Our farm has awoken from it’s wintertime hibernation and is now bustling with life and visitors! Our programs are back up and running, field trips from local schools are plentiful, and many projects have been brought to fruition from dedicated social justice advocates! Check out who has been busy on the farm!
UC Berkeley Alternative Breaks
UC Berkeley has a great program called Alternative Breaks that gives students the opportunity to dedicate their Spring Break to public service! Instead of spending their break on a beach somewhere, these dedicated social justice advocates spent a week interning with us and helping out with so many projects around the farm! They weeded and pruned back our herb garden, built a whole new bed for our demonstration garden, harvested pounds of produce for the fridge, and helped plant new spring crops! We also participated in conversations about food justice in our communities and how we can best serve each other and our environment.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation that supports children age between 5-19! Kids in 4-H have many opportunities to pursue their interests, to learn and develop life skills like leadership, teamwork, goal setting and communication, and to have fun and engage in the community. City Slicker Farms was so happy to host the 4-H Cloverbuds for several months of wonderful youth programming! Here, the children practiced their art skills and creativity through building shoebox floats!
Lincoln Families provides a unique array of comprehensive programs and services for some of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable populations. They now have their own community garden bed at our West Oakland Farm Park! Young students and their families came out to learn how to plant starters and see how we grow food! Our Farm Manager, Region, was so excited to be a kid again and share the joy of farming with young minds!
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Thank you to our partners at Rising Sun Center for Opportunity for building a beautiful new fence for our chicken run! Rising Sun is a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of economic equity and climate resilience in the California Bay Area and San Joaquin County. They specialize in preparing youth, women, and individuals in reentry for high-road careers and green pathways that offer family-sustaining wages. Their amazing team of strong women were on the farm for 3 weeks to rebuild our fence line as well as add on additional storage and foundation for our Town Fridge. Soon our chickens will be able to roam our orchard safely, eating our weeds and fertilizing our trees!
We are so grateful for our wonderful visitors who bring our West Oakland Farm Park to life! We love sharing this valuable urban green space with young folks, students, and other mission aligned organizations who want to connect over a shared vision of food accessibility and community health!