Great Soil From the Ground Up!
Great organic gardens start with great soil! Discover the physical and biological properties of soil, the difference between soil texture and structure, and how to test your soil. In this informative workshop, beginners and and green thumbs alike will learn how to improve soil structure by increasing the soil's organic matter content. We will discuss the intricate soil food web and its importance for material recycling. Additional soil building topics will include: * hot and cold composting * vermicomposting * sheet mulching * cover cropping After learning about organic soil cultivation from principles to practices, we will head out to Pollinate's demonstration garden to build a hot compost pile, start a vermicompost system and observe other soil building strategies at work. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Botanist Laura Nicoletti is the founder of the sustainable garden design company For A Greener Living, located in Mill Valley, California. A Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens. She is also a Marin County Master Gardener, and member of the Marin Master Gardeners Pruning Guild. She earned a certificate in Sustainable Landscaping from Sonoma State University and received her Permaculture Design Certification from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA. A former chef and caterer, Laura is a native of Venice, Italy, and loves to use fresh ingredients from her edible garden in her cooking.
Yolanda is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. An avid do-it-herselfer, she is at home at her own Oakland homestead where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and learn about permaculture principles on their large urban lot, growing much of their own food. Yolanda is co-founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden http://pollinatefarm.com, an urban farm store and homesteading emporium located in the heart of Oakland. Pollinate carries edible nursery stock (seeds, starts, fruit trees, and perennial edibles), tools and equipment for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening. Pollinate is also a purveyor of supplies for food preserving, fermentation and cheese making, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping , including baby chicks, ducks, turkeys and bees. Through its educational outreach and local workshops, Pollinate inspires our community toward a healthier and more sustainable food system by bringing it home. Learn more by visiting http://pollinatefarm.com.
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