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Discover everything from nurseries and public gardens to landscaping consultants, and much more.
Factsheet for beginners on saving seeds. A step-by-step guide on how to grow, pick and store your seeds.
Educates, inspires, and empowers East Bay residents to grow their own fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables in raised beds or containers using organic practices. We create sustainable gardens in small spaces, patios, and containers that provide direct access to healthy food choices. Gardening workshops and coaching are available. "Cultivating Gardens for Generations"
Carries a large variety of bare root fruit tree, berries, wine grapes & table grapes as well as a Kids' Club that gives garden classes all summer to kids from 5-12 yrs. Open daily.
A public garden with hill views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate. Their mission is to expand and sustain a well-designed outdoor environment that supports teaching and research in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. The garden contains a large diversity of plant materials that grow in our Mediterranean type climate and contains new and historic garden design and structures designed and built by UC professors, students and garden staff. With this, Blake Garden encourages the development of understanding and appreciation of nature in the garden environment. Some of the features include: rainwater catchment, creek restoration, native plants, on-site composting, volunteer opportunities. Open to the public M-F from 8am to 4:30pm. Tours are available to groups of 10 or more -- call to make a reservation. They also offer some volunteer opportunities.
Tree care professionals who provide tree health, tree safety, tree care and maintenance, and other arborist services.
Sells native and Mediterranean plants including perennials, shrubs, grasses and vines, a few tree species. Wholesale and retail.
Transforming private yards into nutritious food gardens: the mission of Planting Justice is to democratize access to affordable, nutritious food by empowering disenfranchised urban residents with skills, inspiration, and paid opportunities we need to maximize food production, healthy jobs and natural beauty in our neighborhoods. Can design and install greywater solutions for the garden.
Seeds Trust is a 25 year old family operation dedicated to teaching you to save your own seeds, grow delicious home gardens and create stunning native landscapes. Browse or search the entire Seeds Trust online seed catalog or narrow your focus in the seed catalogs listed below.
Factsheet for advanced on saving seeds. Includes seeds of medium to high difficulty. For beginners, refer to beginner's guide.
They sell manure from happy cows and also offer wood chips sourced from local milling companies for mulch or landscaping purposes, and are rolling out more products all the time.
We support happy healthy people preserving genetic diversity in our food through the distribution and growing of open pollinated, organic, heirloom food seeds and educating about the life affirming art of seed saving. We are dedicated to planting the seeds of World Peace through support the act of families, friends, and communities growing food together.
A website which provides green alternatives for pest-control and pesticide-use. Resource for pesticide questions: where to buy products, dispose of pesticides, pesticide residue in food, beneficial insects, pest control operators and landscapers. Sponsored by the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. Website features helpful fact sheets in both English and Spanish.
Meetings held each month on the Second Tuesday 7:30pm, at the Rotary Nature Center, at Lake Merritt. Website includes list of people who perform swarm removal and general beekeeping information. For help with bee swarms, 510-898-6696.
Coalition of environmental, sustainable agriculture, and rural assistance public interest organizations. Working to: Eliminate use of the worst pesticides--including those that cause cancer, reproductive harm or acute poisoning. Reduce overall use of the remaining pesticides. Promote the use of sustainable pest control solutions in our farms, communities, forests, homes and yards. Protect people's right-to-know about pesticide use in our neighborhoods, counties and state.
Sells edible perennial plants and composting worms (red wigglers); offers food forest, garden, and landscape design and maintenance; offers garden, chicken, and beekeeping instruction and consulting.
TPFWFNP's mission is to promote and restore California landscapes and habitats; to propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers; to educate and acquire knowledge about California flora and natural history. They run a nonprofit 22-acre retail nursery with an extensive selection of California native plants, seeds and books, as well as demonstration garden areas, a wildflower nature trail, and natural canyon areas.
Matt Horn is a licensed landscape contractor, a certified grey water installer, and a certified arborist with a background in forestry. Matt offers these services: Grey Water (consultation and installation), Landscaping (consultation, design, pruning, demolition/hauling, drainage, hardscape/construction, soil amendment, planting/transplanting), Irrigation (installation/repair), Mulching, Low voltage lighting, Tree care, Consultation, Pruning/removal, and any needed permits. Matt has been the sole proprietor of his company for 19 years, working in all Bay Area counties. His team is made up of long term, experienced employees, for whom he provides health care benefits.
Maintenance in and near Berkeley, CA - Weeding, trimming, planting, clean-up, on-site composting, etc. - Organic and bicycle-powered: zero toxic chemicals, zero fossil fuels, zero greenhouse emissions. - One person, not a multiple-employee company: the same person on your property every time.
