Harvesting Food Accessibility

Tour curated by: Augusta Hohn

This tour explores food security in Oakland and the disproportionate lack of access to fresh produce for lower-income households and communities of color.

Locations for Tour

The large scale Oakland network that includes over 2,000 people known as City Slicker Farms began modestly in 2001 when a small group of neighbors in West Oakland decided to combat the lack of access to nutritious food by utilizing a vacant lot that…

On November 18, 2014 Oakland City Council met at City Hall, One Frank H Ogawa Plaza, to vote on amendments to Oakland’s zoning policies that require urban farms and gardens to obtain a CUP or Conditional Use Permit that could cost upwards of $3,000…

Castlemont High School is located in one of the most violent neighborhoods in Oakland. In a 7 month span in 2013 the Oakland Police Department averaged 3 shootings per day within a 1.5 mile radius of the campus, including one where bullets pierced…

The Center for Disease Control defines a "food desert" as an area "that lack[s] access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet." These regions…

Full Harvest Urban Farm, located off 39th Avenue in the Laurel District of Oakland, was established by a couple whose interest began with the cultivation of marijuana. When Karissa and Region Lewis started “intercropping” or “companion…

After a thirty year hiatus former Black Panther chairwoman, 72-year-old Elaine Brown, returned to Oakland to continue her activist legacy. In October 2014 Brown began West Oakland Farms in an effort to improve the neighborhood, answer the question of…

Crime and violence are an everyday occurrence in many Oakland neighborhoods, but in 2009, in an effort to heal after a tragedy, a small idea developed into a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities in low-income neighborhoods. Haleh Zandi…

Acta Non Verba is a Youth Urban Farm Project located in the heart of East Oakland. Students from the ages of 5 to 17 participate in the program in hopes of building skills, increasing their knowledge of food production and strengthening their ties to…

Food trucks, vendors, and local farmers gather every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakland’s Jack London Square Farmer’s Market at 472 Water Street. A recent $3.7 million dollar grant from the USDA will help economically challenged families…

Phat Beets is a food justice collective founded in 2007 that believes healthy food is a human right, a right that is regularly denied to many Oakland residents. “What is lacking is not food, but the political will to fairly distribute food…