Upcoming Classes and Events

Classes do sell out!

Register early by clicking on the registration link, or calling Common Ground at 650-493-6072. Seniors and low-income persons may request a $4 discount on classes.

Edible Garden Series: from Design to Harvest

Drew Harwell

  • Introduction: Friday 7 – 9 pm, September 6, 2013
  • Four Saturdays: Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 12, and Oct 26, 2013
  • 9:30 – 3:00
  • $325

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Learn garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation, transplanting, watering, and how to nurture healthy edible crops. You can create a garden oasis of beautiful edibles in the front, side or back of the home. Master harvesting techniques and learn what compost crops to plant after harvest. Permaculture design and GROW BIOINTENSIVE methods harmonize together in this special series. Homeowners and professional landscape designers will gain valuable knowledge to create gardens of nutritious and delicious organic food in your homes and communities. Learn about proper tools, supplies, books, and resources throughout the course. Bring your copy of How to Grow More Vegetables to all classes. Bring your lunch. Class size is limited. Register early. Students receive a certificate upon completion. Taught by Drew Harwell, who is an edible garden and Permaculture consultant, the manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change Garden, and the former Common Ground Garden Manager.

 

Start Your Fall Organic Vegetable Garden

Lisa and Kathleen Putnam

  • Saturday, September 7, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6851530111-2It’s time to plan and plant your fall and winter veggie garden: spicy arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chard, lettuce, peas, spinach and more! Have year-round vegetables using organic and sustainable techniques. We will cover sowing seeds, caring for seedlings, when to plant, how and when to harvest, and how to keep life in your soil using compost, mulch, bed prep, cover crops, rotation and hedge rows.

Taught by Lisa and Kathleen Putnam. Lisa has a degree in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis and studied nutrition science at Davis. She currently operates a small organic farm in Woodside and is a Master Gardener and Master Composter. Kathleen is a professional vegetable gardener serving the Mid-Peninsula and is a Certified Arborist.

Container Gardening

Susan Bell

  • Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6853303415-1You will learn what does well in pots, considerations for shapes and colors of pots, soil medium and how to keep it fertile, renewal techniques, etc. Special attention will be paid to organic methods, light requirements, and best varieties. Almost any food plant that grows in the ground will grow in a container; it is only a matter of selection.

Taught by Susan Bell, who has been designing and landscaping gardens professionally for 18 years, with an emphasis on establishing a community of plants that like to grow together aesthetically over a long period of time

Safe, Effective Pest and Disease Control

Teresa Lavell

  • Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • FREE

Pest_Control_Class_Natural_DiseaseLearn the safest ways to manage ants, snails, slugs and other pests and disease in your summer garden. Find out about lesser-known beneficial insects that are an integral part in keeping a balance in your yard. Integrated Pest Management is safer for kids, pets, and the environment. Brought to you in partnership with the City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection and the Our Water, Our World Program.

Taught by Teresa Lavell, who is a certified IPM Advocate and works with water agencies in the Bay Area to promote cleaner waterways by educating home gardeners on less-toxic solutions for their gardening problems.

Fall Vegetable and Herb Hardening

Jody Main

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $33

6853656471-1Plant an organic veggie garden now before winter arrives! Start harvesting fresh edible goodies from outside your door very soon! It’s the perfect time for garlic, fava beans, lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, pak choi, tatsoi, mizuna, endive, arugula, cilantro, parsley, most herbs, and wildflowers. Learn garden bed prep, planting, plant care and harvesting. Everyone will plant fall veggies and herbs to take home. Plant lists and recipes are provided.

Taught by Jody Main, who is a local organic food and garden writer, educator, and consultant. Her specialty is designing gardens that include vegetables, herbs, and berries.

Tomato Canning – Two Classes!

Carlin Otto

  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
  • 9:00 – 11:00 / 2:00 – 4:00
  • $50

Register early – maximum 3 per class

6853879137-1Learn how to preserve/can tomato sauce and stock so you can enjoy delicious pasta with tomato sauce or a comforting soup during the winter. Class will take place in a local Eichler home with a fabulous edible garden. Take home 2-3 quarts of canned tomato stock for making soups and 1-3 pints of tomato sauce. You bring your supplies and tomatoes.

Taught by Carlin Otto, an experienced gardener whose productive garden has been on our Edible Landscaping Tour. She has been preserving the bounty from her garden for many years. Location and instructions given when you register.

Understaning Diet and Sustainable Gardening

Matt Drewno

  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6853708627-1Discover how the GROW BIOINTENSIVE 60/30/10 model can help us plan complete diets and sustainably manage our garden fertility. Learn the Biointensive perspective on compost and calories, including a small-scale design detailing how the components work and interact with one another.

Taught by Matt Drewno, who is Garden Manager and teacher of Biointensive Mini-Farming at the Green Belt Biointensive Garden in Mendocino, CA.

Planning Your Garden Menu

Jaime Jensen

  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
  • 2:00 – 4:00
  • $31

6854083749-1Learn how to get the most out of your home garden by taking a closer look at the foods that you like to eat, with an emphasis on leafy greens, root vegetables, and grains. Learn about crop rotation, harvesting, recipes, and the nutritional value of your harvest.

Taught by Jaime Jensen, Director of Big River Nursery, who manages an organic mini-farm for Raven’s Restaurant in Mendocino, California. She is trained in Biointensive gardening and is a master gardener in Mendocino County.

Native Plant Sale

Native Revival Nursery

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • 10:00 – 1:00
  • Free

dudleya_beargrassOrder what you want! Come pick up at Common Ground. Or show up and see what California native plants can go in your garden now!

