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Social Enterprise at Dig Deep Farms in Oakland, California

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Damien Cipio (left) and Pac Rucker tend the crops at East Bay enterprise Dig Deep Farms, which is partly funded by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

There are almost too many food-justice programs to name. They include urban farming nonprofits such as Acta Non Verba, Phat Beets and City Slicker Farms, as well as social enterprises like Youth UpRising’s Corners Cafe and a startup called Town Kitchen, which trains young people from low-income communities and delivers box lunches to offices and conferences.

By Jonathan Kauffman
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2016

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News of a Bay Area chef with a farm barely raises an eyebrow these days. But when Sarah Kirnon became the social-enterprise director of Dig Deep Farms four months ago, she wasn’t out to cultivate premium ingredients for her Oakland restaurant, Miss Ollie’s. She had a bigger mission in mind.

The 6-year-old farm, which has 8 acres in the hills above San Leandro, isn’t just a source for organic radishes, greens and carrots. It is funded in part by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and many of the farmers who tend its citrus trees and lush fields were once incarcerated.

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Urban Farm Growing to Help San Jacinto, California

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“Provide healthy foods in a lower income neighborhood that has been kind of neglected for awhile and really utilize that as a cornerstone of transforming the overall community in terms of economic development, health, education,” said Clark.

By Angelina Perez
My High Plains
12/22 2016

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Not only will they grow food, they will teach community members how to garden as well and provide them an opportunity to help the area.

“During the course of growing we are going to have volunteer days as well, where people can come help us weed, help us pick the vegetables and just maintain the property, stuff like that,” said Melius.

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