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  • North Shattuck Farmers’ Market Relocates In October, “Street-Warming” Celebration 10/15/15 | Ecology Center
    music by Laura Lackey s Rhythm Revue The market s relocation positions the farmers market at the doorstep of east side Shattuck businesses including Coldwell Banker Books Inc The Shop Soulmates Saul s Deli Masse s Pastries Bing Wong Cleaners and Toyo Japanese Restaurant We are excited for the market to start in its new location says Paul Masse of Masse s Pastries We are looking forward to the crowds the market will bring Maintaining good relationships with these businesses is a priority for us says Ben Feldman Ecology Center Director of Food and Farming The market s longevity depends on neighboring businesses viewing the market as an asset To that end the Ecology Center is working with the adjacent businesses to develop coordinated marketing materials and to encourage market shoppers to patronize neighboring businesses on the same day that they shop the market By bundling errands farmers market shoppers can do their laundry banking and have dinner with friends all in one delightful afternoon says Feldman The farmers market move is being prompted by City of Berkeley staff who cite ADA retail impact or related safety and liability issues as the reasons why the farmers market can no longer exist at the same location it has occupied for over a decade Most people are not aware of the logistics that go into staging a successful farmers market says Farmers Market Manager Martin Johnson We have been working for many months to create a layout that balances the needs of farmers vendors neighboring businesses the City and shoppers including those with disabilities The North Shattuck Farmers Market has become an iconic North Berkeley destination much like Chez Panisse says Johnson who was the Floor Manager at Chez Panisse for 10 years before joining the Ecology Center The quality of food

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  • Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets Vendor Directory Entries | Ecology Center
    Heron Brickmaiden Breads Brokaw Nursery Brooks and Daughters Cafe Zambala Challenge Horticulture Churchill Brenneis Orchard Coracao Confections Cultured Delta Blue Blueberries Dirty Girl Produce Fandango Spice Garden Flaco s Flying Disc Ranch Four Sisters Farm Frog Hollow Farm Full Belly Farm Gabriel Farms Gattonelli Golden Rule Organics Good Faith Farm Guru Ram Das Orchards Happy Boy Farms Happy Quail Farm Hudson Fish Ici Ice Cream Kaki Farm Kashiwase Farms La Tercera Lifefood Gardens Lone Oak Ranch Lou Vue Lucero Organic Farms Mama Tong Soup Massa Organics Medicinal Plants Mommy s Yammys Moonlite Bakery Morell s Bread Moua Farm nee Pleasant Grove School Road Farm Navarro Vineyards Pennyroyal Farm Oasis Date Gardens OctoberFeast Bakery Oya Organics Phoenix Pastificio Pomo Tierra Ranch Prima Products Queen of Sheeba Farms Quetzal Farm Red Bay Coffee Riverdog Farm Schmidt Farm Shooting Star CSA Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm Smit Ranch Inc Solano Mushroom Sonoma Swamp Blues Spiral Gardens St Benoit Yogurt Sunrise Fish Swanton Berry Farm The Fifth Quarter Thomas Family Farm Three Twins Ice Cream Tofu Yu Tony s Kettle Corn Triple Delight Blueberries Triple J True Grass Farm Vang Family Farm Weirauch Farm Creamery Woodleaf Farm Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/fmvendors/ (2016-04-30)
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  • ABOUT OUR MARKETS | Ecology Center
    taking care of the land so we ll have a pure source of food in the future In recent years the Ecology Center Farmers Market has focused on reducing inequities in the food system as well Our support for new farmers has helped stabilize some migrant farmworkers successful transition to farm owners says former Ecology Center Farmers Market Operations Manager Rosalie Fanshel Unjust food policies in the Farm Bill make bad food cheap and abundant and they make large corporations a lot of money The result is a public health crisis Low income families and folks of color pay for this with their health explains Tiffany Golden Ecology Center Board Member The Ecology Center Farmers Markets help local food justice programs like People s Grocery Spiral Gardens and Farm Fresh Choice offer an alternative to the systemic oppression of the food system The markets create a diverse and unique community space out of an empty street where people meet shop talk eat and get involved in local issues Social justice activists food activists locavores Slow Food enthusiasts students chefs and even farmers flock to the Ecology Center Farmers Market Joe Schirmer of Dirty Girl Produce sells at many other markets But I shop Tuesdays in Berkeley The produce there is as good as it gets and the prices are among the best I ve seen Al Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farm says I go to Ferry Plaza on Saturday to work but I shop in Berkeley on Tuesdays In a recent appearance best selling author Michael Pollan told a Berkeley audience that one of the most immediate and significant acts that they could do to deepen the local economy is to shop at the Ecology Center Farmers Market The Ecology Center Farmers Market has served as the hub of the

