food desert

6:00pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

The food that grows from concrete

Philip Stark looks at mallow growing in West Oakland with leaves as big as his hand
Olivia Cueva

Imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and being told that the salad on your plate was harvested from the cracks in the sidewalk in West Oakland. Would you eat it? Two professors from UC Berkeley think you should. Their project is called Berkeley Open Source Food. To get these weeds from the ground to your dinner plate, they’re commissioning high end restaurants like Berkeley’s Chez Panisse to use these greens and show the public that they are not only safe to eat, but have lots of nutritional value.

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4:53pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Arts & Culture

Library serves more than just books

81st Avenue Library
Oakland Public Library

The 81st Avenue Library is the newest public library in Oakland. It has a sleek, modern exterior - unexpected angles and large green-tinted windows. Inside, it is just as modern - not just in its architecture or amenities, but in the programs it provides for the community.  The 81st Avenue Library hosts unexpected events like “Game Nights,” for teenagers (substituting Play Station 3s for Monopoly), and offers Zumba classes every Saturday. It is also the school library for the two charter schools next door—ACORN Woodland and EnCompass Academy. Plus, it's the only public library in Oakland that can boast a café.

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4:55pm

Wed January 8, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley to get first grocery store in decades

The discount supermarket Grocery Outlet is opening a new store in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood.
Courtesy of Grocery Outlet

Almost 30 million Americans live a mile or more away from a supermarket. That may not sound very far, but for the five million plus who don’t have cars, that distance can mean the difference between eating a healthy meal and getting fast food.

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1:08pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Turning a healthy corner in the Bayview

Fresh produce at Ford's Grocery
SEFA

San Francisco is known as a Mecca for conscious foodies – with organic farmers markets, gourmet food trucks, and six Whole Foods supermarkets within the seven-by-seven square-mile city limits. But this abundance doesn’t reach everyone. In a lot of low-income areas, it can be difficult to find fresh and healthy food.

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