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2014 Sustainability Fair - It's In Your Hands


Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 till 3:00 at Our Garden.

For more details and handouts, please visit the full Sustainability Fair Program page.


10:00  Introductions and Acknowledgements.  Laura McCauley, President, UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa.

10:30  The Green Foodprint.  Presented by Linda Riebel, author and environmental educator, Board Member Sustainable Lafayette.

11:30  Plants that Attract Beneficials and Pollinators.   Presented by Ellen Zagory, Director of Public Horticulture, UC Davis Arboretum.   

12:30  Building Healthy Soil with Worm Composting.  Presented by Stephen Andrews, Soil Scientist and UC Berkeley Professor of Environmental Earth Science, aka The Dirt Dude.

1:30  Growing Vegetables the Biointensive Way.  Presented by Janet Miller, UC Master Gardener and Ecology Action-trained Biointensive Instructor.

2:30  Prize Drawing!  If you filled out a Sustainability Fair survey earlier in the day, come to the presentation area at 2:30 for your chance to win a plant or even a new compost bin!


  • Composting 101
  • Irrigation Basics
  • Fruit Trees: Planting and Care
  • Backyard Grapes: Tips and Tricks
  • Fresh, Local, Healthy Food—For All
  • The Drought Resistant Home
  • Waste-Free Lunch
  • Getting Started with Backyard Chickens
  • Growing Winter Vegetables in Containers
    • Container Prep & Vegetable Selection
    • Growing Potatoes in a Grow Bag
  • Lose Your Lawn by Sheet Mulching

See the 2014 Sustainability Fair printed program (pdf) for demo times.

See the Sustainability Fair Program page for more details and handouts.

To also access the handouts from last year's Sustainability Fair, please visit our Sustainability Fair Handouts page.


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Our Co-Sponsor

The UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County would like to especially thank Sustainable Contra Costa for their co-sponsorship of the 2014 Sustainability Fair.

Our Participating Sustainability Partners

The UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their participation, support and assistance with this event:

511 Contra Costa
—information table
Lafayette Boy Scout Troop 200
set-up, take-down, and recycling assistance
Alhambra Water
bottled water
M & M Sanitary
discounted sanitary facilities
Stephen Andrews, Soil Scientist
Markham Arboretum
—information table
Rescape California (formerly Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition
—demonstration & information table
Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association
—information table
Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust
—information table
Off the Grid
food truck booking & management
California Center for Urban Horticulture (at UC Davis)
—information table
Our Water, Our World
—information table
California Native Plant Society
—information table
Papa John Kiefer
—demonstration & information table
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
—information table; printing services
Pacific Gas & Electric
—information table
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority
onsite recycling containers & compost bin donation
Pine Needle Baskets
—information table; craft demo & sale (proceeds donated to CCMG)
Center for Community Arts
—information table & art sale; parking & restroom facilities
Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club
loan of canopies and tables
Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture
—information table
Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden
—information table
Contra Costa County Farm Bureau
—information table
Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste)
onsite waste containers; giveaway burlap bags
Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps
—information table; first aid services
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library
—information table
The Contra Costa Times
ongoing support!
Sustainable Lafayette
—presentation & information table
Contra Costa Water District
—information table
UC Davis Arboretum
—presentation & information table
County Connection
—information table
UC IPM Urban & Community Group
—information table
East Bay Municipal Utility District
—demonstration & information table
The Urban Farmers
—demonstration & information table
Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed
—information table
Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation
—information table
The Gardens at Heather Farm
—information table

About the Sustainability Fair

Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.  Source:  http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm

These days the word “sustainable” pops up everywhere and seems to mean lots of different things.  For UC Master Gardeners it’s more than a buzz word.  It means being connected and responsible for the environment we all share and taking reasonable steps to conserve and replenish our planet’s resources. It means building healthy soil with compost, mulch and cover crops; using water wisely; encouraging beneficial insects; and other practices that make for healthy plants and gardens.

As UC Master Gardeners, we are educators trained by University of California experts in horticulture, pest management and related home gardening topics.  Our mission is to share this information with the public.

That’s why we’ve decided to repeat our free Sustainability Fair on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 3:00 PM at Our Garden in Walnut Creek.  We'll share information about gardening, mulching and composting, managing pests, using water wisely, growing native plants, raising chickens and rabbits, cultivating grapes and fruit trees and more. Growing your own vegetables can be a first step in a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that connects you in new ways to the food you eat.

Whether your ambition is to become an urban farmer or you just want to get your fingernails dirty and grow a few vegetables or garden plants, the Sustainability Fair will have something for everyone!  We will have formal presentations and informal demos throughout the day, with plenty of opportunity to ask lots of questions.

We want to make this a fun day for the kids too and will have a Children’s Activity Center.  Food trucks will offer tasty fare to sustain you through the day.  And, more than 25 like-minded organizations will partner with us to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas on sustainable strategies.  See above for the organizations who will be joining us at the Fair.

Let your journey to a more earth-friendly future begin at the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa Sustainability Fair on September 6th!  It's in your hands!!