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In addition to their initial garden build--which includes two boxes, trellises, and a fruit tree--participants in our Backyard Garden Program receive additional services as needed: gopher proofing, additional planter boxes if they desire more growing space, fruit tree pruning, and oftentimes a rebuild. Our raised beds last years for most Backyard Gardeners, but eventually they do rot out. When that happens, Garden Program Manager Alison Fischman brings a crew to completely rebuild the beds--a big task, and one she wanted to do less frequently.
Alison has dreamed of redesigning the raised beds for years, and this month, with the help of other staff and volunteers, her dream became reality. With input from rockstar volunteers Matt Wolpe and Chad Mills, Alison engineered the new box design, which features bolts instead of screws and 4”x4” posts at all of the corners. She installed the first new boxes at Friendship Christian Center’s Backyard Garden build on April 10 with great success. Here’s to a future with fewer rebuilds!
Join us for an evening of great art, great company, and support for urban agriculture in West Oakland!
Our partner, New Normal Brewing, will be hosting an event on Friday, April 24th to build community support for local artists and local agriculture.
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!
Recent blog posts
- Sturdy new raised bed for Backyard Gardeners
- New Normal Two Art Gallery Event
- Join us at Fitzgerald Park for Oakland Earth Day!
- 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