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Above is a photo of the community-funded accessible deck and table bed for disabled plot holders, taken at the 1-year Anniversary of our garden. View more photos and videos of the event >> click.

Dear Friends,
 
Join us for our upcoming events:
 
Busking for Beds - Ever since we started our Busking For Beds event
late June this year until October, we have raised a total of about $435
straight from the public and we went with that amount to local
businesses and asked if they could help us match it so we could go
ahead and buy the materials we needed to finish building the
accessible deck, which is the last part of our Site Plan C.
Bette’s Oceanview Diner, Café Rouge and a few of our supporters such
as bussiness owner Carlos Hill pulled out their check books and
donated each $100. Sandy Leeder matched their total and gave
FKCOG $500. Because of this, we were able to open up a credit account
at Ashby Lumber and get the materials to build the accessible deck
and one table bed. We thank all of these generous people for their part
in the success of this garden project. See photos of how we
built it >> click.
However, there are lots more to be done; there’s one more table bed
and the ramp to build and we need funding for this. We continue our
Busking For Beds events at Peet’s Coffee on 4th St. but also at
other locations coming up. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010,
we will be playing at  Amanda’s on Shattuck from 1PM-3PM
.
Come by and support us there. If you’ve never eaten at Amanda’s,
then you’ve never tasted fresh fast food and felt so good!

One Fermented Evening - Thursday, November 18, 2010,
7 PM at Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 4th St. in Berkeley,
$40 + Tax and Gratuity.
Join Executive Chef Devon Boisen in this special dinner event.
He has been a source of help and support together with
Berkeley's Kitchen, creating lunch treats for FKCOG's 1-year
Anniversary Celebration. He has been named 'Best Showman Chef'
by the East Bay Express so  this event promises to be entertaining
and delicious too.
 
The Friends of Kenney Cottage Garden (FKCOG) NEWS
 
We just had our 1-year Anniversary Celebration at Kenney Cottage
Community Garden and it was a day to remember. The day started with
FKCOG President and Vice President finishing up the last part of the
accessible deck early in the morning. We were pushed back a couple of
days due to the storm and didn’t make the deadline. So while FKCOG
Chair of the Community Garden Committee took several visitors on a
tour of the garden and invited them to harvest some tomatoes, beans,
strawberries and other edible goodies to take home, Gary Cromp and
Kevin Gilmore sawed and screwed wood panels. And when they were
almost finished, Capoeira coach Carlos Hill came up on to the deck with
his students and we all watched their wonderful presentation of the
Afro-Brazilian martial arts dance movements. In the afternoon,
everyone had a lunch treat provided by Berkeley’s Kitchen and ate
Halloween pies from Fat Apples. Live music came from
Lisa Graciano and the Gracenotes with Will Scarlett on mouth harp
as the audience put cash in the familiar Kenney Cottage donation jar.
The highlight of the day was the moment when members of the
disabled community, all dressed for Halloween and led by
FKCOG ADA Coordinator Shira Leeder, drove on the deck with their
wheelchairs and went straight to the table bed to try it out.
See video and photos >> click and last but not least, Rodrigo Esteva
danced among the Sunflowers and that’s how we ended our celebration.
Watch the whole event on YouTube here >> videos.

Remember when we joined forces with The Victory Garden Foundation
in our local action for a global sustainable living and recruited many
people for the 10.10.10 Global Work Party at Kenney Cottage
Community Garden? See video and photos >> click.
The 10.10.10 Global Work Party was initialized by 350.org and we are
glad we took on the challenge. Members of FKCOG went to the
Green Gathering at Berkeley City College last Saturday November 6
and learned from Bill McKibben of 350.org himself what 350 is.
As we all know, the earth’s atmosphere is made up of gasses such as
oxygen and carbon dioxide. Many scientists, climate experts, and
progressive national governments are now saying that
350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.
Our modern way of life, from what we eat, what we buy, how much
time we spend under the shower to how we get around, depends on
energy sources like coal and oil which are fossil fuels that have been
formed for millions of years from dead animals and plants buried in the
earth’s ground. These non-renewable resources emit carbon dioxide and
other heat-trapping gasses into our planet’s atmosphere. As cities all
over the world grow at a fast rate the amount of carbon released into
the atmosphere exceeds the 350 parts per million safe limit. By now
our planet has 392 parts per million of CO2 and this number is rising
by about 2 parts per million every year. Please keep helping us in
making Kenney Cottage Community Garden a success. It’s the least
we can do in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from all over the
world to reduce CO2 emission and hopefully bring it back to somewhere
under the 350 parts per million limit. Community gardens help to
localize our food system, thereby reducing carbon, and
each plant’s need for CO2 during photosynthesis helps clean the
atmosphere of too much carbon.

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     Above: Bill McKibben and FKCOG ADA Coordinator Shira Leeder at the
                   Berkeley Green Gathering 2010



Also, continue to watch out for upcoming Cottage Work Days
to restore the façade of the historic Kenney Cottage. If you are
interested in architecture and want to gain experience in restoring
buildings contact us.
 
Once again we cannot thank you enough for your continuous support.
 
To donate to FKCOG, mail donations to:
 
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
2318 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
 
Donations can be made in the form of cash or check
(made out to BAHA with FKCOG Match in the Memo).
 
 
Sincerely,
 
FKCOG Team
 


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    We are creating an accessible community garden on a city-owned lot in Berkeley, California. This garden is intended to serve individuals and families from the immediate and surrounding neighborhoods, many of whom are lower income. The current master plan is also being designed to accommodate raised planters for people with disabilities to garden.

    The benefits of this project include strengthening the surrounding community, ensuring food security for those most vulnerable to the vagaries of the current economic downturn, providing nutrition education to neighborhood children so they and their families can learn about growing their own healthy food, and an opportunity for cross-generational and cross-cultural interaction between seniors, kids and others. If you and your household live in Berkeley and are interested in growing your own food, click on the link below:
     
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    The Kenney Cottage Garden is so named because our hope is to relocate the historic Kenney Cottage to the western half of the vacant lot to be used as a community center for the arts, while creating the accessible community garden on the eastern half of the property. Two local non-profit organizations - the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT) and Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) - have partnered together with us to make this project possible. More information about the cottage is available here.

    Become a member of Friends Of Kenney Cottage Garden. Join one of our committees and make use of your skills and talents to help raise awareness of the garden, volunteer for garden work and aid in our fundraising activities. Consider donating money or materials to the Friends and come to our events. Contact us and take part in our garden project now by clicking on the links below:

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    Mission Statement:

    The mission of Friends of Kenney Cottage Community Garden is to create and maintain a community garden as a resource for the West Berkeley Redevelopment Area and to preserve the historic Kenney Cottage as a usable space.                            

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