Plant Nutrition Workshop

Plant Nutrition Workshop

Saturday May 9th

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Gardens

909 North La Cumbre Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

3 – 4 pm
$10 – – 689-3044


Interested in maximizing on peak nutritional content in your home garden harvest?

Learn the fundamentals of creating optimal gardening conditions so your crops can maximum contain nutrient content.

Fertile soil, favorable growing conditions, timed harvests, and proper storage are important concepts covered during this workshop. Biodynamic compost, worm castings, essential organic nutrients and fertilizers will be available for sale after the workshop. 10% of sale will go to support the Trinity Garden programs.


Spring Gardening Workshop March 28th

Spring Gardening Workshop

Join Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Nursery and local gardening expert with over 30 years experience!

Saturday, March 28, 3:00pm.  Spring Gardening Workshop
Explore Ecology 302 East Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

This workshop will cover everything you need to know to grow the best Spring vegetables. Workshop will cover water saving tips, how to prepare your beds for growing healthy, strong plants and what to grow now.  After the workshop you can purchase everything you need to get started!  Compost, essential minerals, organic fertilizers the best tomatoes  and many tried and true pepper varieties, cucumbers, summer squash and much more will be available for sale at the workshop!!!
$10 entrance fee.

Cost:  $10 per workshop, at the door
Co-sponsored by Explore Ecology.
Healing Grounds seedlings, worms and worm compost kits will be sold at the end of each workshop.  

(10% of proceeds benefit the Explore Ecology Garden Programs).

Farmer’s Market Holiday Schedule 2014

Season’s Greetings From Healing Grounds Nursery
Please call or email for special holiday requests (805) 689-3044 –

Farmers’ Markets Holiday Schedule

Saturday, November 22 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Saturday, November 29 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Saturday, December 6 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Saturday, December 13 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Saturday, December 20 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Saturday, December 27 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Saturday, January, 3 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE

SUNDAY GOLETA MARKET (Camino Real Marketplace)
Sunday, November 23 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Sunday, November 30 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Sunday, December 7 YES, I WILL BE HERE
Sunday, December, 14 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Sunday, December 21 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Sunday, December 28 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE
Sunday, January, 4 NO, I WILL NOT BE HERE

Fall Home Gardening Workshop Series

Fall Home Gardening Workshop Series

Come learn from organic gardening expert, Oscar Carmona, who has 30 years experience teaching home gardening in Santa Barbara to area residents.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 909 North La Cumbre Road (corner of La Cumbre and Cathedral Oaks Road)

Fall and Winter Gardening Strategies $10

Saturday, October 11, 3-4PM
Learn basic gardening technique and what to plant now.

Waterwise Gardening $10

Saturday, October 18, 3-4PM
Learn water saving techniques and basics about plant water needs.

Worm Composting $10

Saturday, November 8, 3-4 PM
Learn A-Z about home composting, including how to make your own bin.
(complete bin kits worm batches will be sold at the workshop)
Vegetable and herb seedlings, compost, mineral and fertilizer for sale 4-5 PM after each workshop.

Sol Food Festival

Oscar will be speaking at the Sol Food Festival on September 27th. The Sol Food Festival is a one day community created festival to raise awareness of the Sustainable, Organic, and Local food systems of Santa Barbara County. It is a place to connect, learn, create, network, and play our way to a brighter food future.


New Market Garden Entrepreneurial Program at Local High School for At-risk youth

I have been asked to lead a cutting-edge educational opportunity for at risk youth attending the Quetzal High continuation schools located on the La Cumbre Junior High Campus and at the Westside community center. I will be engaging the students in production gardening in order to market their produce, salsas and salad dressings. They will create a marketing campaign to sell their goods including designing a logo and tell their story as part of their promotions package. The students are fully engaged and enthusiastic about this new venture. The principal, vice principal and teachers at both locations are on-board too! I will keep you updated on our progress in future newletters. Stay tuned!!!!

Featured plant of the month: Champion Collards

Champion Collards, Brassica oleraceae- Collard greens are highly nutritious staple green “cabbage-like leaves” vegetable. Collards are one of the most popular members of the Brassica family, closely related to kale and cabbage and could be described as a non-heading (acephalous) cabbage. The plant grows up to 3-4 feet in height and bears dark-green leaves arranged in a rosette fashion around an upright, stocky main stem. 60 days to maturity.  Wonderfully nutritious collard leaves are very low in calories (provide only 30 calories per 100 g) and contain no cholesterol. However, its green leaves contain a very good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases. Further, the leaves and stems are good in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.


Seed Saving Workshop and Lettuce Tasting! This Friday, May 16 1-3pm

Join us this Friday, May 16, from 1:00 – 3:00 for a seed saving workshop where we will taste lettuce to select the lettuce plants to collect sees from for next year’s crop and for sharing with the Foodbank and workshop participants.  We will also plant out another bed of lettuces.  This is the 2nd year running in our program of hands-on workshops focused on planting open pollinated lettuce varieties well suited to the cooler ocean influenced micro-climate of the Mesa area.

This workshop is free of charge and open to the entire community!  LET’S GET GROWING!!!

…You might also want to help us with harvesting the nectarines, uprooting the mallow, considering which trees need water, and continuing to prepare the ground for the new tree nursery.


Aquaponics Workshop Saturday, May 3 3:00-4:30pm.

Do Microbes Have A Sense of Hummus?

Tour and Workshop of Santa Barbara Aquaponics, featuring Oscar Carmona of Healing Grounds Nursery.

  • Aquaponics = Growing Fish + Plants Together
  • Composting Workshop led by Oscar Carmona
  • In the workshop we will explain & explore the relationship with growing medium.
  • Learn how to correctly build and maintain your compost
  • Learn the Value of worm castings
  • Check out the new Vermerponic system at Santa Barbara Aquaponics
  • We are leading the way!