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Pepcom – Coming to SF today!

May 19, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Energy Saving, Events No Comments →

For Analysts and Press – this is always a great time to learn more about several newsworthy companies and their mobile / energy / security devices.

  •  BlackBerry will be showcasing PRIV, its latest smartphone, powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, among other well-known portfolio favorites. Cedar Electronics Escort, Inc., Cobra Electronics, and WASPcam, held by Cedar Electronics, are showcasing their most advanced radar detection systems, dual channel Drive HD™ Dash Cams and the latest ultra-compact Cobra JumPack™ XL portable power solutions as well as the newly acquired WASPcam™ and Adventure HD™ action and sport camera systems.
  • EchoStar® will be showing SAGE™ by Hughes™, a fully integrated, self-monitored security and home automation solution.
  • Energous  will be showing the Miniature WattUp® transmitter, the only pocketable wire-free charging solution for wearables and IoT devices.
  • Kingston Technology  will display its latest range of gaming, mobile, and high-density, high-speed memory cards to ensure you get into the action and keep going wherever you are.
  • KODAK PIXPRO  Digital Cameras and Devices will be showing its latest cutting-edge 360° camera, the SP360 4K VR Camera, designed to take your creative vision and passions for 360° interactive video to the next level.
  • Lenovo is excited to be showing off all of our most current consumer and enterprise products, stop by and check us out. Metromile Metromile, an innovative pay-per-mile car insurance provider, will be showing its newly re-designed Metromile app including features like car location, street sweeping alerts, billing and car health. Moshi will be presenting accessories for the discerning business professional, including Avanti, the company’s flagship on-ear headphones, and its IonBank portable battery series.

and more….

May 2 Raptor Center Open House

May 03, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

THIS  Saturday at UC Davis!

Special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors out on the glove.

Local artist and CRC volunteer Diana Munoz will lead a sketching class from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the trailer where presentations are held. Munoz will provide suggestions on how to draw raptor shapes and provide tips on capturing feather and facial details. Kids of all ages are welcome to bring a sketch book, pencils and join the fun.

EARTH DAY – What Green Deed will YOU do?

April 22, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Garden /Plants, Global Understanding No Comments →

Earth Day (April 22) inspires us to be better greener global citizens! Let’s conserve water and energy, let’s get healthier by walking, hiking and biking. Let’s plant some native drought tolerant trees and smile at whatever the weather brings.  We can buy quality, skip the junk, make things last rather than throw out. We can make GREEN style the best style. We could encourage our work groups to TELECOMMUTE, to have phone conversations instead of drive to appointments and jump on planes! We could learn to be incredible trainers and collaborators by using SKYPE… we could learn and lead together while not in the same office.

 We can love our earth.    gogreen lightbulb

We can volunteer to plant, cleanup, recycle, and donate money to the causes we love…. like the  National Parks Foundation in support of its 100th anniversary.    


Volunteer for Earth Day!

April 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Canopy’s Earth Day Tree Care Service Day – 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 Earth Day Tree Servicing in Palo Alto

This is a wonderful organization. It is a fun group activity too, you’ll look fondly at the trees you have planted for years to come!

April 23, 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM Earth Day Beach Clean-Up in San Mateo Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA, 94401

Beach Clean Up in San Mateo

Coastal Cleanup Days a water pollution prevention program

Earth Day at ReThink Waste in San Carlos  333 Shoreway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

6 months of THINK PINK at SF Ferry Plaza

April 07, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

“Think Pink Thursdays” At Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant


If you love rosé wine, you won’t want to miss this! Beginning on Thursday, April 7th and running for SIX MONTHS, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants are hosting “Think Pink Thursday.” Let the rosé flow, have a great time, not only with your friends, but with those around you, and do a little good for local charities at the same time.

Here’s how it works: Come in any Thursday between 4pm to 8pm and grab a bottle of rosé from the huge array in the fridge to enjoy. Take a seat at their new community tables, or anywhere at the bar, and let them know how many glasses you’d like. Feel free to share a taste with your neighbor and get the communal party started. Help create a lively Thursday with conversation and pink wine flowing with new and old friends.

In lieu of their standard $9 corkage fee, FPWM will institute a $5 fee for all rosé purchased in the bar on Thursdays which will be donated to local charities. They were inspired by their friends at IfOnly, with whom they are partnering, and are each contributing $2.50 from the sale of every bottle to BAYS (Bay Area Young Survivors – of Cancer) and Tipping Point Community, respectively.

