Schedule

paul at workshopUPCOMING EVENTS

I am available to speak on a variety of topics. If you need a speaker for an event, let’s talk.


PAST EVENTS

Saturday, May 19, 12:30pm-1:00pm
at Maker Faire 2018 in San Mateo, CA
Grow Your Own Quinoa!

Join me! I will share the surprisingly simple techniques I use to successfully grow quinoa right here in San Mateo. I will go step by step through the process of growing, harvesting, processing, and preparing homegrown quinoa.

Find me at Maker Square,  on Saturday:
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/65457/


Sunday, May 22nd, 1:30pm-1:55pm
at Maker Faire 2016 in San Mateo, CA
Grow Your Own Quinoa!

Join me! I will share the surprisingly simple techniques I use to successfully grow quinoa right here in San Mateo. I will go step by step through the process of growing, harvesting, processing, and preparing homegrown quinoa.

Find me at Maker Square,  on Sunday:

Bay Area 2016 Schedule

 


TBA, late 2016. Stay tuned for date and time.

“The Sustainable, Reliable Food Garden: How it’s done”
Come to discover an amazingly sustainable, reliable, and organic way to grow a lot of food in a small amount of space. Building from the teachings of John Jeavons, I will walk you through a streamlined, simplified approach to planning a highly sustainable, reliable food garden. This system has decades of successful results, for both strong yields and improved soil.

The emphasis will be on the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful season. We will cover a range of areas, from initial planning all the way through harvest tips. Here is a sampling of topics:

  • Planning a balanced food garden that also feeds the soil.
  • Smart crop selection and timing.
  • Pointers and pitfalls for effective soil bed preparation.
  • Building low-maintenance, high quality compost that nourishes your soil. (And is better than anything you can buy!)

Towards the end of the workshop, we will tour my nearby community garden plot so that you can see these planning principles in action.



PREVIOUS EVENTS


Sunday May 1, 2016, 1pm to 2:30pm
San Mateo Arboretum
Water Wise Gardening and Drip Irrigation Practices

Join us for an informative two-part presentation from the Master Gardeners. First, Dave Martinez will tell you what you need to know about drip irrigation. Then Paul will detail a variety of water-wise practices, complementary to drip irrigation, for growing vegetables including soil care, layout, and seedlings.

For more information see the Master Gardeners calendar at: http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.org/?g=45849&calendar=yes.

at the San Mateo Arboretum, Kohl Pump House, 101 9th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401-4202
Sunday May 1, 2016, 1pm to 2:30pm. No charge.

Telephone: (650) 579-0536
Email: info@sanmateoarboretum.org


Saturday August 22, 2015.
Richmond Public Library, San Francisco.
“Basics of Seed Saving”
Join us for a practical walk-through of how to save common seeds such as tomatoes, peas, and more. You’ll learn best practices for the end to end process, from growing to harvesting, processing, and storage. Plus we’ll discuss how seed saving can help local gardeners deal with the challenge of our changing climate.

  • Direction on which seeds you can save.
  • Step by step instructions for saving seeds from popular backyard vegetables.
  • How to properly harvest, process and store your seeds.
  • Ways that seed saving can help you deal with changing climate conditions.
  • A brief introduction to advanced seed saving topics.
  • Recommended resources.

at the Richmond Public Library351 9th Ave, San Francisco, 94118
Saturday, Auguest 22, 2015. 3pm to 4:30pm. No charge.

For more information, visit http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1020549501


Saturday May 16, 2015. 11:30am
Maker Faire 2015, “Maker Square”
“Grow Your Own Quinoa!”

Paul will share the surprisingly simple techniques he uses to successfully grow quinoa right here in San Mateo. We will go step by step through the process of growing, harvesting, processing, and preparing homegrown quinoa.

at Maker Faire 2015 on the “Maker Square” stage.


Saturday April 26, 2015.
Pacifica Gardens.
“Part 1: How to (Sustainably) Make the Most of a Small Growing Space”

Growing in a relatively small garden presents unique challenges—and opportunities—for the home gardener. Join us as we walk through a proven system for getting the most out of limited growing space, while saving water and boosting soil fertility.

  • What history has to teach us about sustainable practices.
  • Key things you need to grow every year to keep your soil healthy.
  • Why the soil food web is critical to understand, and how to support it.
  • Extremely common—and easy to remedy—pitfalls that lead to damaged soil.
  • The secrets of the lazy gardener’s “cold compost” and why it works so well.

Through pictures and stories you’ll come away with practical techniques for successfully growing vegetables in small spaces.

at the Pacifica Gardens, 830 Rosita Road, Pacifica, CA.
Saturday, April 26th, 2015. 10am to noon. $20, slide scale.

The last portion of the workshop will include hands-on and a garden walk. For those who reserve in advance, we’ll have a reasonably priced lunch afterwards. The originally planned afternoon talk on soil has been postponed.

For more information, visit the Pacifica Gardens website or contact me.


Saturday March 21, 2015.
Brisbane, California.
“Growing in Small Spaces: Ideas for Community Gardeners.”

Growing in a relatively small plot presents unique challenges—and opportunities—for the community gardener. Join us as we look at a system for getting the most out of limited space.

