Reclaim, Rebuild, Reskill

 

Bay Localize is proud to announce that we are sponsoring RECLAIM, REBUILD, RESKILL, a series of resilience workshops hosted by the Ecology Center during the month of September!

Presented by the Ecology Center and in partnership with Victory Garden Foundation, Phat Beets Produce, Transition Berkeley, Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic & Education Center, Permacouture Institute, and the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library. Also Cosponsored by Biofuel Oasis, The PLACE, Richmond Grows, and Urban Adamah.

From learning how to dye your clothes using natural dyes to creating your own raingarden, Reclaim, Rebuild, Reskill will help you sharpen your eco-friendly skills to help build for a more greener city!

 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Colors from Nature: Getting Started with Natural Dyes
 
Learn how to make brilliant colors from your local environment with natural dyer and plants-person Deepa Natarajan of the Permacouture Institute. In this three-hour workshop you will learn the basic principles of natural dyes, mordanting, medicinal dyes, making patterns on cloth, and flower printing. We’ll be harvesting some dyes straight from the garden at the Berkeley EcoHouse. You will get to take home samples in a range of colors and fibers. No experience necessary.  About the Instructor: Deepa worked with plants and people at the UC Botanical Garden for 5 years putting on their public education programs. During this time she cultivated her love of gardening and natural dyes. She has traveled to South India several times learning from master dyers and teaching workshops on local, natural dyes. She is currently working with the Permacouture Institute ( http://permacouture.org/ ) as the ‘Seed to Sew’ Project Director to partner with local seed banks and tag seeds for their fiber & dye properties. You can read about her plant adventures on her blog ( http://plantspeople.blogspot.com/ ). Space is limited and fills up fast. Pre-registration required.
 
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley.
Cost: $25 general, $20 EC members, no one turned away for lack of funds. (Materials included.) Space is limited. Pre-registration ensures a spot.
Info: 510-548-2220 x239register@ecologycenter.orghttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/264664.
Wheelchair accessible.
 
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
 
Intermediate Seed Saving for Gardeners and Urban Farmers
 
Are you a gardener or small farmer who wants to free yourself from the costs and dependency of buying seeds? Come learn about seeds and varieties adapted to the greater Bay Area. We will identify the highest success crops for the small scale grower and then guide you through the process of saving their seed. This workshop will cover basic and advanced seed concepts including basic taxonomy and botany, choosing the right variety or crop, ideal population sizes, preventing cross-pollination, selecting for improved varieties, seed maturation, seed harvest, and seed cleaning. The workshop will also cover hand-pollination and other specific techniques for saving seed from more difficult crops. Although some background in seed saving is recommended, this is a great chance to learn about seed and connect with other seed savers in your region, even if you are a beginner.
 
About the teacher:  Anders Vidstrand works as a gardener, lab tech, nursery manager, and part time instructor for the Landscape Horticulture Department at Merritt College in Oakland. He has also led workshops on plant propagation, dry farming, and vegetable gardening for many local organization. He has been gardening  since childhood and professionally in the Bay Area for the last 5 years. He is an organic gardener, a rare fruit grower and an active member of Seed Savers Exchange.
 
Specify when registering if ASL interpretation is requested, (at least 10 working days in advance).
 
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley.
Cost: $5 – $15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Info: 510-548-2220 x239register@ecologycenter.orghttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/266218.
Wheelchair accessible.
 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
 
Youth Bike Skill Up
 
Come join us for a free youth bike skill up and community garden work day at Healthy Hearts Garden in North Oakland. There will be a bike-powered smoothie maker, free food, and gardening activities. All youth who attend will receive a free tire patch kit. This will be hosted by Phat Beets Produce (www.phatbeetsproduce.org) and their Dover Park community garden program. All youth are welcome to participate in the bike activities. 
 
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Healthy Hearts Youth Market Garden, Dover Street Park, 57th at Dover St., Oakland.
Cost: Free..
Info: 510-548-2220 x2226jahan@ecologycenter.org.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
 
Create Your Raingarden
 
This workshop and skillshare will begin with a slideshow on raingardens and innovative ways to capture and use water, will include a tour of the EcoHouse water features, and end with a design charette where you’ll create a plan for your garden. Learn how ecological water design can improve your quality of life and regenerate natural systems through incorporating features into your yard such as bioswales, living roofs, rain barrels, ephemeral pools, permeable landscape materials, and more. Ecological designer Nik Bertulis helped create several of the features at the EcoHouse and will lead the tour. Nik also teaches ecological design at Merritt College and the San Francisco Art Institute. NOTE: Space is limited. Pre-registration ensures a spot. Please specify when registering if ASL interpretation is requested, (at least 10 working days in advance). This workshop is not wheelchair accessible.
 
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: EcoHouse (front door), 1305 Hopkins Street, Berkeley.
Cost: $15 general, $10 EC members, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Info: 510-548-2220 x239register@ecologycenter.orghttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/264667.
 
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
 
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Bay Area
 
Join us before the Lorin Station crop swap, for a talk with herbalist Tellur Fenner of Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic. He’ll give us an overview of the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within our Bay Area micro-climates. Historical and modern medicinal applications will be touched upon, along with any edible and/or utilitarian potential. Tips on basic plant identification will be offered, with an emphasis on how to differentiate poisonous look-alike plants from their beneficial counterparts. Plant family characteristics will be discussed as well.  Bring medicinal herbs you are growing to share and discuss.
 
Time: Noon – 1pm
Location: Lorin Station Greenspace, Alcatraz and Adeline, Berkeley.
Cost: Free.
Info: 510-548-2220 x233beck@ecologycenter.org.
Wheelchair accessible.
 
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
 
How to Build a Raised Bed to Grow Your Own Food and Flowers
 
Come learn how to build raised beds from designer and carpenter Matthew Wolpe.  We’ll be building a bed from reused redwood for the food pantry garden at People’s Victory Garden.  The class will cover raised bed design basics, building techniques, and tool safety. Participants will leave with information on a variety of materials and methods to build your own raised beds.  Resources for getting started with growing will be on hand as well.
 
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: People’s Victory Garden – Telegraph Ministry Center, 5316 Telegraph, Oakland.
Cost: $20 general, $15 EC members, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Info: 510-548-2220 x239register@ecologycenter.orghttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/266220.

 

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