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An Eco Garden Expo Treat at Paws in the Garden!

In our post yesterday, we detailed how we had been able to take a tour and pick up some fresh Kale from Alegría Fresh.  We were doing this for our upcoming participation in Paws in The Garden.  Our friends at the Ark animal rescue in San Juan have organized a garden tour here in south Orange County to benefit their mission. Our founder, Marianne Taylor, has a garden that will be a stop along the way.  As a thank you to those participating in Paws, we are planning a few special treats for those that make it to the Goin Native home base.

Our friend, Giuseppina Massari of Massari Foods will be whipping up a delicious Kale Pesto made from the Alegría Kale and extra virgin olive oil from Bella de Paso.  Both Alegría and Bella de Paso will be exhibitors at the upcoming Eco Garden Expo so we’re excited to give people a little taste (literally!) of what they can expect at the show.

In addition, we will also be raffling off these great reusable bags for FREE.  They are made from authentic burlap coffee bags from the world over.  Such a cool product and a great way to reduce your waste footprint!  Check out pictures of the Pesto Kale in progress and the giveaway bags.  If you haven’t already, sign up for paws using the link below and join Goin Native this Saturday!

A Trip to Alegria Fresh: The Green Farmacy

We were lucky recently to take a tour of Alegria Fresh at the Great Park in Irvine, CA.  Led by Erik Cutter, who will be a speaker at the upcoming Eco Garden Expo May 2nd and 3rd, we got a first hand view of the cool things they’re doing at Alegria.  They are set up as an urban farm environment where resources management is key and space is a premium.  They have plenty of their familiar hydroponic Garden Soxx, helping to create a really nutrient-dense growing environment for their fresh garden herbs.  We highly recommend scheduling a tour for yourself!

In addition to taking the tour, Erik offered us some fresh Kale straight from the Soxx to use in our event for the Paws in the Garden this Saturday, April 25th.  Paws in the Garden is a Garden tour put on by and benefitting the Ark Animal Rescue in San Juan Capistrano.  Goin Native’s Founder, Marianne Taylor, has a garden that will be a stop on the tour.  At this stop, we’ll be having fresh Kale Pesto made from Alegria’s Kale and Bella de Paso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, both vendors at Eco Garden Expo.  We’ll also be raffling off (for FREE!) some really neat recyclable bags made from real burlap coffee bags.  So help a great cause and get some goodies while you hang out with Goin Native!

A big THANK YOU to Erik and the team at Alegria!


7th Annual Paws in The Garden Ark of San Juan Garden Tour

Take A Tour of Local Gardens and Benefit the Local Ark Chapter!

For the 7th year, The Ark of San Juan Companion Animal Rescue will hold a Garden Tour of several local Gardens to benefit their animal rescue efforts.  It takes place on April 25th, 2015 from 10 AM-3 PM and tickets are $25. One of the gardens belongs to Goin Native Founder and Director, Marianne Taylor!!

Remember, tickets are considered a charitable donation and are tax deductible.

Eco Garden Expo 2015 Speaker AG Kawamura

Eco Garden Expo 2015 Speaker Series: AG Kawamura

Former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture AG Kawamura to speak at Eco Garden Expo 2015!

We are so excited to announce former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture, AG Kawamura as a speaker at Eco Garden Expo 2015!  For our full Eco Garden Expo 2015 Speaker Series, please go here.

Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, CA. He is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a non-profit organization that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies.

He currently serves on several boards and committees including: the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences’ Natural Resource Council; Ag Advisory Committee for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Trustee for the Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST); American Farmland Trust; The 25x’25 Alliance, a national alliance of renewable energy stakeholders; External Advisory Board for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at U.C. Davis. He is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. As a progressive urban farmer, AG has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern Calif. Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

Please watch his excellent Tedx Talk as he speaks from his experience as a farmer and how food is a privilege and not a right.  So enlightening!  We look forward to his talk at Eco Garden Expo 2015!

 

2015 Eco Garden Expo

Free to the Public! Located in downtown San Juan Capistrano

Check us out on Sat May 2 & May 3 from 9am-4pm.

Exploding with Plants, People, Produce, Cool Products, Packed with Artisan Crafts, Leather, Metal, Jewelry, Fair Trade, Sustainable Resources, Solar, Irrigation, Landscape Design Demonstration Gardens, Floral Design and MORE.

Bring your bags or cart and shop for great finds! Thirsty? Eat and drink in our Goin Native Café. Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature in the great outdoors. While visiting for the day be sure to stop by the Historic Mission San Juan & Shop and Dine at local eateries on Los Rios Street and the downtown, all in walking distance from Eco/Garden Expo. Be Green: Take Metro link train, stops right at Los Rios Park.

Make it a long weekend! Stay at our lovely Marriott Residence Inn and enjoy the SJC nightlife, take-in a live show at the El Camino Playhouse or get a VIP ticket for a movie at the Regency Theatre. Visit the Wine bars, take a cooking class and enjoy a sunset view above the marquis at Ricks café inside the Regency Theatre.

Shuttle services will be provided from Fluid Masters of San Juan Capistrano to the walk able downtown area by the train station. Los Rios Park is across the street from train station.

Parking is available at various locations. See map.

We are looking for Exhibitors at Eco Garden Expo!

​We are looking for energetic, artisan craft makers, natural products and services to be part of a growing movement in San Juan Capistrano, Eco Garden Expo. The 2 day event is located in downtown SJC in the park within the Los Rios Historic District from 10am-4pm on May 2 & May 3, 2015. The event last year received great reviews and held 2,500 people over the weekend.

Some of last years stellar line up included: Armstrong Growers, Tree of Life Nursery, CR & R Disposal Services, Wholesale D & M Color Express, Capo VW, Capo Ford, Backyard Bees, The Ecology Center, South Coast Farms, Debra Lee Baldwin, Billy Goodnick, Solar City, Sylvania, Open Space Foundation, The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, Bella de Paso Oils, Lavender Farms, Harvest to Home and Wildflower Seed and Tool Company. Your name could be here next year!

For more information contact Executive Director Marianne Taylor. Please send your request for the 2015 Eco Garden Expo Packet to marianne@goinnative.com. Additional information call 949 606-6386

Eco Garden Expo is Coming Your Way on May 2 & 3, 2015

​The second annual Goin Native Eco Garden Expo will be held Sat May 2, & Sun May 3, 2015 from 10am-4pm. Located in the Los Rios Park at 31790 Paseo Adelanto in San Juan Capistrano CA.  Last year’s event had over 2,500 visitors.

Expo is within walking distance to the downtown San Juan Capistrano Mission, shopping, dining, wine bars, El Camino Playhouse, Regency Theatre and the Amtrak / Metrolink train station with ample parking. The weekend long event will educate, encourage and equip the community to integrate environmental resources along with California-friendly plants in their landscape, as California continues to face a severe water shortage and ongoing drought.

Hosted and organized by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens, a non-profit organization, this year’s Eco Garden Expo is free to the public and will feature a huge plant sale and a vast array of unique environmental friendly products, resources and services from over 75 vendors throughout Southern CA. The Expo will feature water-saving demonstration gardens, habitat gardens, edible landscapes, electric cars, solar and free seminars from top landscape and environmental experts.

Visitors will gather inspiration, money saving ideas for their garden and home, shop and enjoy lunch in the Los Rios Park experiencing the charm of Historic San Juan Capistrano. Go green: take the train, Metrolink and Amtrak stops directly across from the park.

Since 2009, Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens has cared for the CA Native plants at Los Rios Park built on 6.5-acres. The non-profit organization promotes horticultural education, emotional and physical rehabilitation and practical life skills to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds while promoting environmental sustainability and saving community resources.

GNTG is currently creating a variety of programs in San Juan Capistrano at the Los RiosPark, Reata Park and the SJC Community Center.