 FERRY PLAZA Wine Merchants — they will plan your event! Plan your group event with us and enjoy great wine and food pairings!

“Bee Bread” At Beekind

April 03, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →


 BeeKind is happy to announce the return of their fresh local honeybee pollen. Known in the beekeeping world as “Bee Bread” it is 35% protein and contains 18 Amino Acids, this is an amazing superfood to add to any diet and will even help relieve local allergies if consumed regularly! You can add this superfood to shakes, salads or take a spoonful.


Also in stock is their much beloved Bolinas Eucalyptus Honey. Harvested from the small coastal town of Bolinas in southern Marin, this honey is treasured for its rich butterscotch and carmel notes and is favorite to many. Excellent paired with smoked blue cheese, drizzled on a grilled fruit salad, or mixed with balsamic vinegar as a rich glaze! Stop by for a sample today!

Throughout the beekind store you’ll find everything to do with bees including tips and tidbits on the healthful benefits of honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee pollen and beeswax. Beautiful and Healthful beeswax candles and beeswax candle making supplies. You can even become a beekeeper at beekind.

Sebastopol Map
San Francisco Map

Location in SF — Ferry Plaza on the Embarcadero.  An easy walk from downtown to the ocean, close to Embarcadero BART.

One Ferry Building Suite 21B (Right across from Peet’s Coffee & Tea)
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 307-8682
Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-7PM
Sat 8AM-6PM Sun 10AM-5PM

Location is Sebastopol – in the heart of wine country:

921 Gravenstein Hwy S./Hwy 116
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(next to Foster’s Freeze)
(707) 824-2905
Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM
Sun 10AM-4PM

We are located on Hwy 116, right next to Foster’s Freeze and Starbucks.

Get Inspired: Garden!

March 17, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →

GREAT gardening article:, “Gardening 101: Everything you need to know to plant a thriving garden” (posted 3/18/16)

There is so much information in this article (how to, choosing plants, tools), but these natural pest elimination  recipes are great – make your own:

Insect repellent: In a large pot, mix two heads of crushed garlic, 3 cups of crushed mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper and 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Let the mixture sit overnight and then strain it into a couple of spray bottles, adding a few squirts of dish soap to each. This should yield 12 cups of liquid.

Weed killer: This is as easy as filling a spray bottle with white vinegar and adding a teaspoon of dish soap. Be careful when spraying this solution because it can kill your plants too.

If you love to garden … or … need some encouragement, this is the place to be!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show | March 16-20, 2016

Held each spring at the San Mateo Event Center, the show covers more than five acres and includes full-sized showcase gardens, floral designs and loads of ideas, discussions, talks, pamphlets and experts galore!


SF Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza in June

February 28, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →

The San Francisco Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza is a collection of Spring plant shows and sales SATURDAY JUNE 11 in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

Location is on 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
Time 9-5pm

This is an annual one day only Sale, featuring:

  • SF Begonia Society
  • SF Gesneriad Society
  • SF African Violet Society
  • SF Epiphyllum Society
  • SF Fuchsia Society
  • SF Rose Society
  • SF Dahlia Society
  • SFSU Friends of the Green House Exotics (
  • SF Aquarium Society
  • Laughing Lydia
  • Pottery and Glass Blowing Artists
  • EZ Mount Plan Hangers
  • Orchid Society of California
  • and many more, as well as other vendors and food and drinks.

On Saturday June 11 / Sunday June 12 at the Gallery in the Hall of Flowers 9-5

Annual Two Day SALE! Featuring the:

  • SF Succulent and Cactus Society
  • SF Bromeliad Society

and more

Each plant society involved is dedicated to education, culture, protection, and appreciation of plants all over the world. There are also many local growers and nurseries that feature particular types of plants that join this huge plant sale!  So regardless of if you are looking for a particular plant and/or society, this is the THE event to attend to find what you are looking for! Even if you do not know what you are looking for!    



Just so you know:

The San Francisco Orchid Society meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month 7-10pm in the County Fair Building at 9th Ave and Lincoln Way in SF

“Orchids in the Park”  event presented by the SF Orchid Society’s Summer Show and Sale is July 23 & 24 2016 10 – 5pm – Demos, Raffle, Admission $5 / 4 under 16 free.

Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 - –  Orchid Show and Sale May 7 & 8 Lakeside Park Garden Center 666 Bellevue Ave Oakland, CA 94610, FREE, displays, raffles

Out of this WORLD Orchids Saturday / Sunday March 5 & 6, presented by the Napa Valley Orchid Society Presents. 10-4pm  FREE, at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa CA 94559  For more information call (707) 252-4050  Orchids for sale, art, raffle, orchid supplies.


