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Since 2001, City Slicker Farms has been partnering with the West Oakland community to grow and distribute thousands of pounds of its own fresh produce.
City Slicker Farms' Community Market Farms Program takes vacant and/or underutilized land and transforms it into thriving market farms that grow food and provide open space for the public to enjoy. All the food produced is distributed at our weekly farm stand on a sliding scale to ensure that all residents are able to afford health-promoting foods. No one is turned away due to a lack of funds. In an area where access to healthy foods is limited, our farms make it possible for many families to eat fresh vegetables rather than highly processed foods from corner stores. In addition to these farms, we operate a greenhouse, which produces plants for our programs and for sale to the public.
Our Backyard Garden Program builds food self-sufﬁciency by empowering low-income households and families to grow fresh produce for their own tables in their own backyards. Together, Backyard Gardeners and City Slicker Farms, staff and volunteers build a garden in only four hours. Backyard Gardeners work with us to create their garden in their yard and are responsible for maintaining it afterwards. To prepare them for success, they are partnered with a garden mentor who supports them for two years. Mentors provide technical assistance and bring needed supplies, including compost, plants, and seeds for the garden. After two years of participation, experienced Backyard Gardeners are recruited to provide mentorship to newer Backyard Gardeners, helping to sustain and expand the program.
City Slicker Farms also collaborates with First Five Alameda County, to bring produce gardens to qualifying childcare sites throughout Alameda County. The goal is to expose children and their families to healthy foods and outdoor activities, and to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables.