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Bringing neighbors together to build a more sustainable, resilient
future for 
Berkeley. We envision a strong, diverse local economy,
with a greatly reduced 
dependence on fossil fuels, 
and a cooperative, rewarding, community life.

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Catherine Sutton, Transition Albany Founder

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on December 6, 2016 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (5)

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. She is an inspiration to many who have been lucky to cross her path and share in her joy for life.

An alter table has been set up in front of PLACE, 1121 64th Street, off San Pablo, in Oakland by the bulletin board for...

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Some Good Bee Plants Are Really Bad! - Article by Alisa Rose Seidlitz

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on November 9, 2015 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

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 Alis...

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The Gift of the Group

Posted by Upstreamdancer on July 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm doing a remodel in my home right now and blogging about it at my Shelterand site. I thought you'd like this post written a few days ago.  (Loni Gray  Shelterand.blogspot.com):

I'm realizing that there's another layer of motivation to doing this house project than just reaching for the companionship and energy that collective living offers me. Even beyond the delight of space designing my house. There's a layer under that, that is starting to bubble up to the surf...

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The Tomato Boys, BLOG

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on June 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out these enterprising young urban farmers who have a produce stand in South Berkeley:

http://thetomatoboys.wordpress.com/

"The Tomato Boys are three brothers who have been dabbling in backyard gardening since 2005. They grow all types of heirloom and open pollinated vegetables in their urban San Francisco Bay Area plot, however they specialize in heirloom tomatoes...

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Arms-free grocery carrying

Posted by Barbara Edwards on April 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Walking is great for your own health and the health of the environment and we're always looking for ways to reduce car trips but what do you do when you have bags of "stuff" to bring home? 

I am lucky to live in an area where I can walk to many places I want to go - to grocery and hardware stores, nurseries, library, crop swaps and Farmers Markets. Getting to my destinations is enjoyable.  The problem arises when I end up accumulating more than I can comfortably carry home.&#...

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Colony Collapse Disorder and Honeybee Death Linked with Pesticide Use

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on April 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Several articles were published last week supporting a Harvard research study linking the pesticide Imidacloprid, manufactured by Bayer, to Colony Collapse Disorder in the honeybee population. The cause for colony collapse has been eluding scientists for many years. However, two studies that came out in Science showed a close link between neonicotinoid pesticides, of which imidacloprid is one, and another is, clothianidin, also manufactured by Bayer. (See article about Bayer's role in ki...

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Food Ark- Seed Saving

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on March 8, 2012 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

"To feed our growing population, we’ll need to double food production. Yet crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough, and climate change and new diseases threaten the limited varieties we’ve come to depend on for food. Luckily we still have the seeds and breeds to ensure our future food supply—but we must take steps to save them."- Charles Siebert, National Geographic, July 2011 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/07/food-ark/siebert-text/1

The Bay Area h...

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March Crop Swap- Pepino Melon Starts

Posted by Bonnie Borucki on February 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Will it be in like a lion or lamb? Either way, our next crop swap should prove to be a treasure trove of late winter crops, and early spring cleaning finds. I expect the usual winter greens, collards, chard, kale, lettuces, and more, a well as the ever present lemon crop. But besides the harvested crops, now is a great time to share starts and cuttings for the upcoming spring planting season.

So, unless the lion appears, and we have a torrential rain storm, I am planning on bringing cut...

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