If you're passionate about composting and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, then become a State of Texas Master Composter. Learn how to improve your soil's health by diverting valuable garden resources from the landfill back into your landscape. The 16-hour, 4-class series is a unique opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the composting process and insights on sharing this knowledge with others. Residents enrolling in Master Composter training are asked to complete 20 hours of community service to advance local composting efforts. Free.
January 28, 2016
City of Plano: Master Composter Training - Plano
February 11, 2016
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assocation: 2016 Conference - Rockwall
February 12, 2016
Cornell Lab & Audubon Society: The Great Backyard Bird Count - Worldwide (Thru Feb. 15)
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12-15, 2016. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!
REI: Big Bend National Park - Dallas
Discover one of the best spots to recreate in Texas. Free.
February 13, 2016
Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Great Backyard Bird Count - Arlington
Bring your binoculars and camera to join The Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area for this year's edition of the Great Backyard Bird Count. We’ll have a guided bird walk led by our most excellent birder and past Audubon Society President, Charley Amos.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras.
O.S. Gray Natural has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.
North Texas Farmers Markets - Complete Listings
Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org
Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: http://www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com
McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp
Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrollton-Farmers-Market/150017371728897
Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org
Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com
Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org
Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicgardencenter.com
Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com
Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market), three locations in Dallas: http://www.goodlocalmarket.org
Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket
The Market Place DFW, Mesquite and Garland: http://www.themarketplacedfw.com
Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com
Uptown Farmers Market at West Village, Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061567990525719/
Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket
Denton County Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com
Little Elm Farmers Market: http://www.littleelm.org/index.aspx?nid=895
Ennis Farmers Market: http://ennistx.com/farmers-market
Garden Harvests Farm: Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com
Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWaxahachieFarmersMarket
Denison Farmers Market: www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com
Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com
Burleson Farmers Market: http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com
Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com
Rockwall Farmers Market: http://www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org
Bedford Farmers Market: http://bedfordfarmersmkt.com
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket
Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com
Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints
Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net
Farm to Fork Foods, Arlington: http://farmtoforkfoods.com
Garden of Eden Farmer’s Market: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com
Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com
Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com
Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com
Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/
Ridgmar Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgmar-Farmers-Market/384880104907658
Rufe Snow Farmers Market: http://www.rufesnowmarket.com
West 7th Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689355751339329/
Don't see one of your favorites? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.
Texas A&M AgriLife Water University: Lawn Care - Dallas
Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass? Do you have brown circles in your yard? Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Free.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center: Great Backyard Bird Count - Cedar Hill
New and experienced bird watchers of all ages are welcome to join us at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center as we participate with thousands of people across the nation in this great tradition of citizen science. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community. Free.
Info: 469-526-1987 or email@example.com.
North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Oncor Residential Solar Energy Incentives - Dallas
Presenter: Jeff Reed, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, Oncor
Topic #2: Solar Energy in the Texas Energy Market
Presenter: Larry Howe, Plano Solar Advocates
Redenta's: Roses - Arlington & Dallas
Cindy Lawrey, director of our Maintenance Services, will be at both shops to talk about how to grow and take care of roses just in time for the Valentine’s holiday.
Class will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Arlington and 2 p.m. in Dallas locations. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens' Clmate Lobby Denton Chapter: Monthly Meeting - Denton
Nonpartisan group trains people to voice their concerns over climate change.
11 -11:30 am: CCL Denton Meeting
11:30 am - noon: Monthly Actions Practice
Noon - 1pm: National Call-in w/Jeffrey O'Malley
Info: Brett Cease, email@example.com or 218-766-0830
Texas Discovery Gardens: Rose Pruning Workshop - Dallas
Dr. Peter Schaar dispels rose myths and teaches proper pruning with a sharp wit and sharper tools. Take home a rose bush and put your new-found knowledge to use. $25.
REI: Bikepacking Basics - Dallas
Bikepacking (backpacking by mountain bike) is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. Free.
February 14, 2016
Denton Vegetarian Society: Vegan Potluck with Karma Yoga - Denton
Join us at Audacity Brewhouse for a community Valentine's Day Vegan Brunch with Denton Veg Society and the Karma Yoga Denton crew. Join Karma Yoga Denton for a 10 a.m. Morning Buzz yoga class if you're up for it ($5 suggested donation) and hang out for the potluck after! Bring whatever you like (as long as it's vegan), but breakfast foods and vegan desserts would be divine. Come meet fellow vegans and vegetarians in the community, and show your love for animals and delicious vegan food on the day of St. Valentine. If you're not vegan or vegetarian, we would still love to have you! Just be sure whatever you bring contains no meat, eggs or dairy. KYD will provide plates and utensils. Bring a recipe card with all ingredients listed for those with allergies, and so we know how to remake it!
Connemara Conservancy: Dog Valentine's Day - Allen
The Connemara Conservancy will celebrate Valentine’s Day by welcoming dogs back to the Meadow Nature Preserve with a special “Bring A Dog, Bring A Donation” fundraiser.
Residents are invited to bring up to three dogs to the Nature Preserve on the border of Allen and Plano for a $10 donation per dog.
Permits good for six months will also be available for dog owners who would like to bring their dogs to the Meadow on a regular basis. Dogs must remain leashed and owners must clean up after their pet. Other rules will also apply.
The Connemara Conservancy board of directors recently changed its policy regarding dogs in the Meadow Nature Preserve. Dogs were prohibited from the Meadow several years ago in order to revitalize areas of the 72-acre Nature Preserve. As part of a six-month test program, dogs will now be allowed into the Meadow if their owners purchase a permit, which starts at $60 and is reduced monthly during the test period.