Rainwater Harvesting Class
Feb
27
10:00am10:00am

Rainwater Harvesting Class

Did you know that a 1000 square foot roof can shed 600 gallons in 1” of rain?!  Come to this informational workshop to prepare for the El Nino season and learn to capture as much water as you can!

Brook Sarson, with H2OME has been teaching, designing and installing rainwater and greywater systems for 7 years in San Diego.  She will walk you through the details of planning, purchasing, installing, and using rainwater harvested in your own backyard. In this informational workshop you will learn how to better design for a long term solution: storing rainwater both in tanks and the ground, and planting appropriately for better watering efficiency. Bring your contractor or handyman so he/she can learn how to install your tank for you!

We will have books, parts, information sheets and some tanks for sale onsite. You can use your $300 rebate from socalwatersmart.com towards your tank. We will have a limited supply of 205 and 420 gallon tanks onsite. If you want to secure your tank in advance, please email amy@organichammer.com and let us know what size and color you prefer. Larger sizes and slimline models also available for purchase.  See here for additional colors and sizes. 

Cost: $25

Please sign up if you'd like to attend, we hope to see you there!

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Make Your Own Worm Bin
Feb
20
10:00am10:00am

Make Your Own Worm Bin

Worms are amazing decomposers that will turn your kitchen waste into nourishing food for your garden. This is the perfect solution if you live in a small space but still want to recycle your food scraps, or if your compost pile is overloaded and you need to distribute the wealth. Having a worm bin is very clean and will not smell if maintained properly, some people keep one under their kitchen sink!

Come to this workshop and we'll talk about keeping worms and how to make and maintain your very own worm bin. We will make worm bins together and you can take one home and get started right away! 

Cost: $25 Includes materials

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Valentine's Seed Bomb Workshop
Feb
13
10:00am10:00am

Valentine's Seed Bomb Workshop

Join us for this hands-on workshop making Valentine's Seed Bombs! Seed bombs are round clay balls full of seeds that are a Native American technique for successfully germinating seeds and growing plants in wild areas. We will make colorful clay wildflower seed bombs (heart-shaped if you so desire!) that you can throw into your backyard or over the fence and propagate beautiful spring flowers. Guerrilla Gardening at its finest! They also make the perfect Valentine for your sweetie. Bring your family, kids love this fun and engaging activity!

Cost: $25 per group, materials included

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Backyard Chickens - Start Your Own Flock
Jan
30
10:00am10:00am

Backyard Chickens - Start Your Own Flock

Swap vegetable waste for fresh, organic eggs and fertilizer. Learn about chicken and coop maintenance, disease and pest prevention, permits and more.

Learn how to get started with caring for chickens in your own backyard! These feathered companions are good-natured pets with many benefits. But as with any new pet, you’ll want to know the basics first. This workshop will cover them all. Learn the basics of chicken husbandry and behavior, building and maintaining a healthy coop, breeding, disease and pest prevention, feeding, obtaining permits and more. Take home the resources you need to get started.

Chicken make great pets, but what are the added benefits? It all comes down to two very natural and unavoidable things: food and waste. Chickens love to eat your vegetable or kitchen scraps, helping to reduce food waste and the size of our local landfill. Of course, what goes in must come out. Chickens provide fresh organic eggs and natural fertilizer for your garden in return. Get to know how you can care for these lovable fowl and watch food turn into waste - and waste back into food!

Instructor: Amy Hite

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Jan
23
10:00am10:00am

Secret to Garden Success: Cover Crops

In our past newsletter we mentioned the importance of cover cropping and if you're ordering a Winter Toolkit (part of our Seasonal Homesteader's Toolkit package, See: Shop) you'll find these magical seeds inside! So what is cover cropping and why is it important? 

Whether you have an orchard, planter boxes, an organic farm or garden or are ready to break ground and get started on one, cover cropping is an essential part of any successful and productive piece of land. 

Cover cropping is a way to rebuild and protect your soil during fallow periods in your garden. These seeds will grow into plants that break up hard soils, fix nitrogen in the soil, build up biomass and prevent erosion. We will cover the importance of this practice, the different types of cover crop, how to plant and when, and what to do once the plants have grown. Seeds will be available for purchase after the class.

Please come to this informative workshop and get these seeds in the ground before the next rain! Your soil will thank you. 

Cost: $10-15 suggested donation 

Field of Cover Crop in Pescadero, CA

Field of Cover Crop in Pescadero, CA

Cover Crop at UC Santa Cruz

Cover Crop at UC Santa Cruz

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Foraged Foliage: Make Your Own Holiday Wreath
Dec
12
9:00am 9:00am

Foraged Foliage: Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

Foraged Foliage: Make You Own Holiday Wreath

Take sustainability to a new level and decorate your home for the holidays with a handmade wreath crafted from the flora around us! Traditionally, the wreath has been used by ancient cultures as a symbol of eternal life and rebirth with its circular structure and indeterminate beginning and end. The evergreen wreath was a marker for the Winter Solstice and anticipation of the coming spring. We invite you to carry on or create your own tradition in this fun, hands-on workshop. We will supply you with all the necessary equipment but please feel free to bring branches that inspire you. Hardier plants are a safe bet such as eucalyptus, rosemary, olive, fir, cedar, pine, bay laurel etc. We hope you can join us! 

