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People’s Grocery What? People’s Grocery works to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of West Oakland. Their work involves increasing local supply of fresh foods; advocating for living-wage business and job opportunities; and developing strong relationships and community leadership. They have many opportunities to volunteer, in the office, in their urban gardens, in the greenhouse, and at special events. They also have a food justice internship program. How? You can show up any Tuesday from 2:30-5 at the urban garden at 888 59th Street or any Friday from 10-12:30 at the urban garden at 1167 55th street or on Friday from 2-5 at the California Hotel Greenhouse and urban garden on the corner of 35th and San Pablo in West Oakland. For more opportunities, check out www.peoplesgrocery.org. City Slicker Farms What? The mission of City Slicker Farms is to empower West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for healthy organic food for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens and in the process restoring neighborhoods through environmental stewardship and community greening. They have volunteer opportunities, internships, and paid apprenticeships. How? To find out where to go and when, check out their open volunteer hours and locations on their webpage: http://www.cityslickerfarms.org/community-market-farms-program O.B.U.G.S. (Oakland Based Urban Gardens) What? O.B.U.G.S mission is to build healthy communities through programs offered to children, youth and families in a network of school and neighborhood gardens, green spaces and farmers markets. They offer education programs and summer camps for youth, a farm stand and resource center and many special events. They have volunteer opportunities in the office, the classroom and the garden. How? Fill out a volunteer application online at http://obugs.org/volunteerapp.html or contact Jessica at (510) 465 4660.

Mary’s focuses on basic needs so people have food. distribute.com with Volunteer in the subject heading.maryscenter. farmers markets. www. “We are the first organization of our kind to combine ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model that will vastly increase our educational community outreach.com Planting Justice What? A non-profit organization based in Oakland. How? Volunteer in the school gardens. lunchtime programs. CA dedicated to food justice. backyard gardens. St. and provide local jobs that also train young community organizers. You are sure to meet some fun people. Mary’s Center What? Working with extremely low income seniors. food parties and more. paved backyards. To fill out an online volunteer .St. A year ago. our organizational model enables us to empower economically disadvantaged communities to transform empty lots. and sustainable local food systems. Mary’s Center at 925 Brockhurst Street near San Pablo every Tuesday morning from 9:30-12:30. How? To help with the maintenance of this garden. housing. grocery stores.” How? To intern or volunteer. economic justice. Whereas edible landscaping and Permaculture have thus far been available only to those who can pay a premium for it. children and families. and more. health resources and the support of a community. help us to recruit volunteers. an education. Christopher Shein and crew tore up the concrete parking lot and planted a great garden and community hang out.org wildheartgardens@yahoo. and grass lawns into productive organic gardens that serve as living classrooms for community members to practice Urban Permaculture and bio-intensive gardening techniques. Oakland Food Connection What? OFC has programs are centered on helping Oakland's youth and adult residents engage with the sources and institutions that produce. and sell their food: corner stores. come to St. decentralize our fundraising sources.st. e-mails plantjustice@gmail.

merrittlandhort. and ecologically . andersvidstrand@yahoo. www. go to http://www.foodcommunityculture.com/volunteer/gardening/ Merritt College There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in the Merritt Community Garden.com Berkeley BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library) What are we doing? BASIL is an attempt to bring together a wide variety of gardeners to lay the foundation for a local seed growers' network that can take responsibility for developing crops and adapting them to our bioregion. We also raise chickens for eggs. as well as involve the community in “sponsoring a chicken” and composting. energy and water efficient. the Propagation Club and more! Merritt College. they will acclimate to specific areas over time. Classes. By growing them out. Seeds are magical: given proper stewardship. and tours of the house and garden are designed to teach people from all walks of life how to make their living space more healthy.org/ Funktown Farms What? Funk Town Farm is a community garden located in the area known to locals as “funk town” in East Oakland. productive.” How? Stop by the garden any Saturday from 10-2. the Permaculture Hillside. The garden was started in 2008 behind 219 East 15th Street at 3rd Avenue and two blocks up from Lake Merrit. Ask Anders for times he is there. tradition.wordpress. and history.com . www.org/basil/ Eco House What? EcoHouse is a demonstration home and garden located in a North Berkeley residential neighborhood. we weave the stories of our lives and seeds into an unending chain of community. Check out http://funktownfarm.application.ecologycenter. harmonious. workshops. “We are a group of novice and experienced gardeners who want to grow our own produce (and flowers) to use and sell at a sliding scale farm stand on Sunday mornings. nontoxic. carbon neutral.

