Berkeley High School is going the edible schoolyard route and is planning to build a vegetable garden.

BHS Science Teacher Glenn Wolkenfeld, with support from the Berkeley Public Education Foundation and BUSD’s Gardening Program, is about to lead his AP Environmental Science class to build a number of raised beds at the school.

The team is looking for donations of lumber and tools to help move the project forward. The goal is to start work on February 2. Specifically the students are looking for:

  • Cut plywood, 2 feet by 4 feet, any thickness (but thinner is better).
  • Redwood or cedar two by fours or two by sixes, any length. Used lumber is preferable. If new, the lumber has to be FSC (sustainable forestry certified).
  • Hand saws.
  • Bags of potting soil or garden soil.
  • Phillips head screwdrivers.
  • Drills, especially an old fashioned hand-drill.

If you can help by donating any of the above, or if you have carpentry/building skills and can assist with some of the preparatory work, contact Glenn Wolkenfeld by email at


Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...