Let's Garden!  JULY 2015 Workshops at GFE
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The Garden will be closed Saturday July 4th for the long weekend. We will be be back Wednesday July 8th for our regular volunteer hours.  
Saturday, July 11th, 2015 10am-12:00noon

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 10am - 12:00noon

Composting is the heart of our garden and one of our favorite topics to teach. Learn how to make your own backyard compost, and keep worms, in this hands on class each month.
Month by Month Vegetable Gardening with Carey
Saturday, July 11th, 2015 10am-12:00noon

Saturday, August 8, 2015 10am - 12:00noon

Did you know: vegetable gardens with drip irrigation use 50-75% less water than the same square footage of lawn? And that home vegetable gardeners use 75% less water to produce vegetables per pound than commercial famers? It's time to Grow Your Own Food!
Thank you to our friends at the Edible Urban Farm for these fun facts.
LIFE AFTER LAWN: Beautiful Alternatives
Saturday, July 18th, 2015, 10am - 12:00noon

People may be letting their lawns go brown this summer to conserve water, but what about creating a beautiful and dynamic space in its place? Join the SFPUC and learn about embracing our California climate, and replacing your lawn with beautiful alternatives.

Saturday, July 18th 2015, 1pm - 3pm

Shopping at a nursery is one way to get new greenery in your garden, but there is a whole world of propagation out there - starting plants from cuttings and divisions. Hannah Shulman, San Francisco's Urban Agriculture Coordinator, is coming to GFE to teach us how plants reproduce. 

Saturday, July 25th 2015, 10am - 12:00noon

As we continue to experience major drought, there are many ways you can protect your garden for dry days ahead. Learn the best way to keep your plants watered without waste, and how to maintain a healthy and vibrant garden during our water crisis. Sponsored by the SFPUC.

Saturday, August 8th 2015, 10am - 12:00noon

You can create a dreamy, colorful and lush garden with little-to-no summer water. Learn what plants thrive in our summer dry climate and how to design a garden that celebrates all the beauty California has to offer! Sponsored by the SFPUC.

September 12th - December 9th | Saturdays & some Wednesday evenings
@ Garden for the Environment's Teaching Garden

Applications due August 7th

Join GFE's renowned garden training program, fondly known as Get Up!

Get Up! is an excellent introduction to organic gardening, urban composting and urban agriculture. Running annually since 1996, this immersive three-month course combines hands-on garden lessons with in-garden and classroom lectures, and several field trips. Designed for adult novice gardeners of all ages, we will teach you the basic skills of organic gardening which you can use anywhere, anytime, in any garden.

Get Up! has successfully trained many of the gardeners, garden educators and urban agriculture advocates working in San Francisco today. Our aim is to provide you with the skills you need to return to your neighborhood and share your new skills with others.

"I feel like the lessons I learned and the friends I made in that class reignited this spark of passion that I have in gardening and urban agriculture. It's a pretty big statement, but I feel that the course and my gardening peers have made me more conscious of who I want to be, what I want to do, and ultimately what is most important to me." - 2014 Get Up! Grad

Contact us if you have questions, and click here for a sample class schedule.

Sponsorship for this class is provided in-part by the Mary A. Crocker Trust, The Clif Bar Family Foundation, The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, a San Francisco Parks Alliance 'Action Grant'  and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.  This generous sponsorship allows us to keep the class fee low, just a fraction of the actual cost of tuition. 
18 Reasons' Annual Barn Dance | Saturday, September 12th | 4pm
San Francisco County Fair Building Golden | Gate Park
18 Reasons is hosting a traditional barn dance, a boot-stompin' square dancing kind of party, right here in San Francisco. It all starts with a free Pie Happy Hour, where you can enter your own culinary creation into a pie tasting contest.

After a delicious dinner cooked on the grill, KC and the Moonshine Band (along with a caller, Mike) will start the dancing. This event is open to all ages.

Dinner and dancing is just $40 ($30 for GFE Members - email us to get a discount code for checkout) while kids under 12 get in FREE!

