If Wishes Were Fishes Untangling the plastics problem during the pandemic An interview with Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center No amount of wishing has made the pandemic depart our shores, nor will it do away with the plastics polluting our planet. Can the East Bay, a stronghold of environmental action, make headway…

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“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” —Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture Photo: Rachel Stanich Getting to Fair Share…

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Vallejo People’s Garden founder Vilma Aquino harvests grape leaves to use for dolmas. Aquino welcomes volunteers who want to help out with garden chores. What’s been happening around the East Bay? By Rachel Trachten | Photos by Rachel Stanich   In March when everything shut down, school and community gardens were in full spring swing.…

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Jumping Through Hoops   Research psychologist Carolyn Phinney managed to convince government agencies, local businesses, and garden experts to help her transform barren industrial land into a thriving community farm. Photo by Frank J. Sulloway   How a psychologist/activist built a farm for the community on Contra Costa County Sanitary District land By Rachel Trachten…

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Digging Deeper for Better Food Access and Better Health     Alameda County officials hope this food hub and urban farm project becomes a national model Story and photos by Austin Price   On East 14th Street in the East Bay community of Ashland, a garden sits inconspicuously between a clothing store, a liquor store,…

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  Resistance Is a Loaf of Babka   Story and photos by Meredith Pakier   It’s not news that, this year, the restaurant and hospitality industries have been caught in the crosshairs of a public health crisis, forced to make difficult decisions—to restructure, lay-off staff, or close completely. In the midst of this mounting uncertainty,…

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No Grocery Store? No Problem!   Parker (left) and Kramer Collins get the pop-up market ready for customers.   Port Costa’s Port Perks pop-up market fills the bill … at least for now   By any description, the tiny town of Port Costa, California, (pop. 186) is a unique spot in the largely urban East…

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Pre-packed food boxes for contactless pickup/delivery are trending all over—even with the USDA! Nearly every restaurant with takeout is looking into adding a pantry that includes a box of produce assembled to help support their farmer-vendors as well as to keep their own workers busy. We’re also seeing plenty of ways to add a donation…

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  Jimmy Bear resides on Carlotta near Monterey Market, but now that he’s sheltering at home, he loves getting food boxes delivered to his porch. Follow him on Instagram at #jimmybearberkeley.   As the lockdown began in mid-March, the appeal of signing up with a local farm for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscription suddenly soared. Here at…

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Erin Eno uses a hoe to cultivate her half acre of diversified crops growing near Mount Diablo. First-Generation Farmer Erin Eno Finds Community Through Growing Food on Mount Diablo Story and photos by Austin Price July 2019: The rising sun is just hitting the eastern face of Mount Diablo as Erin Eno pulls weeds on…

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