Local celebrations honor Berkeley’s public-school gardens and a thriving community farm.
In this newsletter:
● Permaculture in action at the Gill Tract Farm: April 25 & 26
● Water smarts for gardeners: April 28
● School garden gala: May 1
Plant and Plan at the Gill Tract
Permaculture Action Day & Community Farm Birthday Party
Saturday & Sunday, April 25–26, 10am–5pm
Gill Tract Community Farm
San Pablo & Marin Ave, Albany
Use Every Drop
In this free workshop led by permaculturist Carmen Cortez, learn about drought-tolerant plants, methods for collecting rain water and greywater, and watering techniques and irrigation systems. For more info call Rebekah Eppley at 510.482.7844.
Tuesday, April 28, 6–7:30pm
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Hooray for School Gardens!
The Berkeley Public Schools Gardening and Cooking Programcelebrates garden-based education at its second annual gala, held at UC Berkeley’s International House on May 1. Enjoy seasonal farm-to-table fare, regional drinks and cocktails, music from the Berkeley High School jazz band, and a short video about the school gardens created by Berkeley High students. Local businesses supporting the event include Whole Foods Marketplace, Mendocino Wine Growers Inc, Shrub & Co, Calicraft Brewing, and Andronico’s Community Markets. The School Gardening Program serves about 5,800 students in preschool through seventh grade, offering hands-on garden instruction, nutrition education, and a curriculum that enriches academic skills and social learning. Cost: $65 in advance, $75 door. Tickets and info: here
Berkeley Public Schools Gardening Gala
Friday May 1, 6–9pm
International House on the UC Berkeley campus