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Alameda Backyard Growers Share Green Thumbs

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Alameda Backyard Growers hosted a successful Global Work Party on Sunday — it was one of 7,347 events held in 188 countries around the globe, thanks to the work of 350.org and volunteers worldwide.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Life on the Island: Leaf blowers, no!

This week’s Life on the Island column is about the noise and particle pollution of leaf blowers. Read it in whole (or, in part, if you prefer) here. [Ed. note: The Alameda Journal blog is officially on vacation until August 20, but you can find the online Alameda Journal here---or read what other bloggers are saying at Alamedans.]


Past “Life on the Island” columns
July 29, 2008: Backyard wells and conserving water
July 22, 2008: Out and about on a home-town date
July 15, 2008: Changes in school leadership offers new opportunities
July 8, 2008: Getting an education in civics Continue Reading