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!
TIME: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 6:30 PM
PLACE: 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 join us for a delightful film about the creation of the Peralta Community Art Garden. You'll meet the neighbors: Grandpa Roosevelt and his grandson, Joan the single mom, Ruthe the psychic, and Amy the metal sculptor. They all have "A Lot in Common" when together they turn a vacant lot in Berkeley into a blooming community garden lush with native California plantings, technology demonstrations, and outdoor artwork by local artists. They clash over political ideals, runaway pets and public art, yet in the end, they grow a community of neighbors.
Interviews with urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, and Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, lend context and background to the discussion of the Commons. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, provides on-going commentary. Our special guest will be the film's producer Rick Bacigalupi. Come at 6:30 for Meet and Greet, and bring locally grown snacks to share if you can. The film will start at 7:00.This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
BFUU Social Justice Page: www.bfuu.org/events/social-justice
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 this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read her entire article on the Bay Friendly Blog to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
The article is chock full of valuable information on how Neonicotinoids work, the current studies linking these pesticides to bee population declines and steps we can take to bring back the bees. Alisa Rose has also included a list of bee-attracting plants, resources for obtaining these plants, and links to products containing neonicotinoids.
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, visitors at the Berkeley Farmer's Market participated in educational demos, music and honey tasting in celebration of International Honey Bee Day. After, a band of peaceful demonstrators made the connection between Bayer & the manufacture of Neonicotinoid pesticides at the Bayer Campus, 6th & Dwight, Berkeley.
Recent research has shown that native bees are crucial to long-term agricultural resilience and sustainability. Yet, most farmers are unaware of the important role of native bees in agriculture, much less how to harness their services to guard against honey bee declines.
About 35 people attended a workshop at the Ashby Garden, where we learned about native California bees, explored the bees in the garden (more than 12 species identified on the spot), built bee houses for mason bees, and planted a pollinator garden. You can learn more about Jaime Palewek's work on her website, Wild Bee Garden Design and more about native bees at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab website.