On Thursday, eight Berkeley restaurants have committed to giving at least 15% of their proceeds to BUSD's gardening and cooking program.
Cookbook author and food activist Bryant Terry talked about his roots and urged students to get engaged around food security issues.
Officials voted Tuesday night to step up the fight against sugary drinks in Berkeley.
BUSD's beleaguered cooking and gardening program will see a welcome injection of funds from the soda tax.
A new Berkeley "panel of experts" charged with allocating money collected from the city's new soda tax met for the first time Tuesday night.
Berkeley's soda tax generated $116,000 in revenue in its first month of operation, city officials and advocates said Monday.
On behalf of all Berkeley teachers, I ask you to vote yes on Measure D for the health of our children.
I begin with this confession: I don’t drink soda and I never have. My boys, ages 9 and 12, don’t drink soda, either. In fact, I’ve never even let them try it, because I didn’t want them to like it. If either of them has tried it, he didn’t tell me about it, or there would have been a lecture about sugar and empty calories. We don’t even drink juice; it’s only water and low fat milk for us.
While an "alcohol-alternative" bar is coming to Berkeley, a straight-up speakeasy has opened in Alameda.
Berkeley public schools' cherished cooking and gardening program is in trouble. Here's how you can help.
A broad coalition of diverse community representatives came together before the Berkeley City Council recently to call for Council support for two very important “Healthy Berkeley” initiatives. One involves a city parks bond proposal, and the other a proposed tax on sugary drinks.
UPDATE, March 27: As expected, the Berkeley Unified School Board last night voted to commit $485,000 for the coming year to its gardening program, under the terms outlined it the proposal that called for gardening classes for pre-kindergarten through grade 7. [See the full proposal on the BUSD Board meeting agenda packet, starting on page 54.] Commenting on the move, Martin Bourque, executive director of the Ecology Center, said Berkeley was showing leadership in finding money from its budget for the pioneering program after losing nearly $2 million in federal funding. “Who else is stepping up like that on their own dime?” he said. “Berkeley is leading the way.”
A drastic reduction in funding means the Berkeley school district is considering severely pruning its lauded edible program.