Planting in the sky: Berkeley’s secret rooftop gardens

There’s a secret green side to Berkeley, one that is not visible from the sidewalk. They are Berkeley’s roof gardens — oases of calm amidst a city of concrete. Some were created to provide food, others to make buildings more energy-friendly. Whatever the reason, they remain mostly unseen. Over the past few weeks, Berkeleyside has […]

School edible programs get reprieve from the feds

Three Berkeley elementary schools secure additional federal funding for their cooking and gardening programs for the next academic year.

Berkeley district votes to fund at-risk edible programs

Late last night, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board voted to authorize funding up to $350,000 for three elementary schools — Malcolm X,  Rosa Parks, and Washington — that were in danger of losing their gardening and cooking programs for the next school year. The move came as welcome news for all those involved […]

Community seeks life support for school edible programs

This week, Berkeley parents and community members rallied to find ways to secure funds to save the gardening and cooking programs at three local elementary schools. The programs at Malcolm X,  Rosa Parks, and Washington, whose combined budgets are  $372,000, are threatened because, under existing guidelines, the schools no longer qualify for federal monies as they have fewer […]

New edition of gardening bible for a gardener’s paradise

Tonight, at Builders Booksource on Berkeley’s Fourth Street, Kathleen Brenzel will introduce the new, ninth, edition of the “Sunset Western Garden Book“, the iconic gardening bible which is in its 80th year. Brenzel, Sunset’s Garden Editor, paused on her busy book tour to answer some questions posed by Berkeleyside. Naturally we selected to focus on Berkeley. What do […]

Berkeley school gardening, cooking programs face cuts

Cooking and gardening programs at three Berkeley elementary schools may face cuts.