WOW! This is great news.
If you recall from a past post, City Slicker Farms, one of Oakland’s great non-profits, is having a ground breaking of its planned and now underway West Oakland Urban Farm and Park.
Here’s the advisory that was sent:
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Innovative West Oakland Urban Farm and Park
1.4 Acre Farm and Park Will Provide Food and Community Resources
as Vacant Industrial Lot Is Transformed into Nourishing Community Space
On January 31, 2013, City Slicker Farms will present a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of development for the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park, a new kind of community park space that hosts space for healthy food cultivation, all developed in partnership with the West Oakland community. What began in 2010 as a seed of hope is now coming to fruition, since City Slicker Farms purchased the land at the turn of 2013. Located at 28th and Peralta Streets in West Oakland, the site of a former vacant industrial lot, the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park will double the amount of fresh food produced and distributed to the West Oakland community through City Slicker Farms’ Community Market Farms program, while providing a new park for local residents.
City Slicker Farms, a non-profit urban farming organization supporting the West Oakland community for the past 12 years, invites press, partners, funders, supporters, and community members to attend this historic groundbreaking ceremony. Senator Barbara Boxer’s office is scheduled to headline the list of speakers, amongst other honored guests. This project is supported by a Proposition 84 grant, and to speak on behalf of the grant convenors will be Deputy Director Sedrick Mitchell of the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
This is an excellent development in Oakland’s Urban Farming Movement.