Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Earth Week

There are some really exciting things happening during Earth Week here in Alameda. Last Sunday, churches had green expos where members shared opportunities for green actions, and schools have been celebrating all week.

Wood Middle School is having a sale of garden plants -- just in time to make your backyard garden a lush and productive place!

Here's the Official Word: Wood Middle School is having it's first annual Heirloom Plant Sale and
Flea Market! Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 4 pm.
All of our plants are organically grown, and available
to transplant into your garden, or into a basket at our potting
table. We also have seeds available for sale. Come celebrate Earth
Week by recycling your old goods, and finding new goodies at the Flea
market, enjoying a snack or beverage, and picking up some really great
plant selections for your garden or patio. There are still a few
stalls available at the Flea market, if you decide last minute you
want to sell, just contact Gwendy Conner at
and let her know if you'd like a stall or have food or goods to
donate. We are taking donations between 4-7pm Friday for the PTA
booth, as well as non-perishable food and baked good donations.
Perishable food may also be dropped off Saturday morning. To view
the plant and seed selection, please go to:
If you can't make it to the sale, but would like some plants, please
contact Jasmine Tokuda at,;you can order
directly from her if you can't make it to the sale. Post event plant
sales end on May 15th. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, from 10-3, at Washington Park, is the City's official Earth Day event. Lauren Do has a wonderful, hour-by-hour listing of events for the day -- truly something for everyone. I'm speaking at a symposium on Growing Food Locally at 11:30. Come and do "the Wave" when I mention the fruit exchange!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nothing on my porch


There's not a bit of fruit there. I know it's an unusually hot day, but there isn't anything to come for, so don't bother stopping by tomorrow.

We'll work this out, eventually.

Monday, April 13, 2009

So, how does this work?

Good question. I'm not 100% certain of how this works, and was hoping I'd just figure it out on the fly. On the other hand, I don't feel like I'm doing all that well!

I'd like to propose a drop-off day. That day would be followed by a pick-up day (of course). I'd post or email a list of what's available, and then folks could come and get. It would be BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag).

If you want someone to come and pick at your house, then please email or post a comment saying so on the blog. I can't be liable for that, but there are plenty of people who offered picking services who don't have fruit of their own.

As far as equitable sharing of the bounty, let's leave it now as if you bring or do, you get. Take as much as you need - any excess will be taken to the Alameda Food Bank Tuesday pick up place. They've let me know they can absorb any produce we can't.

So, it's official:

Fruit Drop Off -- Sundays (and early Mondays) at 1015 Taylor Ave., Alameda. If I'm not home, please just set it on the porch. This will also prompt me to sweep the porch weekly!
Fruit Pick Up -- Mondays, same location.

If someone on a different part of the island wants to set up an alternate day, feel free. Just let us know about it. And we'll still have quarterly get-togethers too, of course!