The East Bay is a mecca for community resilience!
We are home to so many organizations doing work that is in some way connected to the principles of resilience and regeneration, from those protecting our most marginalized communities from violence and oppression, to those ushering in a just transition to a new paradigm of regenerative local economies and community interconnectedness. This healthy abundance of diversity is rich soil for creating synergy and symbiosis through a mycelial network that empowers organizations with efficiency, resources, and information. In these hectic times of climate change and political and social upheaval, we must work together to ensure the future is one that we can survive and thrive in. To do this, we have two strands of gathering folks to the table.
To bring everyone together in a supportive, celebratory space, the East Bay Hub is in the process of organizing monthly potlucks that are open to any and all! If you want to share what’s going on in your neighborhood or get to know what other community members are working on, this is a great way to plug into a network of makers and growers and activists and neighbors!
For more information on how to get involved, email Ayako Nagano at email@example.com.
Regenerative East Bay
The Regenerative East Bay Assembly is coming together to strengthen and fortify the organizations, coalitions, community groups, individuals, and networks that already exist in the East Bay by facilitating connections and collaboration within and across sectors through a non-hierarchical and inclusive structure that allows members to self organize in the ways that best suit their needs and the needs of other community members with the goal of building more equitable, resilient, and regenerative systems for generations to come.
We hope to organize a general assembly to bring individuals and groups together, facilitating cross-polination and self organization, which will lead to stronger networks capable of impacting positive change. We believe equity in design is key to creating equity in the final product or system, thus, it is our intention to invite historically marginalized communities FIRST to collaborate, organize with us, and steer this vision in a direction that will produce equitable outcomes.
If you would like to learn more or get involved, please feel free to reach out to collaborators Ojan Mobedashi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edible Gardens in Public Spaces
Transition Albany’s Edible Garden Project collaborated with the City of Albany to create an edible permaculture-style garden in a public park. After its initial phase of planting the original garden, the project received a small grant to design a class series that works with individuals over the age of 50 in the garden, teaching hands-on concepts about permaculture.
A model for Social Enterprises
Planting Justice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. We bring community members together to create replicable, energy- and water-efficient gardens that demonstrate how it is possible to grow a complete nutritional diet – including the production of fruit, vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, edible mushrooms, goat milk, herbs, jam, honey, and meat – right where 80% of U.S. residents live: in the city. Whereas edible landscaping and Permaculture have thus far been available only to those who can pay a premium for it, our organizational model enables us to empower economically disadvantaged communities to transform empty lots, paved backyards, and grass lawns into productive organic gardens that serve as living classrooms for community members to practice Urban Permaculture and bio-intensive gardening techniques.
Ongoing Work Parties
People’s Grocery (West Oakland)
The California Hotel is a low-income housing development in West Oakland where the People’s Grocery manages a greenhouse enterprise program and garden; it is also the site of a new partnership with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. They sponsor programming, quarterly events, and greenhouse enterprise opportunities so residents can fully participate in the re-creation of the Hotel as a site for community gathering.Volunteer Drop-In Hours:
Tuesdays: 11am – 4pm; Thursdays: 1:30pm – 4pm; Fridays: 11am – 4pm
For more information about California Hotel Work Parties click here.
Gill Tract (Albany)
After years of struggle with the University of California by numerous
groups who pushed for the right of the community to farm at the Gill Tract — culminating with occupations by East Bay food sovereignty activists in 2012 and 2013 that ended with multiple arrests, a lawsuit against occupiers, the razing of crops, and simply forcing farmers off of the land — a new coalition of community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff have won permission to farm on one and a half acres of the Gill Tract into the indefinite future. Now the fun begins – planting and harvesting! Their work party hours are: Tuesday 3:30pm-7:30pm; Thursday 3:30pm-7:30pm
Urban Tilth is an inspirational non-profit based in Richmond. They host work parties on a regular basis; check here for time.