The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for gardening in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.
We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.
First Saturday festivities at The Ecology Center are a monthly opportunity for inspiration. Visit our abundant gardens for a tour of the farm, connect with our expert team during our Eco-Design Open Studio, and check out Bread Artisan Bakery’s pop-up bread stand.
Eco-Design Farm Tour – 10:00 am
Throughout The Ecology Center’s learning landscape, we’ve designed spaces to model simple yet impactful solutions.
Join us for a guided tour of our historic home, built by pony express rider Joel Congdon in 1878. Over the last 8 years, we have transformed the land surrounding the Congdon house into a thriving learning landscape. We’ve carefully designed our spaces to serve as a model for sustainable solutions everyone can enact in their own lives and homes.
Eco-Design Open Office – 11:00 am
Come in to get advice and troubleshoot your garden challenges with our team of Eco-Designers. Eco-designers and community experts will be on hand to help you find answers to your garden questions, and suggest simple solutions to improve the sustainability of your landscape.
Artisan Bread Pop-Up Shop – 12:00 pm
Bread Artisan Bakery, a local family owned and operated wholesale bakery, is returning to The Ecology Center for their ever popular pop-up bread sales.
Bread Artisan Bakery takes unique pride in their craft, using centuries-old traditions to naturally leaven the bread with local organic grains (special for The Ecology Center), and a long fermentation to develop the flavor and texture.
Supplies are limited. This month’s offerings are: Pain de Campagne Miche $24 or $6 for a quarter // Baguette Tradition $4 // Date/Golden Raisin Walnut Batard $12 // Mixed Olive Thyme Boule $12 // Super Seedy Multi Grain Sandwich Loaf $10 // Cheese and Chive Country Sourdough Boule $12 // Dark Choc Chunk Brioche $12
Summer Garden Care workshop – 2:00 pm
Summer brings abundance to your garden, but it comes with its own series of challenges. With a few basic steps and extra care, you can keep your garden healthy and productive all summer long. With the right approach to caring for your summer garden, you can work smarter – not harder.
Most pests and diseases are at their peak during the summer, and plants need support to stay healthy. If you can keep your garden healthy, you can grow anywhere from 2 to 6 pounds of delicious, organic food per square foot during the summer months.
Topics covered in this hands-on class:
- Replenishing your plant’s nutrients
- Conserving water while keeping your plants hydrated
- Keeping pests and disease at bay
- Pruning and trellising
- Growing tender greens
- Reviving a raised bed
Each participant will take home a sample of compost from The Ecology Center.
Workshop registration is $30 per adult and $20 for members. Register now!
Lucian Toma has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification, and leads Public Programs and Eco-Garden Design Services for The Ecology Center.