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:
Island mallow green seeds to toast
Young cactus nopales
Holly leaf cherries
Wild grapes to pickle
Yerba Buena leaves for tea
New Zealand spinach
Conventional annual food plants
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.
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.