Our Story

About Pollinate

At Pollinate, we believe that everyone deserves fresh, local and healthy food.

For some of us, the draw of DIY Food is reconnecting to our past and rediscovering knowledge and skills from our grandparents' generation. For others, it is a way to ensure good food close to home. What we all share is a desire to eat food that is flavorful, nutritious and sustainable. 

In 2013, we opened our doors as an edible nursery & urban farm emporium in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA. In 2020, we closed our doors and are now online! We continue to offer coaching services to help you grow, raise, and preserve your harvest. We are also available for private events.

Rooted in urban farming, beekeeping, backyard chicken keeping, and food preserving, Pollinate Farm & Garden is your online destination for everything DIY food. We inspire you to grow food wherever you are.

 

Meet Yolanda

Pollinate Farm & Garden's founder, Yolanda, is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. 

Yolanda has been active in the SF East Bay community, having volunteered on many projects concerning youth, food and community-based agriculture. At Pollinate Farm she grows seasonal produce and provides honey as part of an African American collaborative community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

She is a UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, a member of the Alameda County Beekeepers Association, Women of Food and Agriculture, and a former project leader with the Montclair/OakTown (Oakland) 4H Club. 

 

 

 “What is it all about? Growing food where you are, whether it’s in a pot on your porch or terrace, in your back (or front!) yard, or on some acres outside of the city” —Yolanda  

 

An avid do-it-herselfer, Yolanda enjoys creating handmade environments from found and reclaimed resources. She is at home at her own Oakland permaculture homestead lab where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and grow their own food.  

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