Cost: $20 *includes materials

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Rainwater Harvesting
Aug
29
10:00am10:00am

Rainwater Harvesting

 Every 1" of rain yields 600 gallons per every 1000 sf of roof space.   San Diego averages about 10" or rain per year.  If you have a 1000 sf home (roof space) then you could potentially gather 6000 gallons per year.  

In this class we will be discussing the basics of rainwater harvesting, installation, cost of tanks, rebate information and more.  

I may have 60 gallon tanks available for sale which are 100 % reimbursable with a rebate.  

Cost: $10 / person .  Fee is waved if you buy a barrel!  





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SUMMER CAMPS
Jul
21
to Aug 14

SUMMER CAMPS

Organic Hammer is hosting a few camps this summer with the aim of reconnecting little ones with our ancestral knowledge of farming, making tools, building shelter, reading the sun, honing a craft, and engaging the spirit.  We are teaming up with local teachers and artisans who are interested in sharing their passions and skills with these children.  In our last camp, participants made bamboo flutes, bow and arrows out of sticks, fished for crawdads, sewed quivers, and more.  It was a blast.  Each session is limited to 10 children per camp and will fill up quickly.    

Camps will be broken down as follows: 

9 am-11 am skill building

11 am-12pm free play/ lunch (brought from home)

12pm -1pm games and/or craft 

All camps take place at Sunshine Gardens Nursery located at 155 Quail Gardens Road in Encinitas.  

 

SESSIONS: 

July 21-24 / 9am - 1pm / ages 5-6 coed

July 28-31 / 9am - 1pm / ages 7-9 coed

Please email or call to sign up amy@organichammer.com 

 

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Dehydrator Class
Jun
27
10:00am10:00am

Dehydrator Class

Learn how to make delicious, nutritious snacks with whole ingredients in a food dehydrator.  Participants will make sprouted seed crackers, kale chips and fruit leather.  

Kids snack constantly.  Instead of going to the store and buying crackers loaded with preservatives, learn how to easily make your own at home.  Dehydrating food is fun and incredibly easy.  Children can even come to the workshop with a parent and prepare their own snacks!  Dehydrated foods are "cooked" at such a low temperature that they are still considered "raw" and do not lose the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that can die at higher temperatures.  

Dehydrators are also great for preserving food from your garden when you have an abundant harvest.  

Excalibur 4-Tray Dehydrators are available to take home with pre-sale order.  

Instructor: Amy Hite

 

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Construct a Redwood Garden Box
Mar
14
10:00am10:00am

Construct a Redwood Garden Box

Build a 40" x 18" x 16" redwood garden box.  This is great for veggies, flowers, or succulents. Beautiful and easy to make. Learn how to use different saws and tools and leave with your very own functional work of art.  Kids welcome to work alongside an adult attendee.  

Cost: $50 / box

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Garden in a Box: Start a Veggie Garden
Feb
28
10:00am10:00am

Garden in a Box: Start a Veggie Garden

Learn everything you need to know about how to get started growing your own vegetables in this introductory class.  We will discuss raised beds, in-ground gardens, seeds & starts, companion planting, succession planting, irrigation, soil amendments, and more.  Come with questions!  

We will build a wooden flat and plant with enough seeds for a 10 x 10 garden.  

Cost:  $40/ person

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Vermicompost (Worm Composting)
Jan
24
11:00am11:00am

Vermicompost (Worm Composting)

Vermicomposting is such an easy way to reduce your waste stream and improve your soil quality.  Worms eat your leftover food scraps and magically turn it into soil amendment!   Learn the basics of vermicomposting in this class and leave with your very own ready-to-go bucket system.  This is wonderful for large and small homes.  

I will be discussing types of worms, appropriate materials, common troubles & different bin systems.  I will demonstrate how to set up a worm bin, how to harvest the castings, and how to brew compost tea (which can be used as a liquid fertilizer and a foliar spray).   I will also go over the environmental benefits of vermicomposting both in your own garden and at the global scale.  

Cost $50/person and includes a 2 bucket bin & red wigglers.  

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VERMICOMPOSTING (Composting with Worms)
Dec
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

VERMICOMPOSTING (Composting with Worms)

SAT JAN 3 ( 11 AM -4 PM)

All Saturday I will be giving a free demonstration on worm composting.  I will show different bins and how to use them.  I will also be brew worm tea from castings.  Swing by get the skills, buy a bin with worms and get started composting your food waste!  

