Fruit Tree Care and Summer Pruning Class in the Edible Landscape

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany)
July 12 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees.  P1050779We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.

Main topics:
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation?  When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil?  When should one cut back a tree that is being planted?  How much?
• How do you espalier?  Why?  When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?

Trees in the ELP we’ll focus on:
–Unknown Fig variety
–2 Unknown Pear varieties
–20th Century Asian Pear
–Crabapple
–Granny Smith Apple
–Fuji Apple
–Beni Shogun Apple
–Dwarf Gala Apple
–Unknown Apple
–Reed Avocado
–2 Pineapple guava “Nazemetz”
–Greengage Plum
–Satsuma Plum
–Santa Rosa Plum
–Patterson Apricot
–Meyer lemon
–Clementine de Nules Mandarin
–Bearrs Lime
–Trovita Orange
–Unknown Lemon
–Fuyu Persimmon
–Unknown Nectarine
–Unknown Pomegranate
–Strawberry Tree
–California Hazelnut
–2 Redbuds
–Linden tree

Pruning tools: If you have them, bring clippers, loppers, live wood saw, other pruning tools.  We may not use them all, but it will be good to see various tools and learn what they are used for.

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM :  Class

1:00 – 2:30 PM Potluck: bring some food or drink to share and celebrate all that Tony has done for us AND your own plate/bowl, utensils, napkin, cup/bottle

Meet up spot:  The ELP Eastside garden Carmel Avenue midway between Portland and Thousand Oaks also between the picnic  and dog park areas, and near the Snack Shack and softball field.

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Home

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany and ACRAT)
May 31 @ 2:00 am - Event Details

HOmeIn the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been carbon offset.

Posted in , , , , , , , on May 28, 2015

Making Transition Neighborhoods

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 9.07.12 AMI just watched the latest video in the Peak Moment TV series, where Janaia Donaldson talks to the co-founder of Transition Victoria, BC, Michelle Colussi. Many beautiful insights, including a rousing endorsement of the Transition Streets neighborhood program. Worth spending 20 minutes to watch it. The next iteration of Transition Streets is ready to roll. Anyone excited to get their neighbors together?

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Health and Healing, Housing, Local Activities, Resources, Social Justice on May 18, 2015

Every Drop Counts – May 17th 4 – 6 pm

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - Event Details

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On Sunday May 17th, the Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team (ACRAT) will kick off a citywide conservation effort with a special event focused on water, Every Drop Counts. We would be absolutely delighted to have you join us.

The program is scheduled for 4 – 6 pm on the new patio at Sam’s Log Cabin, 945 San Pablo Avenue in Albany. It features a dynamic climate action keynote speaker, Trathen Heckman, founder of Petaluma’s very successful Daily Acts, EBMUD representatives, and a variety of water conservation resources. Equally important, it all takes place in a lovely setting with great food!

Resource stations and subject matter experts will be available to provide details on low water landscaping, water conservation tips, greywater systems and rainwater catchment, EBMUD incentive and rebate information, along with conservation items.

We’re hopeful that our guests will walk away inspired and equipped with the tools necessary to begin enhancing their water conservation efforts immediately and that events such as these will seed a greater sense of community and shared action.

Please spread the word among your Albany friends and acquaintances. It’s time for us all to get engaged in water conservation…!

 

Posted in , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015

Permaculture Action Weekend at UC Gill Tract Community Farm

April 25 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.19.53 AMPart of Earth Week at the Gill Tract, recognizing the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day with farming, workshops, panels, and fun in the spirit of the 45 year history of the Gill Tract Farm. We hope for a week-long community reflection — multi generational, intersectional — discussing where we’ve been, where we are now, and what this moment calls on us to do in the interest of the next seven generations. (more…)

Posted in , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015

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