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  • APPLY TO SELL | Ecology Center
    The Ecology Center Farmers Markets are well established markets and we are loyal to our long term vendors Therefore we rarely have openings However we keep all applications on file and review them when openings occur In accordance with the Ecology Center and Ecology Center Farmers Markets mission we are committed to supporting small scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture Our markets are mostly organic and the Thursday market is 100 organic Regardless of a farm s organic certification status all genetically modified varieties of crops and the use of the pesticides Methyl Bromide or Methyl Iodide are banned from our markets California farmers with a valid Certified Producers Certificate are welcome to apply to our markets by downloading the Farmer Application PROCESSED FOOD VENDORS In addition to the Certified Farmers Market area of our markets we have an adjacent area where processed food items such as baked goods pickles and hot lunch food are sold All the processed food items in our Markets are made by local purveyors and align with our primary focus of promoting sustainable farming To this end we require prepared food vendors to use at least 80 organic ingredients or ingredients purchased from farmers that attend the Berkeley Farmers Markets To view our strict processed food criteria and apply to our markets please download our Processed Food Application CRAFTS The Ecology Center Farmers Markets do not allow the sale of crafts and other non food items at our weekly farmers markets We do have craft fairs in December at our Saturday market The application for the 2015 craft fair is now available below Submit applications by October 9 2015 Also see below for environmental considerations we would ask you to consider in producing you crafts Crafts Fair Application Submit by October 9 2015 Crafts Fair

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/fm/apply/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Zero Waste Markets | Ecology Center
    Markets As a community we come to the markets to support the stewards of the land and to nourish ourselves from the bounty of the earth Zero Waste is beyond recycling our goal is to close the loop by reducing our reliance on unsustainable and finite resources Single use high density polyethylene HDPE bags pose significant problems to the environment wildlife and human health through their production use and disposal They can take from 400 to 1 000 years to break down and their constituent chemicals remain in the environment long after that Made from crude oil natural gas and other petrochemical derivatives an estimated 12 million barrels of oil are needed to make the 100 billion plastic bags Americans use annually more than 330 per person per year according to Worldwatch Institute an environmental watchdog group Most plastic bags are thrown away clogging landfills and with less than one percent of plastic bags recycled many enter the water ways eventually killing animals that ingest the plastic debris Single use plastic bags are a bane to the environment and I support the Ecology Center s proactive approach to the plastic problem said Judith Redmond co owner of Full Belly Farm a vendor at the Ecology Center Farmers Markets and a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement We welcome the opportunity for conversation with the community on how to further our commitment to a sustainable future The Ecology Center Farmers Markets are now designated as Zero Waste Zones in which customers and vendors are expected to make every effort to eliminate waste to landfills The markets encourage shoppers to bring their own cloth bags and previously used paper and plastic bags Vendors selling prepared foods will be required to use compostable packaging and utensils In addition with support from a grant from the Alameda County Waste Management Authority the Ecology Center has purchased compostable bags made from renewable resources which will be made available to vendors at half price At the recommendation of an advisory committee and staff the board of directors of the Ecology Center approved a new policy to ask farmers to charge customers 25 cents per bag The Ecology Center hopes that a fee charge for the renewable bags will allow farmers to recoup theirs costs and encourage customers to bring their own bags These same renewable bags can be added to the residential food scrap composting program used as liners for kitchen food scrap containers and returned to customers as compost during the markets free compost events The Boulder Col Farmers Market was the first in the nation to initiate a Zero Waste campaign focused on not generating waste by reducing and recycling plastic bags and packaging In California both the Monterey and Irvine Farmers Markets have phased out plastic bags but not plastic packaging The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are working to phase out the use of plastic bags and have a Zero Waste program implemented at half of their weekly markets which requires all prepared

