urban gardening

5:36pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Oakland youth grow a taste for fruits and veggies

Agriculture experts from Acta Non Verba on the job
Kelly Carlisle

I’m walking across an old baseball diamond at Tassafaronga Park in Oakland with four very qualified agriculture experts. We’re approaching a new vegetable garden that they helped create.

“First we picked our seeds, and then we got to get our hands all dirty with the soil,” says eight-year old gardener Jordan Sanders. He’s a member of Acta Non Verba, an urban farming program for local, low-income youth.

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6:23pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Arts & Culture

A Conversation With Novella Carpenter

Author Novella Carpenter
http://ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com

Writer Novella Carpenter knows more than a little bit about urban gardening. She lives in West Oakland in a place called Ghost Town Farm where she is raising her daughter alongside chickens and pigs and goats. But her back-to-the-land lifestyle has a history. Her father lived -- and still lives -- off the grid, farming and foraging for his food. In her newest book, “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild,” Carpenter searches for her father and untangles the idea of what it means to be a family.  KALW’s Holly Kernan talked with Carpenter about her urban farm, her father, and her journey to find her roots.

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8:10pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Urban agriculture ordinance heads to fruition in Richmond

Photo courtesy of flickr user fletcher oakes

A vibrant mural announces Happy Lot Farm and Garden to visitors and anyone passing by. A greenhouse stands in the middle of the lot, and an improvised chicken coop occupies one corner. The trees and raspberry beds that head farmer Andromeda Brooks and her volunteers planted here a few years ago are now bearing fruit. And anyone who chips in gets to take home some of the harvest.

Brooks started Happy Lot almost three years ago, as a community project to improve the neighborhood’s morale.

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5:42pm

Wed May 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Neighbors are doin' it for themselves at Quesada Gardens Initiative

Neighbors of the Quesada Gardens Initiative.
Kevin B. Jones

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Like many people who see a pretty rose in bloom, Annette Smith likes to take in the sight and scent of it. But when she bends her head to inhale this particular rose’s fragrance, her enjoyment comes with a deeper meaning – she remembers where this rosebush came from, and how and when it was planted here.

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