Harvest has started at the Gill Tract Farm!

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: http://gilltractfarm.wordpress.com/ 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).

Posted in Community Building, Food and Agriculture, Health and Healing, Local Activities, Resources, Social Justice on July 2, 2014

A Convenient Truth

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQTTG3NcYY

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!

Posted in , , , , , , , on June 13, 2014

Symphony of the Soil

June 28 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

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

Posted in , , , , on June 11, 2014

Making Low-Water Planters

June 22 @ 11:00 am - Event Details

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) sonic.net. Thank you!

Posted in , , , , , on May 27, 2014

May 2014 Community Resilience Challenge

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Grow food

Save water

Conserve energy

Build community.

 

Help us reach the goal of 3000 actions by May 31st!

Here’s How:

  • Harvest rainwater
  • Install greywater
  • Hang a clothesline
  • Get a home energy upgrade
  • Convert your lawn to food
  • Set up drip irrigation
  • Bring your own mug
  • Create your own project

Be inspired by great ideas here on the pledge form. Find easy steps and municipal rebate programs in our How-To Action Guides. (more…)

Posted in Community Building, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities, Social Justice on May 10, 2014

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