We are excited to build an ecosystem of groups, organizations and businesses who are saying YES to building a multi-cultural coalition to deepen connections and collaboration with each other. The following groups have signed on as our Founding Circle of Collaborators. For more complete profile listings please go to the NorCal Community Resilience Network page on the X-Pollinators website.
Albany Edible Garden Initiative (Albany): We are a public garden and Food Forest, located at Albany Memorial Park. We offer work parties and opportunities to volunteer.
Ashby Garden (Berkeley): We are a collectively run garden located in South Berkeley, where we raise food and share our knowledge of urban farming. The mission of We Bee Gardeners is to support our local urban community in growing organic food economically through offerings of educational workshops, sustainability projects, and hands-on gardening activities.
Bay Area Green Tours (Oakland/Bay Area): We provide 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.
BayNVC (Oakland/regional): is home to a number of projects and groups working under the same umbrella to apply and promote the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication.
Berkeley Climate Action Coalition: We are a growing network of local organizations and community members joining together to help implement the City of Berkeley’s ambitious, forty-year Climate Action Plan. We include residents, non-profits, the City of Berkeley, neighborhood groups, faith based organizations, schools, businesses, UC Berkeley, and others!
Berrett-Koehler Foundation (Oakland): We are helping the next generation of leaders create a world that works for all by learning and putting into practice ideas and methods that foster positive change in people’s lives, organizations and communities.
Beyond Separation (Oakland): BCS helps white-identified people cultivate greater awareness of the harmful and oppressive aspects of their whiteness and the ways in which they can work to shift them. We offer participants practical and emotional tools they need to confront the racism implicit in themselves and the systems they’re part of, and to do so with mindfulness and compassion. Angela Sevin is the Network’s primary contact for this project.
Black Permaculture Network (Oakland/national): BPN is a nationwide network of Afro-indigenous people who have come together through the practices of permaculture, agroecology, natural living and care of the earth. Through our network we create space for dialogue on social media, give access to funding and resources, serve as an informational hub, and promote the work of Afro-indigenous practitioners to the wider community.
Bloom Network (Bay Area): We are a social and mobilization network for regenerative culture.
Blue Heart Action (Oakland):We seek to elevate the work of the grassroots organizations and artists on the frontlines of movement-building in communities across the U.S., and channel nimble funding to fuel them. For well-resourced professionals looking for meaningful local engagement, we offer a pathway towards active allyship and a community to support their continued journey.
Breakthrough Communities (Oakland): Founded by environmental justice pioneers Carl Anthony and M. Paloma Pavel, Breakthrough Communities promotes promotes sustainability and justice in metropolitan areas.
Building Resilient Communities Convergence: (Hopland):BRCC brings together hundreds of participants for a dynamic, engaging, and celebratory gathering designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.
Butterfly Movement (Oakland): The Butterfly Movement is committed to re-framing, reconnecting, regenerating and reactivating, women and girls through our camps, circles, training, experiential workshops and retreats that contain culturally enriched exercises, tools and activities designed to activate a deeper connection with themselves and the earth.
Daily Acts (Petaluma): We inspire action to create more nourishing, connected, and resilient communities. Our education programs, action campaigns, and strategic alliances connect people to each other and to their own power to grow food, conserve resources and build local resilience.
Creative Liberation Network (Oakland): We are a community of facilitators, artists, and activists creating alternative educational experiences through collaborative projects. CLN’s projects (i.e. workshops, interactive liberation art, books, music, community action, etc.) provide a synthesis of cross cultural information to help people get clear about how they want to engage, create, and thrive in the world.
East Bay Co-Housing Meet-Up: (Berkeley): Our meet-up is for people interested in creating intentional communities, including cohousing, co-living, cooperatives, and ecovillages.
Earth Activist Training (Pescadero): We teach permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. We have a special interest in Social Permaculture–the application of ecological principles to designing beneficial human relations.
Ecology Center (Berkeley): The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. Our services include farmers’ markets, produce stands, classes and workshops, Youth Environmental Academy, help desk and hotline, book & DVD library and seed library, store for sustainable living, and a demonstration house and garden.
Empowerment Works (Oakland/Bay Area): Harnessing the power of collaboration to build a healthier, culturally-rich, biodiverse future, EW engages a cross-sector network of Partners in Empowerment (PIE) united in support of local solutions through creative media and impact forums, such as Pulse of the Movement webcasts, The Global Summit, and Artists in Action events.
Engineers for a Sustainable World: The UC Berkeley Chapter offers volunteer support for design projects to help make UC Berkeley and our local community more sustainable and resilient.
Gill Tract Community Farm (Albany): A collaborative community project between the University of California Berkeley and the local community, focused on issues of food justice and urban farming.
