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Bees & Cheese: Talk, Tour & Tasting at Groundswell Institute
Sunday April 3, 2016 2-5pm

Hosts: Ruby Blume & Jim Mongomery
Location: Boonville, CA
Cost: $10-25 sliding scale, no one turned away
2pm Tour with Jim Montgomery
3pm Honeybee & Native Pollinators Talk with Ruby Blume
4pm Meet & Greet & Tasting
You are invited to join us at Groundswell for an afternoon farm experience. Long-time urban farmer and recent transplant Jim Montgomery will give a tour of the layered animal systems at Groundswell which include, Alpacas, Llamas, Goats, Chickens, Rabbits, Guinea Hens and Pigs. Ruby Blume, founder and director of the Institute of Urban Homesteading will give a talk on honeybees and native pollinators, the issues facing them and what we can do to support them. We’ll finish with a meet and greet and including cultured butter, cheese, jam, honey and mead. Friends from out of town can stay for dinner and sleep overnight at Groundswell on a donation basis $15-40 suggested, RSVP requested.

Urban Paradise: Tour & Tasting at BeeGrrl Gardens
Sunday April 24, 2016 1pm
Host: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Adults $25, Kids 4-16 $15, toddlers free

Beegrrl Gardens is an oasis of creativity and simple beauty in the heart of North Oakland. You will see over 250 species of plants including 18 fruit trees, 7 kinds of berries, vegetables, flowers, medicinal plants, natives and wetland plants, plus alternative bee hive systems, chickens, rabbits, greywater system and more. As well as a thorough introduction to the site and it’s systems, you will sample some of the delicious cultured butter, cheese, preserves, bread, natural soda or wine made on site. Host Ruby Blume, founder and director of the Institute of Urban Homesteading, has been gardening 25+ years and as a proud generalist can speak to and answer questions on a broad variety of homesteading related topics from bees to harvest to home preservation and cheese making

Urban Barnyard: Tour & Tasting at Havenscourt Homestead
Sunday May 15, 2016 1pm
Sunday May 15, 2016 3pm
Host: Kitty Sharkey
Location: East Oakland
Cost: Adults $25, Kids and Youth 4-16 $15, Toddlers 2 and under, free

Join Urban Farmer, Kitty Sharkey for a tour of her highly productive postage stamp property. You will see a full barnyard of critters, vertical garden, and drought tolerant pollinator habitat. Prepare for the unexpected because this property is definitely NOT just another house on the block. Located in a typical East Oakland neighborhood, Havenscourt Homestead demonstrates a mastery of small space design and utilization packing an entire urban farm into the 2,000 sq ft back and side yards. The focus of our tour will be the animal systems on site, a full urban barnyard featuring bees, goats, chickens, rabbits, geese, a sheep, and even a pig. The site also has an orchard, raised vegetable beds and container gardens, a small aquaponics system, a drought tolerant pollinator garden, and a front yard parklet for the neighbors to enjoy, 400gallons of rainwater storage and a greywater system. In addition to the tour you will get to sample some of the cheese and other deliscious bites produced on site.

Farm To Table: Work Party, Tour and Lunch at SoulFlower Farm
Sunday June 26, 10am-2pm
Hosts: Maya Blow & Yassir Cross
Location: El Sobrante
Cost: Adults $25, Kids and Youth 4-16 $15, Toddlers 3 and under are free, but must be supervised by parents

Get your hands in the dirt and learn about the gardening processes and systems at SoulFlower Farm. Farmers, Maya and Yassir will introduce participants to the world of small scale productive farming based on principles of permaculture. After a tour and introduction to the site, participants will get a short lesson and then dig in with hands-on projects appropriate to the season which may include harvesting, planting, prepping beds, mulching and weeding. This will be followed by a wonderful meal farm fresh lunch prepared on the farm.