Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center’s Help Desk

Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center's Help Desk
We’re getting a little taste of summer this week, and the driest, hottest part of the year is yet to come. With our changing climate bringing more dry years than wet years to California, 2014 requires a new normal. Can a shared effort to cut water-use in an extreme drought year set us up to … Read more »

Next Up in the “Soil in the City” Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13

Next Up in the "Soil in the City" Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13
The Santa Fe Right of Way, a stretch of open space that used to be a railway line, runs through several neighborhoods in South and Central Berkeley. It’s the site of a bioremediation project that we’ve blogged about in the past, and next week we’re running a workshop there as part of our Soil in… Read more »

Intermediate Seed Saving for Urban Farmers and Gardeners

Intermediate Seed Saving for Urban Farmers and Gardeners
The second event in our “Reclaim, Rebuild, Reskill” series is for people ready to take their seed saving to the next level. This workshop will cover basic and advanced seed concepts including basic taxonomy and botany, choosing the right variety or crop, ideal population sizes, preventing cross-pollination, selecting for improved varieties, seed maturation, seed harvest,… Read more »

BASIL Seed Sorting Party Tomorrow, 8/25/12

BASIL Seed Sorting Party Tomorrow, 8/25/12
Come down to the Ecology Center tomorrow, from 1 to 3 PM to help with a little end-of-summer tidying and processing of the seed library’s holdings. This is a great chance to meet other seed savers, learn some seed saving tips, and snag some seeds for your fall planting. All experience levels welcome! We hope… Read more »

Best of East Bay Express: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative

Best of East Bay Express: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative
Nothing brings people together quite like a garden, and nothing brings small-scale urban farmers together quite like the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative. Founded in 1995, the collaborative now supports nineteen schoolyard gardens and eleven neighborhood gardens on public and private land throughout Berkeley by securing funding, serving as a liaison with the city, and facilitating… Read more »