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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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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!
Worm Composting is primarily made from food waste. It is easy, fun & produces the best organic fertilizer!
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 2:30-3:30 PM
Where: Art From Scrap Upstairs
302 East Cota St Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tahara Ezrahti, Explore Ecology’s Education Director and Oscar Carmona Sustainable Gardening Expert and owner of Healing Grounds Nursery, will show you how to set up and maintain a worm composting system and make and use compost tea.
Complete worm composting lits will be for sale ($55 for a 20 gallon kit. $70 for a 33 gallon kit. Kits include: a bin, worms bedding, and a Garden Detectives book. You may also purchase worms separately for $20 gallon and Garden detective books for $5 each
If you intend to purchase worm composting kits or worms, please indicate that when you call or email to pre-register.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS SPACE IS LIMITED
Contact: Tahara Ezrahti (805) 884-0459 x 12 or Tahara@ExploreEcology.org.
Learn the best techniques for growing successful tomato crops in our area. Early season varieties will be featured.
Learn what to plant now. Best varieties for our area and how to build soil fertility in you garden. Its as easy as 123! I’ll have lots of Healing Grounds plants for sale and will answer all your gardening questions!!!
Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild
a program of the
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Seed Saving Workshop
with Oscar Carmona
at Mesa Harmony Garden
Saturday, February 23, 3-5 PM
Located in the heart of the Mesa in beautiful Santa Barbara, the Mesa Harmony Garden is on the corner of
Meigs Road and Dolores Drive.
From the 101 Freeway:
Take the Carillo Street Exit and head toward the ocean. Carillo Street turns into Meigs Road. Head up
and over the hill and turn left on Dolores Drive. Park along the street, the garden is on the corner.
This is the first in a series of hands-on workshops focusing on easy to produce seed stock in
a home or community garden setting. We will be planting open pollinated lettuce varieties
well suited to the cooler ocean influenced micro-climate of the Mesa area. Participants will
have a chance to prep beds, plant seedlings and discuss our plan for managing this crop.
Once mature, seeds will be harvested and shared with the Foodbank, Mesa Harmony, and
Guild and workshop participants. This workshop is free of charge and open to entire
community! LETS GET GROWING!!!!!
For more information contact Oscar Carmona at firstname.lastname@example.org