Seed Swap and Class next weekend

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Posted on 25th March 2012 by admin in blog |Events |Seeds

Agrariana’s Backyard Seed Bank invites you to two upcoming seed saving events…

Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 13th Annual Seed Swap

Friday, March 30, 2012

Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! Come learn about seed saving classes and the Library. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center.

7pm – 9pm. Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley

Cost: food and seeds to share or $10 donation.

More info at: 510-548-2220 x233, basil@ecologycenter.org, ecologycenter.org/basil/

Basic Seed Saving Workshop

April 1, 1-3 pm, at Permaculture Institute of the East Bay

Resister to RSVP and be given the location.

Co-taught by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) and Agrariana

This is the kickoff event for our Curate a Crop campaign for the 2012 growing season, a series of workshops and community events to teach you everything you need to know to be a proficient backyard seed grower to share seeds with friends, neighbors, and local seed libraries.

This hands on workshop will cover basic seed saving, botanical terms, plant sex, garden planning & seed processing. We will focus on beans, lettuce, peppers, & tomatoes.

Participants who wish to grow seed for their local seed library will receive plants or seeds of locally adapted, open pollinated vegetables.

Sliding scale $5-30, no one turned away, please RSVP

For more info contact basil@ecologycenter.org

The Greenhorns Screening on Cal Campus November 17

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Posted on 17th November 2011 by mat in 4F |Events

The Greenhorns, a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers, will premiere their much-anticipated documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” at Cloyne Court 2600 Ridge Rd. in Berkeley, CA at 7:30pm on Nov. 17th. The screening will be followed by a discussion panel with five farmers featured in the film discussing their experience in the American farming system.

“The Greenhorns” documents the decisive reemergence on our national landscape of a key cultural and economic force, the young American farmer. These new men and women in agriculture operate and thrive despite a longstanding trend of farmer attrition and aging, and the continued rapid loss of farmland to development.  The average age of a farmer in America is 57, and USDA subsidies to huge agribusinesses dominate Farm bill spending. But many communities are experiencing a resurgence of activity among young, new and aspiring farmers.

“The Greenhorns” shows how a new generation of young agrarians who farm with their brains as well as their bodies exert a promising and necessary impact against these crises. These greenhorns are working to reverse negative trends in favor of healthy food, local and regional foodsheds, and the revitalization of rural economies, one farm at a time. Official mandates calling for the increase and successful resettlement of young farmers stir hope while farmland remains abundant, if difficult to access for most new entrants. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s recent call for 100,000 new farmers is an encouraging sign. Now we need policies to back up that goal. With over 400 million acres of farmland poised to change hands over the next twenty years, the time for action is NOW. The 2012 Farm Bill package of legislation is already in the pipeline. The Greenhorns film sets this context, shows the issues, and introduces the viewer to a savvy, purposeful posse of young farmers getting into the business of fixing America. One farmer at a time.

Directed by farmer/ activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, produced in dozens of states over three years, “The Greenhorns” runs a fast 50 minutes. All proceeds from this event will go to support “The Greenhorns”. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The suggested donation amount is $3 if you bring food for the potluck and $5 without food.

Cosponsored by The Greenhorns and the Berkeley Student Cooperative.

Here’s the trailer for the film.