Talks and Demonstrations During the Tour

Mushroom-growing, Fermentation, and Fruit Preservation

Clark Meremeyer, of Gopher Gulch Gardens in El Sobrante, will show and discuss producing shitake mushrooms on logs, tell how he makes mead, beer, and veggie ferments, and talk about canning and drying a variety of common and unusual wild berries and garden fruit.

Fruit Trees for our Climate      12:30 to 12:45 and 3:30 to 3:45

Master Gardener and California Rare Fruit Grower Idell Weydemeyer, with more than 30 years of experience growing fruit trees in El Sobrante, will give two short talks and answer questions at her Gopher Gulch Gardens

Medicine Making: Passiflora Tincture   12:00 to 12:30

Iyalode Kinney will demonstrate creating a passionflower tincture at the Peace Garden. Participants can eat the flowers in order to get a feel of what this remarkable plant is all about. Properties, actions, precautions, indications of the passionflower will also be briefly discussed. There will be a passiflora giveaway to those interested in cultivating this incredible plant medicine.

Garden Produce Swap       1:00 to 2:00

Getting tired of your garden's zucchini?  Bring it to the garden swap and trade for someone else's abundant produce.  Excess produce will be donated to the Richmond Food Pantry.  The garden swap will occur at Jayma and Allan's garden.

Wool Spinning Demonstration  3:30 to 4:00

Fiber artist Jane Evans will demonstrate wool spinning at Caju Cottage.  An accomplished gardener, she will also have samples of plant-dyed wool and can answer questions about growing plants for fiber.

Kombucha                          throughout tour

Kombucha starter is available to anyone who brings a very clean glass jar with lid to Karen's Place.  Karen will happily give you basic instructions on keeping/making this nutritious and tasty drink.