Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 2014 Events Update



4/6/14 Urban Farm Fun Raiser A Celebration of City Farm – San Luis Obispo

4/11 – 4/13/14 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival 8th annual SLO County

4/12/14 California Rare Fruit Growers Meeting Meet the most active chapter of the CRFG and see what they’re growing.

4/12 – 4/13/14 Everything Edible Sale, At Growing Grounds Downtown in SLO. Proceeds benefit Transitions-Mental Health Association.

04/13 – 4/19/14 Food for Fines. During the week you can donate non-perishable food items at your local library in lieu of fines. For more information contact your local SLO County Library.

4/19/14 Composting with Green Waste and Worms , Part of the Advice to Grow By series presented by SLO Master Gardeners

4/27/14 24th annual Earth Day Fair & Music Festival Dairy Creek Zero Waste Park Tour, Clean Energy Zone, Kid’s Korner, Eco Marketplace, Health & Well-being Center, Food Court, Beer & Wine, and SLO Botanical Garden Tours. Free transit to the festival from the Transit Center, SLO. In addition, ALL bus rides throughout the county will be FREE on Earth Day!

4/27/14 AAUW Garden Tour, Self-guided garden tour in Morro Bay and Los Osos. Proceeds benefit community projects.

05/01 – 5/23/14 Spring Food Drive

5/8/14 100th Anniversary Day of Science and Service Learn to be a citizen scientist as UC Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of putting science and service to work for Californians in local communities. On May 8, 2014 they need everyone’s help collecting data for three science projects they are conducting that day. Pick one of the projects below to learn more about how you can participate:
•Pollinators: Go outside and count the number of pollinators you see in a 3-minute time period. Then click on the map and report your observation! More at ;
•Water: Take a minute and think about ways you’re conserving water at home, in your garden or landscape, or on your farm. Then click the map and record your answers! ; •Food: Go for a walk or a drive and find places where food is grown in your community, either in a garden or on a farm. Then click on the map and add a marker wherever food is growing in your neighborhood or community! More at . Also visit to see a century’s worth of UCCE acomplishments & development.

5/17/14 Firesafe Landscaping Workshop, 10am – 1pm, Garden of the Seven Sisters (UCCE Demonstration Garden) at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Sponsored by UCCE Master Gardeners of SLO. Wildland fires destroy thousands of acres every year in California. When homes are involved, the loss is devistating. Learn ways to make your home and landscape more resistant in this fireprone area. Clif Swanson will lead the discussion and will also include local fire suppression experts. For more contact SLO Master Gardeners 781-5939 or visit

5/18/14 Slo Natural Food Coop May 18th, afternoon, SLO Grange hall. info tables and tastings outside for the first hour, probably from 5-6pm, followed by Annual Members Meeting inside. Details are still TBD, Paso Food Co-op will have a table there. We’re looking forward to doing some info tables and tastings outside for the first hour, probably from 5-6pm. Details are still TBD, but i wanted to give you a head’s up that we’d love for folks from the paso coop group to come and be a part of the event, and have a table if you like.

06/06/14 Hunger Awareness Day – 1 Day. 1 Dollar. 1 Big Challenge to Feed the Hungry.

6/21/14 Summer Pruning Workshop 10am-1pm, Garden of the Seven Sisters (UCCE Demonstration Garden) at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Sponsored by UCCE Master Gardeners of SLO. Learn the importance of pruning trees, grapes, and berries during the growing season and how to achieve maximum yield from your orchard.Charles Davis will be our MG speaker. For more contact SLO Master Gardeners 781-5939 or visit

09/20/14 Hunger Walk Ending Hunger One Step At A Time.
11/17 – 11/18/14 Sustainable Ag Expo 9th Annual, Madonna Inn Expo Center . Hosted by The Vineyard Team for 2014 updates and also to view recent 2013 expo info.

Pest Detection Trapper Seasonal Positions – Temporary, seasonal positions for 2014 are open. Click here for details.

RECENT EVENTS to file away

2/25/14 Food Bank 25th Birthday Party 3-5pm Paso Robles Warehouse (2212 Golden Hill Road). The festivities were open to the public at the . Games, giveaways, refreshments and birthday cake filled the afternoon, as well as a fun resource fair to explain the Food Banks many programs.

3/1/14 CalPoly Real Food Collaborative Farm Tour Wind Dance Farm, an organic farm in Avila, on Saturday 3/1, departing SLO around 10 am. More info at next potluck meeting, Thursday, February 27th from 11-12 in CalPoly Bldg 10, Rm 227.

3/19 & 3/20/2014 The Central Coast Wine & Viticulture Sympsoium/Tradeshow (WiVi) Paso Robles Event Center “bringing winemakers, wine grape growers and winery owners and managers together to experience an unprecedented collection of trade show booths, educational seminars, product demonstrations and networking opportunities.”

3/21/14 Atascadero Art & Wine Tour, Friday, March 21st, 5:30-8:30pm
14 wineries are scheduled take part at many participating merchants. THREE HOURS of wine-tasting will cost just $10.00 per person!

Wristbands and glasses will be sold at the Main Street booth which will be located at the corner of Entrada Avenue and El Camino Real. Downtown shop have partnered up with a local artist and winery. Patrons of the event will park near downtown and walk the area around El Camino Real and Traffic Way, moseying in and out of shops, tasting wine, looking at art, talking to the artists, wineries and shop owners. more info

3/24-28 CAL POLY COMPOST TRAINING A Comprehensive Workshop with special enrollment options: * 4-Day Professional Development Certificate Series in large-scale composting Training in cost-effective management of organic waste * 1-Day Industry/Grower Compost Symposium Focus on compost use for soil and plant health Friday, March 28 keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Neher from the University of Vermont is a soil ecologist doing cutting-edge research and will be speaking about the soil foodweb in its relation to compost and soil health. See details on our website:

3/25/14 Free Intro to Permaculture: Local Food Systems 6:30pm – 9:00pm, SLO Grange, 2880 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo, CA. Josh Carmichael, designer, landscaper and educator presents Permaculture, a design methodology for creating abundant, sustainable living spaces. The lecture focuses on food cooperatives, food sheds, edible landscapes and gardens and his upcoming Permaculture Design Course. Free appetizers provided courtesy of Nature’s Touch Natural Foods and Nursery in Templeton to highlight local fare. More at

3/26/14 Free How to Control Ground Squirrels Workshop 8:30-11am, American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main Street, Templeton. This workshop, in partnership with UCCE, provides information related to vertebrate pest control, including the proper and legal use of rodenticides and information regarding its purchase from other counties. Continuing education units available. To register, click here or visit
3/26/14 Ag Innovations Meeting 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Santa Maria Elks Lodge. Sponsored by UCCE San Luis Obispo County. Topics include facing the challenges of invasive pests and diseases, the role of microbial biopesticides in pest control and promoting plant health, greenhouse strawberry production in Europe, the mechanization of specialty crop harvesting, precision robotics for increased specialty crop yields, Microbials and BioDirect technologies in vegetable production, vertical farming, Flying Doctors in crop protection, GIS Toolbox, improving crop yields and food safety, and farm sustainability through Harvest-to-Harvest, and DNA and RNA Multi-Scan for quick diagnosis of plant diseases. For more contact or visit

3/29/14 Spring Fundraising Plant Sale at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 10 AM -1 PM Sip free coffee while you find the perfect drought-tolerant plants for your landscaping needs. Plants are all volunteer propagated and helps support our non-profit. Our plant experts will help you find a great selection of unique plants suited to your micro-climate and soil needs. FREE TO ATTEND. More info at

SLO Food Bank 25th Anniversary event