Everyone is welcome to attend Seed exchange gatherings from novice to experienced Seed Savers. We invite seed savers to share seeds that have been grown using the protocol described above. Seed exchange open 10-12:30pm everyday. Seed Exchange meetings happen the last Saturday of the month except Nov. & Dec. Seed Garden Work Party is 9:00am-10:30am everyday.
CalIPC is dedicated to finding solutions to problems caused by nonnative pest plant invasions of the state's natural areas. They also provide a pest plant database available on EcoNet. Members of CalIPC include citizen volunteers, land managers, and scientists.
Factsheet for beginners on saving seeds. A step-by-step guide on how to grow, pick and store your seeds.
General structural pest management. Drywood termites; borates. Subterranean termites; borates. Heat. Termite baits. Offers IPM (Integrated Pest Management) when requested. Serves mainly Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Services include chemical-free heat based pest control (bed bugs, mites, rodents, cockroaches, termites), asbestos, mold and lead paint removal, demolition, air duct, dryer vent and kitchen hood cleaning, trauma clean-up.
Started in Portland, Oregon, Chip Drop now serves the SF Bay Area, since Jan. 2014 Chip Drop is a way to connect people who want free woodchips, with arborists who are trying to dispose of them. If you're a homeowner, you'll find that Chip Drop will help you increase your chances of getting a free load of woodchips delivered to your house. You'll also appreciate that you don't have to worry about getting more loads than you want. As an arborist, you can completely eliminate managing drop sites from your work load, and get back to running your business.
Sustainable landscape classes on: Growing Edibles, Composting, Pest Control, Building Healthy Soil, Native Plants & Drought-tolerant Gardening. Providing on-site composting consultation and management for businesses and homeowners. Sheet mulching/lawn conversion projects. Edible garden consulting.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). They are residents of a local community who have an active interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by the UCCE, and now share their knowledge with other members of that community. Got a home gardening question? Ask the Contra Costa Master Gardeners! Help Desk is staffed every week, Monday-Thursday 9am-Noon. Options: Visit during Help Desk hours. Call hotline -- If you call outside Help Desk hours, please leave both your phone number and email address. Email -- Please use email if you want to submit photos along with your question(s). Please include the following information in your email: Your name, phone number and city (very important!). A description of the problem, including name of the plant if applicable, when the problem began, and cultural history such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc. Photographs of the problem, if possible and appropriate.
A collection of seeds and a community of gardeners, which facilitates the growth of open-pollinated seeds among residents of the Los Angeles Basin. SLOLA continues to build a seed collection and repository, educating members about the practice of seed-saving, and creating a local community of seed-saving gardeners. Offers "how to" online videos, speakers. We offer lessons in seed-saving and gardening at each meeting, as well as in-depth classes throughout the year. Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome to participate !
The Youth Garden Project cultivates healthy children, families and communities through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.
Oaktown Native Plant Nursery grows a diverse selection of species from all major plant communities of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. They are open Thursdays & Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm, and by appointment. Cash or check only.
Retailer of certified organic culinary herbs and many types of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and other gourmet vegetable and pepper varieties which are sold through the website and shipped all over the United States.
Providing Design, Installation, and Maintenance For Residential and Commercial sites, offering expertise in sustainability, organics, Permaculture, drought tolerance, and Native plant knowledge. * Ponds and Living Streams * Flow Forms and Dry Creek Beds * Edible Landscapes, Home Orchards and Food Forests * Erosion Control and Drainage * Sculpted Patios and Stone Pathways * Drip systems and PVC free irrigation * Rain Water Catchment Systems * Grey Water Systems * Medicinal Herb and Organic Vegetable Gardens * Flowering Meadows and Lawn Alternatives * Native Plantings and Hedge rows * Green Roofs. They also offer a bicycle maintenance service.
A full-service microbiological lab that provides clinical and reference testing in the areas of bacteriology, virology, serology, parasitology, toxicology, and mycology by both molecular and conventional methods. To prevent the spread of foodborne and waterborne illnesses, the Public Health Laboratory also offers food and water testing.
Ira Johnson is the principal landscape architect at Rainscape Design, located in San Francisco. He has more than a decade of experience designing custom residential projects that blend an ecological landscape design approach with stonework, ceramic tile, woodwork and expansive planting designs.
