Postings Related To: Community Building

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

April 25 @ 2:00 am - Event Details

“The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” is a documentary about Cuba’s transition from oil-based, chemically drenched agriculture to organic farming. Dale Allen Pfeiffer, author of “Eating Fossil Fuels,” writes: “Cuba has disproved the myth that organic agriculture cannot maintain a modern nation.”

Columnist Paul Rockwell, formerly children’s librarian at the Albany Library, will facilitate the discussion. gonetubin2[at]

Posted in , , , , on March 29, 2015

Greywater Design and Installation Workshop (Richmond)

May 23 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Learn how to install the popular “laundry to landscape” (L2L) greywater system in this design workshop in Richmond, CA.

Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you’ll learn about in class.


  • How to design a system for your home and landscape
  • How to build a system- you’ll create a “mock-up” of a real system with real greywater parts
  • What parts you’ll need for your home
  • How much greywater you produce and how many plants you can water
  • What soaps and detergents are “greywater friendly”

Optional: The Urban Farmer Store sells all the parts you’ll need for a greywater system. Buy everything you need after the workshop with your materials list and getting support from the instructors and trained staff.

Register: here

$15 – $40 sliding scale

Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.

For more information on an L2L system refer to the SF Graywater Guide for Outdoor Irrigation, downloadable here  or watch a video of an installation of this system on Ask This Old House.

Posted in , , , , , , on March 29, 2015

Film: “Occupy The Farm”

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Tuesday March 31, 7 pm

Oakland’s New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

OCCUPY THE FARM tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly owned research farm and plant it with two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development.

The film captures an intense conflict over one piece of land. Compelling characters on both sides of the battle create a remarkable narrative in which community members employ an ingenious strategy to confront a powerful institution in the effort to preserve public land for urban farming.

From preparing the soil to police raids, from lawsuits to overflowing harvests, OCCUPY THE FARM reveals a determined community responding with a direct action to address a major social need: healthy food and access to public land.

“Riveting from the start”, says the Village Voice’s film critic Ernest Handy about OCCUPY THE FARM. “It illustrates the staggering extent to which corporate interests dictate policy and shape scientific research.”

“Sweeps up the viewer in a fast-paced, character-driven narrative,” says Sarah Burke in her film review of OCCUPY THE FARM in East Bay Express.

“Empowering food for thought,” says Los Angeles Times film critic Michael Rechtsaffen.

“From the moment I arrived on the Gill Tract I knew that this was an important story and that the farmer’s strategy was new, unique and hopeful. I am fortunate that these historic events played out in front of our cameras over the weeks and months that we followed them. It was like catching lightening in a bottle.”
Todd Darling, Director

See more about “Occupy The Farm”

Posted in , , on March 27, 2015

Welcome to Spring Community Work Party

March 28 @ 11:00 am - Event Details

hugelkultur team bestSpring into community on this fun day of construction, planting, and sharing food in the Edible Landscape.  Meet on Carmel Avenue mid-way between Portland and Thousand Oaks on the east edge of the Memorial Park.

(Arrive at 10:30 to help set up and stage materials to the areas where they will be used.)  (more…)

Posted in , , , on March 25, 2015

Urban Food Forests: Designing and Creating Resilient, Tree-Based Plant Communities

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - Event Details

with Jeremy Watts & Seth Peterson

A food forest is more than an orchard, more than a grove of fruit trees.  It is a holistically designed system that takes into account all of the elements necessary to create a regenerative “forest” of food.  An urban food forest grows into a self-sustaining system that provides an abundance for decades.  Thoughtful design creates a system that becomes easier and easier to maintain as the community of plants take charge and we become observant stewards who are a beneficial part of the natural world around us. They are systems that regenerate our natural world and reverse the damage caused by pollution and modern chemical agriculture while providing food, medicine and more.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

*  An overview of permaculture design principles and how to learn from Mother Nature through observation.

*  Selection of appropriate trees and support species (plants and mushrooms) to create low-input, low-maintenance ecological systems in urban areas.

*  Water-conservation techniques and drought-resistant species.

*  How animals fit into a food forest.

*  Site assessment, preparation, design, implementation and maintenance.

*  Fruit tree care: pruning, feeding, holistic disease & pest management.

*  Season-extension via custom grafting.

*  The ongoing joy of perpetuating and eating from your food forest garden!

Participants will receive literature on the course material but are encouraged to take notes as well.

There are two work-trade positions available.  Contact at the email below if interested.

The workshop will go from 12 noon to around 4PM and will be led by edible landscaper Jeremy Watts and permaculture-enthusiast chef Seth Peterson.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.   The location is in south Berkeley not far from Ashby Bart.   If you have questions you can send an email to

Visit this Eventbrite page to register: $45 if you register by Wednesday March 18. Regular price $60.

Posted in , , , on March 16, 2015

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