USDA Under Secretary Concannon Visits Ecology Center Farmers’ Market to Shine Spotlight on SNAP and Farmers’ Markets for National Nutrition Month

USDA Under Secretary Concannon Visits Ecology Center Farmers' Market to Shine Spotlight on SNAP and Farmers' Markets for National Nutrition Month
On Tuesday, March 8th, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, the top official in charge of SNAP – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program – will be visiting the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market to celebrate National Nutrition Month and discuss the USDA’s goals of expanding SNAP (food stamp) accessibility at farmers’ markets across the country.… Read more »

Naomi Klein’s Best-Selling Book Is Now a Film! Join us at Screening of “This Changes Everything,” 3/5/16

Naomi Klein's Best-Selling Book Is Now a Film! Join us at Screening of "This Changes Everything," 3/5/16
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Free film screening will be Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 AM at the Rialto Cinemas… Read more »

“Tiny: A Story About Living Small” Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Tiny Homes, 3/3/16

"Tiny: A Story About Living Small" Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Tiny Homes, 3/3/16
What are the benefits of living in a house with a footprint no larger than a parking space? What would it take to make the tiny home movement – well, big? Join us for a film and discussion on Thursday, March 3rd at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall. A screening of “Tiny: A Story… Read more »

Ask our Help Desk: How do I prepare my soil for gardening?

Ask our Help Desk: How do I prepare my soil for gardening?
Spring must be in the air – we are getting many questions about how to prepare soil for gardening this season. Here’s some commonly asked questions we’ve been fielding, with some online resources to get you pointed in the right direction. Do you have more questions? At the bottom of this post, we list all… Read more »

Celebrate International Year of Pulses and Save the Date: BASIL Annual Seed Swap Set for 3/18/16

Celebrate International Year of Pulses and Save the Date: BASIL Annual Seed Swap Set for 3/18/16
2016 is the international year of pulses, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. What’s a pulse? The dried seed of a plant in the legume family – so your favorite dried beans, dried peas, lentils, and chickpeas are all part of the pulse club. As legumes, pulses are not only… Read more »