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 »

Ecology Center Store Warming Sale, 2/20/16

Ecology Center Store Warming Sale, 2/20/16
Come visit the Ecology Center store, help desk, and library at our temporary digs. We’re remodeling for the next couple months, but we’re still open at a temporary home just down the block at 2506 San Pablo Avenue. There we have the same great products in stock to support your healthy home, body, and environment,… Read more »

Changemakers for Climate, 2/3/16

Changemakers for Climate, 2/3/16
Whether you’ve never attended a public meeting or you are already deep in the trenches, this monthly brief will get you up to speed on Bay Area climate campaigns and next steps for action. Issues include Crude by Rail, Bay Area Coal Exports, BAAQMD Refinery Rules, and Community Choice Energy. These targeted campaigns have impacts… Read more »

El Niño Rains Are Good for Farmers – But They Need Customers, Too!

El Niño Rains Are Good for Farmers - But They Need Customers, Too!
Farmers’ Markets typically slow down in the winter, but this season has been especially tough: farmers are finally getting the rain they need, but the customers have dried up. Months of wet weather can make a big dent in profits for a farmer set up at an outdoor market. The solution is customers who are… Read more »