Alternative Forms of Food Production and Dissemination

Tour curated by: Zenzele Olatunji

This tour profiles several alternatives to grocery stores--seed libraries/companies, urban farms, community gardens, farmers’ markets, and produce-delivery services--that can be found in Oakland.

Locations for Tour

When considering the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO), one is initially struck by its construction. With arched windows, a flat, beige roof, large stonewalls, and a classical design, the AAMLO is an impressive building. For…

The Kitazawa Seed Company was founded in 1917 by Gijiu Kitazawa. Kitazawa is the “oldest seed company in America specializing in Asian vegetable seeds.” [1] Before starting this business, Kitazawa worked at a seed company in Japan. When Kitazawa…

City Slicker Farms (CSF) was created to ameliorate problems such as food scarcity and poverty in West Oakland. To address these issues, CSF was established as “a nonprofit urban farming organization” [1] that creates “high-yield urban farms and…

Oakland & the World Enterprises, Inc. (OAW) is a business that was founded by Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. OAW also has an advisory board of prominent individuals such as…

When discussing agricultural projects in the city, the terms “urban farm” and “community garden” are generally used. Because these phrases are often used interchangeably, it can be difficult to differentiate these two terms. While these terms…

The Gardens at Lake Merritt are certainly an important resource in the Oakland community. However, although they provide an edible garden and gardening workshops, visitors do not have an opportunity to develop their own farms. Instead, Oakland's…

Spanning four blocks, the Old Oakland Farmers’ Market is open every Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm throughout the year. Because the market is about 10 minutes away from the 12th St. BART station, it is accessible to people all over Oakland who may…

The Freedom Farmers Market is “Alameda County's first certified Black farmers' market.” [1] The market offers a lively and welcoming environment for young people and families. As visitors survey the many vendors, they will often hear…

In 2010, two friends, Corey Tufts and Wayne Pierson established Golden Gate Organics (GGO). This company is a produce delivery service, which was created to provide customers with fresh produce. GGO is “the only independent . . . organic delivery…

Imperfect Produce (IP) was founded by Ben Simon, Ben Chesler, and Ron Clark to reduce “food waste and [increase] food . . . security.” [1] IP estimates that “each year, 20% of the produce grown in America is rejected from grocery stores”…