Tree service. Services include the pruning of trees and the removal of trees. Also provides free mulch and wood chips by the truckload. Delivery in Berkeley and Oakland, some exceptions made. Usually around 5-10 cubic yards delivered. Also has free 18" length cut wood rounds available for pick up.
His research focuses on the development of ecologically-based insect pest management systems. Research studies include classical biological control, augmentation programs, insect-plant interactions, use of least-disruptive insecticides and the biology of natural enemies.
D and S sells hydroponic, indoor and traditional gardening supplies for indoor and urban gardening. The well-stocked warehouse has a large selection of hydroponic supplies, grow light supplies, seed starting kits, organic fertilizers, nutrients and additives, growing media, plant care, pots and containers, meters, filtration, climate control and lots more. The staff are very helpful and informative.
Sells flower seeds as well as native California plant seeds.
Eco-friendly garden design and maintenance services. They offer weeding, digging, planting, pruning, trimming, composting, landscaping, and hauling services.
They offer professional pruning, safe and efficient removal, and on site wood milling.
Practical and eco-friendly gardens created and installed. Consultation, design and installation, renovation of tired gardens, edible gardens, garden lighting, irrigation systems, garden coaching, and horticultural problem solving. Licensed landscape contractor with over 30 years of experience in the Bay Area.
General structural pest management, utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for customers who prefer lower pesticide usage. Treatment methods include orange oil, borates, pest exclusion, electro gun and micro wave technology. County contact phone numbers are listed on their web site.
A research group at the University of California that has been working since 1987 on documenting bee diversity and bee frequencies on wild California plants in several northern California sites.
A community garden. Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm in good weather. Address: 1400 Peralta Ave. Contact: David Auerbach, email@example.com
Sells and sharpens push lawn mowers.
Providing Design, Installation and Maintenance of more sustainable landscapes by focusing on soil health, appropriate plant choice and water management, not to mention aesthetics and customer service. BS in horticulture, Sustainable certification from Sonoma State University. Gardeners are Bay Friendly qualified.
General structural pest management. Pesticides minimized. Must ask about the method used for the specific pest. Serves Sonoma County.
Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) donate seeds each year to hundreds of gardens across the United States. Groups that qualify for seed donations include: - Community and educational groups who will freely share the harvest - Community and educational groups who will save seed for others in need - Non-profits, schools, community gardens, seed libraries and educational programs
List of Bay Area businesses and online vendors that provide resources and supplies for home composting.
This is a website that provides a map of locations for fruit tree foraging (picking fruit from public places). There are maps in many cities around the world that pinpoint locations of fruit trees and other edible plants. Many of the trees are on private property but are listed because there are branches that overhang onto public property. It is advisable to check with owners before foraging in these areas. The site also has information about trees and plants listed as well as information about adding new locations of trees and plants to the maps.
This neighborhood nursery carries a California native sod. Open 7 days Mon-Sat 9-5:30, Sun 10-5
Home and Garden Center Other Locations: 30132 Industrial Pkwy SW Hayward, CA 94544 (510) 471-0755 14305 Washington Ave San Leandro, CA 94578 (510) 357-5220
Specializes in permaculture garden design, installation, and education. Services include: *Landscape and garden design, consultation, installation *Permaculture site assessments *Edible, medicinal, native, and drought resistant plants *Compost system design and installation *Mulching *Irrigation (drip and micro-sprinklers) *Greywater system design and installation. *Nursery with heirloom vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, and native plants grown from seed or propagated from cuttings. "Most of the seeds we save ourselves. Many of these are from rare and endangered plants. By maintaining heritage seed varieties, we increase the species diversity in our gardens." Does custom propagation.
CA State License #915174, serving the East Bay. Wild Rose Gardens is a full service, eco friendly, sustainable landscape company. We are committed to creating beautiful and inspiring landscapes while preserving the Earth's resources and reducing waste. With creative and practical designs, we can incorporate California Native plants, Greywater and Rainwater catchment applications and edible plants into drought-tolerant landscapes.
Factsheet on optimal planting times in the East Bay. In addition to a comprehensive list of vegetables, also includes those best planted together.
Landscape architect--focus is on non-toxic, reusable local materials; drought-tolerant plantings; and the latest technologies in drip, greywater, and rainwater harvesting. Our goal is to create beautiful landscapes that are easy on the planet.
Provides a full spectrum of certified laboratory analysis services dedicated to helping clients meet regulatory requirements and protect the environment in which people live and work. Their full-service research laboratory provides: comprehensive air, water and soil analysis services; expertise in diversified industries; strong analytical science meeting environmental regulations; fast turnaround performance; history of quality with established customers; social responsibility with community outreach.
