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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

West County Edition of the Great Tomato Plant Sale

(Event Sponsored by Urban Tilth)
April 11 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Tomato Plant Sale
The Contra Costa Master Gardeners, in partnership with Urban Tilth, will be holding their 2nd annual Great Tomato Sale on Saturday, April 11th from 10-3 at Adams Crest Farm 5000 Patterson Circle, Richmond. Come and get healthy tomato seedlings that have been specially selected for our area. Here is a link to more information including a list of the varieties available (click on shopping list link)

Posted in , , on March 16, 2015

Appropriate Technology Then and Now, A presentation by Sabrina Davidson

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

A part of the Be Kind Do Not Rewind series from Food Web Stories 2015
Presentation by Sabrina Davidson

Come enjoy a night of storytelling detailing Appropriate Technologies of days old and new. Sabrina will talk about stoves, water management, free energy, and composting technologies which contribute a great deal to proving sustained comfort to those who would rather live off the grid and still enjoy the perks of modernity. There will be show and tell, stories from the scientists and makers, and a wonderful retrospect of the then and now.

Hear about:

  • Ghandi and the local self reliance and abilities movement in India
  • The story of the Aprovecho Stove Research Center
  • The story of Ukraine and Sweden: a tale of Biogas
  • and plenty more.

More about Sabrina, Multimedia Artist & Writer, and her projects:

Posted in , , , , on March 16, 2015

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

BASILThis 2015 documentary plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.

Trailer here
Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy – her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her – drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story.

Posted in , , on March 16, 2015

16th Annual Bay Area Seed Swap and Celebration

March 7 @ 7:00 am - Event Details

BASILA fun and festive Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL). Come learn about seed libraries, swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, enjoy music and the company of fantastic local gardeners and earth stewards. Click here to check out our recent blog post on a vital seed saving advocacy campaign.

The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet’s seed stock. They have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are being made available free to the public.

Posted in , , , , on February 27, 2015

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