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Oakland groups address sustainable agriculture

on November 11, 2009

On Monday night people came out from around the East Bay to attend the Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

Brent Walker,a farmed for People's Grocery stands at thier table to talk about their organic food distribution program.

Brent Walker, a farmer for People's Grocery, stands at a table to talk about their organic food distribution program.

 

The event showcased Oakland organizations like Planting Justice, Communitree, Art in Action, People’s Grocery, Something for your Soul catering service, Healthy Hoodz, and Ital Pinay Jewelry. Each addressed the importance of sustainable agriculture and featured the creative ways they are implementing it in their urban communities .

“We’re trying to create health and wellness within low income communities,” said West Oakland resident Anita De Asis, who balances out organizing projects that include  Something for your Soul, Healthy Hoodz, and her jewelry line called Ital Pinay, the name of which, she said, comes from her Italian and Filipino background.

“It (People’s Grocery) was started in 2002 with residents in West Oakland, who were kind of fed up with the lack of nutritious food that was actually in West Oakland,” said Brent Walker, who’s a Farmer for People’s Grocery. He said that they now have a three and half acre farm in Pleasanton where they grow organic vegetables to sell at a reasonable cost to the West Oakland community.

People from around the East Bay filled up Berkeley's David Brower Center on Tuesday to learn about sustainable agriculture.

People from around the East Bay filled up Berkeley's David Brower Center on Tuesday to learn about sustainable agriculture.

 

Last night, WEA concluded their fall series, “Coming up from the Roots,” which featured symposiums on women’s experience with water, land and sustainable agriculture around the world.

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