Steadfast Herbs | steadfastherbs.com

GFE Get Up! alums Finn and Lauren have been busy! These gardeners and healers want to help keep people healthy throughout the seasons with their company, Steadfast Herbs. Their Summer Seasonal Medicine Share is now available for pre-order. 

Modeled on a traditional CSA, the Seasonal Medicine Share uses all organic herbs harvested locally, and is available for 
free pick-up in Bernal Heights (SF) and South Berkeley (with the option to ship.) The remedies in this share focus on nervous system support and first aid care and your box will include a sleep formula, calming tincture, adventure salve, homemade soap and more. 

Pre-order your Summer Share here to staying in balance this summer.
Real Gardeners | Real Soil | Real Results!

GFE's Youth Programs Manager Nicole, may not have the world's biggest Mission backyard but is growing a ton of food just steps from her kitchen door. Lacinado kale, scarlet runner beans and lemons grow amongst sungold cherry tomatoes and zucchini. The fence along her property stabilizes her trellises, and maximizes growing space. The fence also protects tender fruit and baby greens from too much wind - essential as we head into a foggy July.
Send us your amazing garden photos to be featured in our newsletter!
Email: info@gardenfortheenvironment.org
We're on Instagram! | @gardenfortheenvironment

Our Instagram account is a great way to keep up with all the garden work, diverse plants, and seasonal vegetables happening in our 1/2 acre.

Summer vegetables crops are in full swing, and each week our harvest box is full of fresh produce from the garden. Earlier this month we harvested our colorful potato crop - a favorite chore around here. Finding each bright pink tuber amongst the soil is a garden style treasure hunt.
Hibiscus Iced Tea

A few years ago, I wrote about my favorite garden-break beverage, a lime, grapefruit and ginger juice that was just sweet enough to be satisfying but not cloying. Now that citrus season is over, I'm looking for other light, delicious things to drink in the garden that won't cause too much of a sugar crash. 

While in Arizona last month, I hit up a local market for famed hatch chilis, and grabbed some scoops of dried hibiscus to make iced tea. While it almost looks like rose petals, this tea is cultivated from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, and is popular all over the world. You can find dried hibiscus at many natural or international markets (sometimes called flor de jamaica). If you have trouble, it is also often sold in tea bags in the tea aisle.

I've been steeping some of the dried flowers in cold water, overnight in the fridge. What results is a deep red tea, the most beautiful color, that is slightly tart and really delicious. You can sweeten it to your taste, and I like to add some sparking water to make it extra refreshing.

Hibiscus Iced Tea
Recipe from The Kitchn
Makes 1 quart, but easily doubled - perfect for a party!

1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups cold water
Simple syrup to taste (see note below)
Wedge of lime (or lemon)
Sparkling water (optional)

Take a mason jar, pitcher or any other large drinking vessel and drop in hibiscus and cinnamon stick. Pour cold water on top, cover, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, strain out flowers and cinnamon. Pour into a glass with ice, add simple syrup to taste, squeeze a lime wedge on top and add sparking water if desired. Makes a delightful mimosa as well!

Simple syrup: Pour one cup of water into a saucepan and add one cup of sugar. Turn heat on low and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate for up to a couple weeks.
Visiting the garden at dusk is a special treat. 
The sun, low on the horizon, illuminates blossom after blossom from behind, creating an illusion that hundreds of hanging lanterns light your path.  Especially awe-inspiring is Watsonia, named for Sir William Watson, an English scientist who made experiments and observations to illustrate the nature and properties of electricity.  So bring a picnic (and maybe a coat) for your dusk visit to the garden and, apropos to Watsonia's namesake, a low-slung sun will make your experience well...electric.  

Garden for the Environment teaches youth and adults in San Francisco to garden organically. Founded in 1990, GFE provides hands-on education to 2,000 youth and adults each year at its ½ acre organic teaching garden. 

The Garden for the Environment is a non-profit Park Partner of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. We are supported by donations from gardeners like you, workshop fees, and with support from public and private foundations and the City and County of San Francisco.

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