Get your hands dirty in the ground on Saturdays
Every third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. it’s time to get your hands dirty at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Learn about local ecology, native plants, and sustainable gardening as you come together as a community to steward Tyrrell Park through the city’s Adopt-A-Park program. What to Expect This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding and replanting. This program will run rain or shine but we will cancel in case of muddy conditions or inclement weather. All ages are welcome; Children under the age of 14 require adult supervision.
Follow the latest state and local guidelines for COVID-19 safety at the time of the program. Email Volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to RSVP
Breath+Oneness hosts the Nourish Your Own Roots workshop.
Ready to let go? Join yoga, food and fellowship on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. As the summer season draws to a close, slow down and bring balance to the transition ahead. Autumn is a time of transformation. As trees shed their leaves and return to their roots for sustenance, we too are reminded that we must go within for calm and reconnection. This workshop is an invitation to use yoga, food and community to empower your inner resources, to nurture your own “roots” for health, immunity and community. The workshop includes yoga practice to nourish and restore, a hot nutritious meal, and sweet treats while you connect with like-minded people. Featuring Love Vaza Yoga + Summit Lady Food. What to bring Yoga mat, water bottle, wear comfortable clothes, warm socks, journal, eye pillow (optional)
To sign up, visit https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/launch.
Celebrate the Great & Almighty Pumpkin
Join this year’s 50th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival from 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday along Main Street at 504 Main St. Admission is free. Join in the fabulously festive fun when the world’s pumpkin capital, Half Moon Bay, lights up orange to celebrate its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor – our premier festival lineup features: Boo-tiful Harvest-inspired arts and crafts Fabulous homestyle dining Delicious, delicious Beverages Pumpkin Carving Expert Farmer Mike Pumpkin Carving Costume Contest And More! Visit https://pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/ for directions and details.
Tomato canning workshop with Jess Tunis
Take part in a delicious tomato canning workshop. Sea to Sky Farm and Jess Tunis are launching a new series of food preservation and crafting classes on October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at 6040 Bonny Doon Road, Santa Cruz. Shown in the first class are the New Girl tomatoes just pouring in from the field. Just in time for canning season! We cover the basics of safely bain-marie canning, especially tomatoes, and offer discounts on harvest crates of perfect canned tomatoes so you can go home and can your own! The course costs $50 and includes printed recipes and detailed demonstrations by veteran foodie Jess Tunis. You may have seen them at our booth at the Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market this year, at Mountain Feed, or on the Edible Monterey Bay pages. Register here, www.eventbrite.com/e/tomato-canning-with-jess-tunis-ticket
The Santa Cruz Orchid Society exhibits blooming orchids
“Be proud of your orchids” takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. Attend the in-person meeting on the second Friday of each month at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange (green building) at 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. Every month orchid experts, hobbyists and newcomers meet to discuss various orchid topics, show their personal collection of flowering orchids, sell additional orchid plants and talk about how best to grow them and keep them blooming.
As we expect to see a large number of Orchid Plant Show & Tell member plants in October and have quite a few orchid events to discuss, the club is considering possibly hosting the American Orchid Society webinar on jewel orchids. Most often each month a guest lecturer will talk about their orchid area of expertise, usually put on a slide show, may have a vendor table with orchid specialties to buy, and then usually have a “Plant Opportunity Table” where people can buy tickets and hopefully win an orchid plant. Visit www.greengrange.org for more information
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Hosts Eco-Friendly Green Halloween
Enjoy some green Halloween fun on October 29 at 11:00 am at 748 Story Road, San Jose. Eco-friendly family fun, activities and more. Spooky Crawly Wildlife Talks. Halloween style zoo animal enrichment. As a green facility, Happy Hollow is dedicated to providing our guests with eco-friendly and sustainable Halloween fun. Whether it’s sourcing sustainable ingredients, reducing or eliminating single-use plastics, or buying candy made with sustainable palm oil, there are many ways to make Halloween greener. Families are invited to come in costume. Please note that costume appropriateness is at the discretion of Guest Services. Adult facial features must be recognizable (no masks) and weapon props of any kind are prohibited. For your safety, capes are not permitted on rides.
All activities are included in general admission, which can be purchased at the gate or in advance at https://saleshhpz.org/.
Elkhorn Slough Reserve holds hands on Garden Days
This Saturday, learn the ins and outs of landscaping using native plants as you help the reserve tend the new native gardens. The Garden Days take place on the third Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am (this may vary slightly depending on the weather) and begin with an informal talk on a native plant or conservation topic, followed by a group work session into the reserve’s native plant gardens. The work changes with the seasons and includes a variety of garden projects. All projects are suitable for all ages, but volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
As part of current COVID-19 safety protocols, capacity is limited on project days so RSVP at email@example.com. Do you want to stay up to date on all Garden Day projects? Join the Garden Stewards Email List! You’ll receive a notification a week before each project deadline with details of what we’re going to do. To join the email list, fill out the details at https://form.jotform.com/213546240857054.
Volunteer to rebuild Native Garden at Pie Ranch after CZU damage
Our third volunteer day on Saturday will focus on restoration work at the Native Garden as well as other projects around the farm. Volunteers have been an integral part of our repair and recovery efforts after the CZU August Lightning Complex fire ripped through Pie Ranch in August. We welcome volunteers to the countryside every third Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.
Volunteer Day on the third Saturday begins in the Native Garden that Pie Ranch created in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Some of us stay in the garden all day, others venture into other projects around the farm. The type of tasks we do on volunteer days depends on what needs to be done on the farm each season. Volunteers help with planting, weeding, harvesting, culling and mulching. There is also maintenance work to be done – cleaning up areas damaged by the wildfire, clearing debris and renovating living and working spaces for employees. The majority of our volunteer work is hard but rewarding physical work on the farm. Most jobs involve heavy lifting, squatting and bending, lots of walking, and a full day in the sun, wind, or other coastal weather. Be ready for your volunteer shift by bringing the following gear to Pie Ranch: mask, water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, work clothes (which may be dirty or worn out), sturdy shoes for field work, gloves, snacks.
To save time, please review safety and sanitation practices during COVID-19 and sign waivers prior to arrival. To do this, click this link: https://form.jotform.com/213395478122054
VIEWS OF THE MOUNTAINS
Local Master Composter shares the science behind composting
Learn the art and science behind composting in the Composting Basics Workshop. On Saturday at 10:00 am, join an exciting journey into the world of rot and explore why something that repels so many could actually be the way we save the planet. The workshop will be held at 266 Escuela Ave. Mountain View, where you will learn the importance of disposing of your organic waste (leftover food and yard waste) at home. As drought worsens and the climate warms, domestic waste management has become more important than ever. With far-reaching applications, backyard composting reduces your contribution to landfills, saves water, and builds healthy, natural soils that store carbon. In this workshop you will learn how to build, manage and use a compost heap. Participants will also learn how to use worms to turn their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens. Prepare to learn about worm care and compare vermicomposting techniques.
For more information, visit www.ucanr.edu/compost Register to participate at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=36131
The Garden Digest is compiled by Jesselyn Rego. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit entries for the calendar including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related.