By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 1:54 pm in Uncategorized.
Organizers say that the group attracted more people than expected. “Even Doug DeHaan came to pay us a visit,” they shared.
There were more than 20 people working at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda Point.
Volunteers turned out to support the “beat the heat,” aka stop global warming event, which — like other events worldwide — focused on creating sustainable growing areas and other projects designed to lower our carbon footprint.
One Alameda project was the planting of a tree guild, a series of complementary trees, plants and shrubs. Volunteers also learned how to install sheet mulching and planted a black mission fig tree as the anchor point for the guild.
They also created “compost lasagna” to provide much warmth and nutrients for vegetables and other plants in the the nearby greenhouse.
Ploughshares does not have power, apart from a solar panel, so the compost pile will be very beneficial for plant life in the greenhouse, group members say.
Event organizers add that they were pleased with what the team accomplished and hope to stage similar events in the future.
The local group is set to meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, at High Street Station coffeehouse, located at 1303 High Street at Encinal Avenue.