Grow your own food, in pots, on porches, wherever

Planting Justice is holding a hands-on workshop for local residents to learn how to grow food and other plants at home or work — no matter how tight your space may be.

The workshop takes place on Thursday July 1 from 6pm-7.30pm on the back patio of cafe Local 123 at 2049 San Pablo Avenue (pictured left).

Topics covered include the basics of urban permaculture, choosing containers and plants for your space — be it a patio, porch, yard or windowsill — proper planting strategies to minimize the need to supplement your soil with fertilizers and integrating permaculture principles into your first growing project. Bring a container and seeds if you want to start your garden as you learn.

The workshop will be lead by Gavin Raders from Planting Justice, an Oakland organization that helps urban residents with the skills, resources, and inspiration to “maximize food production, economic opportunities and environmental beauty”.

The Local 123 cafe opened just over a year ago and is part of the Green Cafe Network, a non-profit dedicated to harnessing café culture for community and individual environmental education

The event is free with a suggested donation of $5-10 to support Green Cafe Network’s Community Education Series.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.