Urban Farmers Coop Fall Equinox Harvest Party

  • September 21, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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In celebration of the Fall Equinox, we will be meeting in Saratoga at the home of Jay and Indu, where we will share a potluck meal, good conversation, and great company. We will tour the one-half acre of Jay and Indu's backyard property and exchange ideas on how best to develop the land into a sustainable garden of trees, flowers, bushes, fruits, and vegetables. Since the backyard slopes upward from the house, ideas on how to level and/or create “steppes” are encouraged! Ideas on how to protect their crops from gophers, bunnies, and deer, are also requested.

As 100% vegetarians, Jay and Indu have a passion for growing their own food and currently have a thriving container garden that supplies many of the vegetables that they eat. Their overall goal is to remake their backyard into an ecosystem with minimum water and energy usage and to encourage others to grow more of their own food.

We will also be introduced to the use of herbs in first aid by Tanya Kucak, a long-time gardener/herbalist and student of Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Since this is a social event, you are welcome to bring an adult guest (spouse, partner, or close friend).

At this Meetup, please bring:

1) Food items from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any).

2) A favorite dish and/or drink to share.

3) Your best ideas on developing the sloping backyard and protecting plants from gophers, bunnies, and deer (see photos below).



AGENDA

1) A tour of Jay and Indu's backyard

2) Demonstration on herbs by Tanya Kucak

3) Potluck and socializing


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

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.

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  • Jean C.

    Thank you Jay and indu for the phenomenal meetup from a week ago and for your enthusiasm and hospitality. Your property has so many potentials. You can plant CA native plantings to control erosion, improve wild life habitat, increase four seasonal colors, beautiful areas where it is too hard to plant and maintain edibles. For areas that are easy to access and maintain, you can plant high density vegetables. fruit/nut tree can be installed where it may be a tougher to walk, water, plant and harvest on a daily basis but you would not minding having to go there perhaps once every few weeks. You have a big project ahead of you but everything is less daunting when you have a group of people thinking through similar challenges and all coming together to share and contribute ideas and assistance to one another! It can be accomplished! Exciting years ahead! Don't forget to take before and after pictures to capture the transformation of your garden over time!

    September 29, 2013

  • Ashwani T.

    Thank you Jay & Indu for the absolute fabulous evening including all the members of this group. I hope we meet again at the future meetings, specifically the next one on October 5 on Lawn Removal, Good bye to turf. I have attended this kind of workshop before. It's very interesting,
    how a piece of water hogging land is
    converted into an aesthetic, edible landscape with tapestry of beautiful colors throughout the year,
    is more pragmatic as well creating meditative affect on the person, experiencing the success, perseverance, fresh produce & flowers all year round,
    just by putting in some hard work & ideas from the lot.

    Since you are in the process of change over at your location, the October 5th will be an educational one too for your project.

    Looking forward to meeting you again, and contribute towards your project anytime.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Kay

    Great as always. Thanks to Jay and Indu for having us at your beautiful, nested in nature home. Thanks everyone for your delicious good, informative talks, and sharing of experiences. Thanks to Jean and ELaine to get me started in the composting.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Jon B.

    A wonderful night. Great hosts, delicious food, very informative talks and a great group of people to Socialize with. Thanks Jay and Indu for being fabulous hosts; Thanks Tanya for your talk on herbs; Thanks Diane and David for bringing your haypot, and thanks to all for coming to share your time, your knowledge and your food with all of us. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

    September 22, 2013

  • sue

    What an enjoyable and informative day! Thanks to Jay, Indu, Tanya and the awesome group of folks who make this such a fantastic, warm and welcoming group of urban farmers!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Cora M.

    Had a fabulous time meeting everyone tonight! Thanks Jay & Indu for having us over @ your beautiful home.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    Fantastic! Fun people to hang out with, great food, and an educational talk about herbs. Thanks everyone.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Diane R

    Wonderful to meet everyone tonight. There are many types of haybox cookers, here's a link to the one we brought to share http://www.iwillprepare.com/cooking_files/Wonder_Box.htm

    My two favorite recipes for zucchini preservation are: Zucchini in oil
    http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/zucchine-sottolio-zucchini-preserved-in-oil-with-hot-peppers-garlic-and-mint.html


    Zucchini butter

    http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-jennie-cooks-zucchini-b-121770

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • David L.

