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Register for Pollinate Classes and Events

New to urban farming? Want to meet the experts? Pollinate Farm & Garden hosts a speaker series and hands-on DIY workshops on a variety of topics. Classes are held in our community meeting and learning space, in our garden, or at another site as indicated.  Learn more about our instructors, or become one yourself!


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Novella Carpenter reads from her new memoir, “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild”

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Reading: “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild”, with Novella Carpenter
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“Oakland author Novella Carpenter clearly remembers the day her dad went missing it was Oct. 17, 2009, when he vanished from his Idaho town. In this engaging memoir, Carpenter realizes that George a free-spirited 73-year-old homesteader had been missing in action for most of her life. Carpenter writes with humor and honesty about searching for him and what the experience taught her about being a daughter and a mother.”
–San Jose Mercury News

Pollinate Farm & Garden welcomes acclaimed Oakland Author Novella Carpenter for a reading from her new memoir, “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild”. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, and Ms. Carpenter will be on hand for signing.

Author Bio: Novella Carpenter is the author of the bestselling Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and is the coauthor of The Essential Urban Farmer. She lives and farms in Oakland, California, with her partner, Billy, and daughter, Frances.

    Prices for September 10, 2014 at 6:30PM
  • General $5.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.17 and a venue fee of $0.00)

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Plant Breeding 101: What You Need to Know About Food Plant Genetics

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Plant Breeding 101: What You Need to Know About Food Plant Genetics
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What do the terms Heirloom, Open Pollination, F1 Hybrid, GMOs and ‘Open Source’ seed really mean? – Join us as we explore the world of plant biology! Learn the fundamentals of plant reproduction and the role it plays in food security and in the food we eat. Learn about the differences in breeding strategies and the mechanisms employed to achieve them. We will also explore how these strategies are employed in large scale seed companies as well as in the back yard breeder’s garden, and discuss how the current political structure embraces certain strategies as a means to an end.
Learn hands-on breeding practices that you can employ in your own backyard garden. Bring your questions!

Instructor’s Bio: Jorge F. Jimenez is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Applied Plant Biology. He has worked in agricultural research since 1993. He bred sunflower varieties for over 10 years. He currently breeds onions at two large seed companies.

    Prices for September 17, 2014 at 6:30PM
  • General $20.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.69 and a venue fee of $0.00)

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Paradise Lot: Growing an Edible Garden Oasis with Jonathan Bates

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Paradise Lot: Growing an Edible Garden Oasis
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Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm, and contributing author of “Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City”, will show you how he transformed a blighted urban yard into an edible paradise. By using permaculture design he’s created both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health.

Author Bio: Author Jonathan Bates has been learning, thinking and teaching ecologically for more than two decades. He has created dozens of thriving farms and gardens in the Connecticut River Valley. He founded and is a board member of the Apios Institute, a collaborative network of farmers, gardeners, and researchers focused on integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems. Jonathan is also a teacher at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT, and farms and teaches permaculture in a number of communities throughout the East. Jonathan loves sharing his passion for life with friends and family, and working with folks to better the world we live in.

$5 – $25 sliding scale suggested to help cover Jonathan’s travel expenses. No one turned away for lack of funds.

    Prices for September 24, 2014 at 6:30PM
  • General $5.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.17 and a venue fee of $0.00)

The San Francisco Milk Maid

Quick and Easy Home Cheesemaking with the San Francisco Milk Maid

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Quick and Easy Home Cheesemaking with the San Francisco Milk Maid
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Join the San Francisco Milk Maid for a crash course on home cheesemaking. In two wonderful, action-packed hours, learn how to ferment fresh milk into fragrant farmers’ cheeses or fail-proof, super healthy kefir. Learn which milk to use, what equipment you’ll need, how to get the most probiotic benefits and best, how to enjoy your home dairy creations. Class price includes instruction, recipe sheet, in-class tasting and your own take-home fermentation project. For more info on The Milk Maid, visit: www.sfmilkmaid.com.

BONUS! Class attendees will enjoy a 10% discount on all cheesemaking tools and supplies at Pollinate on the day of class. We carry all you need to perfect your home cheesemaking skills!

Instructor Bio: Louella Hill’s passion for cheesemaking started on a sheep farm in Tuscany where she spent each day milking sheep, haying fields and making Pecorino. Since then, she has apprenticed with small-scale cheesemakers in Europe, Mexico and throughout New England. She is the co-founder of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Creamery and known locally as The San Francisco Milk Maid. Her favorite part of cheesemaking is the soft, sweet smell of a milk vat. Her book on home cheesemaking, Kitchen Creamery, will be released this winter.

    Prices for October 5, 2014 at 11:00AM
  • General $40.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.39 and a venue fee of $0.00)


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Container Natives: Growing for Color, Texture, and Blooms with Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Container Natives: Growing for Color, Texture, and Blooms with Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery
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Living in an urban area or being a renter can mean having to do a fair amount of gardening in containers. Never fear! In this informative lecture/discussion we will learn the basics of container gardening with a focus on beautiful native plants. Enjoy stunning arrangements of potted native plants as a focal point in your garden, and learn the secrets to getting the most vibrant foliage colors, interesting textures, and long-lived blooms. In addition, we’ll cover how to design and maintain a native container garden long term,exploring various potting mediums and amendments, pests and diseases, and take a look at the options for the containers themselves.

Instructor Bio: Pete Veilleux left a 20 year career in social services and international development to pursue his love of gardening with native plants. He is the owner of East Bay Wilds – a design/install and maintenance service and native plant nursery. When landscaping for others, his primary goal is to help people make the connection between their yards and the greater, wild world around us.

    Prices for October 15, 2014 at 6:30PM
  • General $25.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.87 and a venue fee of $0.00)