Gardeners’ Resources

Garden Tools by Carole Topalian

Summer 2018 Gardener’s Notebook


Share your garden’s bounty and come home with someone else’s at these free weekly crop swaps. Some swaps encourage trading gardening tools and materials, recipes, baked goods, and tips on getting more involved in your community. Arrive on time for the best selection. Meet your neighbors and be part of the sharing economy!

Mondays 6:30pm, June through September
North Berkeley
Ohlone Greenway
Sacramento & Delaware St, across from North Berkeley BART

Info: or on Facebook


Saturdays 10:30am, June through September
South Berkeley
Malcolm X School, picnic tables
Ellis St entrance near Ashby Ave

Info: or on Facebook

Sundays 1–4pm, starting May 20
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave

Urban Farm Volunteering

A great way to tune into gardening success in your area is to learn directly from the experts as you volunteer at a local urban farm. Pay a visit to one of these locations near your home and ask if they have openings for volunteers.

Alameda: Alameda Point Collaborative 

Albany: U.C. Gill Tract Farm 

Berkeley: Urban Adamah , Spiral Gardens, Edible Schoolyard 

Clayton: Buttercup Farms 

El Sobrante: Cloverfield Farm 

Martinez: CoCo San Sustainable Farm 

Oakland: City Slicker, WOW Farm, Acta Non Verba 

Richmond: Urban Tilth 

Sunol: Sunol Ag Park 

If you’re in Solano County, there’s lots to check out at Sustainable Solano.


Buy worm castings locally!

Spiral Gardens: 2850 Sacramento Ave. Berkeley

Foothill Worm Ranch 7190 Foothill Road, Pleasanton,

Start with Safe Soil

The Bay Area has a century of wear and tear from an urban and industrial past, so it is important to ensure your soil is safe for vegetable and leafy greens production. It’s best to assume your soil is tainted and just create a raised bed with new soil from a pesticide-free source. For soil testing, Joshua recommends California-based Wallace Labs.


Or find a Facebook permaculture group.