  • Important ways to prepare and care for your soil.
  • The how and why of optimal plant spacing.
  • What to look for when buying seeds.
  • How seedlings give better yields with less water.
  • Key points for reliable transplanting of seedlings.
  • Alternative ways of dealing with weeds.

Through pictures and stories you’ll come away with practical techniques for successfully growing vegetables in small spaces.

at the Brisbane Library, Brisbane, California
250 Visitacion Ave, Brisbane, CA 94005
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 1pm to 2pm. No charge.


Saturday March 21, 2015.
San Mateo, California.
“Sharing of Best Practices for Incoming Community Gardeners.”
There has been much progress in recent decades in how to best take care of the soil, reduce water usage, and maximize yields, particularly in small spaces. However a walk of a typical community garden shows that many of these practices are not yet widely practiced.

  • Avoiding common mistakes in taking care of your soil.
  • How to dramatically reduce your water usage.
  • The how and why of optimal plant spacing.
  • Options for no-cost, in-place soil fertility.
  • Ways to make high quality, locally sourced compost.
  • Alternative ways of dealing with weeds.

In this “show and tell” talk, we’ll look at how growing is being done in a number of different plots, and discuss the pro’s and con’s of various approached.

at the Beresford Community Garden, San Mateo, California
Saturday, March 21, 2015. 9am to 10am. No charge.
If you’d like to join us, please contact me ahead of time.


Saturday February 7, 2015.
Richmond Public Library, San Francisco.
“Growing Vegetables from Seed, Reliably and Sustainably”
Growing from seed opens the door to an amazing assortment of vegetable varieties. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! With a little know-how you can reliably grow your own vegetables from seed, using homemade or readily salvaged growing materials. Join us as we walk through the process.

  • Smart crop selection and timing.
  • Guidelines for sourcing quality seeds.
  • Steps to preparing a healthy growing environment.
  • Key points for planting seeds.
  • Ways to avoid common germination mistakes.
  • How to protect your seedlings for robust growth.

Through pictures, stories, and demos, you’ll come away with sensible, sustainable techniques for growing vegetables from seed.

at the Richmond Public Library351 9th Ave, San Francisco, 94118
Feb 7, 2015. 3pm to 4:30pm. No charge.

For more information, visit http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1018777701


Sunday, January 25th, 2015. 4pm – 5:30pm.
Clipper Terrace Community Garden, San Francisco.
“Natural Ways to Build Soil Fertility.”
I will give a brief overview of key ideas around soil, and then get into the specifics of the “what, when, and how much” for building your soil fertility through completely natural, non-chemical means. I’ll show you how beneficial grains and legumes are for the soil, and how to use them as the basis for a highly effective no-turn compost. I’ll also talk about specific plants you can grow to improve your soil structure.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014,  morning. San Mateo.
“Garden Gym, What a Shovel Can Do For You”
As part of the Active San Mateo “Food for Thought” conference, I’ll be a panel member talking about the health benefits of gardening. I’ll give a brief over of the research on the health benefits, in particular of growing food. Then we’ll engage participants in a small and large group dialog about how we can encourage more people to garden.

at the San Mateo Garden Center605 Parkside Way San Mateo, CA 94403
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9am to 12pm. No charge.


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1pm. San Mateo.
Easy Ways to Protect Your Soil in Winter”
The old adage to “rest the soil” over winter is often misunderstood. This can result in soil damage that means lower yields come next spring. Fortunately, taking care of your soil over winter doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking.

If you understand a few key ideas, you’ll have a range of options to properly protect—and even build—your soil over winter. I’ll outline the “what” and “how” for several options, and give you a sense of the pro’s and con’s of each. Join me for this highly practical and pictorial walk-through of winter soil care.

After the presentation you’re invited to join me for an optional guided walking tour of the nearby Beresford Community Garden to see the principles of winter soil care in action.

at the San Mateo Garden Center605 Parkside Way San Mateo, CA 94403
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1pm.
Open to the public. No charge. Ample free parking.


July 13, 2014. 11am to 12:15pm. San Francisco.
Little Red Hen Community Garden. Open to the public. No charge.
“Natural Ways to Build Soil Fertility.”
I will give a brief overview of key ideas around soil, and then get into the specifics of the “what, when, and how much” for building your soil fertility through completely natural, non-chemical means. I’ll show you how beneficial grains are for the soil, and how to use them as the basis for a highly effective no-turn compost. I’ll also talk about specific plants you can grow to improve your soil structure.


July 12, 2014. 12pm to 1pm. Burlingame.
Daughters of the Nile. Private talk.
“Making the Most of Small Spaces”
I’ll be sharing the specific techniques I use to grow a lot of food on a small garden plot in San Mateo. I’ll cover ways to get seedlings to grow reliably, best practices for transplanting, optimal vegetable spacing, and tricks to reduce your weeding burden.


April 4, 2014. 2pm to 5pm. San Mateo.
“A Hands-on Introduction to Growing Food”
We’ll cover the life cycle of a food garden, with an emphasis on how to keep your soil productive for the long term. You’ll have a chance to plant seeds, transplant mature seedlings, and harvest produce. I’ll go over the useful (and not useful) tools, and processes that can simplify your growing. I’ll also talk about good ways to get started, and beginner pitfalls to avoid.