Supporting Your Local Farmers’ Market during COVID-19

Supporting Your Local Farmers’ Market during COVID-19
Farmers’ Markets are a community hub for fresh, healthy, local, and immunity-boosting foods. The Berkeley Farmers’ Markets are teeming with delectable fruits, vegetables, grains, cheeses, and other treats. Surrounded by friendly faces, you might see your friend or neighbor shopping and be reminded that food can build community. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we… Read more »

Youth Environmental Academy Announces Farm Box Pilot Program

Youth Environmental Academy Announces Farm Box Pilot Program
As the year transitions from summer to fall and into winter, COVID-19 remains in our communities, requiring changes in many areas of our lives. Here at the Ecology Center, we too are embracing change as we make adjustments to ensure that our community continues to receive essential services rooted in sustainability, health, and justice. To… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Your Amazing Berkeley Farmers’ Market Managers

Staff Spotlight: Your Amazing Berkeley Farmers' Market Managers
Did you know that California certifies its farmers’ markets to ensure that the farmers grow what they sell at the market? These special regulations also require a Market Manager at all Certified Farmers’ Markets. These folks ensure that the markets are following the agricultural and health department regulations. In addition to that job, these folks… Read more »

Berkeley Farmers’ Markets Response to  COVID 19: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Berkeley Farmers’ Markets Response to  COVID 19:  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
As an essential service, the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets REMAIN OPEN, providing fresh, healthy food for the community. We are actively making operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease. We know there have been many changes and here is a list of some frequently asked questions. Berkeley Farmers’… Read more »

Rooted in Community Winter Leadership Institute Reflections

Rooted in Community Winter Leadership Institute Reflections
by Marcel Ramos, Youth Development Program Coordinator This past December, I had the opportunity to attend Rooted in Community’s biannual Winter Leadership Institute. I traveled to Birmingham, AL, gathering with young adults from organizations across the country to discuss the importance of youth roles in the food justice movement. Over the course of three days,… Read more »