Check out this project.
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I am delighted to announce that Transition Albany has received a grant from Coming of Age: Bay Area to improve the Edible Landscape Project in Memorial Park primarily through increasing the knowledge and skill of our volunteer corps, especially those over 50 years old. The main activity of the grant is an exciting team-based Permaculture learning lab series that we hope you will consider joining.
Registration deadline: January 25, 2014
Have you ever indulged during the holidays, gained a few and vowed to lose that few and then some? Or, if you’re like me, perhaps you find your clothes a bit on the snug side and wondered if maybe, just maybe, this is a good time to start losing that few? If so,
Nori Hudson will show us how to simplify our weight loss goals once and for all! So come and learn some of the underlying reasons for “weight loss resistance”! She will teach us simple, easy steps we can implement immediately to help us form lifelong healthy habits. We can enjoy nutrient dense snacks (and take home the recipes!). And to make sure we don’t go into overwhelm when we get home, Nori will provide some meal planning guidance to get us started. (more…)
You’re invited to come and enjoy the company of your local community and like-minded folks. We eat, play, express our needs, and offer our services to one another in a way that builds relationships old and new.
Go here for a better idea of what to expect: http://transitionalbany.org/event/first-tuesday-potluck-with-gift-circle/
You are invited to join with permaculture students from all over the local area as we amend the soil in the southern portion of the Edible Landscape Project, and plant all kinds of trees and bushes to fill in the gaps in this nascent Food Forest. Whether or not you have enjoyed our work so far, you are welcome to come and watch, participate, or simply be there.
This coming Saturday, we will be double digging to aerate the top layer of soil in the underplanted areas so that roots can spread more easily in this area which has been compacted by people walking on it. We will be planting fruit trees and bushes, as well as a selection of plants and bushes that will feed our local bees year round, some vines and groundcover.
Gradually our Food Forest is taking shape.
What is so special about a Food Forest?
Well, firstly its composed mainly of perennials, which have time to grow longer roots and thus become more resilient to drought as they access water from further down.
Then the perennials are chosen so that they work together – a bush that attracts bees is planted next to a fruit tree that flowers at the same time; next to a tree that is subject to pests is a plant that attracts the insects that feed on those pests; plants with very deep roots are used as mulch so that the nutrients it has brought up from deep down are available to plants at the surface – the remains of one plant helps another, just like in nature.
There are taller trees, shorter trees, bushes, vines, ground cover and root crops all co-existing close together and harmoniously. In the end, the only maintenance needed on an established food forest is harvesting.
It will take several years for our garden to reach this stage, so in the meantime we have plenty of annuals that are available for anyone who needs them. We harvest for Bay Area Rescue Mission and for a church that feeds the migrant workers in Berkeley.
To have the support of the East Bay Permaculture Guild on this special workday is wonderful, There will be new people to learn from and talk to, and fun will be had by all.
Please bring (well-identified) garden forks, shovels, gloves, water, a musical instrument if you play one and something to share for lunch together when we’re done.
We look forward to seeing you.