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Join me on our maiden voyaage to CUBA!

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I'm thrilled to announce we're launching our new Dogpatch Unleashed! Meet the Makers "Experience" in the Dogpatch, one of SF’s most vibrant under-the-radar neighborhoods on December 7th. AirBnB has asked us to develop a very intimate “Experience” they can offer to people connecting visitors with locals who share the same interests. The goal is for guests to discover the real Bay Area, not just the traditional tourist destinations and for locals to create a new income stream. I will personally host up to 8 people twice a month through March on a Maker's Tour. This is a terrific way to support the creative small businesses that are flourishing in our community and a wonderful opportunity for BAGT to have more visibility around the world. With their support we can offer a regular Public walking tour which has always been a challenge. (I also suggested to add a local Makers tour of Oakland and Berkeley).

Our BAGT discounted dress rehearsal is set for December 7th and is limited to just eight lucky guests! You’ll have the opportunity to unleash your own unimagined skills and creativity and perhaps purchase and/or make your own unique holiday gifts. Please join me for a discounted $90 six hour "Experience" which includes materials and a workshop. (In January will be offered on the AirBnB website at $120.)

I know that AirBnB has created a platform where greedy opportunists buy properties, displace people and warehouse apartments with the intention to rent out them out on AirBnB. This deplorable practice is not the fault of the AirBnB although I believe it is their responsibility to oversee these injustices. I have had the opportunity to benefit from staying at a wonderful AirBnB and have many friends who have rented their house or a room and were able to travel for the first time or send their kid to college. It's also a great way for locals to help defray the high cost of living in the Bay Area.

I missed the opportunity to visit Cuba 17 years ago when I turned down an invitation because I was "too busy" raising a family. This time I won't let the opportunity pass me by! The island will be changing now that the trade embargo has been lifted, we will have a new administration and Fidel Castro has passed. Now is the time join me on my first trip to Cuba this February to witness first hand what happens when the environment, organic farming and the arts are a national policy priority. Cuba knows the value of phrase reduce, reuse, recycle not just from an environmental perspective but out of necessity and we will meet artists and farmers implementing these principles.

Warmest wishes in this season of gratitude,

P.S. In this season of giving please don’t forget Giving Tuesday November 29, 2016, a global day dedicated to giving. We need the support of the community we serve. Our work is a labor of love where in order to stay abreast of the newest developments in local issues and models of sustainable practices we need to constantly research, connect and reinvent ourselves to keep current. Please support our mission by making a donation no matter how small this Tuesday. Another way you could also support our work is to volunteer or refer folks to us join our EcoColab office of stellar non-profit leaders and creatives. (See below)


Dogpatch Unleashed! Meet the Makers


Let’s learn about the history of The Dogpatch and how ingenious Makers are banding together with their neighbors to preserve the city’s creative heart and cultural soul, specifically in the vibrant, off-the-beaten path neighborhood of Dogpatch!

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 1:00-6:00
Meeting Point: The Noonan Building, Pier 70, San Francisco
Limited to 8 people
Cost: $120 includes a workshop at Workshop Residence
Introductory price: $90 December Only

Register HERE with discount Code: BAGTFriend** Includes maker's workshop and a 15% discount at Austin Press!

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Dogpatch Neighborhood

Suzy Barnard

Berkeley Painter: Suzy Barnard

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Printing Presses


Kimberly Austin

We’ll begin our five-stop experience at the the historic off-the-grid Noonan Art Studios located on Pier 70 on the SF Bay. Having spent 13 years painting from her studio in the Noonan Building, Suzy Barnard has observed countless freighters, barges and tugboats on the bay that inspire her abstract images of the sea, ships, and sky. Next door we’ll visit Austin Press where Kimberly Austin’s magical studio wafts with the scent of soaps, perfumes and her stainless steel wax melter pours the most exquisite collection of handcrafted candles. Her vintage presses crank out a rich assortment of ephemera inspired by her collection of rare books and alphabets.

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Workshop Residence

Then it’s your turn to be the artist/designer! Workshop Residence engages the worlds of craft, art and design. They collaborate with artists and designers from all over the world, manufacturing onsite and enlisting local fabricators to make functional objects for everyday living. They’ll guide you through a customized one-hour workshop where you can grab a mallet and design and make your own punched tin lantern or embossed tin ornaments as a gift for the holidays.
No experience required.