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/fm/zerowaste/ (2016-04-30)
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  • ABOUT FARM FRESH CHOICE | Ecology Center
    Fresh Choice combines convenience with access making low cost pesticide free fresh fruit and vegetables available where low income residents of color congregate We also share nutrition information teach cooking skills and cultivate the next generation of leaders Farm Fresh Choice is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community in the East Bay We offer these services Nutrition Education We share easy nutritious recipes and nutrition information that empowers the community to make healthier choices We also offer cooking classes cooking demonstrations tastings and a variety of fun fact filled presentations on health Youth Development Program Our produce stands are staffed by youth from the communities we serve The youth gain valuable job skills and knowledge about food farming and nutrition We are cultivating leadership and effective community advocacy Weekly Produce Stands We bring fresh pesticide free produce to three locations every week We work hard to keep our prices affordable while supporting small local family farms that reflect our diversity We Partner With Local Farms Avalos Organic Farm Berkeley Youth Alternatives Blossom Bluff Orchard Blue Heron Brokaw Orchards Catalan Family Farm Full Belly Farm Guru Ram Das Orchards Kaki Farm Lucero Farms Pomo Tierra Riverdog Farm Smit Ranch and Solano Mushroom Our Funders Farm Fresh Choice is a grant funded program We are grateful for the support of the Clif Bar Family Foundation E E Perkins Foundation Ecology Center Members Heart 2 Heart Network for a Healthy California USDA SNAP Ed Innovative Projects and California Association of Food Banks BACK TO FARM FRESH CHOICE Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact

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  • FARM FRESH CHOICE EN ESPAÑOL | Ecology Center
    ESPAÑOL FARM FRESH CHOICE TIENE PUESTOS DE PRODUCTOS AGRÍCOLAS CERCA A USTED Spiral Gardens 2850 Sacramento Street en la calle Oregon Martes 3 30 6 30pm NUESTRA MISIÓN Farm Fresh Choice se dedica a mejorar la salud y el bienestar de nuestra Comunidad en el sur y el oeste de Berkeley Desde el 2001 hemos ofrecido los siguientes servicios Educación Sobre Nutrición Compartimos recetas fáciles y nutritivas e información sobre nutrición que empodera a la comunidad a tomar decisiones más saludables También ofrecemos clases de cocina pruebas de comida y una variedad de presentaciones que exponen hechos sobre la salud Empoderamiento Juvenil Nuestros puestos son atendidos por jóvenes de las comunidades que servimos Los jóvenes adquieren habilidades de trabajo y conocimiento acerca de comida la agricultura y la nutrición Cultivamos el liderazgo y la promoción de los intereses de la comunidad de manera eficaz Puestos de Agricultura Traemos productos agrícolas frescos y libres de pesticidas a tres locales cada semana Nos esforzamos para mantener nuestros precios bajos mientras apoyo a las granjas pequeñas locales y familiares que reflejan la diversidad en nuestra comunidad Teléfono 510 848 1704 ffc ecologycenter org Estamos en Facebook BACK TO FARM FRESH CHOICE Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact information Email Address First Name Last Name Get Email Updates By submitting this form you are granting Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley California 94702 United States http ecologycenter org permission to email you You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email See our Email Privacy Policy for details Emails are serviced by Constant

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