Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative.
The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 6:30 PM
Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!
Transition Berkeley invites you to experience Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, a fascinating documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world. Numen features stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others. It calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses. Numen explores ways to heal our relationship with the earth - plant medicine is one way, food is another, lifestyle choices are yet another. It inspires us to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.
Our special guest speaker is Victory V Lee who received home training in herbal and home remedies from her Native American and African American grandmothers. She is currently a Western Family Herbalist and member of American Herbalist Guild. She is the founder and president of the Victory Garden Foundation and the Alameda County Master Gardener; Speakers Bureau Coordinator. Victory will lead us in a discussion and action plan session after the film.
Light herb based snacks will be served. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Victory Garden Foundation and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
Together with neighbors, we'll reduce our impacts and strengthen our communities at the same time.
Transition Streets is a tried-and-tested project where we come together with neighbors to implement
simple no-cost and low-cost actions. These actions cut household energy use, reduce water
and waste, change how we eat and transport ourselves, and strengthen our
neighborhoods at the same time.
With your financial help, this program could be used by you and your neighbors this fall!
Your support will help fund the curriculum, workbooks, facilitation training and more! It has been very successful
in the UK in helping communities save $1,000 or more per household, and reduce emissions by
at least 1.3 tons per household, all while building closer social connections.
DONATE TODAY and for more info: click here
This will be the third year that Transition Berkeley hosts our fabulous crop swap at Ohlone Park, across from the North Berkeley BART. In the winter, swaps are held the first Saturday of the month, and everything from books and clothing to homemade jam is swapped. In the summer, when more crops are available, swaps take place weekly on Mondays evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm. We invite you to join us at Ohlone Park, and encourage you to start a swap in your own neighborhood.
Here are some tips for successful swaps, submitted by Carole Bennett-Simmons
1) Get a great story in the local press ahead of time (Berkeleyside, Eco-Calendar)
1a) Work with a small group of committed people so no one needs to work too hard
1b) Be reliable and consistent - holding your swap the same time and place every week, so people come to expect you to be there and it's part of their routine.
2) Pick a site that is:
- convenient to bike and public transportation routes
- very noticeable to large numbers of the public
- wheelchair accessible
- has water available - in the baseball field in our case
- has some shade if it is hot weather
- is green, has trees, nature because gardeners love that
- has plenty of room for visiting and relaxing together during the swap
3) Label the areas you want people to put their crops in
4) Put in some homey touches that are green - we made cloth drawstring bags labeled Crop Swap out of recycled curtains, they were colorful, had inexpensive jute for drawstrings, and illustrated a way that people can save on paper and plastic bags.
5) use the creativity of the group to create signs out of reused materials
6) Involve the youth - Jessica did most of the announcing for us one week. She is the daughter of one of the organizers and is doing outreach to youth.
7) Take lots of pictures and display them wherever you can.
8) If you think your group is too large to comfortably select items all at the same time you can make the process more leisurely (and fair) by having swappers pick a playing card when they place their produce in the swap. The order of the card then gives an orderly way for participants to come to the tables.
9) Make friends with neighbors that live near the swap site - you may be able to store your tables at their house so you don't have to bring them each week.
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. 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.
The film will be followed by a 20-minute Q and A with Deborah Koons Garcia, Producer/Director. Audience members are welcome to reconvene afterwards for further discussion at a nearby location TBD.
For more info: www.symphonyofthesoil.com