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    Photos from Sustainable Sat Jan 24
    A big thank you to everyone that came to our Sustainable Saturday.  Mika gave a very informative talk on root propagation. Chris Stanton served up a most excellent and very delicious lunch using some of our native edible plants. Our farm stand was filled with freshly picked and very local citrus, pears, aquaponics greens and […]
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    Final Plea for DCP!
    Dear Friends and Supporters of DCP, If you haven’t written a letter to the Mercury News, or the school board trustees or the top administrators of SJUSD, this is your last chance! The vote is next Thursday. Please refer to our previous post with email addresses and contact information of people that need to be […]
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    Sustainable Saturdays January 24th: Cloning Roots
    Sustainable Saturdays |DIY Cloning ‘roots’ Mika Shibuya, our resident nursery manager will teach a workshop on planting root Stock and propagating new plants via their roots in her talk DIY Cloning: How to Propagate Plants by Cuttings, Root Divisions, and Layering. Join us also for a delicious brunch featuring the native edible plants Agave, Stinging […]
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    Oven Build Workshop Registration is open
    Be a part of the team to create a new wood and gas outdoor traditional oven that will be a centerpiece for the Middlebrook Center’s new outdoor kitchen.  The workshop will be taught by Aaron Middlebrook and take place on 4 Saturdays in March.  Hear a lecture each week and learn how to create one […]
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    Downtown College Prep and the future of Hester campus
    The California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) has been helping Downtown College Preparatory (DCP)  since 2013 with the design of a California native and edible garden that is used to teach students environmental sciences in a more engaging and hands-on way.  This is only part of a great story that has unfolded at DCP over the […]
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    Sustainable Saturday January 10 photos
      I just wanted to thank everyone who came out today to the Middlebrook Center at 76 Race Street. Whether you looked over our farm stand, just stopped by for a cup of coffee, enjoyed our brunch or stayed for our community discussion and oven intro we appreciate each and every one of our neighbors […]
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    Liberate your Tastebuds and your Mind this Saturday January 10th
    You’ve probably heard all about the importance of native plants in our community. They’re critical to maintaining the biodiversity of the region and some of them are even tasty! Come join us for a delicious brunch provided by Chef Joni Sare. She’ll be cooking up the following amazing creations from our native California plants of […]
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    Photos from Living Neighborhoods Brunch⎪Sustainable Saturdays
    Thank you to everyone that came out last Saturday! Chef Joni Sare made some chia seed congee that was absolutely fitting for the cold weather we’ve been getting the last few weeks. Here are a few photos from Saturday’s event!
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    Saturday Menu: Bay nuts, Chia seeds & Bladderpod flowers
    This Saturday at the Middlebrook Center in San Jose, and after our next rain has perhaps ended, we will warm up three unexpected flavors to add to your California native edible palette. Chef Joni will cook it up and serve a most excellent brunch starting at 10:30. Come and enjoy these great tastes in our garden. […]
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    Photos from Living Neighborhoods Brunch⎪Sustainable Saturdays
    Thank you to everyone that came out to our center to soak up some sun after a long and stormy week! Here’s a recap of what we did on Saturday morning.
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Upcoming Events

  1. Final Plea for DCP!

    Tue, Jan 27 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Sustainable Saturdays |Sustainable Coffee

    Sat, Jan 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Sustainable Saturdays | Brunch and Farm Stand

    Sat, Feb 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Sustainable Saturdays | Valentine’s Brunch

    Sat, Feb 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Sustainable Saturdays | Rainwater, Greywater

    Sat, Feb 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Sustainable Saturdays | Think Outside the Car

    Sat, Feb 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  7. Sustainable Saturday | Oven Build Week one

    Sat, Mar 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm