Monthly Archives: May 2014

Making Low-Water Planters

June 22, 2014 @ 11:00 am - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-05-27 at 1.07.39 PMA morning hands-on workshop with Saundra Leigh and Catherine Sutton. Bring a waterproof container you would like to use as a planter, or better yet, two identical ones that can sit inside one another, and we will share the required materials and expertise so that you can go home with a complete planter.

Low-water “wick” planters use a lot less water than top-watered containers, provide a better growing medium for plant roots that like constant water (tomatoes not recommended), considerably reduce evaporation from the surface, are impervious to gophers, and are moveable. In other words they can be even better in some ways than planting in the ground… and they are a great way to get children excited about growing things.

RSVP required! We need to know by June 20 if you intend to come. The class is free. Location (on Madison 900 block in Albany) revealed to those who let us know they’re coming by June 20. RSVP and questions to catherine (at) Thank you!

Posted in , , , , , on May 27, 2014

SHAREFEST! – cancelled

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany)
May 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details


Come and have fun learning all the ways you can save water at home and in your business:

EBMUD rebates for water saving,

Ideas and support for turning your lawn into a low-water native plant or bee forage garden with Bay Friendly or “growing your own groceries”,

Learn how to fix a toilet leak (much more common than you’d think!),

See a demonstration compost toilet,

Schedule a consultation on grey-water installation at your home

Learn the best way to save rainwater in Albany

Join the East Bay Reciprocity Network Time Bank ….

you’ll come away inspired to do even more to preserve our previous water supply!

(On June 1, there will be a drip irrigation workshop with Tony Wolcott at Memorial Park’s Edible Landscape, open to all.)

This event is part of Shareable’s Sharing Spring and the EastBay Resilience Challenge.

If you would like a table at this event, please contact Catherine at 510-528-2261

Posted in , , , , on May 10, 2014

May 2014 Community Resilience Challenge

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Grow food

Save water

Conserve energy

Build community.


Help us reach the goal of 3000 actions by May 31st!

Here’s How:

  • Harvest rainwater
  • Install greywater
  • Hang a clothesline
  • Get a home energy upgrade
  • Convert your lawn to food
  • Set up drip irrigation
  • Bring your own mug
  • Create your own project

Be inspired by great ideas here on the pledge form. Find easy steps and municipal rebate programs in our How-To Action Guides. (more…)

Posted in Community Building, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities, Social Justice on May 10, 2014

First Tuesday Potluck and Gift Circle

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany, Transition Berkeley and EBCO)
May 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Posted in on May 3, 2014




soup-clipart-webOur monthly Transition/Co-Housing potluck usually includes a gift circle.

What is a gift circle? Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice in as much depth as you want:

So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 7:00 pm. After we’ve eaten, at about 7:45 pm, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then match them. (more…)

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities, Social Justice on May 3, 2014