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Help us get the word out about The Urban Farmers service by posting to social media and NextDoor! The best and most helpful posts give information about the who, what, where, and when of it.  Your experience is just as useful to us as it is to the community so please share! Below are some of our favorites.  With permission, we have “borrowed” some simple post from fruit donors and volunteers for our lending library.  Feel free to edit, add, and customize as you see fit.   Got Excess Fruit? If you have more fruit on your tree than...

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Papa John’s Backyard Chicken Workshop

On Sunday February 19 and Sunday March 5 local Lafayette resident, Papa John Kiefer, will hold a workshop on how to sustainably raise chickens. The event will be from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm where you will receive training from an expert. Topics will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and sustainable coop construction, which is odorless and requires no cleaning! Papa John has raised chickens for nearly 50 years and has educated over 800 people locally and globally.  Cities such as Lafayette, Moraga, and Hayward have benefitted from his advice reviewing their city codes for raising small...

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Options in Planning a Group Harvest

Want to organize a harvest for your group? You have choices. Background Each year we organize over one hundred free, public harvests which are powered by a team of about 10 to 12 volunteers. One of our trained harvest leaders guides the group visiting from one to four homes. Each team harvests between 800 and 1,200 pounds of fruit. Public harvests are designed for families and individuals. Private Harvests Private harvests are for teams of volunteers that would like to work together on a day of their choosing. Private harvests are planning intensive, require an organized point of contact, additional...

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Volunteer Meeting Place

Our volunteer meeting spot is located at the Springstone School Parking Lot  The location can be found at the lower lot of 1035 Carol Lane Lafayette, CA 94549. Lamorinda, Walnut Creek Area, and Concord-Martinez Community Harvests meet at this location.  Volunteers are given a brief orientation and carpools will be formed before heading to our first...

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20 Convincing Reasons To Keep Backyard Chickens

  A long-time friend of The Urban Farmers project, Papa John Kiefer, is an expert at raising backyard chickens. Papa John has been at it for nearly 50 years and has made it easier than ever to maintain a personal flock at home. He will be holding two separate workshops on how to get started on Sunday 2/19 and Sunday 3/5 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. The trend of keeping backyard chickens has been on the rise over the past number of years, and it’s easy to see why. Of course, there are the fresh eggs to look forward to, but did you...

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