Don’t miss this popular Native Plant Sale at Common Ground. Native Revival is a specialty grower of California native plants. Indulge the pollinators in your garden with beautiful monkey flowers, penstemons, salvias and more! Select from a wide selection of flowering perennials, shrubs, and grasses.

Using the Master Charts

Lucas Howerter

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6854151953-1The Master Charts in How to Grow More Vegetables contain a lot of valuable information to help you get started if you are a beginning gardener, as well as help you use your garden space more efficiently to produce more food for yourself. Learn how to use the Master Charts to make the best use of your garden area, plan what you want to grow, and decide when you need to do it. You will need the 8th edition of How to Grow More Vegetables, a calculator, and a pencil.

Taught by Lucas Howerter, who is an Ecology Action Field Coordinator at the Golden Rule training garden in Willits, CA.

Seed Collection and Saving

Lucas Howerter

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • 2:00 – 4:00
  • $31

logo10Producing your own seeds for your garden can seem a little intimidating; however, it is much easier than you think and is such an important part of building resilient food systems. In this class, you will learn the basic principles involved in producing, collecting, and saving your own seeds. Using your own seeds is such an empowering feeling, so please come join us for some classroom and hands-on training!

Taught by Lucas Howerter, who is an Ecology Action Field Coordinator at the Golden Rule training garden in Willits, CA.

Introduction to Grow Biointensive

Zuzanna Drozdz

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6854314439-2Want to grow a lot in a small space? Based on more than 40 years of research, GROW BIOINTENSIVE builds fertility year to year, primarily using onsite resources and natural processes to improve the health of your soil and increase yields. This whole-system approach is particularly well suited for urban and suburban growers seeking to maximize production in their small spaces in a sustainable fashion. You will see how the principles of double-digging, carbon farming, composting, intensive plant spacing, companion planting, and using open-pollinated seeds combine to create abundance.

Taught by Zuzanna Drozdz, who is the Manager of the Common Ground Garden.

Complete-diet Mini-farming

Zuzanna Drozdz

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • 2:00 – 4:00
  • $31

6854346535-2Learn what you need to consider when planning a self-sufficient garden to meet your complete dietary needs. We will look closely at growing gardens for taste, plentiful and balanced nutrition, space efficiency, and calorie density. We will analyze several complete-diet garden plans and cover the basics you need to know to create your own. If you are excited to try your hand at crunching some numbers to get more deeply acquainted with the nitty-gritty details, we encourage you to bring a calculator. If numbers scare you, expect to walk away with a robust framework for thinking about self-sufficient garden design!

Taught by Zuzanna Drozdz, who is the Manager of the Common Ground Garden.

Dining Gloriously from a Small Food Garden

Pam Peirce

  • Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6854390667-1Eating year round from your garden has its special joys and challenges. You will learn about what will put the most pleasure and convenience into your garden-to-kitchen experience no matter how small or large your garden may be. From choosing and timing your plantings, to easy recipes that make the most of seasonal harvests, you will come away with helpful new ideas and useful handouts with recipes included.

Taught by Pam Peirce, author of the popular regional gardening book Golden Gate Gardening, is also the author of Wildly Successful Plants: Northern California. Book signing will follow the class.

Herbs and Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

Deva Luna

  • Saturday, November 9, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31

6854446835-1Before antibiotics, before pills, before flu shots, there were herbal remedies! During this enlightening session, you will taste herbal teas and tonics, identify the best herbs for healing common ailments, and take home lots of recipes! Learn which healing herbs you can easily grow in your garden and how to prepare them. A very fun, interactive class!

Taught by Deva Luna, who is a Horticulturist and Garden Coach and has a life-long passion for plants and a vast repertoire of plant-based knowledge. When not wearing her herbalist hat, she also designs sustainable edible and native gardens for Bay Area homeowners.

Garvest and Holiday Wreath Making

Jody Main

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:30
  • $31 + $25 materials fee

6854478931-1Decorate your Thanksgiving table and your front door for the holidays! Choose from an abundance of garden herbs, flowers, and seedpods from the teacher’s own Woodside garden to create your own arrangements.

Taught by Jody Main, who is a local organic food and garden writer, educator, and consultant. Her specialty is designing gardens that include vegetables, herbs, and berries.

Counting your Blessings

Linda Lenore

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013
  • 10:30 – 12:00
  • $31

6854529081-1Seasonal, sensual, and sacred Feng Shui! How to end one year and start the new using ancient wisdom and modern science. We’ll explore ways to reduce stress and enhance your life through the next few months. We’ll include the elements and colors of the seasons, as well as how we can touch all 5 senses. This presentation shares how to create spaces – inside and out – with a feeling of sacredness. Based on rituals, ceremony, and nature, you’ll find ways to celebrate the season, transition to the New Year with a new sense of focus, and create special areas to soothe your soul.

Taught by Linda Lenore, who was a featured speaker at the 2013 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show and Thrive Publisher’s “Most Inspiring VIP” for 2012. She is a non-Asian Feng Shui Master and Certified Green Building Professional.

Worm Composting

Alane Weber

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013
  • 10:30 – 1:30
  • $39

6854671507-1Everything you always wanted to know about worms but were afraid to ask. Come join us and learn all about this tidy and very efficient way to turn all your kitchen scraps into botanical gold. We will take a snack break.

Taught by Alane Weber, the “Worm Lady of San Mateo,” who has been nurturing compost worms for 18 years and teaching vermicomposting for the County of San Mateo for 10 years.