LBJWRC provides info on growing wildflowers. "A $25 membership brings a regular newsletter, a scientific journal and all the practical advice on planting wildflowers you'll ever need." Founded by Lady Bird Johnson.
Offers organic gardening services and consultations. Teaching people how to grow and maintain a healthy garden, organically. Garden Consultations, Garden Design, Pruning, Organic Vegetable and Ornamental Gardens. Specializing in containers. Container “How to Classes”. Certified Horticulturist/CCNPro/Master Gardener
The store is ran by farmers in Half Moon Bay who supply to farmers' markets, local restaurants and wholesale produce markets. They only use Franchi heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds from Italy. They are all completely organic and contain no GMO's.
Factsheet on non-toxic weed control methods. Lists organic alternatives to toxic herbicides.
A national, non-profit trade and professional organization promoting the recycling of organic materials through composting. The USCC is the only national organization committed to the advancement of the composting industry.
The core idea of the Alan Chadwick Legacy Project is to document the living legacy of this remarkable man. Chadwick's ideas about nurturing and healing the earth need to be heard and discussed now. Building soils, increasing crop yields organically, and access to fresh, local foods are key to the sustainability the world needs today more than ever. Hundreds of Chadwick apprentices heard this message and many of them are carrying on his vision for the garden, humanity, and the earth in their lives. The success of his apprentices in mentoring still others, along with the sheer power of Chadwick's personality and ideas, has led subsequent generations to embrace him and many of his gardening concepts and practices. To truly document the living legacy, we plan to add the voices of new generations of apprentices to the Talking Chadwick program.
Retail locations all over the Bay Area. Malibu Compost products are hand-crafted, using only fully finished compost that is made according to traditional Biodynamic practices. By partnering with regional family farms, we provide a new source of revenue, thereby sustaining their livelihood and standard of animal care while providing us with organic manures of the highest quality and integrity.
Factsheet on building raised beds. Provides information on the ideal materials, depth, cost and ecological impact for backyard growing.
Western Garden Nursery is a full service garden center offering a wide selection of top quality plants from premium growers like Monrovia and Fredriks.
A full-service nursery with CCOF organic vegetable starts and cover crop seeds. They also sell compost bins and worm bins, kitchen compost containers and filters, Bokashi kitchen composter and inocculant, gopher wire, and beneficial insects, in addition to having available seasonal catalogs and newsletters. Also provides soil testing services. Other products and services include: drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, organic fertilizers, ecological pest controls, boric acid, tools, horticultural supplies, books, house wares, food preservation supplies, solar electric (PV) system design, equipment and consultation, solar water pump system design and equipment.
An educational organization providing courses and workshops that enable people to develop the skills necessary to live a more sustainable life. The Commonweal Garden is an educational center and demonstration site in permaculture and regenerative design, including examples of straw bale and cob construction, a greywater system, chicken tractors, ducks, rainwater catchment systems, solar dryer, herb spiral, earthen wood-fired oven, food forest, ponds and waterfalls. Will consult on greywater systems.
A retail plant nursery selling over 600 varieties of plants native to California. Also offers a garden consultation service (on the peninsula), a garden shop, a demonstration garden, and specializes in California native plants and native and exotic ferns. Online Contact Form Here: www.yerbabuenanursery.com/contact_form_page.php
Supplies predatory and parasitic insects (especially Ladybugs and Praying Mantis Eggs) for controlling pests.
Native tree care, natural pruning for trees and shrubs. Lots of info on oaks, and related disease. Can supply large quantities (only) of wood chips for alternative fuel and ethanol production.
Online vendor of heirloom seeds and a variety of other household items.
The lab will test for any combination of pH, nutrients, cation exchange capacity, heavy metals, organic matter, soil texture, and soluble salts. Rates range from $6-80. A standard test (including pH, nutrients, and heavy metals) costs $15/sample. A full, current price list is available on their web site.
Chavez Branch also has a Seed Lending Library. The Cesar Chavez Seed Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. Anyone is welcome to come in and check-out seeds. No library card is needed, just sign-out for them. We then ask that you let some go to seed after planting them and return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The best part is that there are no fines if you are unable to return the seeds!
Sells a wide variety of native and nonnative perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees.
Among other topics, advice is available regarding arsenic or lead in soil.
Landscaping and building materials business with a wide variety of products including compost, mulch, rock & gravel, cement products and more. Delivery and pick up available.
A seed company supplying native California grasses and wildflowers as well as a specialty seed collection.
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