The Plant Exchange Needs You!

Plant Exchange events are 100% volunteer run!  A few people giving a couple of hours of their time makes all the difference.

Our next plant exchange is Saturday, March 31 at 4500 Lincoln Ave.If you have time to help out before, during, or after the event, we want to hear from you.​

Don’t forget, all volunteers are invited to a special volunteer appreciation party with food and gifts one week after the exchange.


Here’s where we need help:

  • We need succulents! Can you donate some in the next 10 days?
  • Putting posters and flyers in store windows
  • Picking up and/or helping unload plant donations
  • One weekday doing final preparation. What day can you help?
  • The day before: re-pot donations, set up temporary fencing, layout traffic cones, and set up canopies on Fri. March 30 from 4 – 7pm
  • The day-of: your choice of shifts: 8am – 11am, 11am – 3pm, and 3-6pm. See position descriptions and sign up online or, email us at volunteer@theplantexchange.com
  • The day-after: ​90 minutes to finish tidying up
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Thank you to our industry donation partners!

FullTruck1We started with an idea and a passion for community. The idea was to help neighbors get to know each other better, support stronger neighborhoods, and keep useable greenery and greenhouse/gardening items out of landfills.

Now in our 11th year, we create strong neighborhood connections by people-to-people redistribution of green materials back into the community. In addition to our premier plant exchange, we also host community workdays, a monthly urban gardening speaker series, and partner with the horticulture industry to take in donations.

FullTruck2We also partner with large trade shows, conferences, and corporate office moves and restructures to rehome plants that are no longer needed. Some recent partnerships include the Alameda Home and Garden Show, Dreamforce, and Charles Schwab & Co. By partnering with these environmentally conscious companies, we were able to rescue and rehome hundreds of plants and give them a new life within our own community.

Interested in having your company or event participate? Contact us at connect@theplantexchange.com or (510) 866-8482. We can accommodate garden and plant donations of all types and sizes any time during the year.

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Gardening 101 and Valentine’s Day Plant Sale on Sat. Feb. 10th

PlantSaleFeb102018_ImgFind the perfect gift at our special Valentine’s Day Plant Sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9am – 1:30pm.

We have a large variety of lush indoor plants and beautiful pots. Partial inventory list includes: African Violets, Bromeliads, Christmas Cactus, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Snake Plants, and more. All proceeds go towards keeping the Plant Exchange free and open to the public.See photos and flyer.

Stay after from 2 – 4pm for Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner Gardener taught by Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. You will learn how to: choose soil, watering tricks, avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

We started the new year in our very own truck! Because of your generosity we found the perfect truck for our needs with a full-size roll-up door and shelves on one side. Read more at our blog.

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New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of the many exciting events and activities in store for 2018.

The Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series returns! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10th from 2-4pm for Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner Gardener. Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery will share essential knowledge and best practices in this interactive class. See more details and register.

​Save the date! The next Plant Exchange is Saturday, Mar. 31st from 12pm – 4pm. Additional details and event flyer coming soon!

WelcomeTableKeep your New Year’s resolution! Looking for a way to give back? Make new friends? Be more active? Email connect@theplantexchange.com to volunteer.

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pick up plant donations
  • Unload and organize donations
  • Volunteer at our warehouse
  • Photograph donations
  • Staff fundraising plant sales
  • Help at our speaker series: free entry!
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7 Incredible Things You’ve Done This Year!

Dear Friends,

There’s a lot for which we’re thankful. These accomplishments were made possible by your generous hearts and hands. Because of you, we:

  • Celebrated our 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone!
  • Launched a monthly urban gardening speaker series.
  • Introduced pre-event activities: free gardening demonstrations before the exchange opens.
  • Expanded the number of our plant donation partners.
  • Added 10 nonprofits and community groups to which we distribute plant donations.
  • Grew the number and variety of volunteer service groups we partner with.
  • And our biggest news, we received a grant from StopWaste of Alameda County to purchase our own donation pick up vehicle.

To deliver these events and services, we depend on donations from supporters like you. With your generosity, we can expand the scope and number of events we have each year, as well as pick up more plant and garden donations.

Your financial support today goes a long way toward ensuring success in 2018. Won’t you make a donation before December 31st? Did you know you can also sign up online as a sustaining donor? Simply enter the giving level that is right for you, check the box to make it a monthly donation, and you will be billed automatically each month. Don’t forget to check with your employer about company sponsored matching donations. That way you can double your impact.

