Now appearing: a new calendar of Transition-related events
Just press the Calendar Tab for upcoming Films, classes, discussion groups, conferences, garden swaps … (Thanks Rani!)
Mercury-News featurs Garden Share
And speaking of garden swaps. The idea was first introduced last year by TPA member Jan B. Garden swaps are now being held regularly. Neighboring communities have also picked up the idea. The San Jose Mercury News just highlighted one in Sunnyvale:
Sunnyvale: Garden share brings gardeners and their best goods full circle
SJ Mercury News
August 4, 2011
Fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers covered table after table at the first Sunnyvale Local Garden Share hosted at Full Circle Farm last month. About 30 adults and children came to the event put together by the farm, environmental education nonprofit Acterra, Sunnyvale Cool, Transition Silicon Valley and Summerwinds Nursery.
At the July 24 event, gardeners from Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto and Santa Clara shared everything from apples, blueberries, plums, oranges and apricots to green beans, zucchini, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, flowers and even bread makers.
Organizers plan to host the sharing event on the fourth Sunday of every month and encourage all Silicon Valley gardeners to think of it as a “free backyard farmers market.”
“The intent of the garden share is to build community by sharing the excess from our gardens, getting to know each other and offering ideas and suggestions about edible growing,” Full Circle Farm volunteer Michelle Philips said.