Bloom where you are planted.
The pandemic has made me thankful for so many blessings; Health, Home, Family, and Community.
Closing the doors on Pollinate's brick and mortar has opened up so many more opportunities. In 2020 I made the decision to expand my food production beyond what I grew for my family. We are now an Alameda County certified producer and farm! Pollinate Farm grows a variety of seasonal fresh and culturally significant produce and cut flowers on two urban residential sites in East Oakland, in the traditional territory of Huchiun and the Lisjan Ohlone people.
Our products are brought to market and distributed through CSAs, local grocery stores, food security and community services organizations and the Temescal Freedom Farmers' Market. It's a family affair, with everyone chipping in after school and on weekends. Read about our work and how we even partnered with the Golden State Warriors and Chase Center to get the farm going!
Our first season involved establishing the farm infrastructure, including building no-till beds, raised beds, a greenhouse, and a wash and pack station. We sold an abundance of produce, and are looking to increase our capacity. Goals for 2022 include raising funds to build a walk-in cooler. We have much to learn to make the farm productive and profitable. I am gratified to call on the knowledge of my elders and the work ethic my parents instilled in me to help feed members of our community.
We are able to do much of this work thanks to the generosity, support and mentorship of long time community partner Farms to Grow, Inc. If you would like to learn along with us, volunteer at Pollinate Farm! For other volunteer opportunities with Farms to Grow, find more information here.