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City Slicker Farms Breaks Ground On New Urban Park and Farm in West Oakland


The 1.4-acre lot at 28th and Peralta streets aims to create a more reliable source of fresh produce.

By Madeleine Key
East Bay Express
January 30, 2013


In the last decade, organizations such as People’s Grocery, Phat Beets Produce, and City Slicker Farms have emerged to create a more equitable food system in Oakland. But while the growing urban agricultural movement has led to an increase in urban homesteading and farming, the issue of land security remains a top challenge, because most people lease or rent the land they farm on. Now, the nonprofit City Slicker Farms (which, in the interest of full disclosure, I have volunteered for in the past) hopes to change that dynamic.

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Vertical food garden and worm composter combined

The revolutionary composting vertical food garden that transforms your kitchen scraps into organic fertilizer for fast, abundant growth

The Garden Tower

– Holds up to 50 plants
– Is faster and more abundant than conventional gardening
– Can grow anything; veggies, flowers, herbs, etc.
– Turns your kitchen scraps directly into organic fertilizer

The design is elegant, simple, and set-up is straightforward and easy! Our patent pending internal worm-driven composting system makes The Garden Tower is the only garden planter that can generate it’s own fertilizer and self-conditioned soil. Along with its low-evaporation design and other innovative features, it creates incredibly healthy growing conditions.

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‘Reclaiming Our Food’ by Tanya Denckla Cobb

Named by Booklist as one of the top 10 books on the environment in 2012

By Tanya Denckla Cobb
Storey Publishing,
September 2011, 320 pages

All across the country, Americans are seeking more fresh, local foods – at home, in their schools, in restaurants, and at food markets. Grassroots community food projects from Boston to Nashville to Birmingham to Seattle are rising to meet this demand. Led by innovative, creative people from all walks of life, these projects are building community by creating valuable jobs, preserving cultural traditions, building local knowledge about growing food, and educating school-children.

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