Urban Foodscape Tour: Innovators Nourishing the East Bay

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Urban Foodscape Tour: Innovators Nourishing the East Bay

Timed with Bioneers, Bay Area Green Tours hosts a tour of urban food production and farm sites helping solve climate and food access issues.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley 2121 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94704

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  • 9 hours
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Join Bay Area Green Tours, 501(c)(3), on a profoundly moving tour. All are welcome to register for this tour that is especially designed for attendees of the annual Bioneers Conference. This diverse, uplifting experience will take you to Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland to see unique East Bay food production and leading urban farm sites. We’ll visit Urban Tilth, Deep Medicine Circle’s Rooftop Medicine Farm and O2 Artisans Aggregate, all of which offer positive solutions to the climate crisis and food access. Dr. Rupa Marya, Executive Director of Deep Medicine Circle, will join us as a speaker. We’ll share a delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced lunch. Bus transportation, all guides, speakers and lunch will be provided for this day-long experience.

Urban Tilth, Richmond, CA - Urban Tilth inspires, hires, and trains hundreds of youth and local residents through their summer apprenticeships, urban farming, watershed restoration and employment programs. Meet:

  • Doria Robinson, Executive Director of Urban Tilth, Co-founder of Cooperation Richmond, a worker-owned cooperative developer and local loan fund, a member of the California State Board of Agriculture and newly elected Richmond City Council member.

Deep Medicine Circle's Rooftop Medicine Farm, Oakland, CA - Enjoy the views, flowers and produce from the largest, rooftop farm in The West. They distribute free food through Bay Area food hubs and partner organizations that directly support human and planetary health. This farming model brings together indigenous traditional ecological knowledge with agroecological practices, caring for soil and water to grow food. Meet:

  • Benjamin Fahrer, a long-time Bioneer who manages inspirational projects and sites, is the co-owner of Top Leaf Farms, and a member of the planning committee for the Eco-Farm conference. His 25 years of experience is steeped in ecological building, agroecology, land stewardship, natural resource management, and permaculture design.
  • Dr. Rupa Marya, Executive Director of Deep Medicine Circle, will speak. She is a physician, writer, activist, and a professor involved in the Do No Harm Coalition, an intersection of medicine, social justice, and the transformation of the food system to uplift those stewarding the land.

O2AA, an eco-industrial campus located in West Oakland California. Through the visionary leadership of designer Paul Discoe, O2AA hosts a network of artisans. They work collectively to nurture and promote environmentally progressive projects that develop novel uses for refuse and closed-loop systems. Meet:

  • Paul Discoe, an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, Discoe’s inspiration evolved in Japan in the 70s studying architecture. He designed the famed Zen centers in Tassajara and Green Gulch, contributed repurposed wooden furniture for the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, and designed Larry Ellison’s temple-inspired home. A true visionary, he has a deep appreciation for upcycling all types of natural materials.

Projects at O2AA include:

  • Ponderosa Millworks-Onsite mill generating wood chips for compost and products from fallen trees.
  • Essential Food & Medicine-smoothie production using repurposed food to feed unhoused and low-income communities
  • Don Bugito - an insect farm that creates alternative protein snacks
  • Kula Nursery a women-owned nursery that grows heritage vegetables, fruit, and herbs
  • Soba Ichi, a celebrated restaurant famous for its handmade soba noodles, they also:
  • Mill buckwheat on site. Leftover buckwheat sacks are upcycled by a tailor for various projects.
  • Composted restaurant scraps and the okara, a soy byproduct from the tofu-making process, are turned into feed for the chickens.
  • Using their aquaponic greenhouse, the restaurant uses fish fertilizer to grow their food, while the water is recycled and cleaned for the fish to live in
  • Den Sake brewery is also onsite

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