Growing and collaborating since 2001

Planting the Seeds

Since 2001

City Slicker Farms began with a mission to empower West Oakland community members to meet the basic need for fresh, healthy food by creating sustainable, high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Since its founding in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been at the forefront of the 21st-century sustainable urban farming and food justice movement, gaining national recognition as a leader in supporting low-income communities of color to grow food in the city. In those sixteen years, we have built over 400 backyard and community gardens, produced 300,000 pounds of nutrient rich food, and trained thousands of community members in organic gardening methods and environmental stewardship.

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Backyard Gardens Program

Increasing food access

Through our Backyard Gardens Program, we build raised beds, test soil, provide free tools, materials and supplies for members to grow their own food. To support their success, garden members get two years of direct mentorship and a lifetime supply of soil, seeds, and starts

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West Oakland Farm Park

Building community

At the West Oakland Farm Park, we have a working educational farm including a greenhouse, chickens and bees; a community garden, kitchen, playground, and beautiful outdoor spaces for community events. The Farm Park is a place to gather, play, learn, grow and connect.

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Food and Farming Education

Sharing Knowledge & Skills

Schools and community groups can visit the Farm Park as part of our Food and Farming Education Program. We also offer gardening internships, workshops and host cooking classes and potlucks to share the community’s vibrant culinary traditions.

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Meet The Team

Kelly ErnstFriedman
Executive Director

Kelly’s bio coming soon

Julie Pavuk
Director of Urban Garden Education

Julie’s bio coming soon

Eric Telmer
Farm Manager

Eric’s bio coming soon

The Rabbit

Chance’s bio coming soon

Gardeners Taught
Beds Built
Workshops Taught

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