For more information www.goinnative.net or call 949 606-6386

Design a Succulent Wreath

​Design a Holiday Succulent Wreath. Use as a Table Centerpiece or GIve as a GIft

Observation of Class is Free. $25.00 to purchase materials. (retail value $50.00)

Date: Saturday December 13 from 1:00pm-2:00pm.Class is limited to 12. RSVP EARLY

Class location: Reata Park 28632 Ortega Hwy San Juan Capistrano

Optional items to bring to class:Embellish wreath with ribbon, berries or additional succulents.

Call (949) 493-5911 to Register at City of San Juan Capistrano

Reata Park ~Community Connection

FREE Interpretive Garden Walk /Talk at Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano at 10:00am and 11:30am on Saturday Dec 13, 2014.

Learn how toincorporatesome of the colorful CA Natives in your landscape. Hosted by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens ,Reata Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk 7 days a week.

Bring the family, walk the dog, bring a picnic and frisbee. Unplug the electronics and get back to nature, day dream, sketch or walk, there is something for everyone.

Come walk the trails surrounded by CA Native plants with over 250 plant varieties planted in the 14 acre park. Hear the stories of the old west and the people that once lived here.It is one of the most significant botanical resources and the first largest native plant park in Southern California.

The various theme gardens will make it easier for planners,architects,water districts ,cities, and homeowners to envision and incorporate native plantings into their own projects. All Native garden are designed by Tree of Life Nurseries in San Juan Capistrano.

In an ongoing effort to equip & educate the community GNTG and Saddleback College Horticulture students are working together to bring a wide variety of programs to Reata Park on native plants use, water conservation and aiding the environment through habitats.

We will have fantastic opportunities for bird watchers and wildlife observation with the creek and meadows so close. The gardens because of their great diversity, attract many butterflies, hummingbirds,beneficial pollinators, frogs, lizards and all manner of what John Muir called “Our fellow Mortals.”

Simply put, Reata is a special place, accessible outdoor space to all, you’ll find benches, explore with the kids, places to read , sketch, photograph ,observe which provide the kind of healing we get only in a garden.

Reata is an example when community and a group of super volunteers rally around a big vision. Connect with us at the park, we’re always looking for volunteers. We’re currently working on our FREE future programs for late fall & early winter 2015. Circle back again!

Got an Hour? Take a Hike!

​TAKE A HIKE OC.COM Jan DuQuette, Kinesiology Professor at Saddleback College

Author: “Got an Hour? Take a Hike!” (amazon.com)

Group Classes ($50 for all 8 or $10 per class)

MON. 6:00 PM WALKING – “Beaches, Creeks, and Coves”

4/7 Laguna Niguel Regional Park: 29831 Crown Valley, YMCA Lot at No. END

4/14 San Juan Creek Loop: 31900 Paseo Adelanto, LOS RIOS PARK in SJC

4/21 Las Vaqueras Loop: San Juan Creek Rd. @ La Couague (4th

4/28 San Clemente Beach Trail: 1802 El Camino Real at the Metrolink lot

5/5 Salt Creek Beach Trail North: 34001 Selva Road, Dana Point (By Bathrooms)

5/12 Pines Park to Capistrano Beach: 34941 Camino Capistrano, Pine Park Sign

5/19 Crystal Cove Beach Walk: 7832 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, @ Javier’s (Newport)

SAT. 10:00 AM HIKING – “A Taste of Orange County Parks”

4/5 Irvine Regional Park: ($3 Park Fee) 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, California

4/12 Laguna Coast Wilderness Park: ($3 Fee) Laguna Cyn. (No of Toll Rd) Gate 5

4/26 Limestone-Whiting Wilderness: Portola Pkwy/Glenn Ranch @Definition

5/3 Santiago Oaks Regional Park: ($3 Park Fee) 3145 N. Windes Drive, Orange

5/10 Peters Canyon Regional Park: ($3 Fee) 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange

5/24 Gen. Thomas Riley Wilderness: ($3 Fee) 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto De Caza

5/31 Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness: ($3) 33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano