Eco-Road Trip – PLACE

PLACE Community & Workshop – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Visited the community gardens near the Ecohouse; Stopped at the Ecology Center
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Where: Berkeley, CA

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My Travel Story:

A few minutes down the road from the Ecology Center, I came across People Living Art, Community & Ecology (PLACE), which was also another recommendation by the EcoHouse volunteers.

“We are a public-serving, experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice and artistic expression. Our goal is to incubate a local sustainability hub to allow people to see solutions in practice; to gain access to the knowledge and resources to empower them to take action in their own lives, neighborhoods, towns, cities and bio-regions. We hope to grow this green-center model into communities across the world in partnership with community centers, schools, park & recreation facilities and other local organizations.” – PLACE Webpage

 

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Eco-Road Trip – Mountain View Cohousing Community

Mountain View Cohousing Community – Summary:

  • Who: Kate Forrest
  • What: Visited the Mountain View Cohousing Community in
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Where: Mountain View, CA

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My Travel Story:

Continuing on my travels, I left People Living Art, Community & Ecology (PLACE), and made it to my final planned stop for the day at Mountain View Cohousing Community, a seniors-only upscale, energy-efficient condominiums and common facilities collaborative neighborhood.

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Eco-Road Trip – Muir Commons Cohousing & Davis Domes

Muir Commons Cohousing & Davis Domes– Summary:

  • Who: Webb Hester
  • What: Drove from Sonoma County to Davis, CA; Toured and stayed at the Muir Commons Cohousing; Explored the UC Davis Student Domes
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Davis, CA

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My Travel Story:

I left Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experimental Farm in Sebastopol, CA, and drove to my next destination for the day at Muir Commons Community in Davis, CA – one of the first cohousing developments in the US built in 1990.

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Eco-Road Trip – University of California, Davis & Town Trip

University of California, Davis & Town Trip – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Toured the campus gardens at UC Davis; Went to downtown Davis for dinner and walked around the common areas
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Davis, CA

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My Travel Story:

After the tour of Muir Commons Community, I went to the University of California, Davis to check out some of its on-campus sustainability features – like the arboretum, gardens, and onsite agricultural programs.

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Eco-Road Trip – Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm

Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Explored Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Sebastopol, CA

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My Travel Story:

My last day in Sonoma County, I made my final stop in that area but the first for the day at Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experimental Farm in Sebastopol, CA.

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Eco-Road Trip – Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Visited OAEC, worked in the plant nursery and ate with the volunteers
  • When: Wednesday, March 28
  • Where: Occidental, CA

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My Travel Story:

My day started off by heading over to the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC), an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity.

I managed to schedule my visit on one of OAEC’s work volunteer days, which is how I got to visit OAEC for free – by helping label plants in the nursery for an upcoming sale to the public.

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