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City Slicker Farms
1625 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

 

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Since 2001, City Slicker Farms has been partnering with the West Oakland community to grow and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh, healthy produce.

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Learn how you can support a just and sustainable food system in West Oakland.

By Food Justice Ally Sarah Holle

Using a spray nozzle is a great way to conserve waterAs wildfires continue to rage through dry brittle forests and reservoirs rapidly recede, the severity of the drought has become all too real. With the growing costs and concern of having enough water, conservation efforts need to be implemented. But this doesn't mean all the plants in your garden have to suffer! Watering a garden for a week has been calculated to use less water than taking a bath or doing a load of laundry.

City Slicker Farms has calculated how much water is needed for one of our 4’x8’ planter boxes. With a ½” drip irrigation system, watering 120 minutes/week or 30 minutes every other day, you'll use about 24 gallons per week for one box.

If you are hand-watering, a standard hose flow rate is about 5-7 gallons of water per minute. If you water for a couple minutes about 2-3 times a week, you'll also use 24 gallons per week for one box.

Now, let's compare these numbers to other basic water usage. The average use per person per day is 70 gallons, and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is asking residents to reduce their usage to 35 gallons a day. A 10-minute shower with a water-saving showerhead uses 20 gallons of water, while a bath in a tub uses 35 gallons of water, and a load of laundry uses 42 gallons of water. To calculate your daily water usage on EBMUD's Water Smart Calculator.

So, don't give up on growing your food! Instead, look for other ways to conserve water and still maintain a beautiful, productive garden.

Here are five easy ways to reduce your water usage:



By Food Justice Ally Sarah Holle and Program Assistant Katherine Yagle

For Rosa Oliva and her daughter Carolina Santos, owners of the restaurant Tamales la Oaxaqueña on Market Street, gardening acts as a bridge to their heritage and home. Agriculture plays a large role in their family history as Rosa's father grew up fishing, hunting, farming, and living off the land in Oaxaca, Mexico. Rosa grew up in abundance, with chilis, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, pumpkins, and green beans growing all around her. However, Carolina feels disconnected from this lifestyle, compared to the one she has been living here in Oakland. To her, these memories of her family's past are only stories. "I'm so out of touch with that," Carolina said. "It's an archetypal memory -- it's so ingrained in the culture."

Carolina Santos and volunteers build the garden



Garden Program Manager Alison Fischman

Alison Fischman, in whose capable (and sometimes dirty) hands our Backyard Garden Program has rested for the past four years, is leaving City Slicker Farms. Alison has left a deep and lasting impact on our organization, forming meaningful relationships with the Backyard Gardeners with whom she worked and building the program into the success it is today.



By Food Justice Allies Pia Greig and Sarah Holle

Edith Finch

With a deep background in the culinary arts, West Oakland resident Edith Finch was excited to create her own ‘garden to table’ experience when she first heard about City Slicker Farms' Backyard Garden Program. Prior to receiving their garden beds, Edith and her husband Bruce didn't have much experience in growing their own food, but they were eager to learn after a friend told them about the program. Now, nearly five years later, their garden is flourishing!



Over the last six months, low-income senior residences in Alameda and San Francisco Counties have become home to new community garden spaces. These community group gardens are places of activity and health for the senior residents and program participants.

In partnerships with the Area Agency on Aging, Alameda County Public Health Department, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, and San Francisco Department of Public Health, City Slicker Farms has been able to build eight new community gardens across both counties.

Satellite Central senior garden

The goal of these gardens is to increase senior citizens' access to healthy food, while providing gentle exercise and helping keep participants active and independent for as long as possible.



 

 

Call for Volunteers!

KaBOOM! PLAYGROUND BUILD

With City Slicker Farms and PG&E

Thursday, August 20, 8 AM – 5 PM

Optional volunteers also needed 8/18 and 8/19



We're Raising a Farm on Barnraiser!

Are you ready to help us turn the West Oakland Farm and Park from a vision into reality -- and get some awesome rewards in return? We've launched a crowdfunding campaign on Barnraiser and we need the support of the entire City Slicker Farms community! We've already purchased the land with a state grant and now we need to raise $25,000 to start construction. With your help, we'll build a community garden, a fruit tree orchard, a greenhouse, and educational spaces including a nutrition demo area and beehives.

West Oakland Urban Farm and Park



On April 17, Backyard Gardeners and Mentors attended a unique City Slicker Farms field trip: a tour of Soul Flower Farm in El Sobrante. Backyard Gardener Njelela Kwamilele, who is a fan of Soul Flower Farm, suggested the trip to Garden Program Manager Alison Fischman, and the two worked together to organize it. 

Backyard Gardeners at Soul Flower Farm



UPDATE: The gate is done!! Check out the finished product:

Crucible Apprentices present the final version of the gate

We're getting pretty excited about the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park as we prepare to begin construction in a few months, and one thing that has truly made the vision of the park come to life is seeing the entrance gate that youth apprentices at the Crucible have been forging.



INVITATION FOR BIDS

City Slicker Farms will receive bids submitted for:

WEST OAKLAND FARM AND PARK PROJECT

at 2847 Peralta Street, Oakland, CA