"Veg Mob" — Swap Meet for Homegrown Produce Takes Root

An offshoot of the El Cerrito Garden Club Edibles Group, "Veg Mob" provides a weekly meeting spot for home gardeners to share what they've grown.

What is Veg Mob?

is a weekly gathering, on Thursdays at 6:30-7 p.m., for anyone interested in sharing the produce and flowers they've grown. It just completed its fourth week.

Gardeners bring their excess crops and seeds and lay them out on a table for others to take to home. The gathering welcomes anyone, even if they have nothing to contribute; there are often leftovers.

Veg Mob meets next to the BART tracks on the south end of at the intersection of Liberty Street and Eureka Avenue. (See map at their Web site.)

"I enjoy not letting my food and plants go to waste," said Charles, a member of the Edibles Group, from which Veg Mob sprouted.

The produce is very fresh. One contributor mentioned that he had pulled his greens just 15 minutes before arriving. Since it's currently early in the growing season, the majority of items are greens.

Participants are excited to explain the best ways to prepare their crop, and eager to hear how you prefer to prepare yours. This week's items were plums, fava beans, grapefruit, collards, swiss chard, arugula, basil, cape gooseberries, and spring onions.

"I find it very interesting what other people are growing," said Pam, one of the regulars. "It's a chance to try what I haven't planted myself."

This past Thursday had a small showing of just four people, but there have up to 10  or more in prior weeks. 

Robin Mitchell noted that there's interest also in starting a community garden and that those who are interested can send an email to ECCommunityGarden@gmail.com to get on a contact list. The goal of the garden is to provide plots of land for people who either live in an apartment or do not have otherwise have space to grow produce. 

Where does the name "Veg Mob" come from? The conceivers originally planned to text each other a new location to meet each week, similar to a flash mob.

Heidi Rand June 25, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Thanks for posting this! Looks great - it has been so cold in our corner of EC that our tomatoes are still struggling along. Will be fun to see who's growing what where ....
Barbara Post June 27, 2011 at 06:27 AM
Such a great idea. Wonderful especially for local people. The photos are a plus. Thanks to ECGC members who keep this going. Barbara
Tracy Giles June 27, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Nathan, Thanks for providing this story. I just started a garden this year and have tons of letttuce and would like to share it.


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