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Home and Garden briefs: Dig into organic gardening

A good way to learn about organic gardening is to work in a community garden hoe to hoe with the experts.

Spend time in the Rancho Mark West garden, while also enjoying music, crafts, hiking and potlucking, during an "Afternoon Family Garden Party" Sept. 14.

Put on by LandPaths, the event includes working in the garden, with time to "Ask a Farmer." A hike with creek exploration and a potluck feast incorporating fresh veggies from the garden make this a full-on family event. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 7125 St. Helena Road, Santa Rosa. RSVP at landpaths.org.

<b>SANTA ROSA:</b> Talk on organic land management

David Perkins, a life-long organic gardener and accredited Organic Land Practitioner, will talk about Organic Land Care Management at the Sept. 23 meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.

Perkins is knowledgable about Biodynamics and permaculture and services as an advocate for Integrated Pest Management as a solution for protecting local watersheds like the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

The meeting is free and open to the public. 1:30 p.m. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 537-6885 or email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

<b>HEALDSBURG:</b> Attract birds, bees to your garden


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