local agricultural, especially what’s happening in Brentwood, Contra Costa County’s most productive agricultural community.

Farmers who specialize in Sweet Corn will discuss how this crop has been developed and become a sought-after variety throughout the west. A newer cottage industry, olive oil, has also taken root in East Contra Costa County and, Sean McCauley, the farmer who pioneered the region’s olive oil growth, will speak about its production.

After these educational sessions, the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT) will give a presentation about local food production and how farmland conservation and stewardship are vital to continuing success.

In the afternoon, the spotlight turns to the home gardener. Leading soil scientist Dr. Steve Andrews will speak about enhancing the soil in our home gardens. Dr. Andrews is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. His solutions for making soil more productive are simple and effective and guaranteed to produce better edible and ornamental plants.

After Dr. Andrews’ presentation, local CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, will discuss how consumers can take advantage of farm fresh fruit and vegetables.  These fresh foods can either be delivered to one’s home or can be picked up at a chosen site

There will also be composting and container gardening demonstrations by Contra Costa Master Gardeners. Local vendors will share samples and offer soaps, honey, yarn, jams and many other local food and non-food agricultural products for sale. Tickets are $35 each and go on sale December 8, 2013 through our website.  Admission includes a catered lunch by Nature’s Bounty utilizing locally-grown produce. To purchase tickets and for more information:  ccmg.ucdavis.edu/Backyard

Master Gardeners are educators trained by the University of California in horticulture, pest management and home gardening. Among the program’s goals is to produce an annual crop of educated volunteers to join the ranks of seasoned Master Gardeners. This year, Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) celebrates 30 years of providing research-based, sustainable gardening advice to home gardeners.

Founded in 1983, the Contra Costa Master Gardener program (CCMG) is comprised of volunteers trained in the University of California’s cooperative extension program to provide research-based knowledge to: improve residential horticulture, assist in urban pest management, and share resource conservation methods in Contra Costa County.  Currently, CCMG supports home and community gardeners with the following programs: the Help Desk, Speakers Bureau, Our Garden, School Gardens, and “Ask a Master Gardener” tables at Farmer’s Markets.  The CCMG Help Desk is open Monday through Thursday, from 9am to noon, (925) 646-6586.  website: http://ccmg.ucdavis.edu/ email: ccmg@ucanr.edu

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