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27 September 2014

DEA Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a number of local Law Enforcement Agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to any of 9 drop-off locations listed below.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. 

More information can be found on the DEA website HERE

 

DEA has indicated the following Drop-Off locations within Marin County:

 

GREENBRAE

       MARIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST. PD  

       835 COLLEGE AVE,  TEMP BLDG 1

 

SAN RAFAEL

SAN RAFAEL CITY HALL LOBBY

1400 FIFTH AVENUE

 

MILL VALLEY

MILL VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

180 CAMINO ALTO

 

FAIRFAX

FAIRFAX POLICE DEPARTMENT

144 BOLINAS RD

 

TIBURON

TIBURON POLICE DEPARTMENT

1155 TIBURON BOULEVARD

 

NOVATO

NOVATO POLICE DEPARTMENT

909 MACHIN AVE.

 

 

 

15 September 2014

Construction & Demolition (C&D) Certification and Outreach

 Request for Proposal

The Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is soliciting proposals from experienced firms who have certified Construction Demolition (C&D) recycling facilities and coordinated rollout of C&D Programs for municipalities.  The intent of this RFP is to solicit proposals from Construction and Demolition Contractors that certify facilities, ensure cities/towns adopt and enforce ordinance, and provide those entities with the outreach materials they need to facilitate a successful C&D diversion program. 

 

Depending on the success of the program and availability of funds the JPA C&D Certification and Outreach program could continue for multiple years.  Currently $40,000 in funds are budgeted for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

For more information about the RFP, or to apply; download the RFP document HERE

 

15 September 2014

School Outreach Programs Evaluation

 Request for Proposal

The Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is soliciting proposals from firms who have experience in coordinating and/or evaluating school outreach and waste reduction programs.  The intent of this RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified consultants that can meet with schools, haulers, cities/towns and non-profits to document all outreach and waste reduction work that is coordinated by the various parties to Marin schools.  The consultant will then develop a report that will make a series of specific recommendations for improvements that can be made to the current system as well as the estimated costs and impacts of each recommendation.

 

Currently $50,000 is budgeted for fiscal year 2014-2015 for this project.

 

 

For more information about the RFP, or to apply; download the RFP document HERE

 

6 March 2014

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale

By Conservation Corps North Bay

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale

Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014  

 10am to 3pm

 

  • Plant Sales: certified organic vegetable starts, culinary and tea herbs, annual and perennial flowers, berries, fruit trees and native plants
  • Produce Sales: seasonal varieties
  • Live music
  • Farm tours
  • Bouquet-making
  • Tastings
  • Face Painting
  • FREE mini workshops including:

 

“Reducing Water Use in Your Edible Garden”,

“Growing Tomatoes”, “Choice Varieties for Your

Summer Garden”

 

College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus , 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato

take the Ignacio Blvd. exit  and go west  to IVC college, parking lot 6 , farm is adjacent to athletic fields

 

For more information or to volunteer contact Amy Ridout at 415-720-2051 or aridout@conservationcorpsnorthbay.org

 

 

 

1 February 2014

The Groundwork of Organic Gardening

By Conservation Corps North Bay

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden
"The Groundwork of Organic Gardening: A Three Part Workshop on Establishing a Productive Organic Garden"

 

3 Part Series; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Feb. 1, 2014

May 17, 2014

October 4, 2014


$30 per class or $75 for the series when you register for all 3 at once


This informative three-part organic gardening series is designed for beginning and seasoned growers alike. Each session includes classroom instruction and practical teaching held on the thriving COM certified organic farm at the Indian Valley campus, a partnership program with the MMG. Participants may register for individual sessions or for the full series.

1. The Living Ground. Saturday Feb. 1, 1014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Jeff Creque, instructor
This session will cover the principles and practices of organic soil cultivation with a focus on the physical and biological properties of soil.

Emphasizing the intricate soil food web present in every healthy garden, Jeff will provide ample practical teaching on making and using compost, growing and incorporating cover crops and green manure into the soil, and will offer techniques of carbon sequestration for the living soil and the planet.


