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April 1, 2019

We recently tallied the results of our February 23rd Repair Café at the Berkeley Adult School.

Successful Repairs = 60.5 (one repair listed as partial)

Know the Next Step = 8

Not Repairable = 6

Unknown = 7 (either did not record results or turn in registration sheet)

Total...

January 4, 2018

Now that autumn's here, it seems to be 'clean-up' time in the garden. But did you know that leaving some 'mess', at least for awhile,

greatly helps the birds?

Birds feed on bugs they find on plants, in healthy soil and mulch, on berries and other fruit, and on the seeds...

December 2, 2017

Earlier this week I cooked a tasty spinach quiche, a feat I owe in large part to the Bay Area time bank. More specifically, I whipped up the quiche thanks to all I learned during a cooking lesson with Christina Oatfield, who I met through the time bank website. 

The c...

February 2, 2017

People who love eating organic fresh food and enjoy being in gardens, but have no experience growing plants successfully, sometimes approach me with claims of being genetically inept at horticulture. Often they have not chosen plants that are appropriate for their clim...

December 7, 2016

Catherine Sutton, the founder and heart of Transition Albany, died of a sudden heart attack on Dec. 5th, 2016. Catherine's kindness, wisdom and unswerving committment to creating a culture that lives in harmony with the earth will be well remembered in her community. S...

October 30, 2016

The snails and slugs love the winter moisture so be on the lookout for them especially just after you plant or transplant, but your chard and beet leaves will not be bothered by leafminers.  

Plant an extra row or two! The Berkeley Crop Swaps are moving from ever...

October 2, 2016

An online search for the most current info on Colony Collapse Disorder brings you straight to the
perpetrator, Bayer Corporation, right in our own backyard here in Berkeley. The headlines are alarming.. “Wikileaks Reveals to the World that EPA allowed the killing of Ho...

November 10, 2015

Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on thi...

February 2, 2015

Rob Hopkins, permaculturalist and Transition founder,  created these "ingredients" as suggestions in the formation of Transition Towns and Initiatives. They are not meant to be taken as steps, but to be used according to the needs of individual communities. Transition...

January 22, 2013

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

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