Join us for an informal gathering

On Monday 2/25/13 from 10am-12noon at the VPG (corner of East Poplar Avenue and Oscar Street, Mare Island), we will have an informal gathering of gardeners and wannabe gardeners. Make new friends and share gardening tips. Bring a plant to share or exchange and bring your bag lunch. Topic to start things off: How to grow citrus trees successfully.

Girl Scouts Get Into Gardening!

 
 

                    Here they are making colorful labels for the plants.
 


                                      Our youngest member of the group.


Thanks Cal Maritime Academy


Thanks to the students from California Maritime Academy who came to help us move the huge mound of soil we needed to move in preparation for our meditative garden. We look forward to the collaborative effort in helping Cal Maritime get their organic garden going on campus.

Let's bring Food Not Lawns to Vallejo!

A front yard garden of tree collards and other delights found while walking through West Oakland



Do you remember the last time you took enjoyment out of a lawn? They're a lot of work to tame/maintain, not especially pleasing visually, and are honestly a bit boring. Wouldn't it be cool if you could replace your dead grass with some yummy high-yield leafy greens, fruit trees, and berry bushes? You don't even need to pay money to get rid of the lawn--cover it up with containers or raised beds and forget it exists.

Imagine entire neighborhoods full of life, color, and edible landscaping. This would solve the problem of food deserts (neighborhoods without any grocery stores or with a lack of fresh produce), allow residents to grow their own nutritious vegetables and fruits which will save money on food bills, and utilize space that is already there! You can make new friends anytime someone walks by to admire the sight, develop a good rapport with other grower neighbors with their own varieties of plants, and attract different birds and butterflies to beautify your surroundings. 

It's definitely possible and there are resources if you're not sure where to start. Come visit us at the Vallejo People's Garden and we can give you tips (and sometimes plant starts when we have extra) on creating your own edible garden at home!

Another good resource is John Kohler's Youtube series, Growingyourgreens.com:


-JZC