Transition Albany Albany, CA Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:34:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Introduction to Homeopathy Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 ]]> Intro to HomeopathyI talk to people about homeopathy practically every day.   I find that, if they’ve heard of homeopathy at all,  most folks have some vague idea of homeopathy as maybe similar to herbal medicine,  but attempting to comprehend  the system is more often than not, like putting a square peg in a round hole for many. So I thought this is a good time as any to do this introductory class. If the idea is providing health care options that allow the possibility of resilience and sustainability, Transition Albany Health must cover homeopathy.  At the very least, the use of homeopathy in first aid.  But before we could offer the Homeopathy in First Aid series, we need to properly introduce you to homeopathy.

So what do you know about homeopathy?

Are you like my sister who, even after listening to me talk about homeopathy for almost two decades still refer to homeopathy as herbal medicine? (No, it isn’t.) Or are you one of those who have heard/are convinced that homeopathy is just placebo? (Nope, but it’s OK if you think so.)  Have you heard of Arnica? Traumeel? Similasan eye drops? Yes, they are homeopathically prepared medicines, but do you know what that means?  How is it different from conventional medicine? Herbal medicine? If you’re curious and want to know more, then …
Join Us!
In this class, we will cover the following:
  • Briefly explore and discuss how homeopathy is similar to and different from conventional medicine, herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda & Folk medicine, among others.
  • Why homeopathy boggles the mind.  (Boggle meaning: confuse, alarm, baffle, bewilder, puzzle)
  • Brief overview of homeopathy, including:
    • History (Hear the fascinating story!)
    • The healing principles guiding the practice (the science)
    • The medicines (What and how they’re prepared)
    • The Art (Why your homeopath asks some strange sounding questions!)
    • Classical homeopathy (what does that mean?)
    • Safe, Affordable, Sustainable

So, are you in?
If so, we’ll see you in class!
The class is free. Donations appreciated. And I’m presenting!
Lourdes Gonzaga, MA, C. Hom, PCH, C. HP,  received her Foundations in Classical Homeopathy Certificate from Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine in 1996, a Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy certificate from The School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in 1999, and a Certificate in Homeoprophylaxis from Free and Healthy Children International in 2013. Over the years, she has attended seminars taught by homeopathic teachers from all over the planet.  In 1998-1999, she successfully treated epidemic disease (Dengue Fever) in her hometown in the Philippines in between commutes to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to complete her Practitioner program. She is particularly interested in the medicine-making part of homeopathy.
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Harvest has started at the Gill Tract Farm! Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:25:49 +0000 ]]> GT HarvestThe crops are abundant at the Gill Tract Farm and they are available to all in a number of ways.

If you can volunteer some time during the week to help with the never-ending cycle of planting, weeding and watering, you can take home whatever you can use. Just weigh it before you take it away so that we can keep track of how much food we are growing!

Regular volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 7 pm, and Sunday from 10-4 pm (first two hours on Sunday are taken up by the weekly meeting).

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can drop by the farm stand every Thursday afternoon and pick up whatever you need. The food is free, but you may leave a donation if you wish.

There is now a farm website: with news of special events.

You can sign up on that website to stay informed of what’s happening…

This project is an innovative and developing collaboration between College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, members of Occupy the Farm, the Gill Tract Farm Coalition, and community groups such as Albany Farm Alliance, Transition Albany & Transition Berkeley. Please come and join the fun! The Gill Tract Farm can be accessed either from the Jackson Street gate (cars OK) or from San Pablo Avenue (bikes and pedestrians only).

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Use it or lose it: Shop for local groceries on Solano Avenue! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:13:34 +0000 ]]>
Alphonso  has been behind the till  at Albany Fresh Produce (on Solano at Evelyn) for six months and has made every effort to stock the kinds of foods his patrons say they’ll buy. But he needs more customers if he is to stay open. It’s becoming urgent for him to prove to the owners that we want a grocery store on Solano.

Let’s all step up and support the store with our purchasing dollars. The prices are less than you’d pay for the same stuff at EC or Berkeley Natural Grocery, and at least half the store is full of high quality items. For us, shopping at Albany Fresh Produce uses less energy, and we build a relationship with a local business that can only get better with time.