Austin Creek

Bay Area Carnivorous Plant

Cal West Tropical

California Native Plant

California Rare Fruit


Geraniaceae (Geraniums) –

Lauging Lydia (Succulents)

Mycological Society of San Francisco (Mushrooms)

Orchid Society of

San Francisco African Violet

San Francisco Aquarium

San Francisco Begonia

San Francisco Dahlia

San Francisco Epiphyllum

San Francisco Fuchsia

San Francisco Gesneriad

San Francisco Rose

San Francisco Succulent and Cactus

San Francisco State University – Friends of the Greenhouse (Martin Grantham)

The Tiny Jungle (Orchids, Begonias, Gesneriads and more)


We’ve Got to Talk about this! – Greywater!

November 24, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Water News, Water Workshops

The Good: The Carmel River is running freely again for first time in 95 years after the San Clement Dam was removed this week, opening up the river for spawning Steelhead. And restoring California’s meadows could help combat climate change and increase the water supply.
The Bad: All the recent recent storms and snow in the Sierra’s have had no effect on California’s long-term water supply deficit, according to the US Drought Monitor. The drought is still extreme! And as California’s wait for rain, salmon struggle for survival in the warm and shallow rivers.

And the Ugly
: Happy (belated) World Toilet Day!  Some are calling this toilet “grossly awesome” due to it’s poop eating worms, others think it’s just plain awesome. What about you?

Upcoming Workshops

Los Angeles Area

  • Free workshops sponsored by California American Water!
    • LA County (Rosemead Community Center)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater. November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop, December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
    • Ventura County (In Thousand Oaks)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater: Drought-Proof Your Landscape. December 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop. December 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
  • The Low Down on Pee and Poo: Composting toilets and urine reuse at the Los Angeles EcoVillage (117 Bimini Place LA, 9004) December 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Cost: $5 – $15 More info here
  • Save Your Water! (LA Natural History Museum). Learn about rainwater capture and greywater reuse, plus help build a greywater system at the museum. More info here
  • 3 day greywater class in Malibu. January 11th-13th. Hosted by COWA. More info here

On-line classes
Last two webinars of the 2015 series. More info and registration here

  • 12/2 Gravity-Flow, Branched Drain Systems and Greywater Irrigation in Arid Climates
  • 12/16 Southern CA Fruit Trees 101- How to Irrigate Your Home Orchard with Greywater

SF Bay Area

  • (Fairfax) Hands-on greywater workshop. December 5 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. More info and registration link here
  • (Oakland) Hands-on greywater install workshop. 10th January 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. More info and registration link here.
  • (Oakland Tool Lending Library) Laundry to Landscape workshop. January 16th, 1-3:30pm.  Free workshop.

Free Film- Open Sesame Screening

November 21, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Open Sesame Film Screening
Monday, November 23, 6 p.m.
Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room

Sunnyvale Public Library and the Sustainable Community Gardens bring you this event!

This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS.

Visit the Open Sesame website for more information about the film.

Oh, and want seeds? We have them for free! Check out our Seed Library in the Patent/Business area.

Blue Star Moms

November 19, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food No Comments →

Blue Star Moms is an amazing group.

Blue Star Moms, Chapter 101 in Danville, CA  website

San Mateo, CA  Blue Star Moms website

There are local groups in many communities, just google “blue star moms”.  Their volunteer work is simple: pack boxes of snacks, magazines, books, toiletries and useful items for our troops. They need flashlights, flushable wipes, soap, body lotion, chapstick, etc. Local business donate items that are needed. Families donate, local folks donate. During the Holidays local school kids write letters and draw pictures. The boxes are a strong link to US to families, communities and a spirited reminder “We Remember them!”

These boxes are not full of fancy stuff, no toys, phones, electronics, bling…. they need the basics. The boxes are full of hugs too.

Wreaths Across America

Honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths. All across the country, organizations and individuals are laying wreaths on the gravesites of our fallen heroes. This will occur on December 12th. The wreaths are provided through donations.
Support us by purchasing a wreath and join us at the cemetery to lay them at the gravesites

When: Saturday, December 12th @ 9:00 am
Where: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno
1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno
Why: To honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve those who serve. We support our Veterans who are recovering from wars of today and yesterday and send a piece of home to as many troops as possible deployed in combat zones. Our care packages are filled with everything from clean socks to beef jerky! They ask for it and we send it!