Alameda Group Hosts Spring-Gardening ‘How To’ Event

Alameda Backyard Growers is meeting tonight to share details on how local residents can start work on their spring vegetable garden.

The event will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 10, at High Street Station, 1303 High Street, on the corner of Encinal Avenue.

The presenters include Nancy Sylvestri-Elzig, a “master gardener” and Alameda Backyard Growers member, who has generously offered to donate seeds from her employer, Renee’s Garden, to those who pledge to “grow a row” for the Alameda Food Bank.

For those who cannot attend tonight’s gathering but would like to participate, send e-mail to amedabackyardgrowers@gmail.com.

ABG meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month and are open to the entire community.


Alameda Growing Group Hosts Mini-Workshop

Tonight, Thursday, January 13, from 6– 7:30 p.m., Alameda Backyard Growers is hosting its monthly meting and workshop on pruning and garden-tool maintenance.

The venue is High Street Station coffeehouse, 1303 High Street at Encinal Avenue.

Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich, general manager of Ploughshares Nursery, will explain how to safely and effectively prune fruit trees. Afterwards, local blacksmith Grant Marcoux will offer tips on keeping your garden tools clean, sharp and ready for use.

The groups recently held a successful showing of the film “Dirt!” “We counted 70 participants and signed up 17 new ABG members,” group organizers said.

Also, five local gardening/sustainability groups shared information and answered questions about their work:
Alameda County Master Gardeners, Alameda Food Bank, Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition, , Growing Youth Project and Slow Food Alameda.

Alameda Backyard Growers would like to thank all who participated and made the day such a success and welcome to our new members!