Alameda Backyard Growers

Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp The Alameda Backyard Growers’ Gleaning Crew is always looking for more volunteers and trees to pick.

Jillian Saxty

Mar 14,2019

Gleaning — an ancient practice that goes back to Biblical times — is not scavenging (to search for things that others have discarded), nor is it foraging (gathering foodstuffs from the wild). It is, in essence, gathering food that has been overlooked. The U.S.

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Another Chance to Participate in Project Tree

Feb 21,2019


Project Tree’s first Tree Care Workshop on Jan. 26 was quite the success. The Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) reported 32 attendees received 28 coupons to purchase trees at local nurseries (one to a household). The coupons were underwritten by a donation from the Alameda Sun.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp An artificial lawn adds none of the environmental benefits of turf grass and can lead to runoff problems.

Protect the Environment: Pass on Artificial Turf

Feb 14,2019

Artificial lawns — usually installed to save water and reduce yard maintenance — are popping up all across Alameda. Unfortunately, there are many serious environmental drawbacks to artificial turf, and they are not a good solution for Alameda.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Once the seeds have germinated, the tomato plants need a strong light source. A shop light or fluorescent lamp will do the trick.

Starting Tomato Plants from Seed

Dec 13,2018

Though nurseries offer a great selection of tomato plants in the spring, anybody wanting to try an obscure variety will need to start ahead of time from seed — now is not too early to begin planning for indoor tomato seed sprouting.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp This display from the Earth Day Festival in April clearly demonstrates just how much of a typical trip to the grocery store will end up being wasted. Alameda Backyard Growers has been striving to change this trend.

Garden Club on Mission to Reduce Food Waste

Aug 09,2018

Summer is an especially wonderful time to enjoy fresh produce. Tomatoes, green beans, peaches and berries all beckon us to enjoy them. 

But fresh produce spoils more quickly than other food. So summer is a good time to talk about preventing food from going to waste. 

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