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Composting Basics Workshop – Morgan Hill

Learn the art and science behind composting from a local Master Composter. Learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile.  
Participants will also learn how to transform their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine, and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens using worms. Come prepared to learn about worm care and compare vermicompost techniques. 

Register to attend

For more information visit: www.ucanr.edu/compost  

Build Your Own Laundry to Landscape Graywater System – Online

Why send water from your laundry directly to the sewer when you can reuse it to water plants and trees in your yard instead? Learn how to build a “laundry-to-landscape” graywater system for directing water from your clothes washer to the garden for irrigation. Laundry-to-landscape systems can save thousands of gallons of precious drinking water per year. Plus, it does not require a building permit.

Event is free.

Registration for this event is located here

Seed Swap

Calling all South Bay gardeners and seed savers! We are planning our very first annual Seed Swap October 16th from 1pm to 3pm. Come share and swap diverse locally grown seeds! Please RSVP with us either though PM or send an email to   

¡Llame a todos los jardineros y ahorradores de semillas de South Bay! Estamos planeando nuestro primer intercambio anual de semillas el 16 de octubre de 13:00 a 15:00. ¡Ven a compartir e intercambiar diversas semillas cultivadas localmente! Confirme su asistencia a través de PM o envíe un correo electrónico a

Composting Basics Workshop – Mountain View

Learn the art and science behind composting from a local Master Composter. Learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile.  
Participants will also learn how to transform their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine, and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens using worms. Come prepared to learn about worm care and compare vermicompost techniques. 

Register to attend

For more information visit: www.ucanr.edu/compost  

Starting Seedlings & Beginner Seed Saving / Inicio de plantines y guardado de semillas para principiantes – Online

Looking for more variety or unique vegetable varieties? Want to save money on buying seedlings and transplants every year? In our Starting Seedlings and Beginner Seed Saving workshop we’ll learn about how you can start your own vegetable seedling at home from seed. We will also have a brief beginner instructional on how to easily save seeds for the next year. In our food justice portion of our workshop we will discuss our next food justice campaign.

¿Busca más variedad o variedades vegetales únicas? ¿Quiere ahorrar dinero en la compra de plantines y semillas todos los años? En nuestro taller Inicio de plantines y guardado de semillas para principiantes, aprenderemos cómo puede comenzar su propia plantas de hortalizas en casa a partir de semillas. También tendremos una breve instrucción para principiantes sobre cómo guardar semillas fácilmente para el próximo año. En nuestra parte de justicia alimentaria de nuestro taller, discutiremos nuestra próxima campaña de justicia alimentaria. Hasta nuevo aviso, todos los talleres se llevarán a cabo en Zoom y Facebook Live.

Contact  for the Zoom link, or join via Facebook Live here at the time of the event. 

Martial Cottle Park Open Garden – San Jose

Saturday, October 16, 2021  
Saturday, October 23, 2021 
Saturday, October 30, 2021 
9:00 AM 12:00 PM  

The Master Gardener’s Demonstration Gardens at Martial Cottle Park will be open to the public on Saturdays, from 9 am until noon. Come explore our many ornamental and educational gardens and visit with our master gardeners.

Registration: None 
Cost: Free 
Note: The Park charges $6 for Parking 

Martial Cottle Park Open Garden – San Jose

Saturday, October 16, 2021  
Saturday, October 23, 2021 
Saturday, October 30, 2021 
9:00 AM 12:00 PM  

The Master Gardener’s Demonstration Gardens at Martial Cottle Park will be open to the public on Saturdays, from 9 am until noon. Come explore our many ornamental and educational gardens and visit with our master gardeners.

Registration: None 
Cost: Free 
Note: The Park charges $6 for Parking 

Martial Cottle Park Open Garden – San Jose

Saturday, October 16, 2021  
Saturday, October 23, 2021 
Saturday, October 30, 2021 
9:00 AM 12:00 PM  

The Master Gardener’s Demonstration Gardens at Martial Cottle Park will be open to the public on Saturdays, from 9 am until noon. Come explore our many ornamental and educational gardens and visit with our master gardeners.

Registration: None 
Cost: Free 
Note: The Park charges $6 for Parking 

Lawn Alternatives for Beginners – Online

Do you want to get rid of all (or part) of your grass lawn but don’t know where to start? This introductory workshop will cover the basics of designing a landscape plan, selecting the right plants for your garden, and how to keep it alive. For the non-Do-It-Yourselfers, this class will also provide a brief overview of the steps involved in hiring outside work (such as landscape architects, contractors, and landscape maintenance).

Zoom webinar. Free and open to the public. Register here.

Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival

This family-friendly free event offers entertainment, education and activities in a beautiful bayside setting. This resource fair focused on health and environmental sustainability will showcase the beautiful Alviso Marina, and share information, services, and resources with the local community. Meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about and receive services.

Day On the Bay 2021 events include:

  • Free COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic*
  • Free Flu Shots*
  • Free Health Resource Fair
  • Free Kayaking*
  • Free Pumpkins for Kids Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Milpitas*
  • Free Entertainment & Performances
  • Free Rock Climbing Wall & Air Jump
  • Free Bike to the Bay hosted by San Jose Bike Party
  • Free Staff and naturalist lead boat and levee tours*
  • Water Stations & Food Trucks will be available

 *while supplies last

Learn more at sccgov.org/dayonthebay.