Here is a list of items I found there the other day, looking for items I would be happy to buy:

Mangos reduced to 99 cents for a quick sale – they were delicious! Organic sparkling pomegranate juice. Sunridge Farms snacks in bulk. Fresh young coconuts. Pavel’s organic yoghourt. Organic nectarines from California. Ten kinds of bulk dried beans. Bulk amaranth, cinnamon sticks, quinoa (organic). Reeds Ginger Ale and other bottled drinks from small manufacturers. Kale Krunch and Seaweed Snacks (organic). Red Mill tapioca, flaxseed meal, granola, pancake mix, almond meal, cornmeal. Organic rice cakes. Newman’s Ginger O’s and marinara. Amy’s gluten-free shortbread.  Seventh Generation laundry detergent etc., Organic milk and butter from Clover Dairy.  Wildwood organic soymilk ($4.99 for half a gallon). Organic eggs from Petaluma Farms. Organic cheese from Rumiano Dairy. GTs Kombucha drinks. Lots of organic fruit juices. Halal lamb, goat, steak, beef stew, whole chicken and chicken parts, shrimp and fish. Organic kale, carrots and bananas, and other organically grown fruit and veg as he is able to get them.

I am a super picky shopper (local and organic, if you please!). But I’m willing to relax my standards at Albany Fresh Produce because 1) Alphonso is trying so hard to build local relationships and meet the demands of his consumers and 2) buying my groceries on Solano Avenue makes sense, every way you slice it.

And for those who still think good food should be as cheap as food grown by agribusiness, please watch this gentle three-minute video on the real costs involved:



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A Convenient Truth Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 ]]> Screen shot 2014-06-13 at 1.48.39 PMA Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006) is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide.

The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.

Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

Here’s the trailer

We offer it in the spirit of showing people what’s possible when we think outside the box.

St Albans Church is kindly sponsoring the film and the event is free of charge. Bring snacks to share if you would like!

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DamNation Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Details here:



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Symphony of the Soil Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 ]]> SOS_poster_2mb-202x300“Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.

“By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.

“The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

“Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.”

With just the right mixture of right and left brain stuff, this is a great opportunity to become more familiar with the element we all take for granted, yet which is immensely complex and amazing.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Environmental Quality Commission of El Cerrito and co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and Transition Albany. The event is free, so be sure and get there well ahead to guarantee a seat…

Here’s a link to the trailer.

Deborah Koons-Garcia, film director, writer and producer, will be there to talk afterwards. Doors open at 9:50 am and we need to be out of there by 12:20 pm.Bio-Soil-Deborah-Koons-Garcia

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Gill Tract Farm Open Day Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 ]]>

The Gill Tract Community Farm is having a meeting for ALL volunteers and community members, this Sunday, June 15th, at 10am.  Enter through the gate at
Jackson St. & Ohlone Ave.

On the Agenda:
  • how do we ensure sufficient staffing on a regular basis to keep the farm operating smoothly throughout the summer(year)
  • people’s input on which crops to plant for the next season (around mid August)
  • how different groups can work co-operatively and collectively on the farm.

We hope to see you there!

feeling out of the loop? Check out some pictures and great reporting from and photographer Kelly Johnson:

Also, have you seen this petition yet?  You can add your name to urge the UC Berkeley administration, the UC Regents, and President Napolitano to halt the current development plan for the Gill Tract and negotiate with the community for an alternative development plan!  

Regular open hours are:
3:30pm-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
10am-4pm on Sundays  (with a two hour meeting at the start)
Updates and more can be found on

There is a farm stand at the Jackson Street gate with produce for free or a voluntary donation, every Thursday…

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Fix-It Clinic Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 ]]> Bring your broken electronics, appliances, tools toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

What to bring:
1) Your non-working thing (carry-in only, no oversize items)
2) Any tools you already own that might be helpful
3) Any knowledge or advance research you’ve done on the issue
4) Boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts

Fix your stuff, make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!

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TIME BANK ORIENTATION Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 ]]> Time Banks are a powerful solution to disintegrating communities and shaky economies, whether national or personal. Come and learn how you can join an East Bay-focussed Time Bank that supports everyone getting their needs met and gives dignity to every kind of service, no matter whether it is valued by the current economy or not. A meal at Potala costs about $12 and is delicious, cooked with love, and gluten-, sugar- and animal-product-free. If you haven’t yet experienced this local treasure, you’re in for a treat! If you’d like to come and not eat, that’s fine too.

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Making Low-Water Planters Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 ]]> Screen shot 2014-05-27 at 1.07.39 PMA morning hands-on workshop with Saundra Leigh and Catherine Sutton. Bring a waterproof container you would like to use as a planter, or better yet, two identical ones that can sit inside one another, and we will share the required materials and expertise so that you can go home with a complete planter.

Low-water “wick” planters use a lot less water than top-watered containers, provide a better growing medium for plant roots that like constant water (tomatoes not recommended), considerably reduce evaporation from the surface, are impervious to gophers, and are moveable. In other words they can be even better in some ways than planting in the ground… and they are a great way to get children excited about growing things.

RSVP required! We need to know by June 20 if you intend to come. The class is free. Location (on Madison 900 block in Albany) revealed to those who let us know they’re coming by June 20. RSVP and questions to catherine (at) Thank you!

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