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Master gardeners selling 'Incredible Edibles' in Pleasanton

Purchase online, then pick up at Alviso Adobe park

Plant sale project leaders (from left) Gail Myers, Maria Lopez and Patti Joki in front of a hoop house with new seedlings at Alviso Adobe Community Park. (Photo courtesy of ACMG)

The Incredible Edible Plant Sale is being held soon by the UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County -- with orders placed online starting March 28 and curbside pickup in Pleasanton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10-12 at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road.

Vegetable plants thrive in their newly constructed hoop houses at Alviso Adobe Community Park last weekend, waiting to be potted for the big sale. (Photo courtesy of ACMG)

A selection of vegetable seedlings and culinary herbs will be for sale at $4 for each 4-inch pot, and proceeds go toward the master gardeners' community education programs.

"The master gardeners are all volunteer," explained Maria Lopez, who is coordinating the sale along with Gail Myers and Patti Joki. "Master gardener volunteers are trained agents of the University of California Cooperative Extension who provide research-based knowledge and information on home gardening. The money made on the sale will provide education to the community."

The edibles for sale will include tomato plants -- heirloom, cherry, slicers, container and paste varieties -- as well as peppers, from sweet and juicy to hot and spicy, plus squash, zucchini, pumpkins and other vegetables and herbs.

Due to COVID restrictions, plants need to be ordered in advance, at www.incredibleedibleplantsale.com, which will have photos of all the plants for sale.

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"We grew our seedlings in a greenhouse at Las Positas College and have transferred them to our hoop houses at the Alviso Adobe Community Park where we are transplanting them into individual 4-inch pots to grow and sell," Lopez said.

Master gardeners Roger Morin and Darcy Horn propagate seedlings in the green house at Las Positas College, which was available for their use this year. (Photo courtesy of ACMG)

When buyers place their orders for the plants online, they will sign up for a time slot, she added, and only cash and checks will be accepted.

She noted that home gardens have become even more popular during the pandemic.

"Because everybody had to stay home, people started to garden more and became sustainable," said Lopez, who grows tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and many herbs in her raised gardens. "It is satisfying to grow your own fresh vegetables."

The volunteers have been busy building the temporary hoop houses, which provide drainage and frames for plastic coverings, at Alviso Adobe and are also preparing labels and descriptions for each plant.

"We don't have a sale every year but we would like to," Lopez said. "We are looking for a permanent spot."

The Alameda County Master Gardeners are working on plans to develop a demonstration garden in Pleasanton near the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail in Pleasanton that will offer hands-on learning through garden talks, workshops and demonstrations.

They have five demonstration gardens so far in Alameda County. Their 7,000-square-foot parcel of land in Livermore focuses on water conservation and low maintenance, featuring "Water Wise" plants as an alternative to the traditional home landscape; the Pleasanton garden is being planned to feature herbs, fruits and vegetables.

For more information about the Alameda County Master Gardeners, visit acmg.ucanr.edu.

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Master gardeners selling 'Incredible Edibles' in Pleasanton

Purchase online, then pick up at Alviso Adobe park

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 10:22 pm

The Incredible Edible Plant Sale is being held soon by the UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County -- with orders placed online starting March 28 and curbside pickup in Pleasanton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10-12 at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road.

A selection of vegetable seedlings and culinary herbs will be for sale at $4 for each 4-inch pot, and proceeds go toward the master gardeners' community education programs.

"The master gardeners are all volunteer," explained Maria Lopez, who is coordinating the sale along with Gail Myers and Patti Joki. "Master gardener volunteers are trained agents of the University of California Cooperative Extension who provide research-based knowledge and information on home gardening. The money made on the sale will provide education to the community."

The edibles for sale will include tomato plants -- heirloom, cherry, slicers, container and paste varieties -- as well as peppers, from sweet and juicy to hot and spicy, plus squash, zucchini, pumpkins and other vegetables and herbs.

Due to COVID restrictions, plants need to be ordered in advance, at www.incredibleedibleplantsale.com, which will have photos of all the plants for sale.

"We grew our seedlings in a greenhouse at Las Positas College and have transferred them to our hoop houses at the Alviso Adobe Community Park where we are transplanting them into individual 4-inch pots to grow and sell," Lopez said.

When buyers place their orders for the plants online, they will sign up for a time slot, she added, and only cash and checks will be accepted.

She noted that home gardens have become even more popular during the pandemic.

"Because everybody had to stay home, people started to garden more and became sustainable," said Lopez, who grows tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and many herbs in her raised gardens. "It is satisfying to grow your own fresh vegetables."

The volunteers have been busy building the temporary hoop houses, which provide drainage and frames for plastic coverings, at Alviso Adobe and are also preparing labels and descriptions for each plant.

"We don't have a sale every year but we would like to," Lopez said. "We are looking for a permanent spot."

The Alameda County Master Gardeners are working on plans to develop a demonstration garden in Pleasanton near the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail in Pleasanton that will offer hands-on learning through garden talks, workshops and demonstrations.

They have five demonstration gardens so far in Alameda County. Their 7,000-square-foot parcel of land in Livermore focuses on water conservation and low maintenance, featuring "Water Wise" plants as an alternative to the traditional home landscape; the Pleasanton garden is being planned to feature herbs, fruits and vegetables.

For more information about the Alameda County Master Gardeners, visit acmg.ucanr.edu.

Comments

Becky
Registered user
Livermore
on Mar 18, 2021 at 4:09 pm
Becky, Livermore
Registered user
on Mar 18, 2021 at 4:09 pm

The link is incomplete I think. How do we order these plants online?


Jeremy Walsh, editor
Registered user
another community
on Mar 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm
Jeremy Walsh, editor, another community
Registered user
on Mar 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Thank you for the question, Becky. You should see the plant sale referenced at the top of the main page via the link provided (acmg.ucanr.edu), but it looks as if the order function might not open until March 28, when the sale starts.


Louis Astbury
Registered user
Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 24, 2021 at 5:49 pm
Louis Astbury, Kottinger Ranch
Registered user
on Mar 24, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Hi Becky,
You can sign up to be notified when the ordering site is active at:
Web Link
Ordering will start on April 28th.

Thanks for your interest!


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