2016 Convergence Tours


The Convergence team is pleased to be collaborating with Bay Area Green Toursto offer pre- and post-Convergence tours to some of the most exemplary permaculture sites in Northern California. See urban homesteads, permaculture business, no-till farms, private-public partnerships, and more — there is something for everyone! The tour costs of $80 cover transportation and lunch. Bay Area Green Tours,  is an Oakland-based nonprofit providing experiences and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action. Their expert local guide will introduce you to the people behind these projects, many of whom are presenters and speakers at the Convergence.

Tuesday September 13th (9:30 am, starting from the North Berkeley BART station – 4:30 pm): East Bay Showcase. 

Cost: $65, plus optional $15 lunch

Join your fellow permaculturists before the Convergence with a Food Justice Tour featuring urban farms and innovative sustainability projects in San Francisco’s East Bay.  We’ll address concerns about food access, jobs, policy, and education, and engage with progressive leaders who are strengthening the local foodshed and building a resilient future for their communities. Your day includes behind-the-scene visits to several stops such as:

  • Gill Tract Community Farm, an educational urban farm where we’ll focus on land access and sustainable development;
  • Urban Tilth’s system of  community and school garden projects that teach and employ local residents;
  • Planting Justice, a grassroots organization that democratizes access to nutritious food by building edible permaculture gardens and training workers transitioning from prison. 

Start tour:   9:30am – North Berkeley BART, 1750 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA

End tour:     4:30pm – North Berkeley BART, 1750 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA

OptionalA bus will be leaving from the BART station at roughly 5 pm to go up to the Solar Living Institute, with a stop for dinner, for an extra cost.

Monday September 19th (9:30-4:30): North bay Tour

Start tour: 9:30 am – Solar Living Institute

End Tour: 5 pm – El Cerrito BART station

Cost: $85 (including lunch)

Dive deep(er) into permaculture and resilience with visits to educational centers and grassroots projects on this post-Convergence tour of San Francisco’s North Bay. By visiting these food forests, intentional communities, and educational projects, you’ll gain an appreciation for the passionate people who are transforming the Bay Area and building a just world that we can proudly pass on to the next generation.

We’ll tour:

  • Singing Frogs Farm, a  model of sustainable stewardship and carbon sequestration this micro-farm combines bio-intensive land/forestry management theory. No tilling or pesticide/herbicide/fungicide sprays are used. Their high-carbon layer of soil retains more water than conventional topsoil, requiring less irrigation and produces 5-7 harvests per year on their land, vs the 1-2 harvest average of other farms. 
  • Permaculture Skills Center, which teaches the development and management of regenerative agriculture systems on their demonstration site. Included among their innovative educational programs are permaculture trainings that focus on women’s leadership in the field;
  • A showcase of Daily Acts projects, highlighting successful partnerships with cities and sharing models that you can bring back to your own community, including Executive Director Trathen Heckman’s incredible urban homestead, and a recreation center across the street serving as a model of resiliency for the community.