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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

Memorial Park Edible Landscape Project Three-Part Work Party

February 28 @ 10:30 am - Event Details

10:30AM-12:30 PM: Eastside Garden… Move an urbanite path, cooking greens scavenger hunt and cook out.

** BUILDING A PATH AROUND, RATHER THAN THROUGH, THE PLANTS We will shift one of the urbanite paths to make more space for the beautiful purple-flowered salvia.

Project Pickle 2014** COOKING GREENS SCAVENGER HUNT See how many cooking greens you can find in the garden, we’ll collect, identify and cook ‘em up.

Bring: work gloves, water bottle, and a snack.

12:30-2:30 PM Westside Garden Design Charette & Seed Starting

** DESIGN CHARETTE We’ll take the basic idea of deconstructing the shed and creating an outdoor classroom demonstration area with counter, sink, and storage benches and discuss how to create the best set up for the outdoor classroom, a refurbished compost area, and perhaps some rainwater harvesting from the roof of the Veteran’s Memorial Building and a greenhouse area.  The amazing project team of Delia Carroll, Ed Fields, Terry Lamb, and Marty Freedman (local cabinet maker) will listen to our ideas and offer possibilities of their own.  Be part of shaping the next phase of our very first garden area.

Bring: your creativity, questions, and wild ideas!

** SEED STARTING We’ll also begin starts for early Spring planting.

Bring empty pots, six-packs, and soaked seeds for plants that are better started before planting outdoors in March-April.  We will have some of all of these things and soil.

2:30-3:30 PM Potluck Lunch in the Eastside Expansion Circle

Bring: your own dish/plate/bowl, eating utensils, napkin, and some food to share.


Posted in , , , , on February 25, 2015


(Event Sponsored by Diverse Housing Working Group)
November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of Everyone Home, has a unique perspective on the most effective ways to help people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their homes. She will be present to take part in the conversation.
As the City and Planning and Zoning Commission work on final details of Albany’s next Housing Element (official housing plan) for 2015-2023, DHWG is bringing together concerned community members to support the policies and programs in the housing element will be able to meet the needs of such special needs populations. We will also be talking about meeting the needs of seniors and those living with disabilities.
You can watch a 15-minute video of Elaine presenting about the efficacy (or not) of emergency shelters to the league of Women Voters here.

Posted in , , , , , on November 10, 2014

Ayurvedic Cooking Class

October 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - Event Details

Treat yourself to the gift of improved well being!

Promote healtScreen shot 2014-10-06 at 8.59.15 PMh by learning how to make simple yet delicious Indian Khicharies and chutneys.

Join Meera for this informative, fun and practical mini self-help workshop.

This class is a wonderful introduction to learning about the qualities and energies of spices and lentils and how they work synergistically in your body, how they affect your doshas – the underlying energetic system that supports health and well being.

This class is highly recommended for people planning on doing an Ayurvedic cleanse (Pancha Karma) and it is also perfect for someone with no experience in Ayurvedic/Indian cooking.

The class is held in a private home and class size is small, so please register early. Also looking for sponsors to host cooking class in Berkeley/Oakland area.

To register call: 510-559-9779 or email meerachat[at],


Posted in , , on October 6, 2014

First Tuesday Potluck & Gift Circle

October 7, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - Event Details


On OCTOBER 7 our potluck invites special guest, Alexa Hauser of the Diverse Housing Working Group to tell us about how that group is going about ensuring more options for affordable housing in Albany.

So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 7:00 pm. After we’ve eaten, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then more often than not, match them! Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice of a gift circle in as much depth as you want:

What comes out all this? 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 9:00 pm or thereabouts.

So come to the lovely St Albans Parish Hall, on Washington Street at Curtis on the Albany-Berkeley border, every first Tuesday of the month. Through the summer we start at 7 pm. In the winter months (November – March) we start earlier at 6:30 pm

Upcoming dates: Tuesday May 6,  Tuesday September 2, Tuesday October 7, Tuesday November 4 (6:30 pm start) and Tuesday December 2 (6:30 pm start)

Posted in , , on September 23, 2014

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