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See new calf at Little Farm in 360-degree video

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Tilden’s Little Farm is a must-see stop for every family, particularly during summer. The East Bay Regional Park District recently shared this video, by filmmaker Kevin Kunze, which features a six-day-old calf. (The calf is about three weeks’ old now).

Use your cursor in the video below to “travel” though the Little Farm at Tilden Park. … Continue reading »

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Photos: New arrival at Tilden Little Farm — Titan the calf

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Welcome to Titan, born at the Tilden Little Farm at precisely 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday to mother Sweet Pea. The male calf, who weighed about 90 pounds at birth, will stay at the farm for about six months, according to Farmer Stanley who works at the East Bay Regional Park District-owned farm.

Sweet Pea is a 5-year-old, prize-winning Milking Shorthorn and this is her fourth calf. And, according to Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin, who was present at the birth and who took the beautiful photographs here, Titan was standing before he figured out how to suckle.

If you’re interested in getting closer to nature, know that another one of the Little Farm cows is expecting in about a week.

View more photographs of Titan’s birth by Nancy Rubin.

Visit the Tilden Nature Area website for more information about the Little Farm.

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

East Bay writer and urban farmer Novella Carpenter will be at the Claremont branch of the Berkeley library today at 4 p.m.
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NOVELLA CARPENTER AT THE LIBRARY Today, Friday, local writer, urban farmer, educator and activist Novella Carpenter will take part in a free author chat at the Claremont branch of the Berkeley Public Library. The talk coincides with the paperback release of Carpenter’s memoir, Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild. Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave., 4-5 p.m. Call 510-981-6280 for more information or visit the library’s website.  … Continue reading »

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Man commits suicide in Little Farm parking lot

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A man in his late 60s killed himself in the Tilden Little Farm parking lot on Friday afternoon after leaving a note about his intentions in his El Cerrito home.

East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said the man, who was born in 1948, appears to have shot himself as he sat in his Subaru station wagon in the parking lot around 2:15 p.m.

Jones said no one heard the gunshot, but that a family reported the incident at 2:30 p.m. after seeing the man, who appeared to be deceased, in his vehicle.

The man was lying in the front seat, with the seat reclined, and had received a single gunshot wound to the head. The gun was found on his chest when authorities responded.

Jones said the man had been reported missing out of El Cerrito. Authorities found a suicide note at his home during the investigation.

The Berkeley Fire Department declared the man dead at 3:10 p.m. … Continue reading »

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Tilden Little Farm, merry-go-round re-open to public

Cow Barn at Tilden's Little Farm which has reopened to the public after 10 months. Photo: EBRPD
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Nearly 10 months after it closed in order for necessary sewer work to be done, Tilden’s much-loved Little Farm has reopened to the public. The park’s vintage merry-go-round is also spinning again, after being taken over by new management.

The timeline for the sewer construction project was originally five months, but the scope of the work became increasingly large, said David Zuckermann, Supervising Naturalist at East Bay Regional Parks District.

“We originally thought we would be reopening in February,” he said. “But then we had to keep extending that month by month.”

Zuckermann said that it was only when crews began trenching the area that the scale of the job became apparent. “The sewer system is as old as the park, and Tilden, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, is one of the three original East Bay parks,” he said. (The other two are Sibley and Lake Temescal.)

During the work, several areas other than the farm were also closed, including Indian Camp parking lot, picnic area, play structure and restroom, and the Big Leaf picnic area and restroom. … Continue reading »

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Little Farm, Tilden Park areas to close for 5 months

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Update, April 18: EBRPD tells us there have been further delays and the expected re-opening of the Little Farm is end of May. Visit their website for updates.

Update, March 24, 2014: The Little Farm is still closed due to a sewer construction project. The projected timeline was five months, but there have been delays, we are told by East Bay Regional Park District. Also still closed are the Big Leaf picnic area and restroom, and the Indian Camp parking lot, picnic areas, and restroom. Completion is estimated for April 2014. EBRPD advises people to visit their website for updates on this and any other park and trail closures.

Original story: Major sewer construction work that is set to begin next month will see the Little Farm, nearby picnic areas and a playground closed to the public between Oct. 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014.

The work aims to improve safety and efficiency in the maintenance and operation of the Tilden Nature Area, according to the park which posted a news alert on its website.

For the five months that work is under way, the following areas will be closed: Tilden Little Farm; Indian Camp parking lot, picnic areas, play structure, and restroom (pedestrians will have access through the Indian Camp parking lot); and Big Leaf picnic area and restroom. The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is expected to remain open to walk-in visitors Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and interpretive programs will continue during this period. … Continue reading »

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Pets dumped in Tilden cause problems, become dinner

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The abandoned chickens appeared one afternoon in December, in the parking lot near Tilden Park’s Little Farm. Nine of them, right next to the bus stop. Whoever dumped them had sprinkled feed on the ground, and apparently hoped the Little Farm would adopt them. Not so.

“It’s as much as I can do to keep these animals clean, alive and fed,” said the man known as Farmer Stanley, gesturing to the chickens, cows, sheep and pigs he has taken care of at the farm for more than a decade.

At least two of those abandoned chickens became dinner for the local wildlife, judging by the piles of feathers found on the ground, said park staff.  They think – or at least hope – that some of the chickens were adopted, in response to an ad posted, because a bunch disappeared all at once.

The month before the chicken-drop, it was a white bunny, left in a cage at the same spot. Last summer there were five kittens. … Continue reading »

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Summer camps: the great outdoors a stone’s throw away

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The East Bay Regional Park District still has scholarships (“camperships”) available for its summer day camps — and it is keen to ensure they all get claimed by under-resourced families.

The camps include Little Farm and Junior Lifeguards camps at Tilden Regional Park, as well as swim lessons at Roberts Park in Oakland.

The photographs here demonstrate just how much fun kids can have spending time in Berkeley’s great outdoors.

Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Applications … Continue reading »

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Much interest, but still no sign of Honey the goat

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It’s day 27 and Honey, the goat that went missing from Tilden Little Farm on January 7, is still nowhere to be found.

David Zuckermann, the park’s supervising naturalist, says there have been many phone calls and lots of interest, particularly after East Bay Regional Parks offered a $1,000 reward for the safe return of  the goat, as well as the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, who took her.

Zuckermann says one Berkeley police detective … Continue reading »

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$1,000 reward offered in missing Tilden goat case

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Exclusive to Berkeleyside: East Bay Regional Parks is offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of Honey the goat, as well as the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, who took her.

Honey went missing from Tilden Little Farm on the evening of January 7 and her disappearance has caused a wave of media interest, as well as a huge number of calls from the public who are variously outraged and concerned, says David Zuckermann, … Continue reading »

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Bring back Honey the goat

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It caused shockwaves yesterday in the Twittersphere — Honey the goat who lives at Tilden Little Farm (left) had been stolen.

As the Berkeley Voice reported yesterday, the 16-year-old Swiss Alpine milking goat was nabbed from her pen in the Berkeley hills Thursday night.

“I hope that whoever took her had good intentions and brought her to a better place, although I can’t imagine a better place than this,” naturalist James Wilson told the Voice.

Honey is … Continue reading »

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