a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation. wildheartgardens@yahoo. Spiral Gardens has a Nursery. How? There are three ways to volunteer at the Edible Schoolyard: volunteer with students in the kitchen or garden classrooms. Wednesday and Saturdays from 10-5. The Ecohouse has an amazing garden. California. We want to hear your story of the plant you saved seeds from.friendly. For specific info. on two blocks of public land at the end of a long-vacant former railroad right of way. including a consistent presence at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market. and they always appreciate help.spiralgardens. help maintain the Edible Schoolyard garden with the Wednesday weeding crew. Community Education. education. How? Stop by 1305 Hopkins Street in North Berkeley on Tuesday afternoons to help Christopher and Ananda with garden maintenance. is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students at Martin Luther King.edibleschoolyard. They conduct outreach. Produce Stand. Maybe let us know what dishes you made . community garden or farm stand. maintained by Christopher Shein and Ananda Wiegand. Middle School in Berkeley. There are also Americorps job opportunities.org/ Richmond Richmond Grows Seed Library Take a picture of a plant that you are saving seeds from. How? They are open Tuesday. Community Farm. check out http://www. Just stop by and lend a hand in the nursery. and plant sales throughout the local community and at local and regional events. Jr. or participate in one of three community garden workdays throughout the school year. The website is: http://www.org/volunteers Spiral Gardens What? Located at Sacramento and Oregon Streets in Southwest Berkeley. and Community Harvest Project.com Edible Schoolyard What? The Edible Schoolyard (ESY).

Each farm or garden project is uniquely rooted in the community where it is located.richmondgrows. a project of Earth Island Institute.org Urban Tilth What? Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable.org/ Richmond Eco Village What? “EcoVillage Farm Learning Center. is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to create a healthy sustainable environment and socially/economically just society for present and future generations. And www.org. 2010 the Free Farm has become . and just food system. Urban Tilth coordinates 10 small farms and gardens and currently provides technical assistance to 7 community and school gardens across Richmond and San Pablo.urbantilth. EcoVillage Farm Learning Center is an “Oasis of Connectivity” in the City of Richmond. Just call 510 223 1693 or e-mail info@ecovillagefarm.with it or share a favorite recipe using the plant. a city that is often perceived of as a food.com. How? They have community workdays at their gardens. California. To find out about their events. community-based organizations.org. healthy. You can submit your photos and a little write-up to RichmondGrows@gmail.richmondgrows. safety and environment desert. government agencies. and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply. San Francisco The Free Farm What? Since its creation in January. Each month we'd like to highlight something in our collection. Also associated with Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library: http://www. check out www. businesses. Yes! A Farm in Richmond!” How? Internships are available. EcoVillage Farm Learning Center is a place where urban residents of all cultural backgrounds feel welcome and come to learn through (participatory) “mind/hands on” activities how to restore and protect Mother Earth and her people. They work with schools. but these are sometimes changing.

Since January. Some of the collective intentions are to cultivate the earth by growing fresh organic vegetables.org.5 acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. and hosts field trips for children and adults. Check out www. and love. How? Stop by the farm at the corner of Eddy and Gough Streets in San Francisco any Wednesday or Saturday from 10-2. Mondays are my favorite day. young or old. An all volunteer run group turned a parking lot into an amazing farm that grows food to give away to anyone who walks by and at the free farm stand on Sundays.2-acre non-profit community-run farm and urban agriculture education and research project located in the heart of San Francisco. FoAF oversees organic food production at the site. and sometimes 5th weekend). Alemany Farm What? Alemany Farm is a 4. Friends of Alemany Farm (FoAF) is a volunteer-managed project sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust. The Farm is collaboratively managed by volunteers. and residents of the Alemany community. The address is 992 Ellsworth Street in the St. Check out thefreefarm. as Merritt College’s Ken Litchfield is there and it is more permaculture style. 2010 the community has been turning a freeway ramp into a farm. offers workshops and educational courses. coordinates the volunteer efforts. 4th. simplicity.8 pm .Kitchen Garden Workshop and Potluck Dinner . How? Everyone. manages a free neighborhood produce delivery. San Francisco city officials. experienced or still learning. How? Just show up at 450 Laguna Street (at Fell) on Sundays: 12:30 pm . is welcome to join our community workdays held from noon to 5pm. every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month. generosity. Mary’s Recreation Center. the Saturdays in-between (that’s the 2nd. to cultivate ourselves by tending to the well-being of body and mind.4:30 pm .many different things to many people.org for directions and more information. Hayes Valles Farm What? Hayes Valley Farm is a 2. and spirit and to cultivate society by creating a microcosm of mutuality.Volunteer Orientation and Site tour: 1 pm Tuesdays: 6 pm .alemanyfarm. soul. plus every Monday afternoon from 1:00-5:00.

transformed over 180 low income schools and community centers into abundant orchards with the planting of over 4. just fill out a volunteer application on their website. There is also a FNB in San Francisco. It is volunteers like you who make this all possible. You could be part of this tour.Thursdays: 2:30 pm .000 students. volunteer run anarchist style awesome organization that serves hundreds of people a free vegan healthy meal every day of the week.Volunteer Orientation and Site tour: 3 pm Check out www.com for more information All around cool East Bay Food Not Bombs A non-profit.hayesvalleyfarm.html to find out when and where you can help cook. Check out http://www.6:30 pm . Berkeley.php . In the last 7 years. http://commonvision.300 fruit trees. Common Vision Common Vision helped plant the fruit trees on the Merritt Permaculture Hill. Every spring they tour for two months on a big bus planting trees and much more.ebfnb. the Fruit Tree Tour Program has directly impacted 60. M-F at 3 and in Oakland S-Su.org/meals. Serving in People’s Park.org/getinvolved/jointhecrew/jointhecrew.

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