Transition Berkeley Presents: Permaculture Inspiration & Gardening Opportunities
Wednesday, May 22, 7-9 pm
Join us for this inspiring and informative evening where we’ll show the film, “Permaculture: the Growing Edge”, hear from local gardening representatives and experts on how you can tap into local opportunities for growing food.
The lineup of guests includes: Victory Lee, People’s Victory Garden Program and 4th year of the Victory Garden Challenge, Lotta Chan, head of the Community Garden Working Group, Alexa Hauser and Catherine Sutton, Transition Albany, will share about the Memorial Park Edible Landscape project, and Joy Moore, co-founder Farm Fresh Choice and Garden Coordinator for Berkeley Technology Academy.
Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms.
Cost: donations gratefully accepted to support the community work of Transition Berkeley
Location: the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. (near Dwight), Berkeley, wheelchair accessible
Info: contact Linda
OTHER TRANSITION EVENTS
A wonderful opportunity to socialize, learn new stuff, eat great food (we have food trucks this year), hear some talented musicians, see the new Edible Garden, and take part in Albany’s annual Green extravaganza. Transition Albany is a sponsor this year and we’ve tried to extend the scope of tables offering information on how to create strong community and move out of the fossil fuel age.
If you would like to help out at our table for an hour or two please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
We meet again on Sunday May 12, 10 – 1 or 2 pm to work further on the southern portion of the Edible Garden. Please bring gloves, hand tools, water, sunscreen, hat and snacks to share if you like.
We will be working on a couple of small paths, moving earth and planting.
An evening work party to include those who can’t make weekends.
Bring gloves and hand tools. We’ll plant, complete the “wall” of tree trunks between the garden and the lawn, and hang out to dream of what comes next.
We’ll see sections of the film, “The World According to Monsanto” to understand how widespread genetically engineered ingredients already are in the general food supply, and why this is dangerous. Then, after an hour, Rose Dallal wil talk about how we can avoid the fate of Oregon, where there is currently a complex battle between Monsanto and farmers who may lose control of food grown on their own farms: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/04/18-0
Following that (around 3:30 pm), we will discuss the possibility of establishing a local organic bulk food buying club specifically to avoid expense and packaging. We have the offer of an Albany site. We just need to find out whether enough of us are interested in the same products! If you can’t come Sunday, watch this space for a list of potential items.
Please spread the word amongst people who may be interested, Many of us (including me) feel a fierce loyalty to our local natural grocery stores, but the intention here is to reduce our cost buy buying items in bulk that are not available in bulk locally.