Greywater Action: We are a collaborative of educators who teach residents and tradespeople about affordable and simple household water systems that dramatically reduce water use and foster sustainable cultures of water, includina greywater, rainwater harvesting, and composting toilets.
Institute for Evolutionary Leadership: (Oakland): We build leadership capacity across sectors to address pressing social and environmental challenges through intentional cultural and institutional redesign.
Living Mandala Living Mandala designs, facilitates and produces aquaponics courses, the Building Resilien Convergence and other workshops and events as well as offers consultation services that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices.
Midori Law Group (Berkeley): We are a law firm offering occasional product donations and mentoring for non-profits just getting started.
Pachamama Alliance: Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
Permaculture Skills Center (Sebastopol): Our 5-acre site offers short courses, once-per-month site tours, sustainability related community events and vocational training programs
The Permaculture Action Network (Oakland) connects educators, creators, and organizers with broad and diverse audiences to build a regenerative and just world by organizing Permaculture Action Day and events, building educational spaces and hosting courses.
PLACE for Sustainable Living (Oakland) PLACE is a public-serving experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice & artistic expression.
The Plant Exchange (Oakland) is a free semi-annual community event in Oakland, CA which encourages reuse, recycling, organic living, resource sharing, and information exchange.
Planting Justice (Oakland): We are transforming the food system one garden at a time. In the last 6 years, our team of formerly incarcerated landscapers has built over 400 edible gardens throughout the East Bay, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food. Now, we’re cultivating urban farms and training centers that will dramatically increase the scope and scale of this work.
Post Carbon Institute (Santa Rosa/Bay Area): Our mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.
Regenerative Communities Collective: Our work is centered in the soil, drawing on the collective wisdom of our participants, to grow our own food in an act of rebellion to achieve sovereignty in what we eat. Our work is centered on our hands, relearning skills lost to the generations, to reclaim the soul of our collective cultures. Our work is centered in community, building deep relationships with one another.
Regenerative Design Institute: (Bolinas): Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for a revolution in the way humans relate to the natural world. We host permaculture design courses, and are continuing to develop Commonweal Garden into an educational center and demonstration site in permaculture and regenerative design.
Resilient Wellness (Oakland): Our mission is to end multigenerational trauma as a causative factor for chronic illness and advance alternative medicine through research, service delivery,health education and economic development.
Rooted in Resilience (Oakland): We inspires and support community leaders in building equitable, resilient communities. We confront the challenges of climate instability, rising energy costs, and recession by boosting regional capacity to provide for everyone’s needs, sustainably and equitably.
San Francisco Permaculture Guild: We support a local community of those interested in permaculture by producing educational and social events.
Shareable (Oakland/regional): is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire change by publishing solutions-based stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.
Soul Flower Farm (El Sobrante): We are a small biodynamic farm, committed to aid in the generation of Social Equality through vocational empowerment and regenerative design. We offer a range of classes, including holistic health and permaculture design.
Slow Food East Bay: We strive to connect people with their local food communities — whether that be by working on community gardens in urban areas, visiting & purchasing food at local farmers markets, supporting legislation that protects our food sources, or learning new (old!) kitchen skills such as food preservation. We host a monthly potluck, and are one of over 210 chapters in the U.S. operating within the network of the national non-profit organization Slow Food USA.
Sustainable Contra Costa (Contra Costa County): We are a nonprofit organization providing programs and services that educate & inspire residents, students, businesses, and community leaders about how to implement sustainable practices.
Sustainable Economies Law Center (Oakland): We provide legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies. We have active programs around food, energy, worker cooperatives, housing, and other topics.
Thrive East Bay (Oakland) We are a new kind of community offering a relevant space for diverse people seeking meaning and connection in our rapidly changing world.We host regular Sunday events, small group circles, workshops, and training courses in the Oakland, Berkeley, and wider San Francisco Bay Area.
Transition US (TUS) is a national hub organization for the international Transition Towns movement of communities transitioning off fossil fuels, living in balance with resource limits, and building equity for all.
NuMundo (online): We are a platform that connects people to transformative educational experiences, facilitated by an interconnected network of land-based regenerative education centers.
Top Leaf Farms: We offer consultation,design, installation, project management and operational services for highly productive Ecological agriculture systems. We are currently offering very innovative solutions in Urban Rooftop Agriculture.
Urban Permaculture Design Institute (Oakland/San Francisco): We offer Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDC), in the East Bay, San Francisco and South Bay, 10 week-courses which are scheduled on weekday evenings and weekend days to accommodate the schedules of professionals and students.
XPollinators (Berkeley) is an online platform for grassroots organization, helping grassroots organizations to connect and collaborate towards a regenerative world.
Willi Paul & Planet Shifters: We offer our clients innovative and socially responsible content and community outreach solutions that integrates permaculture, transition, spirit, nature and new mythology values.