The “Stock Market”: an Online Soup Class

  Ends & Stems founder Chef Alison Mountford returns for her first Ecology Center class of 2022 with more great ideas on how you can reduce your food waste! Using seasonal vegetables, you’ll learn how to make homemade soup stocks (vegetable and chicken), and turn them into hearty minestrone and creamy vegetable soups. The “Stock…

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Meet the East Bay’s 2022 Good Food Awards Winners

  The Good Food Awards represent both superior taste and responsible practices, recognizing the value of craftsmanship and flavor as well as social and environmental responsibility. Nearly 200 winners are selected annually in a blind tasting from over 2,000 entries submitted from all 50 states. Congratulations to these East Bay winners of the 2022 Good…

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Winter Gardening for Kids (of All Ages)

January Gardener’s Notebook by Joshua Burman Thayer   Got some mopey kids who are fed up with the rain? Bundle them up and get them started on a project that guarantees both delight and valuable insight. If you have a garden space or raised bed with bare soil, you can take full advantage of growing…

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Do You Need Funding for a Waste-Prevention Project?

  Attend a free webinar on January 20, 4–5pm, to learn about StopWaste grants to Alameda County businesses and nonprofits, including many for food-category projects. Applications are due by February 25. This new cycle of grant funding in five categories is related to innovation in waste prevention. A total of $700,000 is available to Alameda…

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Are Weeds Invading Your Garden?

Our gardens are loving the recent rains—but so do the weeds! If you’re seeing dandelion, crabgrass, annual bluegrass, and other weeds sprouting up, learn what steps to take now to ensure fewer weeds all year long. Why reach for toxic herbicides when you can use organic, eco-friendly techniques for safe and effective weed management? Alameda…

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It’s Never Over Till It’s Over

Oliveto—1986–2021—An appreciation by L. John Harris   It’s Never Over Till It’s Over: Oliveto Restaurant and Café closed its doors for good on New Year’s Eve, 2021 after 35 years in business in Rockridge. But for me it’s just the beginning of a new chapter in a very long relationship with the restaurant, and with…

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What is a Food Forest?

  Imagine a dense, multilayered garden hosting a wide diversity of food-producing plants. The permaculture practitioners who like to create such gardens model them after healthy natural forest environments. That’s where they go looking for clues on how to establish and maintain a healthy plant community. A food forest can provide a long-lasting food system…

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