When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gifts: Kids Candle Making
Dec
7
10:00am10:00am

Holiday Gifts: Kids Candle Making

The Sanderling Waldorf School will be hosting a children's candle dipping workshop.  Children love to watch the candle grow thicker and thicker with each dip into the rainbow pots of hot beeswax.  Its amazing to see the children slow down and participate in an activity that takes patience and caution, they always rise to the occasion and have a tremendous amount of pride in their finished product.  

Cost: $10 / per person, materials included 

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Felting an Advent Calendar
Nov
30
10:00am10:00am

Felting an Advent Calendar

We will be needle felting and hand sewing a beautiful advent calendar to fill with natures winter bounty, such as: acorns, jingle bells, cinnamon  sticks, snowflakes, crystals, sprigs of evergreen needles, baby pinecones, and more. 

Cost: $100/ person all materials included 

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Herbal First-Aid Kit
Nov
23
10:00am10:00am

Herbal First-Aid Kit


This is an introduction to herbal medicine with an emphasis on herbs in the first-aid kit.  This is a family medicine kit and can treat anything from the common cold to broken bones.  There are over 25 little herbal concoctions in this kit ranging from teas, to poultices, to elixirs and more.  The amount of research and time spent on this project is amazing! The cost of the class will be waved if you purchase a kit ($100).  This class is taught by Robyjean Delia of evoke hope http://www.evokehope.org or www.organichammer.com 

Cost: $15/person

 

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Beekeeping: An Introduction
Nov
16
10:00am10:00am

Beekeeping: An Introduction

If you’re thinking about starting a bee hive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners and no prerequisite knowledge is required. Hilary will teach you how the honey bee lives, discuss different hive designs, and tell you how to get started with your own hive. This class will be approximately 3 hours long and there will be no hands-on beekeeping so, protective clothing and bravery will not be necessary.

Taught by Hilary of Girl Next Door Honey http://girlnextdoorhoney.com

Cost: $40/ person

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Fall Fermentation
Nov
9
10:00am10:00am

Fall Fermentation

 

Come explore a variety of lacto-fermentation techniques from different cultures around the world!  This sunday we will journey through the Middle East to learn how to make traditional pickled vegetables in salt brine!  

There are many health benefits associated with these probiotic rich fermented foods.  Join us as we learn how to bring these time-honored traditions back into our kitchens!  

Cost : Free

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Jul
26
9:00am 9:00am

Home Scale Permaculture Design

Can permaculture be done in a small scale?  Yes!  See first hand how different elements of smart, sustainable design work together to form an healthy and productive eco system.  Learn how to incorporate animals into your landscape, how to manage your waste, how to save and reclaim water, and how to grow food in your own yard.  This class starts with a tour of a home that incorporates many of these features.  We will then have a question and answer session and an opportunity to design your garden.  Please bring sketches, plans and photos so we can get a better understanding of your space.  Sat. July 26 from 9 - 11:30 am.  $40

Please fill out the form below to sign up for the class.  Thank you! 

 

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Jun
16
to Aug 25

Farm Camp - Every Monday

Beginning in June, Amy will be hosting farm camp on her small urban farm in Encinitas.  Children ages 6 - 12 will participate in farm activities, such as tending the organic garden, feeding the chickens, harvesting fruit, mulching, building projects and anything else that may need to be done.  The 4 hour day camp will also include a craft, free play, and an organic snack.  10 am - 2pm Every Monday.  $5.00/ per hour

Please fill out the form below to sign you children up for camp.  Thank you! 

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Kids Cook Dinner Tonight
Mar
5
to Mar 26

Kids Cook Dinner Tonight

Are you sick of cooking dinners every night of the week?  Let your kids handle the workload on wednesdays in March.  From 3:30-5 pm children are invited into the kitchen to prepare an appetizer, salad, entrée and desert for the family that night.  Children are required to bring baking dishes, salad bowls etc.  This class will be taught by Karyn Smith a professional chef and Waldorf trained teacher.  We are still figuring out the menu and associated costs.  Meals are gluten free and vegan.  There will be 8 spots for the first session so please sign up soon! 

 

The kitchen is located at the Alchemist's Garden in Encinitas.  

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Greywater Open House
Nov
15
9:00am 9:00am

Greywater Open House

Greywater Demonstration Open House (Nov 15)
Located in Carlsbad CA 92009 (email amy@organichammer.com for address)

This week Organic Hammer is installing a laundry-to-landscape greywater system at one of my projects in LaCosta.  We removed the front lawn and are replacing it with a courtyard with edible & drought tolerant plants.  Some of the fruit trees will be irrigated with water from the washing machine.  This is not a hands-on workshop, it is a basic tutorial on a laundry-to-landscape system.  All of the plumbing has been completed, but we have left it uncovered for demonstration purposes.  Please come and take a look and see if this is something you can do in your garden. 

Water is a precious resource.  Instead of sending it down the drain, we can give it a second life by reusing it in our gardens and replenishing the aquifer through percolation.  Drop-in 9 - 11 am

 

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