Strolling down the street, we may stop for artisan chocolates or coffee before visiting Rickshaw Bags where they make colorful urban messenger bags and backpacks in one of the few remaining sewing factories in SF. We'll meet the owner and tour the factory. If you like, you can even choose your own fabrics from their extensive selection for a customized bag of your own.


Rickshaw Bags


Make Your Own Lantern or Lights!

We’ll cap our experience at Magnolia Brewery for a sample beer tasting while we hang with the locals in this former tin can factory. The rough-and-tumble industrial vibe looks like it hasn't been touched since the '30s. You linger and have dinner right there at their Smokestack BBQ.

The Maker movement has gathered increasing momentum and makers have created their own market ecosystem, developing new products and services. Please help spread he word to support these visionaries in our backyard.

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Workshop Residence

Magnolia at bar

End the day Magnolia Brewery/ Smokestack BBQ

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Letterpress Art


Learn About Cubans From Cubans


Our host will be the fabulous Malia Everett, CEO and Founder of Altruvistas, and Board Member of Bay Area Green Tours, Women’s Earth Alliance, and Food First/The Institute for Agriculture and Development Policy. She has arranged house concerts with her long time friends and meetings with innovative thinkers, organic farmers and artists who are the masters of creative reuse. This is a real insider's view of the real Cuba!

To register for this amazing trip, please contact:


Focus on Sustainability, Agriculture, and the Arts

February 10th-19th, 2017

Meet eco farmers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, government reps, nonprofits & educators
Learn about Cuba’s agro ecological transition, organic farming & the arts
Explore beautiful beaches & natural sites

Due to the large amount of interest regarding this trip we might add another in May and/or October -- so if joining us in February isn’t possible, please let us know if one of these other months would work better for you.



10 Days Double accommodations
All breakfasts, large lunches, cultural activities and some cocktails
Welcome & farewell dinner
Transportation & charismatic local Cuban guides
Donations to partnering NGO’s who will be hosting us
Learn about Cuba’s agro ecological transition, organic farming & the arts

$4,250 including round trip charter flight from Miami to Havana
$3,775 meet in Havana
$720 Single room supplement

If you are interested in joining Bay Area Green Tours on our first trip to Cuba please contact our partner organization Altruvistas:

Havan Square

Sunny Office in Downtown Oakland


Share an Office with BAGT!!

We're called EcoCity Colab and we're looking for a few more people to add our lovely cooperative work space. We care about sustainability, social justice and localism.


Price: $250 per person a month
Address: 339 15th Street @ Webster Street between Frank Ogawa Plaza & Lake Merritt
Transportation: Between 12th & 19th Street BART and bus lines.
Bike parking in basement and racks on streets.
Parking Street parking ($2/hour) and paid parking lots nearby.
Amenities: WiFi, Accessibility, Tea, Print/Scan/Copy, Small Conference Room

Please help us spread the word and curate a mission driven group of people who can collaborate and support each other's work!


Farm Rental

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The Historic Armstrong House

Getaways, Retreats, Family Reunions

We don’t just offer tours! We also rent beautiful Sabor Mexicano Farm in Sonoma County owned by 3rd generation Mexican, seed saving, Jorge Saldana who owns Cancun Restaurant in Berkeley! During your visit we can organize an apple pressing nearby, a walk with a local naturalist, a tour to local farms or organic wineries... tour or you might be able to get Jorge to cook for you right on the property!
The historic Armstrong home is nestled between Armstrong Redwoods Park in Guerneville, 2 miles from the Russian River and only 20 minutes from Jenner-by- the- Sea.
More Information: HERE

Your stay helps support our nonprofit work.

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Farm Sabor Mexicano

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Russian River

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10 Acres of Organic Produce

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A World of Green All Year Round


Volunteer with Us!

We're always eager to hear from talented and motivated individuals with the skills, drive and enthusiasm to support our work! In return we try to provide valuable knowledge and experiences to create a win/win collaboration. If you're interested in volunteering with us please contact:


Bay Area Green Tours Mission

Bay Area Green Tours 501(c)3 provides educational tours and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.