2. Groundwork in the Main Season Organic Garden. Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Wendy Johnson, instructor
In the San Francisco Bay Area the main season for primary crop production runs from the Vernal Equinox (Mar. 22) through the Autumnal Equinox six months later (September 21). In this very practical session we will learn how to make good organic soil mixes for annual and perennial crops, how to establish and record a seasonal planting schedule based on the principles of crop succession and rotation for vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. How best to irrigate the seasonal garden, how to establish Integrated Pest Management and disease control practices for the home garden, and how to harvest and handle your abundance of crops.

3. Putting Garden Ground to Rest. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Liza Buckner, instructor
The onset of the dormant season is an excellent time to complete crop planting for the annual winter garden, to harvest a bounty of cultivated and native plant seed, and to divide and propagate perennials for next season, as well as to establish a sound winter composting system for your garden. All these procedures and more will be covered in this final class of the 2014 organic gardening series.

 

Event flyer can be found HERE

 

 

 

4 November 2013

Homemade ToothPaste

By Matt Jabbs (DIY Natural)

Do It Yourself Homemade Toothpaste

Want to save about 300% on a toothpast purchase?  Try making your own!

 

Matt Jabbs over at DIY Natural  has written an informative and money saving article on making your own toothpaste.

 

All you need is:

- Baking Soda

- Fine Sea Salt

- Peppermint flavoring (or a flavoring of your choice)

 

More information and details on the mix can be found on the DIY site HERE

28 October 2013

Toxic Away Day November 9, 2013 9AM - 1 PM By Appointment ONLY

 

ZeroWasteMarin, in coordination with San Rafael Fire and Marin County Fire have teamed up for another exciting Toxic Away Day in West Marin.

 

In an effort to reduce hazardous waste incidents, and to facilitate safe situations for our firefighters, Toxic Away Day's are designed to encourage residents not to stockpile their hazwaste, but to dispose of it properly during these redidental disposal events.

 

17 September 2013

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Fall Plant Sale

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden
Certified Organic by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)
 
Fall Plant Sale

Saturday & Sunday, Sept.28 & 29, 2013 - 10am to 3pm                            

 · Plant Sales: certified organic vegetable starts, culinary and tea herbs, annual and perennial flowers, berries, fruit trees and native plants

  • Produce Sales: seasonal varieties
  • Live music
  • Farm tours
  • Bouquet-making
  • Tastings
  • Face Painting
  • Native Feast  Day Celebration, Sunday 11-3

In collaboration with the Cultural Conservancy, Seventh Native American Generation and other native youth groups we will host an afternoon of seed saving, native food tastings, storytelling and tours of the future ethno botanical garden at IVOF&G.  This event will feature guest speakers Jacquelyn Ross, (Coast Miwok/Jenner Pomo) fisherwoman, Native Food Gatherer, Educator and Writer and Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) PhD, Culinary Anthropologist, Chef, Photographer and author of Indian Foods of the Southwest Nations.

 

College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus , 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato

take the Ignacio Blvd. exit  and go west  to IVC college, parking lot 6 , farm is adjacent to athletic fields

 

Event flyer can be found HERE

15 July 2013

41 Ways to Waste Less

By Nate Lipka (Earth911.org)

Are you unsure about what you can do to reduce waste? 
Nate Lipka over at Earth911.Org has complied a great list of 41 ways to reduce waste. 
Simple things like donating clothing to the good will, understanding food expiration dates, opting out of printed phone books,
View the article HERE

 

 

18 April 2013

Spring Plant Sale Apr 20-21 in Novato

Are you looking for some organic vegitable starters?  What about some tea herbs or some native plants for your yard?  Well, search no more!

 

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, in conjunction with the Conservation Corps North Bay, the College of Marin, and the Master Gardeners Program is hosting its Spring Plant Sale

 

What:   

Spring Plant Sale, produce sale, live music, farm tours, tastings, Face painting, mini-workshops

Where: 

1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato (College of Marin, Indian Valley         Campus Parking lot 6 adjacent to athletic fields)

When:   

Sat, Sun April 20-21

 

Click HERE and HERE to get more information on this exciting event

 

 

 

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