Transition Albany, as the coordinators of volunteers for the Edible Landscape Project, has applied for – AND WON! – a $2,500 grant to build volunteer effectiveness and improve the productivity and health of the High School and Edible Landscape gardens in Memorial Park. (more…)
The December Potluck will be a year-end celebration of accomplishments, co-sponsored by the East Bay Permaculture Guild and other local groups with Transition values. We invite you to join us on December 3rd for a good time with a potluck of mostly locally grown, home-cooked food and the company of inspiring people who are making a difference in the lives of their communities.
Our regular monthly potlucks now include 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 6:30 pm. After we’ve eaten, at about 7:15 pm we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then match them up. It’s magic how the right people show up….
What ensues? Stronger community bonds, needs met, gifts accepted, hearts opened, lives bettered. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome, and from those who can afford it, a $5 donation helps us pay for use of the hall and kitchen. We end at 8:30 pm or thereabouts.
This is a report from the Library meeting held Sunday afternoon October 27th to celebrate our progress so far and evaluate the Edible Landscape Project at Albany’s Memorial Park from the perspective of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
Alexa, Catherine, Leonard, Ron, Lourdes, Bonnie. Stephanie, Wakana. Chuck, Tina and Paul O’Curry got together yesterday afternoon to look What follows are notes from the meeting, along with additional inspiration for those of you we haven’t seen in a while. If you would like to add something, please contribute to the comments below.
We started by sampling three delicious dishes prepared by Alexa from some of the 45 pounds of Jeruslam artichokes she had harvested the day before (and there are as many still in the ground). Did you know that the name of this root vegetable is a corruption of the Italian for a sunflower (to which they are related) – “girasole” – and that they were often used like artichoke hearts? We enjoyed a J. Artichoke slaw, roasted roots, and a puree which made an excelelnt dip with the pickled cornichons from the garden that Doug had made, Recipes will find themselves on the website soon, along with a delicious soup recipe. Thanks to everyone who brought something to eat and share.
We expressed what had been Highlights for us in our participation: (more…)
Due to slow turnout, the market is ending earlier than planned. Come out this afternoon between 3 and 7 to get your fresh nuts, dates, cheeses, honey, fruits, vegetables, and more. Support the small California farmers who come here specially…!
“What needs to be sustained is not competitive advantage, corporate profits or economic growth. What needs to be sustained are the patterns of relationship in the web of life.” Fritjof Capra, Founding Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
“Community is not some add-on to our other needs, not a separate ingredient for happiness along with food, shelter, music, touch, intellectual stimulation, and other forms of physical and spiritual nourishment. Community arises from the meeting of those needs. There is no community possible among a people who do not need each other.” Charles Eisenstein, whose new book is The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
In Portland for the 13th Annual Village Building Convergence, inspired by Mark Lakeman and his organization, City Repair, something significant came together for me; why we were building with local, natural materials, why we were talking about “putting up” our garden produce, why new words are arising like gaialogue and indigenuity, why we need to make places where people can gather and talk: it’s all about creating a new story, one which arises when we see ourselves as terminally interconnected. And we also looked at how radical actions must be taken to unseat the old story of entitlement and power over other people and over nature. (more…)