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Urban Agriculture Promotes Peace, Engages Community

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Walking down the steps to the garden, I was greeted by groves of trees and growing strawberries, kale, chard, herbs and peppers. Surrounded by nature, I no longer felt as though I was in Oakland.

By Catherine Bither
The Miscellany News
February 14, 2018


One urban farm I have come back to again and again is Canticle Farm in Oakland, CA. Canticle Farm is a small, humble group of houses in East Oakland, forming an “intergenerational, interracial, interfaith community” (Canticle Farm, “About”). In the middle of a high-crime food desert, Canticle Farm sticks out as a haven for all in the area. In fact, the farm sits right in the middle of rival gang territory, yet has never experienced any sort of violence. The farm does not even have gates surrounding the area, unlike neighboring houses. Residents and workers are welcoming to everyone looking for a safe, peaceful, restorative space.

Like many urban farms, Canticle Farm is not just a place to grow fruits and vegetables, but a socially just space. The farm prioritizes restorative justice and the breaking down of barriers between people, in addition to education and service. Canticle Farm houses former inmates who are recovering from the trauma of incarceration, those without homes or families to which to return and all others who are seeking guidance and support. The farm opens itself to anyone seeking respite and looking to give back to their community. Though it was founded by Catholics, the farm community accepts and seeks to learn from people of any religious identification.
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