War gardening, or victory gardens, was first promoted in WWI, as a means for people to produce more food and consume less, leaving the bulk of the country's harvests available for shipping to the troops and to Europe. Citizens were encouraged to grow food on all unused land, including parks, schools, backyards and vacant lots. Growing your own vegetables has recently gained in popularity, and there are many 21st century techniques and tools for the home gardeners. In this presentation Cynthia Leung will explore many of the new available methods from seed-starting to harvest for the home gardener and will give her own personal take on growing vegetables. Included are recipes for making your own potting soil and your own fertilizer mixes, as well as time-saving techniques. Cynthia Leung has grown vegetables since 1983, when she acquired a plot in a Berkeley community garden. Since then her vegetables and fruits have thrived and she has researched and tested many different gardening tools and gadgets, seeds, and techniques. She is able to grow about 35% of all the vegetables and fruit that her family eats. Purchase your tickets here online or call us at (707) 579-1500 during regular business hours or between 11:00 am-5:00 pm on weekends. Members-$10 General-$15.