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On August 1st, 2014, City Slicker Farms’ Union Plaza Park was vandalized (learn more about the damage from NBC Bay Area and the Contra Costa Times). Overnight, vandals tore out many of our plants and trellises, destroyed the back gate, damaged much of the fence, dismantled the doors to our chicken coop, and ripped out irrigation systems.
Though we were all distraught by the havoc that was wrought, we were also incredibly moved by the support and sympathy that was shared by our neighbors, volunteers, and supporters, who helped to begin the rebuild by rolling up their sleeves and giving generously to help recoup losses.
We are going to rebuild the Community Market Farm at Union Plaza Park, and we are going to bring it back as an even more vibrant place of food and community than it was before.
Earlier this year, we shared the news that our Barbara Finnin, City Slicker Farms’ Executive Director of six years, would be transitioning out of her leadership role in June. At the time, we launched our Executive Transition Committee and opened a national search to find the right candidate. As Barb’s last day with City Slicker Farms approaches, the Board of Directors has made the strategic management decision to bring on an Interim Executive Director to implement on short-term management and strategic planning work, while focusing our search for a long-term full-time Executive Director.
In early 2008, I was recruited to be City Slicker Farms’ Interim Executive Director while our founder, Willow Rosenthal Summer, was on sabbatical. During those three months, I gained a deep respect for the organization’s well-designed programs and philosophical approach, and the community we work with. At that point, we were a team of one full time (me) and two part time employees, three apprentices, and a wonderful group of volunteers all working on a shoestring budget.
City Slicker Farms is currently hiring. We are an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive compensation and benefits in a fulfilling and healthy work environment.
City Slicker Farms values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with our mission and goals.
To Our Community,
As some of you may know, towards the end of 2013 we finished building an outdoor classroom at Fitzgerald Park. Its construction marked part of the long-awaited completion of a community planning process that began in 2007, to improve the infrastructure at Fitzgerald Park for the community to share. The intention of the outdoor classroom was to create an inclusive gathering space for our farm stand, workshops, tours, and other community events, gatherings, and learning opportunities for our participants and the larger West Oakland community.
Dear neighbors and friends,
We are writing this letter to respond to some complaints that City Slicker Farms and the City of Oakland Department of Parks and Recreation have been receiving about the outdoor classroom at Fitzgerald Park. We take these comments very seriously and wanted to share some information about the development of this Community Market Farm.
1.4 Acre Innovative Project Will Provide Food and Community Resources as Vacant Lot Is Transformed into Nourishing Community Space
February 1, 2013 (Oakland, CA) – City Slicker Farms, a non-profit urban farming organization based in West Oakland, yesterday held a ground breaking ceremony to begin development of a new Urban Farm and Park, which was conceived in collaboration with the West Oakland community. What began in 2010 as a seed of hope is now coming to fruition following City Slicker Farms’ purchase of a vacant lot at the turn of 2013.
City Slicker Farms' 2013 Annual Report is coming soon! Since 2001, we have built over 300 backyard gardens for West Oakland residents and childcare centers across Alameda County. We have partnered with community members to grow over 219,000 pounds fresh produce through our Community Market farms and Backyard Garden programs.
Recent blog posts
- An Announcement from City Slicker Farms’ Board of Directors
- My Transition: A Look Back and A Look Forward
- Fitzgerald Park and Outdoor Classroom Update
- Letter from Joseph
- Open Letter about Recent Projects at Fitzgerald and Union Plaza Parks
- Muriel's students love fresh veggies!
- City Slicker Farms' Supporters Voted...and We WON the IKEA Makeover!
- West Oakland’s Leaded Landscape: Making Tough Choices
- City Slicker Farms Breaks Ground on West Oakland Urban Farm and Park
- January 31, 2013: City Slicker Farms Groundbreaking Ceremony