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Learn to ‘container garden’ Monday

Renters may be happy to know, a backyard is not required to grow food according to Urban Guerrilla Farmer Jon Zax. Learn to adapt to container growing at a talk with Zax Monday, April 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. in Alameda.

Zax is an expert on growing food in unlikely places, in a sustainable and practical way. So naturally, he relies heavily on using containers and dealing with all that comes with them. Zax has run such experiments in the parking lot of the building where he lives.

Alameda once was home to one of the largest forests of California-native coastal live oak trees in the known world. Today, few of these trees survive, shading backyards and streets on the main Island.

The California Oak Mortality Task Force invites residents of Alameda to learn about and help prevent the most significant disease these trees face: sudden oak death (SOD). Citizen scientists in 21 coastal California communities from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino County will come together this Saturday in an effort to help stop the disease from spreading.

The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), operator of the Tuesday and Saturday Alameda Farmers’ Markets on Haight Avenue at Webster Street, in partnership with the Ecology Center in Berkeley, has been named among the organizations that will benefit from a $3.7 million grant courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Five years ago, Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) sprouted its first tender shoots when 30 friends and neighbors gathered at High Street Station to talk about gardening and how to share extra produce from their yards with the Alameda Food Bank.

In 1945 the Army Air Forces produced the Ronald Reagan-narrated film "Target Tokyo." The movie takes the audience on the first bombing raid on Japan’s capital city by the Army Air Forces’ B-29 Superfortress bombers.