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Farm Assistant Joseph Davis and Program Assistant Katherine Yagle received scholarships to attend the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, an annual conference in Pacific Grove focused on cultivating sustainable food systems. Joseph checked out a few workshops that got him thinking about possibilities for the new West Oakland Farm and Park--one called “Make Your Farm Energy Self-Sufficient,” where he learned about incentives for using alternative energies on the farm, and one called “Biodynamic Beekeeping,” which gave him plenty of ideas for the bees that will live at the Farm Park.
Backyard Gardener Erica Marcus donated lemons from her tree to our first farmstand of 2015 on Saturday. We asked her to share some of her favorite lemon recipes with us.
When I moved to West Oakland, I fell in love with my house because of the incredible lemon tree in my backyard. It loves my backyard and for the last twelve plus years, it has provided thousands of lemons to me and my neighbors. For the last year and a half, whenever possible, I bring a bucket of lemons to City Slicker Farms Saturday Farm Stand.
The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council recently released a video documenting the importance of green education in child care programs. The video features a garden City Slicker Farms built with Unity Council - De Colores Head Start.
This winter, in an effort to keep Backyard Gardeners’ fruit trees healthy and share pruning skills, City Slicker Farms’ staff and mentors are embarking on a first-ever fruit tree pruning project, heading out into backyards across West Oakland. Although CSF has traditionally offered some winter assistance to Backyard Gardeners, such as pruning and dormant spraying, Backyard Garden Program Coordinator, Alison Fischman, found that it was not meeting Backyard Gardeners’ needs.
West Oakland renters applying for a Backyard Garden got a boost this year thanks to the Neighborhood Food Act. The new law makes it illegal for landlords to prohibit their tenants from growing edible fruits and vegetables for their own consumption. Backyard Garden Program Coordinator Alison Fischman said the new law will be a positive change for the City Slicker Farms community.
Today is the day we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in a new year! At City Slicker Farms, we’re proud to be celebrating all of the accomplishments we made over the past four growing seasons, and all of the relationships we’ve built with our donors, program participants, allies, and volunteers.
In early October, Childcare Garden Program Coordinator Sarah Karlson and a very enthusiastic group of staff, children, and parents worked together to build a garden for Helen Turner Children's Center in Hayward. This garden was specifically designed to be accessible by children in wheelchairs. In just four hours, the group assembled boxes, strung trellises, shoveled soil, planted seedlings and installed irrigation. At the end of the day this beautiful garden was finished!
City Slicker Farms is partnering with StopWaste, a public agency that encourages recycling in Alameda County, to promote the use of your green bin at home.
Backyard Garden Program Coordinator Alison Fischman was on maternity leave for four months this year, but she's not letting that stop her from reaching her goal of thirty Backyard Garden builds.
Every year, we aim to build at least thirty new backyard gardens for West Oakland residents.
As we get closer to the start of construction on the new West Oakland Urban Farm and Park, the staff is abuzz with design plans and dreams of the future. One of the changes we’re most excited about is our new chicken coop--a beautiful 4-section compound that will house a 20-chicken flock.
The new coop is the project of a group of Masters of Architecture and Design MBA graduates from the California College of the Arts who received an IMPACT Award from CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life. Logan Kelley, Leila Khosrovi, Shawn Komlos, Hachem Mahfoud, Frances Reid, and Brendan Williams--Team Instructacoop--have been working on an innovative coop design since March.
"Five of us were in a class together at CCA called Professional Practice and we kind of 'hatched' this idea together," Frances said. "We met with City Slicker Farms folks and were flying a bunch of ideas that would be useful for the new Farm Park. The chicken coop seemed to rise to the top really quickly for all of us."The design features three paddocks that can be opened or closed via a central vestibule, allowing the chickens to graze in one paddock while the other paddocks regenerate, or providing a dedicated paddock for a chick hatchery. A roost located directly above a worm bin will convert chicken poop into compost. The design also has the potential to include a rainwater catchment system.
Recent blog posts
- CSF Staff Head to EcoFarm Conference
- Lemon Recipes from Backyard Gardener Erica Marcus
- Unity Council-De Colores Garden Featured in Green Childcare Video
- Backyard Gardeners Build Pruning Skills
- Neighborhood Food Act makes it easier for renters to garden
- Last Day to Double Your Impact!
- A Letter from City Slicker Farms Ally Ariel Guidry
- Karen Williams Letter
- The Helen Turner Children’s Center Garden Project: A Picture Book
- Win Prizes While Learning How to Reduce Food Waste!