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San Francisco: Inside Fruitvale’s Urban Farm Emporium

Yolanda Burrell, founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply. | Photo: Pollinate

The facility, which opened five years ago, offers weekly classes in subjects like composting, vegetable growing, beekeeping, cheese making, planting with the seasons, and preserving food.

By Hoodline
Feb 16


More and more Oaklanders want to grow their own food, but many lack adequate access to gardening supplies and information. To fill this gap, Fruitvale’s Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply offers residents a place to learn more about setting up their own urban homesteads.

Pollinate has a demonstration orchard and garden, but the organization doesn’t supply visitors with fresh produce.

“We’re not a farm,” said founder and owner Yolanda Burrell. “We’re a one-stop shop for folks who want to produce more of their own food, whether it’s growing it, raising animals, or preserving it.”

City residents interested in urban farming must visit many different locations to get all the supplies they need, so “we wanted to put everything under one roof,” said Burrell. “Specifically for people who want to practice sustainable organic gardening with a view towards growing food.”

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