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Oakland Museum Digs Into Urban Farming

A new exhibition, Take Root, opens this weekend

By Caleb Pershan
Eater San Francisco
Dec 14, 2017


The East Bay has long been fertile ground for farmers and gardeners, with chefs like Jeremiah Tower and Paul Bertolli of Chez Panisse and then Stars and Oliveto and Michael Wild of Bay Wolf cultivating local food systems and putting local produce at the center of the plate. In 2006, Oakland’s City Council even announced a goal that the city grow one-third of its own food.

Still, some areas of Oakland have languished as food deserts. Amidst gentrification, as “our vacant lots are getting snapped up,” according to Seiter, farms like City Slicker have demonstrated the viability of growing food in formerly unused spaces. A community partner of Take Root, City Slicker operates a weekly West Oakland farm stand to distributes fresh fruit and vegetables on a sliding donation scale.

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