Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Food Justice Advocates Plot an Urban Garden Revolution in Oakland

by Luke Tsai
Tue, May 5, 2015 at 9:40 AM

Farming at the Gill Tract in April. - BROOKE PORTER
  • Brooke Porter
  • Farming at the Gill Tract in April.
According to Cultivating the Commons, a 2009 analysis by UC Berkeley Geography Department students Nathan McClintock and Jenny Cooper, the City of Oakland has more than 800 acres of unused, arable public land — much of it consisting of vacant lots in East and West Oakland — that, if cultivated, could easily supply as much as 5 percent of city residents’ total fruit and vegetable needs.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Social Justice in a Produce Box

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

In honor of today’s Occupy Our Food Supply day of global action (and to celebrate spring’s imminent arrival), here are two very affordable community-supported agriculture programs that support social justice and urban renewal programs in Oakland.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Berkeley Hosts “Occupy Your Plate” Conference

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Dozens of progressive students from across North America converged on Berkeley this weekend, bearing cardboard name badges, vegan recipes, and bright-eyed ideas about how to shake up their college food-supply systems. With a rallying cry of “Occupy Your Plate!” the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive hosted a boot camp to help students create their own on-campus co-ops.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Food Justice Conference Occupies Oakland

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Sunday kicked off the fifteenth-annual conference by the Community Food Security Coalition at the Oakland Marriott City Center. When deciding upon the location for this year’s event, organizers couldn’t have known how well their timing would dovetail with the local Occupy movement. Yet it was clear that speakers and facilitators would capitalize on the themes playing out down the street (e.g., “Overturn the one percent that control our food system!”).

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Victory Gardens Dig in for the Long Haul

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:06 PM

It’s safe to assume that when the Oakland PD raided Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on October 25, few people were thinking about vegetable destruction. Call it collateral damage: A group of Occupiers and community allies had been working to create edible gardens at the encampment, all of which were destroyed.

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