Oakland's New Roots Program Continues to Grow
Summer has transitioned to Fall at the Laney College Community Partnership garden with a new planting of mustard greens, peas, radish, cilantro, and a mix of winter greens.
Growers from IRC’s New Roots Program continue to meet every Friday to share in the collective harvest for home and for market - having sold their first batch of Spicy Salad Mix to Laney Bistro and supplied the 125-member Phat Beets Produce CSA with a Braising Mix of young Mustard, Kale, Collard and Radish. The growers also supplied the IRC staff picnic with a delicious salad!
The MicroProducer Academy growers met with the Edible Parks Task Force to discuss next steps in expanding their gardening space at Channel Park, and will be working together to develop a site proposal and engage in a community outreach process to gauge interest in expanding the available garden space.
IRC in Oakland was also awarded the Office of Refugee Resettlements Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program grant, which provides up to three years of funding and will allow IRC to offer a more comprehensive program which ensures access to land while offering leadership, food security, micro-production training and technical assistance to an increased number of beneficiaries.
You can support the New Roots Program and meet some of our participants at the IRC’s upcoming event October 28th Food Stories: From Burma to the Bay.