Starting in Summer of 2015, LAND ACTION is excited to partner with urban farmers in a goal to initiate and sustain 100 urban microfarms in Oakland over the next 5 years.
These microfarms include:
*These microfarms serve as demonstration gardens and community resources, helping spread knowledge on soil health, food cultivation, herbal medicine, beekeeping, and more, while also growing hundreds of tons of vegetables to be distributed locally. These sites also include tiny home farmhouses, as a way to help keep talented farmers living locally.
*Once they are launched, these microfarms operate independently from Land Action, but they continue to have our support as allies, as we work to help them grow community as well as skills needed to work with the city to keep the land a farm.
*We help farmers select properties based on the long term viability of the site to stay a farm indefinitely. To ensure that vision we are working with land trusts, gardeners, farmers, non-profits dedicated to urban agriculture, and other allies in the environmental and social justice movements to create long-term community-based ownership models to ensure that these farms stay farms for generations to come.
*Help put more microfarms on the ground by supporting us on indegogo! The campaign starts August 9th! Every $3750 covers the cost of putting a new farm on the map! Spread the word & keep Oakland blooming!
*To join in for an upcoming farm launch or work day, check out our facebook events page.
If you are a microfarmer and would like to partner with Land Action to start a project of your own, we suggest that you attend at least 3 microfarming workdays and also speak with different farmers and organizers about your vision before you submit your application.*
We are very interested in allying with farming collectives and groups working on a decentralized model of community-building. We ask that our allied farmers host community skillshares and/or facilitate ways for people of all incomes and backgrounds to become involved.