Category Archives: permaculture

Urban Adamah


Urban Adamah is and educational farm and community center located in the heart of Berkeley. “Adamah” means “earth” in Hebrew. The idea to combine leadership training, organic farming, and progressive Jewish living was launched a decade ago by Adam Berman in Connecticut. Five years ago he brought the program to Berkeley. It’s now an independent nonprofit that offers fellowships, programs and camps, workshops and public programs.

I happened to stop by the one acre permaculture farm a month ago after driving by it for years. By chance it was their harvest and free farm stand day. Farm manager Willow Rosenthal (above) helped volunteers gather vegetables and greens. Everything was washed, weighed and logged. At 11am the stand opened. 90% of the produce grown at the farm is shared with neighbors who otherwise don’t have access to fresh produce. Carrots, garlic, greens, and radishes were harvested while I was there along with donations from local businesses like bread, milk, and eggs. Since opening, the farm has shared over 25,000 lbs of produce. There are over 100 raised beds, two greenhouses, a chicken coop, goats, bees, aquaponics and more. Stop by the farm at 1050 Parker Street but see it soon. They’ve recently purchased a permanent home 2.2 acre home in Northwest Berkeley and they’ll be moving in December. Check their website: There are all kinds of workshops and programs from learning aquaponics to making heritage corn into tortillas.







Kat Morgan, office and special programs manager at Urban Adamah runs the Free Farm Stand on Wednesdays.



Backyard Roots is on Tierra Soul Talk Radio

I recently had the chance to talk to Krista Arias of Tierra Soul Urban Farm and Guesthouse about making Backyard Roots. If you ever thought about making a book, I’ll tell you how my project evolved and the interesting people I met along the way. Thank you so much Krista for your interest!

Check out Krista’s 4 week radio series in Lazy-Lady Living that covers permaculture, inspiring books and more. Her tagline sums it up pretty well I think: “Create a truly sustainable life without losing out on the good life.” Tierra Soul Talk Radio-check it out!

PS I’ve never made Kombucha!

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