This Experience is available in multiple areas around the East Bay.
Some Suggested Stops
Explore an urban farm elevates life in the inner-city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community they create a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. Within this severely economically depressed neighborhood in the nation’s second most dangerous city they engage and deepen their understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.
Food Justice in Action
This is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice and community healing. They are transforming the food system one garden at a time. In the last 6 years, their team of formerly incarcerated landscapers has built over 400 edible gardens throughout the East Bay, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food. We will visit their nursery and aquaponics farm, and learn about their grassroots education program.
This urban farm cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help their community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. They hire and train residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply. We will learn from the staff of this non profit about the newly formed Richmond Food Policy Council, about Richmond’s community gardens and how participants can get involved in their weekend volunteer program.
Farm and School Project
This community farm is a collaborative community project focused on issues of food justice and urban farming. It is an urban farm where you can come and harvest food for yourself and your family in exchange for help with weeding, planting, and watering; it aims to supply fresh organic food to anyone who lacks access to it in our East Bay communities. It is one of the increasing number of urban agriculture and alternative sustainable food systems worldwide that exist to develop innovative local solutions to social, environmental and economic injustices.