If you're looking for a community garden that's bigger than mere spaces
on the ground, check out the Alameda Point Community Garden Co-op.
Founded by a nonprofit collective that works to end homelessness, the
group uses vacated property on the former Alameda Naval Air Station to
provide housing and job training to hundreds of homeless East Bay
residents. The garden itself is managed and maintained by the Growing
Youth Project, a group of young people from the community who tend
areas around the garden beds, farm the peripheral areas, raise chickens
and bees, and put together boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables for
Alameda Point Collaborative residents. Garden plots are available to
anybody on a first-come, first-served basis. Herbs, strawberries, and
ground cover dot the landscape around and in between the beds. Every
few months, manager Kate Casale holds a garden party for community
garden volunteers to weed the area, amend soil, and share a picnic
lunch. It's a good time to pump the Growing Youth Project kids for tips
on how to make the most of each space.