Upcoming Events

Seed Swap and Class next weekend

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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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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.

Agrariana and the Berkeley Student Food Collective Present ‘Edible Occupation 101: Careers in Sustainable Food and Agriculture’

Last modified on 2011-10-18 16:30:28 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Now that UC Berkeley students and community have gained an Edible Education, it’s time to find an Edible Occupation.  On Monday, October 24 at 7:00pm in 159 Mulford Hall on the UC Berkeley campus (map), Agrariana and the Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC) present an evening with young voices sharing how you can start a career in sustainable food and agriculture.

Edible Occupation 101 will begin with a panel featuring:

Leah Atwood – Program Director, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture
Melisa Lin – Sales Representative, Veritable Vegetable
Nathan McClintock – Geography PhD in urban agriculture
Hallie Muller – Outreach and Education Coordinator, Full Belly Farm
May Nguyen – Permaculture Designer, Planting Justice
Anders Olson – Flying Shovels Farm
Esperanza Pallana – Pluck & Feather/East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance
Karen Rogers – Founder/ Director, Sprouts Cooking Club

The panelists will discuss the multitude of career paths related to the food movement, how they embarked on their chosen career paths, and the barriers they’ve encountered along the way.

The panel will be followed by a mixer catered by the BSFC, giving attendees an opportunity mingle with professionals and discuss how to break into a career in food and agriculture.  The panelists and representatives from the Worldwide Farmers Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Sysco, Veritable Vegetable, and many more organizations will be in attendance.  If you or your organization would like to be represented at the mixer, please email info@agrariana.org.

This event is part of Food Day (foodday.org), a series of events on food happening across the country on October 24.
Food Day

Members of the public welcome.  $5 donation requested.  No one turned away. You can RSVP via our Facebook invite.

Co-sponsored by:

Agrariana is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and celebrating rural life, even in urban spaces.  The BSFC is a student–run organization that provides fresh, local, healthy, environmentally sustainable and ethically produced food at affordable prices to the Berkeley campus and greater community.

Seed Saving Basics at Mosswood Community Garden

Last modified on 2011-10-14 17:51:35 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

Mat Rogers is a  Mosswood Community Garden volunteer and the director of Agrariana, who’s Backyard Seed Bank project works with local gardeners to grow and save quality seed for local seed banks as part of the East Bay Seed Hub. He will give a free talk on ‘Seed Saving Basics’ Saturday, Oct 15 at 10 am in the Mosswood Community Garden near the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and Webster St. in Oakland.

Mat will talk about why people save seeds, how plants reproduce, and three families of very easy seeds to save — beans and peas, tomatoes, and lettuce.  The talk will last about an hour and include seed processing demos so you’ll be ready to save seed at home and plan your garden for seed saving next year.  For those wishing more in-depth discussion, he’ll continue after the main talk to have a roundtable discussion about more advanced seed saving while we do some seed processing.

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Agrariana at Roots to Fruits

Last modified on 2011-07-20 16:40:14 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Agrariana will be giving a jamming workshop at 11, leading a canning workshop at 2, and tabling all day at the new events series Roots to Fruits this Saturday. Come out and learn how to put up the fruits of summer for winter enjoyment.

Saturday, July 23
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The School Farm at School of the Arts (SOTA)
555 Portola Drive. San Francisco

Roots to Fruits, a new event series, seeks to raise awareness on our local food system, by offering a unique opportunity to sample the tastiest summer fruits which can thrive in various San Francisco micro-climates. Attendees will have an opportunity to pre-purchase fruit trees at this fun-filled family event, and enjoy the demos, contests and talks offered throughout the day. The first of three events, on July 23, 2011, will center around a Fruit Tasting Orchard, where anyone may sample the carefully selected summer fruits that thrive in the legendary San Francisco “fog belts” and “sun belts.”

Highlights: A Stone Fruit Tasting Orchard, Backyard Showcase Garden, Outdoor Earth-Friendly Kitchen, Fruit-centric Demos & Workshops, Hyperlocal Vendor Marketplace & Juicy Contests, Raffle Prizes and MORE!