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.
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Sunday, August 28, 10am-3pm
2841 McGee, between Oregon & Russell, one block west of MLK.
Support Transition Berkeley by coming to a yard sale and finding that special item(s) you have been looking for, along with other great stuff. Kitchenware, small furniture, books, clothes, plants, and other assorted goodies will be available for great prices.
If you have items to donate, you can drop them off after 1pm on Sat., Aug. 27, or bring them by Sunday morning. Call 510-332-9456 for info.
Submitted by Carole Bennett-Simmons
Here are some tips for successful swaps :
1a) work with a small group (say 5) of committed people so no one needs to work too hard
1b) be reliable and consistent - holding your swap the same time, same place every week is great if you can, so people come to expect you to be there and its 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 - we had vegetables, herbs and delicate items on the two long tables and fruits and potted vegies on the blankets on the grass - the fruits didn't roll off the tables and looked great arranged on the blankets.
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 - we asked people to use the bags for collecting small items like fruit to take home and bring the bags back next time they come to the swap
5) use the creativity of the group to create signs out of reused materials - we had two fabric artists in the group so we made signs out of recycled cloth A huge sign very visible on a main street from an old white curtain with maroon letters from an old sheet. This week we had two more cloth signs Barbara Edwards created on curtains with loops so they were easy to hang - a huge carrot and a turnip out of scraps of fabric like a collage. We hung them between a pole and a tree.
6) involve the youth - Jessica is twenty five and did most of the announcing for us this 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 from the number of tables you have 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. This week we called Ace, 2, 3 etc and the four folks who had aces came up together, the four twos next and so on. This worked much better than last week and everyone seemed ok with it.
9) Make friends with neighbors that live near the swap site - you may be able to borrow tables from them or store your tables at their house so you don't have to bring them each week. That way the organizers of the swap can come to the event on foot or bike too.
As you saw from the comments on Berkeleyside - some people were really looking forward to a bartering experience rather than a pot luck style swap like we had. To accommodate that we set up a separate table for people that wanted to barter and asked people about their preferance as they arrived with their crops. As it turned out no one who came this time objected to the free exchange and no one used the bartering table.
The OHLONE GREENWAY SWAP started Monday evening May 16th and continues every Monday at 6:30 pm through October at the Ohlone Greenway at Sacramento and Delaware, across from the North Berkeley BART
The SOUTH BERKELEY SWAP started Saturday morning May 14th and continues every Saturday at 10:30 am through October at the garden at Malcolm X School on Ellis Street near Ashby Avenue.
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