Summer Hands-On Urban Farming Classes with Hands-On STEM
Hands-On urban farming and gardening experiences and fun and exercise outdoors on the farm! Each week is filled with opportunities to learn organic farming and gardening. Build planting beds, start seeds and grow fresh vegetables! Learn about healthy soil. Test water chemistry. Learn about food justice, nutrition and health. Discover how our food system effects bees, weather and our environment! Join us for fun and teamwork on the farm. Make new friends, learn urban farming, gain STEM knowledge and job skills!
Our Farmer Teacher
Tanya Wood, B.S.
2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks: June 18 to August 11; 8 -Noon, Mon-Thurs
Sign up for 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks of Hands-On Experiences and fun! Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon plus Friday August 10th to work on Team Posters presented on Saturday August 11th.
You Can Afford Summer Camp!
Light breakfast and healthy lunch included. Partial or Full Scholarships available so you can go for FREE! No questions asked.
Carbon Sinking: Permaculture, Soil, Cover Crops, Bees, Integrated-Pest-Management
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016 1-5 p.m.
Across from 5501 IMHOFF DRIVE, MARTINEZ
PARK ON FARM (Close to Class)
925-788-7374 for questions
PLEASE SIGN UP ON EVENTBRITE
Rex Dufour, international soil expert from NCAT/ATTRA and partner of the UC Berkeley's Growing Roots grant (See ) will lead a presentation for urban farmers on Understanding Urban Farm Soils: Healthy soils, Soil Function and Soil Testing. This workshop is geared towards beginning urban farmers with less than ten years of experience who want to understand common problems and solutions for dealing with urban soils. Rex will discuss how to improve soil function, how to interpret a soil test and the different types of soil testing that are important for urban farm plots.
Meet and hear fascinating Matt Powers, nationally known permaculture expert with certification in permaculture design from Geoff Lawton, certified high school teacher, creator of The Permaculture Student Online (). Matt will tell us about his experiences being trained and working with worldwide permaculture experts, permaculture farming and gardening. Matt will be selling and signing his new book for teaching Permaculture to all ages.
Agroecologist Bethallyn Black will teach you how to plant cover crops in your backyard obtaining greater carbon sequestration in your soil. Cover crops support beneficial insects such as bees. Bethallyn Black is Vice-President of AgLantis (501c-3) and our Farm Manager.
Mike McGil, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s Board President will discuss the benefits of recycled water for agriculture production and beyond. Mike will be talking about pollution prevention with Integrated Pest Management.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FARM:
CoCo San Sustainable Farm is a sustainable urban farm in San Francisco California's East Bay. We will soon be growing low price fresh produce using sustainable methods for Salads4Schools, the Food Bank, and for CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). This Summer we will have classes taught expert staff -- Bethallyn Black, M.A. Master Gardener, DVC Professor; Robb Kingsbury, E.E., Organic Farmer and engineer; Marc Don, building hydroponic systems. We will provide hands-on science and engineering experiences. We plan to teach soil science, water science, permaculture, sustainable organic agriculture, integrated pest management, low water use gardening and hydroponic greenhouse management. We will take students on tour of Central San's treatment plant and lab.
CREATING AN URBAN FARM: FREE
Every kind of science & engineering happens on a farm.
Learn the fundamentals of Urban Farming and Permaculture with Hands-On classes on the farm. Topics include:
The Global Food System, Our Local Foodshed
Environment, Conservation, Sustainability
Safety 1st: Tools and Equipment
Soil Science, Conservation and Testing
Water Science, Conservation and Testing
Build Your Own Home Hydroponics System
Fundamentals of Plant Sciences
Growing Vegetables: Crops and Climate
Wildlife and Insects: Maintaining Plant Health
AgroEcology, Permaculture and Food Forests
The Built World: Construction and Engineering
Ethnobotany: People, Plants and Culture
Will include tours of Central San plant and lab
Students will learn to build a home hydroponic system.
If you are interested in learning more, email us
Would you like to help grow Salads4Schools and the Food Bank?
Come fill out an application and tell us your skills and experience!
Give us your email address below.
Please bring your driver's license or other proof that you are 18 years old or older. Gray hair accepted!
If you are 16-18, you must bring a parent or guardian.
At this time, due to insurance reasons, we can not accept volunteers who are less than 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent.
COME JOIN THE FUN and LEARN!
GET FRESH AIR and EXERCISE!
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We will be using Matt Powers' new Permaculture Book to teach FARMING & BACKYARD GARDENING with Master Gardener and Organic Farm Guru Bethallyn Black, M.A. (Farm Manager) and
Robb Kingsbury, E.E. farmer and permaculturist and engineer.
Soils Science is dirty but fun with our Guru!