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Garden Parties

Local celebrations honor Berkeley’s public-school gardens and a thriving community farm.

Students at Jefferson Elementary learn to be careful observers in their school garden.  Photo courtesy of the BUSD Cooking and Gardening Program.

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

Don't miss our spring issue, where you can learn to make Fava Bean and Green Garlic Crostini.

Cover art: "Magic Tractor"
by Margo Rivera-Weiss.

Plant and Plan at the Gill Tract

Honor the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with farming, workshops, panels, music, and dance. Join in the conversation about the past and future of the Gill Tract farm and its role in food system transformation. Plant summer crops along with intentions for the year ahead. Info: here

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

Drought-tolerant plants are among the topics covered in this workshop at the Oakland Public Library.

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. 

Water-Wise Gardening
Tuesday, April 28, 6–7:30pm 
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Hooray for School Gardens!

The Berkeley Public Schools Gardening and Cooking Program celebrates 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


Kids get down in the dirt at the Thousand Oaks Elementary School garden. Photo courtesy of the BUSD Cooking and Gardening Program.
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