Greetings Dear Friends, Last weekend we did a fantastic private "Maker's Tour" of Uptown Oakland for someone's 70th birthday to celebrate with his f

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On Tour After the Permaculture Convergence

Dear Friends,

Last weekend we did a fantastic private "Maker's Tour" of Uptown Oakland for someone's 70th birthday to celebrate with his fourteen friends. They asked us to showcase the next generation that is shaping the arts, food scene, and economy in Oakland so they would learn more about the positive future they were leaving their grandchildren. With our friend Hiroko Kurihara from Oakland Makers leading the day we showed them how Makers are banding together with their neighbors to preserve the city's creative heart and cultural soul. We were all moved and inspired by their curiosity and engaged discussions over lunch. Check out the photos on Facebook (and maybe like us while you are there :)

Speaking of Makers....we're launching our Holiday Maker's "Experience" December 7th in the SF Dogpatch more below.
I look forward to getting to see you in person next weekend at the Green Festival where I'll be speaking twice on Saturday! Or perhaps you'd like to join us on our Sustainability, Agriculture, and the Arts Tour to Cuba in February.

I hope BAGT can continue to share the abundant resources of this magical place we call the Bay Area and ask for your continued support in sharing our newsletter with your friends and perhaps you can organize your own group and join us on a tour soon!

With gratitude,

PS I've run into local environmental luminaries recently that I deeply respect who have told me they actually read this newsletter and it made my heart sing! (Thank you Lynne Twist, Amigo Bob, Tim Mueller and Ken Brower I am humbled)


Green Festival, Nov. 11th-13th

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When: November 11th-13th, 12:00pm
Where: Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Please say hello at our booth at this wonderful annual San Francisco "Party with a Purpose."

Register HERE!
Use 20% discount code:GFSFX116
If you are interested in volunteering with us at this event please contact

Saturday, November 12th, Marissa will speak on:


Green Festival Pavilion from 2:45 PM to 3:20 PM
The history & future of agritourism, how it educates both local citizens and tourists on the true cost of food, inspires the next generation of farmers, improves the local economy and helps protect the environment. Along with our Marin Farm Tour manager and friend Constance Washburn.

Volunteering as a Career Path

Green Festival Pavilion from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Gain valuable real life experience volunteering with an organization that shares similar ideals while supporting the mission of an organization. Gain valuable real life experience and insights. Try out a career path, gain marketable skills to build your resume.


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:


Exciting Additions

Dogpatch Unleashed! Meet the Makers

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I'm thrilled to announce that I will be leading monthly tours or "Experiences" with AirBnB starting in December through March. AirBnB will launch them on their website on December 1st, so if you are interested please contact me if you'd like to join this initial "Experience" at: and I will be sure to share the link to register before the tour opens to the public and perhaps be able to offer you a discount code.

We're beginning with the Dogpatch, one of SF’s most vibrant under-the-radar neighborhoods! You’ll have the opportunity to discover your own unimagined skills and creativity and perhaps purchase or make your own unique holiday gifts .

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cost: $120
includes a workshop at Workshop Residence
Duration: 5 hours
Meeting Point: 1:00 @ The Noonan Building, Pier 70, San Francisco
Limited to 10 people

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Suzy Barnard

Berkeley Painter: Suzy Barnard

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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 and industrial manufacturing partners as needed to make functional objects for everyday living. They’ll guide you through a customized one-hour workshop where you can design a made to order gift for the holidays.

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.


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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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Magnolia Brewery

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Cuba with BAGT 2017



February 10th-19th, 2017

Focus on
Sustainability, Agriculture, and the Arts

Join us and you’ll see first hand what happens when national policy prioritizes community wellness, the environment, organic farming and the arts.

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



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

$3,775 meet in Havana

If you’d like more information or to register for this amazing trip, please contact us at


Farm Rentals

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Getaways, Retreat, 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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10 Acres of Organic Produce

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A World of Green All Year Round

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Historic Colonel Armstrong Home

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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.