Monthly Archives: June 2013

ELP Work Party

(Event Sponsored by TA Food Group)
June 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am - Event Details

Our garden is looking fabulous and will soon require new starts for beds where we have harvested lettuce, peas, and dark green leafy vegetables. Would you like to donate some?

Beans will be coming in in force very soon and we are pleased that the Bay Area Mission will be benefitting from our harvests through the agency of Bay Food Shed.

This work party will focus on protection, signage, tying up, and planting We need to construct new protection for the delicate persimmon tree with a roll of hardware cloth (the current system is affecting its new leaves). We’ll tie up the Tayberry canes, and plant young currant bushes, lemon verbena and a grape (to grow on an eventual archway over one of the paths), and some seeds (chives, beets, lettuce, collard, beans) as well as any starts people bring.

We would like to paint permanent signs for the perennial plants and trees. Ideas and materials welcomed!



Posted in , , , , on June 21, 2013

Garden-Sharing – A view from the Ground

From Pamela O’Malley Chang, Berkeley, CA, April 2013

Pam's gardenWayde, my  first garden-share partner, was a Merritt College horticulture student. We connected via, exchanged e-mails, and arranged a time for Wayde to meet my weedy backyard.

I’ve worked in gardens most of my life but I don’t have much experience with west coast vegetable gardens. I’d grown cherry tomatoes in my Berkeley backyard and tried other things but, between deer, snails, and insufficient time and effort, I hadn’t had much success. Wayde, by contrast, was motivated, energetic, and knowledgeable. Within a month of our connecting, Wayde whacked the weeds, brought in soil and mulch, and laid out planting areas. Later he brought seedlings from the Merritt College greenhouses – strawberries, mustard, broccoli, kale. We worked together when I was free – hauling mulch, planting, weeding, and repairing a fence to keep out deer – but Wayde also came by to weed and water in my absence.

Over several months, I enjoyed getting to know Wayde and his wife Taryn. As we weeded, the three of us would talk about our various experiences as Peace Corps volunteers, moving to California, about Taryn’s life in med school and my experiences as an acupuncturist, about weeds and grafting apple trees. And then, at the end of the growing season, Wayde and Taryn moved back to the midwest.


Posted in Community Building, Economy, Food and Agriculture, Resources on June 21, 2013

Albany Memorial Park Garden Work Party

(Event Sponsored by Friends of Albany Parks & Transition Albany)
June 15, 2013 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Saturday, June 15 is our next garden gathering.
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
1:00 “Lunch and Learn” Dealing with Garden Maladies and Deciding on Signs for the Garden
Bring any or all of these: gloves, hand tools, water bottle, food to share, starts/seeds for beds in the sun

Sign-in at the Edible Landscape (by the Snack Shack on Carmel midway between Thousand Oaks and Portland Avenues)

There are three tasks shaping up for the day:

1)Adding drip irrigation to a few more areas in both the High School Garden (HSG) and the Edible Landscape Garden (ELG). This activity will really simplify the Maintenance Crews’ work.

2)Placing the log round slices on the sand path at appropriate intervals and digging them in to be stable.

3)Removing spent plants from two-three beds in the sun and adding plants. We’ll leave a few plants for making new seeds.  Already donated are some cherry tomatoes (yellow and red), cucumbers (lemon and cornichons), basil (purple and thai), and peppers (padrón and Mareko Fana).  Bring more delights to add to these.

Posted in , , , on June 12, 2013

Urban Homesteading Resources from LFY (Local Food Yards)

A beginning list…


Ecology Center, Berkeley. Classes, book store, seed library, and website includes many how-to’s, a wonderful starting place

Urban Adamah, Berkeley, Urban, Jewish farmers with apprentice programs, harvest distributions to food banks and free food stand.

Posted in Community Building, Food and Agriculture, Resources on June 12, 2013