Spiral Gardens

Daniel Miller

The Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project promotes healthy communities by encouraging the productive use of city soil and improving access to fresh, local produce. Spiral Gardens was founded in 1993 as part of the Agape Foundation for Nonviolent Social Change, and then became part of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) from 1997 – 2004. In 2004 Spiral Gardens became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and opened a new Urban Garden Center on two blocks of vacant public land in Southwest Berkeley. The Urban Garden Center consists of a collective food production garden, a low-cost organic produce stand, intensive trainings and free public classes, and an urban nursery. The nursery specializes in plants for food, medicine, and ecological restoration. They use organic growing practices in the nursery, and all proceeds go to support their projects. Read more about Spiral Gardens in our Spring 2006 newsletter: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/200604.pdf

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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
March – OctoberProduct: Nursery plants, specializing in medicinal and edible plants appropriate for the Bay Area climate, as well as California natives and habitat-supporting plants.Farmer's Name: Daniel MillerMailing Address: 2850 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Email: daniel@spiralgardens.org
Phone: (510) 843-1307
Website: www.spiralgardens.orgFarm Location:
Berkeley, Alameda County, CADistance From Berkeley:
0 milesSoil Type: Custom container mixWater Source: Municipal (EBMUD)About the Farm:
Spiral Gardens is run by 10 year-round volunteers and 20 additional volunteers during peak season.Organic Certification: Not Certified OrganicFertilizer: Compost, vermicompost, bat and seabird guano, and organically-approved supplements when necessaryWeed Control: Hand-weeding, mulch and cornmeal glutenPest Management: Horticultural soaps, neem oil, bt, Sluggo, mechanical (by hand)Acreage: 5 acres