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May 10, 2011 > Urban farming in action

Urban farming in action

Submitted By Sally Thomas

A special presentation by Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City was held on March 26 at the Hayward Library was well attended. As part of the library's "Book to Action" program, the audience was enthralled by Carpenter's account of farming a small lot in the urban wilds of Oakland, turning blight into bounty. A brief presentation by a group of students from Ochoa Middle School followed. These young farmers were an example of the depth of the urban farming movement and represented the "action" part of the presentation. Speaking of their increased knowledge and appreciation for crops they plant, tend and harvest, an open invitation was extended to the public to see the fruits of their labor first hand.

The library is coordinating a day of action for those interested in urban farming. Chat with young, enthusiastic guardians (and gardeners) of the earth and explore what can be done in your own backyard and how to do it. On Saturday, May 14, Ochoa Middle School will open its gardens for an "intergenerational community garden work day."

The goal is to galvanize local community members to make a positive contribution to Project EAT ("Educate, Act, Thrive"), offered by the Alameda County Office of Education. Project EAT provides nutrition education and physical activity promotion through garden-based nutrition education and cooking connection classes for preschool- 12th grade students during the school day as well as after school. Project EAT is actively working in the Hayward Unified School District in 18 elementary school gardens, five middle school gardens, and two high school gardens.

Community garden open house
Saturday, May 14
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ochoa Middle School
2121 Depot Rd., Hayward
School: (510) 293-8532
Library: (510) 881-7700
sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov

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