Trade crops, clothing, books and ideas! 10-11 a.m. across from the North Berkeley BART station on the Ohlone Greenway the 1st Saturday of the month from November to May, and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 starting the 3rd week in May.
Share Your Yard:
Do you have extra space in your yard and want to help someone garden? Are you looking for a space to garden? There are two ways you can participate in Yard Sharing:
- Yards2gardens is an online resource connecting people to yards and other garden resources in our own communities. There are many other yard share websites, but we really love this one! Please post information about the garden that you would like to share, or garden space you are seeking here: http://www.y2g.org/
- The Victory Garden Foundation is able to assist individuals who are interested in finding a garden space or wanting to share their yards, but not wanting to use the yards2gardens website. Please contact Victory: [email protected] or call her: 800.971.3006 if you are interested in finding out how she can help you out.
Heart & Soul Meetings:
It can be tough making it through these challenges times. Hearth and Soul offers a place to people to share their thoughts and feelings through facilitated conversations and activities. The group meets on the first Friday of the month at private residences. If you are interested in attending a meeting please contact Kristina Bennett: kristinabridget”at”hotmail.com
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.
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WINTER CROP SWAP
Winter Swaps will be held monthly at Ohlone Park:
Swaps will take place the first Saturday of the month, starting;
Saturday, November 5th, 10:30am-11:30am at Ohlone Park in North Berkeley
Bring your crops, homemade yummies, clothing, books, ideas. Be part of this wonderful sharing economy! Could you lend a hand to keep the Swaps going? Contact Linda at the link below. Clothing, books, prepared food and other items to swap are welcome. Music and neighborhood free fun for all!