This experience takes you to visit a network of individual makers and artisans in a collective community work space where they grow food for a dramatic urban rooftop farm. We’ll learn what it takes to build and foster relationships, whether it be establishing a stronger relationship with how food is grown, processed, prepared and managed or how community work spaces prosper with strong relationships.
Eco-Industrial Artisan Park
Located in West Oakland that’s home to a network of artisans working collectively to develop and promote environmentally progressive projects we’ll learn about the power of creating working relationships and community workspaces. We’ll see how an upscale bistro in San Francisco is exploring the culinary potential of urban farming via a 2,000-square-foot aquaponic greenhouse. We’ll learn about prehispanic snackeria producing delicious edible insects in a “farm” housed in a shipping container. Learn about biochar, composting and worms. There’s solar power production, waste water digestion for re-use and an urban milling facility, where Oakland trees are preserved and milled into beautiful lumber used for firewood and furniture. There’s chickens, a bonsai garden, a sake brewery and soon a Japanese restaurant!
Urban Rooftop Farm
This enterprise and farm provide design and consultation services for living roofs on residential and commercial projects. (They also grow some of their starters at the eco-industrial park) They deliver the specific needs of a living roof that’s a highly productive farm and their rooftop and modular systems can be employed on roofs, boxes or stand alone planters.
Come taste yuba, the thin sheets of soy that rise to the top of heated soymilk along with hand-crafted tofu made from the finest soybeans. Go on a tour of their beanery, where artisans produce ready-to-eat tofu and yuba dishes. You will also learn how a team of entrepreneurs took the wasteful byproduct of soymilk, okara, and used it to create healthy, sustainable, and tasty cookies.
Town Kitchen Community
Driven food business that employs and empowers low-income Oakland youth. Every menu of theirs is designed by a guest chef, created by their youth workforce and partnered with local, artisan food businesses. Designated Local Restaurant or Food Court Japanese Lunch at Eco-Industrial Park.
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