Convergence ToursEast Bay Food Justice Showcase     Tuesday September 13th, 2016 Depart: 9:30am – North Berkeley BART, 1750 Sacramento St, Berkel

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Convergence Tours

East Bay Food Justice Showcase

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Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Depart: 9:30am – North Berkeley BART, 1750 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA
Return: 4:30pm – North Berkeley BART, 1750 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $65 Optional $15 lunch

Join our Food Justice Tour featuring urban farms and innovative sustainability projects in the innovative San Francisco East Bay. We’ll address concerns about food access, jobs, policy, and education, and engage with progressive leaders who are strengthening the local foodshed and building a resilient future for their communities. Your day includes behind-the-scene visits to:

Gill Tract Community Farm, an educational urban farm where we’ll focus on land access and sustainable development
Urban Tilth’s system of community and school garden projects that teach and employ local residents
Planting Justice, a grassroots organization that democratizes access to nutritious food by building edible permaculture gardens and training workers transitioning from prison.

Tickets HERE

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North Bay Permaculture Showcase

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Monday September 19th, 2016

Depart: 9:30 am – Solar Living Institute
Return: 5:30 pm – El Cerrito BART station
Cost: $80 (optional $15 lunch)

Dive deep(er) into permaculture and resilience with visits to educational centers and grassroots projects on this post-Convergence tour of San Francisco’s North Bay. By visiting these food forests, intentional communities, and educational projects, you’ll gain an appreciation for the passionate people who are transforming the Bay Area and building a just world that we can proudly pass on to the next generation.
We’ll tour:

Singing Frogs Farm, a model of sustainable stewardship and carbon sequestration this micro-farm combines bio-intensive land/forestry management theory. No tilling or pesticide/herbicide/fungicide sprays are used. Their high-carbon layer of soil retains more water than conventional topsoil, requiring less irrigation and produces 5-7 harvests per year on their land, vs the 1-2 harvest average of other farms;
Permaculture Skills Center, which teaches the development and management of regenerative agriculture systems on their demonstration site. Included among their innovative educational programs are permaculture trainings that focus on women’s leadership in the field;
A model cob house, built by renowned cob designer Miguel “Sir Cob-a lot” Elliott of Living Earth Structures. Their mission is to construct high quality living earth structures and encourage community involvement through educational workshops and gatherings around the finished project- whether it’s a cob oven or a cob classroom…or a cozy cobin;
A showcase of Daily Acts projects, highlighting successful partnerships with cities and sharing models that you can bring back to your own community, including Executive Director Trathen Heckman’s incredible urban homestead, and a recreation center across the street serving as a model of resiliency for the community.

See urban homesteads, permaculture business, no-till farms, private-public partnerships, and more — there is something for everyone!

Tickets HERE

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The Convergence is Coming!

North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence

September 14-18, 2016 Solar Living Institute, Hopland, CA.

We’ll gather together for an inspirational five days of intensive focus with a common goal: to design, build, and strengthen regenerative communities and habitats, in accordance with nature, for humans, plants, animals, the greater bioregion, and the Earth at large.

Visit: Permaculture Convergence

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The Convergence is a combined effort of the 2nd Annual North American Permaculture Convergence and the 11th Northern California Permaculture Convergence. It will bring together an estimated 1,000 permaculture designers, social and environmental justice activists, community organizers, educators, speakers, individuals and organizations from not only Northern California, but the greater United States, Canada, Mexico, countries from the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

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Whether you are a seasoned permaculturalist, a transition town activist, a community organizer, or just wanting to learn game-changing skills to live more successfully and in greater harmony with people and the planet... and find community in the process…
this Convergence is for you.

Tickets HERE

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PERMACULTURE TOURS

September 13: East Bay Food Justice Showcase (before the convergence)
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September 19: North Bay Permaculture Showcase (after the convergence)
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See You Tomorrow at First Friday!

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Drake's Dealership, The Hive, 2300 Broadway, Oakland

September 2nd 5:00-9:00 pm

Find us alongside Impact Hub, Red Bay Coffee, People's Barber Shop while we celebrate the arts and enjoy the best block party around! Live music, vendors, beer and food.

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