----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 01/20/2003 03:34 PM -----
Hi Gardening Friends! Welcome to a New Year of Gardening!
The Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative (BCGC) has put together a
Speaker and Project Presentation Series. These will be exciting,
informative and inspiring, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
**4th Mondays of January, February & March**
**6 - 8 p.m. at the Ecology Center**
2530 San Pablo Ave., about a block south of Dwight Way in Berkeley.
--First up on Jan. 27th: Urban Roots and The Gill Tract ; Community
The University of California plans to develop the Gill Tract, with student
housing, retail and ball fields; Urban Roots, a group of local students,
architects, teachers, urban ag advocates and others, has their own
showing how the agricultural space can remain. This is a historic piece
agriculture, with creeks running through it. Help Save The Gill Tract.
Come learn the history, what's happening, offer your support and advice.
Also on Jan. 27th: A Community Orchard on the Sante Fe Right of Way
(SFRoW)! Neighbors have begun plans to plant an orchard along the SFRoW
between Carleton and Ward. This will be open to the community; plans
include a through-path, children's activities, events, food security for
Southwest Berkeley, green space for our souls. Aaaaaaah. Learn more,
your suggestions, learn how you can get involved.
--February 24th: Daniel Miller, "Beyond Community Gardens: The Role of
Urban Gardening in Creating Sustainable Societies"
A roundtable discussion about how community-oriented urban gardening can
facilitate long-term solutions and change from the individual to the
level. Daniel Miller is the Project Director of the BOSS Urban Gardening
Institute (BUGI)' which is dedicated to increasing individual and
self-reliance through urban gardening. Get inspired and energized by and
with your local gardening peers.
--And, finally on March 24th: Karl Linn, "Community Gardens Becoming
In today's world of heightened vulnerability and insecurity, community
gardens are being challenged more than ever before to meet the demand for
human contact, to become vital neighborhood meeting places, extensions of
home territory where people can gather for inspiration and healing as well
as interacting casually, as part of their daily routine. Karl's slide
presentation will show the self-help creation of community art gardens and
the Ohlone Greenway Commons in north Berkeley.
All these talks are FREE!! Just bring yourselves and some food or drink
share, if you can. Sure to be a fun, relaxing and inspiring time for all
gardeners, and garden advocates. With you, the Berkeley Community
Collaborative can be a stronger advocate for community, non-profit, and
school gardens in Berkeley and surrounding area.