Can you farm in a city like Oakland? Some local urban farmers, community groups and university researchers think so. Working with the City of Oakland, they are re-envisioning the city’s food supply. Imagine an Oakland where residents grow vegetables, families have affordable fresh food, and shorter distances between fields and dinner tables decrease the city’s carbon footprint. In 2006, the City Council announced a new goal: to grow and buy one-third of the city’s food from local sources. Now local farmers, grocers, and policy makers are working to make that goal a reality.
food access: changing the rules
The new Oakland Food Policy Council wants better access to nutritious food in Oakland.
transforming a backyard
Planting Justice turns an empty lawn and into a thriving urban garden.
frou frou food?
Why do some Oakland residents feel funny about healthy food?
Timeline: From Industrial Garden to Food Desert
In October 2009, a group of East Bay researchers and nonprofits released a report pinpointing 495 sites in Oakland where affordable fresh food could be grown — a resource readily available 250 years ago, but now a local rarity. Click on the dates below to learn how the city’s population, landscape and diet have radically changed throughout Oakland’s history, ushering in new health concerns and ushering out valuable economic activity.