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New Room to Grow for 28 Families

One of the great things about the City Slicker Farms Backyard Garden program is that West Oakland families and community groups get to grow food right in their own backyards. But what about those who don't have a yard and still want to grow food?



Black Lives Matter and an Unjust Food System

Black Lives Matter print at the greenhouse

Black Lives Matter. Always.

We recently posted a photo on City Slicker Farms' Instagram featuring the Black Lives Matter sign a student in our community made for us that hangs at our greenhouse. That day we received an uncharacteristic number of unfollows.

Instagram is a visual medium, and we're honored that so many folks appreciate the images of nourishment, beauty and healing we post. Our work to achieve food justice is rooted in West Oakland, a community that experiences the daily violence of poverty, racism, police brutality, eviction and displacement. The nourishment, beauty and healing we share here are a reflection of and in the service to the communities we stand with -- communities that are rising up in power to demand liberation and social change. Black Lives Matter, whether we are confronting police brutality or an unjust food system.



Join Our Community Garden!

Would you like to join a community garden?

In February 2016, City Slicker Farms will open the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park at 2847 Peralta Street in West Oakland. One of the features of the farm-park will be a 28-plot community garden, which will be a place for people to grow their own nutritious food, flowers, and herbs; get exercise; learn together; and find the peace and joy that come with connecting with nature and neighbors.



Joseph and Ariel at the Farm ParkWhen I started as Interim Executive Director of City Slicker Farms in July 2014, I made a promise to the Board of Directors: we would open the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park on my watch, so that the next permanent Executive Director of the organization could come into leadership without the pressure and distraction of a major construction project and capital campaign.

Well, my friends, we are almost there.



One of the most exciting parts about opening the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park will be the partnerships that come to life there; with an outdoor classroom, an educational kitchen, and plenty of public event space, the Farm Park will be a place for community groups to gather and learn.

But the partnerships aren’t only starting at opening weekend — the construction process itself has been an opportunity for collaboration across organizations. One such partnership our staff has been thrilled about is with our friends at Planting Justice. Planting Justice’s Transform Your Yard (TYY) program builds edible landscapes, sending in a team of experienced permaculture designers and landscapers, many of whom were formerly incarcerated.

Darryl Aikens, Salvador Mateo, and Dana Mitchell at the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park



Growing Green Thumbs (and Fans of Veggie Stir Fry!)

At a recent visit to one of our preschool garden sites, City Slicker Farms’ Childcare Garden coordinator Sarah Karlson stood amidst a group of four- and five-year-olds holding a piece of kale.

“Who can tell me what this is?” she asked. “Salad!” the kids yelled with excitement and recognition. “Yes, this is kale–we like to eat kale in salads!”

Sarah Karlson, our Childcare Garden Coordinator, talks veggies with preschoolers at HUSD



Talking BBQ with Farmstand Customer Ron Cain

"I've been barbecuing all my life," said Ron Cain as he perused collards at a recent Saturday farm stand at Union Plaza Park, "but the business I've been doing 11 years."

Ron is a neighbor of our largest Community Market Farm and owner of Ron's Pit Stop, a barbecue business at 25th and Valencia in San Francisco. As an experienced cook, he loves to peruse the many varieties of greens at our weekly farm stand. He has a recipe that uses four types of greens and one special ingredient: smoked turkey butt.

Ron, owner of Ron's Pit Stop, shows off his collard greens at farm stand



Seasonal Changes to Our Program Schedule

Every winter, City Slicker Farms welcomes the rainy season, plans for the coming year, plants cover crops, makes repairs, and evaluates how to improve our programs, and this winter we're also finishing the build-out of the new West Oakland Urban Farm and Park. In order to make time for this important work, we have modified schedules for our sites and limited volunteer opportunities in December and January.



We're just a few short months from opening the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park, and things are really ramping up at the site!

Do you want to be a part of this exciting project?
Join us on November 14 and 15 for special community farm workdays!

Volunteers at the Farm Park



Construction at the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park

Anyone who has been by the construction site of our West Oakland Urban Farm and Park lately has seen some big changes. Our future new home sits across from CASS Recycling on Peralta Avenue, and since we acquired the land in late 2013, has mostly been sitting vacant, waiting for this project. The field of weeds memorialized in this Fall's Edible East Bay magazine photo spread has disappeared -- supplanted by thousands of yards of clean dirt, trucked in to replace the dirt that was removed during the original remediation of the site. The line of trees at the back of the site have been removed so that we can plant a food forest orchard on the northwestern part of the farm.