Urban Adamah fellows spend one day per week interning at local schools with garden education programs and community-based social justice organizations addressing issues of poverty, food security and environmental stewardship. All internships are within biking distance from the fellows’ residence. Our 2013-14 community partners are listed below.
City Slicker Farms empowers West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for food security for healthy, organic food for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. These spaces provide healthy, affordable food and improve the environment. City Slicker Farms serves all West Oakland residents, prioritizing people who have least access. Its farms and gardens demonstrate the viability of a local food-production system, serve as community spaces, empower children and adults who want to learn about the connections between ecology, farming and the urban environment, and give West Oakland residents tools for self-reliance. Urban Adamah Fellows work in City Slicker Farms gardens and support the organization in multiple ways.
“Each week, three Urban Adamah fellows work alongside City Slicker Farms staff and community members to transform the community of West Oakland. We plant seeds at community market farms, construct planter boxes from recycled lumber for backyard gardens, help with organic pest control, turn compost, care for chickens, and so much more. Our work is profoundly strengthened by the support of Urban Adamah.”
—Julie Pavuk | Operations Manager | City Slicker Farms |Oakland, CA
LifeLong Medical Care provides high-quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages; creates models of care for the elderly, people with disabilities and families; and advocates for continuous improvements in the health of our communities. Adamah fellows work with LifeLong clients to increase their access to healthy local food. This includes but is not limited to distributing food as part of a diabetes education class, running cooking classes for food bank recipients and leading guided educational tours at the Urban Adamah farm.
“Urban Adamah fellows recently facilitated a six-week gardening class for our patients. Some told us that they had never been to a garden before. Several mothers shared that they were grateful to have an opportunity to do something active in a safe space for their small children. Even the staff has benefited from our partnership: last month the clinic’s supervisors had a tour of the farm and came back very enthusiastic about continuing to work with Urban Adamah. We wish every community had a farm like Urban Adamah!”
—Ariana Jostad-Laswell | Lifelong Medical Care | Berkeley, CA
People’s Grocery develops creative solutions to health problems that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh foods. Its mission is to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of the West Oakland community. People’s Grocery works toward creating a food system that meets the needs of the urban poor and develops programs and enterprises that produce and distribute fresh foods, provide nutrition education, promotes urban agriculture and creates local jobs. Urban Adamah fellows work in the main People’s Grocery farm in West Oakland.
“I absolutely loved working in the garden at the People’s Grocery. I valued being in a place that was such a stark contrast to every other part of my life, and deeply enjoyed connecting with the staff, volunteers and local residents. Thank you Max for integrating us so well into your work and the community!”
—Rachael Graber, Urban Adamah Fellow Fall 2011
Phat Beets Produce aims to create a healthier, more equitable food system in North Oakland through providing affordable access to fresh produce, facilitating youth leadership in health and nutrition education, and connecting small farmers to urban communities via the creation of farm stands, farmers’ markets, and urban youth market gardens.
Hoover Elementary is a public school in Oakland serving students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The Garden Educator at Hoover maintains an on-site garden and runs an in-school garden education program for Hoover’s students. Urban Adamah interns assist the lead Garden Educator.
GRID Alternatives Bay Area leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families from Santa Clara to Mendocino County, providing families with needed savings and giving Bay Area workers hands-on experience to help them find jobs in the green-tech economy. So far, they have trained 11,000 volunteers and achieved $21 million in savings for Bay Area families. Interning with GRID Alternatives is a great way to learn solar installation skills, give back to the community, and help clean our air. GRID Alternatives’ licensed installers lead interns through all aspects of the installation process, start to finish. No experience is required.
The garden at John Muir Elementary School is an inspirational, community effort to help children learn how to take care of the earth and to eat healthy food. Students, teachers, parents and community members all work together to keep the garden a vibrant and engaging place to learn at John Muir. Students learn through directed, hands-on gardening experience, observation, songs, stories, artwork, and free exploration. Topics include planting, tending, harvesting, and tasting fruits and vegetables. During class, students taste “ the harvest of the month,” which is seasonal fruits or vegetables. These same fruits and vegetables are also featured in the cafeteria and in cooking class, with the goal of increasing the students’ exposure to healthy foods.
OBUGS (Oakland Based Urban Gardens) has offered numerous programs to students in West and North Oakland since 1998. The mission of OBUGS is to build healthy communities through programs offered to children, youth, and families in a network of school and neighborhood gardens, green spaces, and farmers’ markets. Students learn about gardening, nutrition, exercise, healthy eating, science, and they have fun. Urban Adamah interns assist with the garden programming at various sites in Oakland.
Urban Worm, a project of Urban Adamah, is a nonprofit worm farm in Berkeley, California, that provides worms and vermicompost to gardeners, nurseries, farmers and home worm composters throughout the United States. Urban Adamah interns assist with various aspects of building the worm business, from the weekly worm harvest to strategic future planning.
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