Caring for your community ...
Serving our communities is one of the gratifying ways we can help others and ourselves.
Support Food Distribution Centers in Oakland CA
About 19 food distribution centers (food pantries) may lose their funding from the City of Oakland.
A message from Barbara Gibson, Chairperson, EFPAC (Emergency Food Providers Advisory Council)
EFPAC is confronted with the problem of possible non funding for our program in the next fiscal year. We are making an appeal to all our council members to give attention to this problem and find ways to help this not to happen. The hunger problem will still be a reality no matter what, and we should share in relieving it as much as possible. We are all volunteers and glad about it, so let us all do what we can. A letter is step one for our campaign to keep the program alive.
Send a letter of support asking not to cut funding. If you're in the Bay Area; please go to City Council meeting to let the council members know that cutting funding to emergency food pantries is Not the answer. Click here for sample letter. And, go here for council members' contact information.
Grow Your Food at an Open Community Garden - Take back the control of your food!
Now that Spring weather is upon us; we encourage you to get out into your yards and find a community garden to join. Some community gardens charge to garden and some community gardens are "open" to volunteer membership at no charge.
To avoid waiting lists; look for new community gardens that are just forming and help out. In exchange; you will probably be at the top of the list to rent a plot. And, look for "open" community gardens in your neighborhood. This is where volunteers work together and harvest together. Volunteer at a school garden. You will surely be able to harvest some of goodies.
Victory Garden Foundation sponsors four (4) community gardens in Oakland CA and one (1) school garden. Two (2) of the gardens support an Oakland CA food pantry. If you live in the East Bay California, we invite you to join any or all of the gardens at www.PeoplesVictoryGarden.org.
Do you know of community gardens in your neighborhood that you want to invite others to join? Or, are you interested in starting a community garden? It can be very simple. Let's us know. Send us an e-mail to tell us about the opportunities. We'll share them right here on the website. And, in return; we'll send to you a Quick Guide to starting your community garden.
Want more ideas for working in your community through gardening? Take a look here.
You are a GMO!
Last year, California residents voted against GMO labeling. This year, Congress voted to give Monsanto a big boost. You must know what you are eat and planting. Please stay informed and pass along the word to your family and friends.
Archived April 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Northern California Gardeners - Stop by the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Opens March 20 to kick off Spring planting. Representatives for City of Oakland, Morcom Rose Garden, Gardens at Lake Merritt, Victory Garden Foundation, and Alameda County Master Gardens are on-site to tell you all about gardening and answer your questions. Go to the Education Pavilion, Booth # 1439 near the Wine Garden.
GARDEN AID DAY
Happy Garden Aid Day! It has finally arrived!
American Community Garden Association (ACGA) wants to remind you to be sure to get your free music download today!
Today, you may download a free song from these amazing artists - Nell and Jim. Also, enjoy watching their new music video, "Life in the Garden," that was filmed our Southside Community Garden, a Fiskar's "Project Orange Thumb" garden, located in Sacramento CA.
March 20 or this next week; go out and plant something! If your area is still too cold to plant outdoors, maybe start some seeds inside on a kitchen window sill. Remember to take photos of your efforts and send the photos and a short message about what you did. ACGA is planning to post the most fun and interesting comments and photos on the ACGA web site. Send your notes and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
And, if you happen to be in the San Fancisco Bay Area over the next 5 days, stop by the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Event Center March 20-24. ACGA board member Maryanne Lucas and Vice President Bill Maynard have a large display at Sproutopia - the Gardening with kids area. They are right next door to the Education Pavilion, Booth # 1439 we mentioned above.
Day of Service, January 21
Volunteers worked today to transform garden space for a food forest in the People's Victory Garden's Edible Landscaping Garden and Food Pantry Garden. We Thank Everyone that participated today. See photos here.
January Hot Topic - Urban Farming and Community Gardens
Building Community in Oakland CA. Join the discussion!
Monday, January 28 at 6 pm - Learn more.
3rd Annual Challenge
Bunnies join People's Victory Garden Program
On March 10 (10 am - 2 pm), the bunnies at the House Rabbit Society will join in the gardening. House Rabbit Society launches a People's Victory Garden for the people, by the people, and the bunnies. Both human and bunnies will benefit from this unique community garden. Your people help is needed to transform this wonderful space around the House Rabbit Society (148 Broadway, Richmond 98404) property into a thriving garden of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. More ...
Chickens n Fertilizer at The Gardens at Lake Merritt
The People's Victory Garden at The Gardens at Lake Merritt will host a chicken demonstration and discussion about chicken poop conducted by Chris Alongi! March 3, 1- 3 pm. If you missed it; watch the calendar for the next demonstration day!!
Come on out to join your fellow gardeners for this educational day at the garden site. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to register. We'll also do some planting for spring in the garden. See ya in the yard.
Phat Beets Produce convenes Community Forum in North Oakland CA.
