Postings Related To: Food and Agriculture

DIY Laundry-to-Landscape Installation

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - Event Details

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 7.52.22 PMIn this seminar you’ll learn everything you need to know about installing your own Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) greywater system at home, something that any reasonably handy person can accomplish.

The seminar covers every detail you’ll need to know, and includes a mock installation where you identify and put together the necessary parts, followed by a visit to to an existing L2L system nearby.

If this is your first encounter with greywater, we suggest you attend the previous seminar about the basics, on Sunday, October 4th (2-3 pm).


Posted in , , , , , on September 25, 2015

The What and the Why of Greywater Installation

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - Event Details

Greywater iblueberriess lightly used water from your shower, washbasin, tub or washing machine. If you would like to see your fruit trees, shade trees and bushes thrive, while you reduce your potable water use by up to half, come to this free one-hour free seminar, co-sponsored by Alameda County Library and ACRAT (Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team). You’ll learn which kind of greywater system, if any, would best suit your situation, the legal framework for greywater systems, and how they actually work.

Note: bring with you the daily water use figure for your household (check the bottom right section of your latest EMBUD bill). (more…)

Posted in , , , , , on September 24, 2015

2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence

October 8 - Event Details


The 2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence, at the beautiful Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, is a dynamic and engaging weekend designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.

Whether you are a permaculture designer, community organizer, or simply excited to learn about new ways of living in thriving resilience with people and the planet, we hope you’ll take advantage of the early bird pricing and join hundreds of other like-minded people for this life-changing weekend.

Keep reading for a taste of why you should come, and to find out about the many ticket options and work-trade opportunities.

Schedule is here. (more…)

Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2015

Evening Walk on Albany Hill

August 12 @ 5:25 pm - Event Details
Join Friends of Albany Hill for a leisurely mid-August evening walk on Albany Hill, looking at plants and animals and picking up trash. 
Meet at the meadow on the south side of Cerrito Creek near the benches.
Afterwards grab a bite to eat at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito. 
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave. Accessibility: Pierce St is the only wheelchair accessible entrance and the fire road along the south side of creek is level and relatively smooth up to the benches where we meet.
Posted in , , , , , on August 11, 2015

Fruit Tree Care and Summer Pruning Class in the Edible Landscape

(Event Sponsored by Albany Community Foundation & Transition Albany)
July 12 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees.  P1050779We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.

Main topics:
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation?  When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil?  When should one cut back a tree that is being planted?  How much?
• How do you espalier?  Why?  When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?

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