The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control, 8/8/13

The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control, 8/8/13
Join us on Thursday, August 8th, from 7 pm – 9 pm, at the Ecology Center to hear about solutions for managing garden pests. Recently revised, “The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control” is an update of the popular book, originally published in 1995, for 21st century gardeners. This guide offers alternatives to pesticides, using… Read more »

Goats and Backyard Roots at the Ecology Center, Thursday, 5/9/13

Goats and Backyard Roots at the Ecology Center, Thursday, 5/9/13
This coming Thursday evening, Lori Eames will be sharing photos and stories from her new “Backyard Roots” book. The book has beautiful snapshots of urban farms all along the West Coast, with many familiar Bay Area locals featured. Kitty Sharkey, whose urban farm is in East Oakland, will be bringing two of her Nigerian dwarf… Read more »

Tell Governor Brown to Sign the California Homemade Food Act Today!

Tell Governor Brown to Sign the California Homemade Food Act Today!
The hard-working people at the Sustainable Economies Law Center have been leading efforts to get a “cottage food law” on the books in California, and the campaign is very close to a successful finish. Over thirty states have similar laws, which creates a category of food production called a cottage food operation. Unlike other types… Read more »

Fresh Veggies for Sale in a Berkeley Backyard Near You!

Fresh Veggies for Sale in a Berkeley Backyard Near You!
Just in time for the abundance of tomato and zucchini season, Berkeley City Council passed legislation to allow neighbors to sell what they grow in their gardens. Adopted by City Council on July 31st, the ordinance updates the Berkeley Municipal Code to cover the sale of non-processed fruit, vegetables, nuts, honey and eggs.… Read more »

Building Raised Beds for Planting

Building Raised Beds for Planting
Thinking of building a raised bed this summer? There are several reasons why you might choose to build an above-ground structure in which to grow vegetables, herbs, and other plants: -To avoid toxics in the soil such as lead or arsenic -To avoid the drainage problems that heavily impacted or clay soils can present -To… Read more »