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Kick-Off Semester Social

Kick-Off Semester Social

Happy Monday! Thank you to everybody who came out to the Kick-Off Semester Social! It was so great to see some new faces!

Even if you weren’t able to make it SOGA holds opens hours every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. This is perfect time to come on down to the garden and help out or learn more about us.

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Food Justice Through Urban Gardening Decal

Food Justice Through Urban Gardening Decal

This semester in SOGA we are hosting the ‘Food Justice Through Urban Gardening’ Decal. It has been redesigned from the previous spring decal called ‘Intro to Organic Gardening and Food Justice.’

This class will introduce both new and experienced gardeners to the basic theories and methods of urban agriculture, while exploring the ways that social injustice and inequality determine everything from our access to food to our relationship with the non-human world to environmental health. In our class, we hope to inspire students to engage with these social issues, hopefully through growing food, horticulture, compost, design, and many more.

So far the classes are off to a great start!

 

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SPRING 2018 SOGA WORKSHOPS!!!

SPRING 2018 SOGA WORKSHOPS!!!

We are so happy to start up the semester again and get it kicking with some workshops and socials! Veterans, newbies, students, and community members are all equally welcomed!

Semester Kickoff Social (February 11th),

Pickling Workshop (February 25th),

Intro to Organic Gardening Crash Course (March 11th)

Herbal Salve Making / Kombucha Making (March 18th)

Container Gardening and Earth Day Social (April 15th)

Personal Care with Medicinal Herbs (April 29th)

Occupy the Farm Screening + Development Updates

Occupy the Farm Screening + Development Updates

The Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) would like to invite you to our screening of Occupy the Farm on Sunday, July 30th at 7pm. We are currently facing threats of development from UC Berkeley, an experience our friends at Gill Tract are all too familiar with. This night will be for learning about the history of UC Berkeley-owned land, to understand the context we are operating in, to learn about actions students, faculty, and community members have taken in the past, and to discuss our current situation
at Oxford Tract and SOGA.

Let’s understand our history to have an impact on the future of our dwindling urban green spaces.

We will start the evening at SOGA (corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets) at 7pm on Sunday, July 30th with snacks and a garden tour complete with land use history. At 7:30pm, we will walk 10 minutes to Ridge House (2420 Ridge Road) where we will be hosting the screening. The film will be done around 9:45pm and I hope you all will stick around for a discussion about housing, land for agricultural use, and the future of Oxford Tract with folks from Gill Tract, Oxford Tract, SOGA, community members, and students. Come by to learn, discuss, and protect this land! Visit our website here for more information on development pressures. If you all have questions, please contact us at studentorganicgarden@gmail.com
Back to school, back to the garden Potluck!

Back to school, back to the garden Potluck!

Welcome back potluck will be taking over the garden on Sunday, August 23rd, 11:00-2:00!

Veterans, newbies, students and community members are all equally welcomed! Let your SOGAsummer interns show you what we have accomplished in the garden over the past few months!
**Light snacks will be provided but feel free to bring food!**

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SOGA now has drip irrigation!

SOGA now has drip irrigation!

Drip Irrigation in the Student Organic Garden

On Tuesday July 14, the SOGA summer interns finished installing drip irrigation lines in the southern beds to help make watering in SOGA more efficient.

Drip irrigation is a great water-saving trick during times of drought, and on top of that it also saves YOU a ton of time!
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Come visit SOGA to check out this new project and learn more!

Or check out this video for more information on drip irrigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ4axeL6Ymo

Worm Bins

Worm Bins

SOGA now has Worm Bins!

Generously donated by Juliana Wu

Photo Cred Brianna Caspersen
Photo Cred Brianna Caspersen

Worms are great at recycling food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment called vermicompost, or worm compost. Worms eat food scraps, which become compost as they pass through the worm’s body. Compost exits the worm through its’ tail end and then can be used to grow plants!

Want to feed our worms? Bring over your home’s raw fruits and veggie scraps!

 

Want to make your own worm bin?

Visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Worm-Compost-System

Summer Solstice & Father’s Day Potluck Recap!

Summer Solstice & Father’s Day Potluck Recap!

If you missed our Summer Solstice and Father’s Day potluck yesterday, here is a recap!

Our Solstice Harvest!
Our Solstice Harvest!

Our Harvest of the day:

– Artichoke flowers

– Sunflowers

– Figs

-Broccoli

-Cauliflower

-Kale

and Apples!

Our Potluck Treats:

Fruit Salad with Apricots!
Fruit Salad with Apricots!

Fruit Salad with apricots, blackberry pie, apple cinnamon challah bread (w/apples from the garden), two frittatas (w/broccoli from the garden), minty fruit iced tea (w/garden mint) and more!

Garden Inspired Potluck
Garden Inspired Potluck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What A Crowd!

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The Garden

 

Brianna with her favorite flowers
Brianna with her favorite flowers

 

Garden-lovers also enjoyed some flower-pot painting!

Flower pot painting
Flower pot painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you in the garden!