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
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.
The Mayor of Berkeley made the day official with the following proclamation:
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.