As you consider how to make the biggest difference during this year-end giving season, I hope you will include The Plant Exchange in your commitment to giving back. Your support helps us fulfill our mission of creating strong neighborhood connections and encouraging green practices. You make so much possible.

Thank you for all you have done to support The Plant Exchange and our community.
Wishing you a happy holiday and wonderful New Year!

Sincerely,

Odette

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Truck Yeah, We Did It!

OurTruckThank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary. And, because of you, we have much to celebrate!

We will be driving into the new year in our very own truck! Because of your generosity we found the perfect truck for our needs with a full-size roll-up door and shelves on one side.

I look forward to another year of fun, great events, and gardening together. Through our many classes and events, there is always a new skill to learn – and friendships to be made.

We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Odette

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Save the Date for The Spring Plant Exchange!

savethedateMark your calendars plant lovers, the Spring Plant Exchange will be Saturday, March 31, 2018.

From 12-4pm hundreds of gardening enthusiasts will converge at 4500 Lincoln Ave. to trade plants of all shapes and sizes, garden equipment and tools, and share best practices and tips and tricks.

Come at 11am to enjoy free gardening demos before the exchange opens at 12pm. And as always, there will be live music, delicious food, exhibitors, advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, a holding area to store your goodies while you continue to “shop”, and a lounge area. Don’t forget to check out our pop-up store and silent auction table for beautiful specialty items. The event is FREE! Bring your friends and make new ones.

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Thank You to Our Volunteer Service Groups!

volunteersWe would not be The Plant Exchange without our amazing volunteers! In additional to our team of over 100 dedicated individuals, we also partner with local volunteer service groups. Join us in recognizing and thanking just a few of the service groups who volunteer with us regularly.

BuildOn Bay Area – BuildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods and the world through intensive community service. Through volunteer service, they help elevate expectations of students and communities in challenging urban areas.

College Internship Program (CIP) Berkeley – CIP prepares young adults on the autism spectrum, with ADHD and learning differences for success. Their programs inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other learning differences can build happy and productive lives.

Skyline Key Club – Skyline is an international student-led organization that provides a wide array of services as well as aiding specific charities that serve children and teens. Their mission is to build leadership in students through the act of helping others.

Interested in having your service or volunteer group join us? Email connect@theplantexchange.com for more information.

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Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early!

Dec2017SaleYou’re invited to a special 1-day fundraiser estate sale on Sat., Dec. 2 from 9:30am – 3pm at 4500 Lincoln Ave. See photos and flyer. Please bring your friends!

Featuring:

Kitchen – china, dish sets, cookware, bowls and platters by Eva Zeisel, Peggy Karr, and Fitz & Lloyd, vases, champagne and wine glasses, tea pots, baskets, porcelain collectible figurines, breadmaker, New in box: Wolfgang Puck Pie & Pastry Maker and W. Puck Rice Cooker, wide selection of cookbooks

Holiday – Fitz and Floyd St. Nick centerpiece, life-sized lighted metal reindeer, holiday lighted village sets, lighted Christmas tree, kids toys, full set of Frankoma Christmas plates from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, 2 dozen ceramic holiday houses and scenes, Italian Macy’s Christmas dishes

Household – new electric fireplace, mirror, art glass, decorative items, artwork, collection of hippos of all sizes, totem pole, vintage rolling drink cart, triangular mahogany curio cabinet, glass topped tables, bookcases, carved Mexican wooden hutch, end table, dog toys

Garden – totem pole, ferns, ceramic pots, mulch, miles of round wood lawn edging, tribal masks, planters of all sizes, new 20 ft. x 20 ft. pergola, wrought iron white patio table with chairs

And much more! Arrive early for first dibs on the best treasures. Happy holidays!

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Double Your Donations on Giving Tuesday!

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, there’s a new day in the holiday season called Giving Tuesday.

We are only $2,000 shy of purchasing our own moving truck which will let us pick up more plant donations, anywhere, anytime. Won’t you help us meet our goal?

You can double your impact! In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million to support nonprofits. On Nov. 28th starting at 5am, donations made through our Facebook page will be matched up to $50K per nonprofit. Simply visit our Facebook page and click on the “Donate” button to contribute.

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If you aren’t on Facebook, you can still help! Visit us at www.theplantexchange.org to make a donation. You can also mail us a check or pay by phone, 510-866-8482, or email connect@theplantexchange.com.

We are excited and thank you for joining us this Giving Tuesday. To qualify for the matching funds, donations must occur tomorrow between 5am and midnight. Together with the Gates Foundation, we are making a difference in our community!

Happy Holidays!

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