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Native Edible and Perennial Plants @ the Middlebrook Center

We will be meeting at the Middlebrook Center's ELSEE Garden in downtown San Jose to help the garden propagate new plants, harvest food and learn all about the native edible plants that are growing throughout the garden area.  We will take a "tasting tour" of the garden hosted by one of the interns working at the garden and learn about edible plants you may not have heard of before.   We will learn how to collect seeds and cuttings then propagate them in the nursery and throughout the garden.  Everyone attending will be able to take some of new plantings home for their own garden.   After our tour, work and demo we will harvest food and prepare a most delicious lunch with what we find using the center's sustainably built outdoor kitchen.  You may also bring food from you own gardens or the market to add to our lunch.  During our delicious meal we will once again socialize together and bond our Urban Farmers Cooperative group closer together.    All donations collected at this event will go towards the California Native Garden Foundation to help support their ongoing teaching program for kids as well as the community.  For more information about the Middlebrook Center go to:  http://www.middlebrookcenter.com/

This location is home to the non-profit California Native Garden Foundation and the ELSEE teaching garden.
This location is very unique place with a great purpose and we hope you can all experience this great inspirational source.

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of plant we will learn about and harvest from the gardens:

Native edibles
Elderberries
Watercress
Quail bush
Island mallow green seeds to toast
Young cactus nopales
Holly leaf cherries
Wild grapes to pickle
Yerba Buena leaves for tea

Perennials(non-native)
New Zealand spinach
Tree collards
Rhubarb
Figs
Nectarines
French sorrel
Arugula
Jerusalem artichokes
Epasote
Hottenyea
Taro

Conventional annual food plants
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Peppers
Cucumbers
Beans
Lettuce
Eggplant
Watermelon
Squash

The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.

Here is what we do:

  • We meet to help out a fellow host farmer or charitable cause.
  • We do some work, exchange ideas and learn something at the same time.
  • We bring food from our gardens so we can share with each other the wonderful foods we are raising.
  • After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring.


If possible please bring any of these items:

  • Bag for collecting harvested food
  • Gardening tools- Shovel, trowel, gloves etc..
  • Some food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)
  • Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm-- OR -- something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm."
  • If you do not have any of the above then it is OK-- just bring yourself and some good positive energy.

 

AGENDA

1) A bit of work

As people arrive we will be doing projects in the garden:  Propagating new edible plants, weeding and other garden work.

2) Demo and instruction

We will be lead through the garden and have a tour by one of the interns at the center who will talk about the various edible plants that are growing all around.

3) Pot Luck and Socializing

Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens.

During the pot luck we will have time to discuss the following:

  • Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
  • News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.
  • Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.
  • Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of people, I love the sharing of info, resources, and fresh food! It was a wonderful first meetup experience with the Urban Farmers, I saw and tasted plants that are completely new to me, and met some great folks.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Annie

    A wonderful, educational day! Enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting the newest members of our group. It just keeps getting better.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mark Y.

    Joani and I had a great time.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sanjana

    My first meet up with this group and it was a wonderful experience. The organizers did a great job and apart from learning about native edibles and aquaponics, I had a great time meeting experienced folks who were all willing to share information and made us first timers feel welcome. The sit down lunch with our harvest was relaxing and rejuvenating. Thank you all, I look forward to the next meet.

    2 · August 10, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Great to meet you guys. Hope you can join us for the next couple MeetUps before heading out of CA. SEE YOU!

      August 11, 2013

  • Jon B.

    Great MeetUp, Great Turn out. What a cool group of people in an amazing spot. A nice afternoon. Photos are posted. THANKS ALL!

    August 11, 2013

  • sue

    Always good to learn more about native plants!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Tom L.

    I was made aware of things I never knew that are of great interest to me. Cool as heck. I greatly admire the work underway via grants to bring gardens to public schools.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Good to see you Tom. Glad you are connected with this group. Middlebrook is a very cool place and worth supporting- our kids are really the ones that need to absorb this knowledge and understand what is happening to our world. See you soon.

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute stuff. Sorry to miss it.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Hey Son, Hope you can make one of these MeetUps. They are a lot of fun. See you soon hopefully.

      August 10, 2013

  • Jon B.

    For our meeting on Saturday we will be doing some digging in the dirt and planting. It would be helpful if everyone brought trowels, clippers, and gardening gloves as you have them. We will get a nice tour of an amazing edible native garden, get our hands dirty then wash up and have a nice lunch. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

    August 8, 2013

    • Kati

      Please remember to bring my scissors. Thanks.

      August 9, 2013

    • Jon B.

      no problem- I will bring them. see you tomorrow.

      August 9, 2013

  • Sanjana

    Thanks Barbara, I and +1 will be at the meetup tomorrow. I am so excited about it!

    August 9, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Splendid. I hope to make it.

    August 6, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with Common Ground in Palo Alto, check out their website:
    https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/[masked]df9aee77f
    They have a lot of good classes as well as orgainc seeds, plants, and products for the garden.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be near SF at this time but would definitely be interested in a future MeetUp like this.

    August 4, 2013

    • Jon B.

      We have not done MeetUps in SF yet but the one after this one will be in San Mateo so it is a bit closer to you. Hope you can make it to one of our next ones.

      August 4, 2013

  • Mark Y.

    Joani and I are going to try hard to make this one.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Julianne I.

    Would love to learn more about the native edible plants and the edible perennials. Will definitely be trying to make it.

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Julianne I.

      Hi Jon, Thanks for saying Hello. It looks like this is pretty close to my house so I am hoping to be there. I would really love to know more urban gardeners nearby!

      1 · August 1, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Hi Juilianne, if Middlebrook is close to your home then you are lucky. This will be a good place for you to connect with- I think you will like it there. See you a week from Saturday.

      August 1, 2013

  • Maisy

    anyone live in sf and would prefer to carpool?

    July 30, 2013

    • Barbara Haerther Du M.

      Unfortunately, I can't go to this meet-up. However, I live in San Mateo and would love to carpool to future events. Just let me know when you will be attending and we can make arrangements.

      July 31, 2013

    • Maisy

      ok, thanks barb.

      July 31, 2013

  • Tanya

    Two of my favorite things -- natives and edibles -- but I can't come on 2nd Saturdays.

    July 30, 2013

  • Jonathan

    That sounds like fun. I hope I can make it.

    July 25, 2013

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