Sunday, March 4th, 2 - 5 pm at the Bethany Baptist Church (5400 Adeline Street) was a tremendous day. About 100 neighbors gathered to vision their North Oakland neighborhoods. More neighbors are encouraged to participate to join together bring in needed services - health, wellness, safety, transportation, education/schools, urban greening and agriculture, and more! If you are interested in convening a Community Forum in your North Oakland neighborhood contact director@VictoryGardenFoundation.org or email@example.com. this past Sunday was just the beginning. Watch here to learn about the unique and plain ole 'it makes good sense' ideas for North Oakland CA.
NEW People's Victory Garden launched at the Telegraph Ministry Center
This unique community garden is designed to feed the community. Twice weekly, the Telegraph Ministry Center distributes mostly packaged foods to those in need. And, now ... fresh organic produce will be more readily available. We need your volunteer help to make this large space become a food forest to help alleviate hunger and to increase the availability of healthful food choices.
We need YOU to help start up and maintain this community garden that will not only provide healthful food choices we're hoping will become and working meeting place to enjoy in an urban setting. Please join us on Saturday, March 10th 1 pm - 4 pm to continue the work at the People's Victory Garden at the Telegraph Ministry Center's Community Garden. more ....
And, you may help in other ways. Start a Food Pool in your neighborhood and designate the Telegraph Ministry Center as your Food Bank. Learn more
Alameda County Master Gardens and Nourish Oakland partners with Victory Garden Foundation to bring a robust educational edible garden program to the People's Victory Garden at The Gardens at Lake Merritt. more ...
2012 brings People's Victory Gardens to your community.
Garden, Relax, and Enjoy the ‘Jewel of Oakland’
In January 2012; Victory Garden Foundation will begin planning and installing a People’s Victory Garden at Oakland’s Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park.. And, we want you to be involved! If you are interested in growing edibles, coordinating volunteer activities, or mentoring, and planning the seasons plantings, Contact Us for more information. 50 Volunteers cleared the space at the People's Victory Garden at The Gardens at Lake Merritt. WoW! What a tremendous effort.
Transform a space of about 300 square feet into a thriving lush edible demonstration garden.
Sow your volunteer time and reap the harvest!
Bay Localize and a growing list of co-conveners invites you to the Bay Area Convening on Resilience and Equity, a gathering of community groups, social movements, and public planners to chart a path for resilience with justice in the Bay Area. Victory Garden Foundation is a sponsor of this important Bay Area convening.
Jazzy Crop Swap
Live jazz and exchanging homegrown food ... more
Greetings Urban Farmers, Gardeners, and Herdspeople! Next Crop Swap is Saturday, November 5 and every first Saturday; 11 am - 3 pm ~ Come on out, bring your homegrown backyard crop and trade.
If you're in the East Bay CA area, stop by the North Oakland Farmers' Market for Live Jazz Crop Swap.
Come out and backyard crop and plant swap at the North Oakland Farmers Market at 57th and Market in North Oakland CA Participants are encouraged to bring backyard fruit, eggs, veggies, flowers, plants, cuttings, or cultures to give, swap, trade, or barter. Sign up here: https://spreadsheets.googl
Event is co-sponsored by Victory Garden Foundation, Girl on Bike, and Phat Beets Produce.
North Oakland/South Berkeley Backyard Food Swap
Lorin Station Crop Swap was like speed dating ... more
Lorin Station Crop Swaps Winter Over - See you in 2012. Watch for announcement of first event in 2012 ~ All are welcome - Bring your backyard crop. Trade Lemons for Lettuces, Cucumbers for Beans. No crop? No worries … Trade, Barter, or just pick up something for the day’s meal. Come out to meet your neighbors ~ Chat with edible garden experts.Trade edible and flower plants to grow at home. Lorin Station at corner of Alcatraz and Adeline, Berkeley CA
Victory Garden Foundation co-sponsors this event with Transition Berkeley.
Urban Ag Update here. Oakland California takes on Urban Agriculture policy changes. All throughout the nation, we are hearing about cities that are arresting and penalizing residents for growing their food at home. That is not the spirit of our nation's Victory Garden movement that started in the 40s and many residents continue Victory Gardens to this day. More and more people are making the choice to take their food into their own hands, literally, growing food in front yards, back yards, porches, and balconies. Why would a city penalize their citizens for choosing to eat healthy when the healthcare industry is changing, economies are changing, fuel costs are sky high. What's the motivation!? Learn about your cities policies and if they are not resident-friendly; get involved to make changes. Learn what just happened in Oakland CA on July 21st - a positive and encouraging showing of resident involvement.
Let's Stay Connected
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Those nasty pesticides can be avoided by growing your own food at home or buying organic. While buying organic can be expensive; you can grow your own food at home for pennies. And, did you know that food stamps can now be used for purchasing seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat?
Remember SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health; andhelps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.SNAP includes the food stamp program and many more benefits.