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Month: June 2015

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!

 

Fathers Day in the Garden!

Fathers Day in the Garden!

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Come join us for “Father’s Day in the Garden” on June 21st!

We will be hosting family activities such as pot painting, an organic garlic pesticide workshop and bouquet-making from 11-2pm!

There will also be snacks to munch on!

Have your Father’s Day brunch and then come enjoy the sun!

Summer Intern Introductions

Summer Intern Introductions

Meet our summer interns funded by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)!

1555514_10152152801211941_1449926245_n Holly Whitaker, Summer Operations Intern whitakerhollys@gmail.com

Holly is entering her senior year at Cal with a double major in Geography and CRS, with a concentration in nutritional and medicinal ethnoecology. Her interest in sustainable agriculture first peaked during a semester spent traveling and volunteering on farms in Southeast Asia. When she returned to Cal, her academic interests quickly shifted towards food systems and since then, she has been learning to grow food both inside and outside of the classroom. She’s gained experience by gardening at SOGA, her co-op, and other urban farms around the East Bay, in addition to completing a sustainable agriculture internship at Green String Farm in Petaluma, CA last summer. She is beyond excited to be spending her summer at SOGA and looking forward to engaging with community members during open hours and at workshops. She also hopes to integrate opportunities for creativity and exploration at SOGA while maintaining the functionality and productivity of the garden.
SOGA day 1Brianna Caspersen, Summer Operations Assistant
brianna.caspersen@berkeley.edu
Brianna is a rising second year studying Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. As a wee little chickpea, she was often sent to weed her home garden as a punishment for talking back to her mother or teasing her little brother. Although her parents thought manual labor amidst wicked prickly weeds would surely teach her about sass and sisterhood, she remembers secretly enjoying the opportunity to marvel at the flowers, dig for roly polies, pull out handfuls of grass, and make wishes upon dandelion seeds.
Since her first semester, she regularly volunteers at the Gill Tract Farm, while taking the Intro to Organic Gardening and Food Justice DeCal taught in SOGA. Brianna is our “Compost Fairy” and is stoked to spend her summer maintaining, exploring, learning, and caring for SOGA.
Sarah Atkinson, Summer Programs Intern
satkinson@berkeley.edu
IMG_0897Sarah is a rising senior studying Environmental Science with an emphasis on food sustainability and food justice. Sarah’s first real gardening experience was on an organic farm in France last summer through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). She has since fallen in love with gardening and was the garden manager at her coop this Spring. Sarah is excited to finally be a part of SOGA and the wonderful atmosphere and life it has through the community relationships it forges. As Programs Intern, Sarah will be working to build new community relationships and grow the student, faculty, staff and community support of the garden.
Owen Duffett, Summer MentorMe under a trellis
m.o.duffett@berkeley.edu
Owen is a recent alumnus who studied Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in Regenerative Urban Food Systems.
Owen has volunteered at urban farms in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Albany, and is a graduate of Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco. His position as the former SOGA Operations Manager makes him the perfect mentor for this year’s summer interns. Owen is excited to help pass the reigns to the next generation of SOGA leaders and see how the garden is transformed under their care and direction.