    Diane and I enjoyed ourselves immensely tonite. Thank you so much Indu and Jay for having us over to your lovely home. I wish you all the best in getting your yard figured out.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • David L.

    Good to know about the weather easing up. Its pouring here.

    Diane and I will be there. We will be bringing polenta and tomato sauce, made in our haybox cooker which we will explain when we get there if anybody is interested.

    Looking forwarrd to it.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Elaine

    I still have not received the address.

    September 21, 2013

    • Jon B.

      Hi Elaine, the address was sent out last night. I just sent it to your e-mail address that is on file for your meetup account. IF you do not get it please let me know right away.

      September 21, 2013

  • Jon B.

    Hey everyone, after a downpour of rain this morning things are drying up a bit. So please come up and hang out with us for our Harvest Party this afternoon/evening. Jay and Indu have a large indoor space we can meet in case it is raining or cold. See you all soon!

    2 · September 21, 2013

  • Jon B.

    If anyone has some nice tomatoes please bring them to add the salsa. See you soon.

    September 20, 2013

    • Tanya

      I'll bring some. I donated a boxful yesterday and still have more to share!

      September 21, 2013

  • Annie

    RSVPs close at 8pm tonight (Friday, 20 Sept) so here's your last chance to let us know you will be coming (or not coming). I will be re-sending the address and directions once all RSVPs are received. Thank you!!!

    September 20, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    I'm running out of raw honey and would like to buy some from anyone who has extra. Can you bring it on Sat?

    September 19, 2013

    • Jean C.

      I can bring to meetup for you

      September 19, 2013

    • Barbara Haerther Du M.

      I'd like a quart if he has one to spare. Thanks.

      September 20, 2013

  • Kit G.

    Something important has come up or I'd still be coming. I'm very sorry.

    September 19, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    I have several fruit trees that need to be pruned, and would love to have someone do a meet-up session on pruning. If you have skills in this area, let's talk. We can do a meet-up at my house, your house or perhaps the home of another member.

    Also, Julianne suggested a seed exchange. I'd love to do that and also talk with anyone who is interested in setting up our own seed bank.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    I'm coming from San Mateo and will only be going to Jay and Indu's event (not the Middlebrooke event). Let me know if you want to carpool.

    September 19, 2013

  • Jean C.

    I'll bring a cheese and fruit plate for the potluck portion this Saturday. Look forward to seeing everybody!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Julianne I.

    I'd be interested in hosting a seed share-exchange if anyone is interested. I could also use a hand improving my compost pile(windrow) to work more efficiently and would love suggestions and ideas. You can see some pictures of what's happening in my urban garden at http://fromdirttodinner.net/

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Tanya

      I'm planning to bring comfrey plants and some other herbs.

      1 · September 18, 2013

    • Annie

      That's great, Tanya. We are all looking forward to your herbal presentation!

      September 19, 2013

  • Annie

    Hi Trinidad.
    I just sent directions to the Fall Equinox Meetup to members who RSVPd yes to this event, so you should receive them shortly. Looking forward to meeting you.

    September 18, 2013

  • trinidad

    I like to get direction from Milpitas, CA. to the 00place on Sept. [masked] at 4:00pm. please email me at :
    [masked] Thank you..

    September 18, 2013

  • trinidad

    my first time to be here. my interest is aquaponic. i like to build my own if someone will teach me. i am looking for class where i can attend.

    September 18, 2013

  • Jean C.

    Hi Jay and Indu, I am in the same situation as you! backyard has a big slope that runs up from the house. I am working on finding a way to control erosion, keep weeds down, minimize maintenance, keep gopher activity down, improve habitat for birds, pollinators and wildlife (except deer, gophers and ground squirrels). I'm going to start experimenting by planting some vegetative barrier grasses and CA native hedgerows.

    1 · September 6, 2013

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