Our $16 Million Future: Planting Roots and Spreading Seeds
When we established Urban Adamah in 2011, we were given the generous gift (by Rich Robbins) of a free lease on an empty lot on Parker Street in West Berkeley. We knew at the time that the least would expire at the end of 2015. In the fall of 2012, instead of looking for new land to lease, we began to consider the possibility of purchasing our own land so we wouldn’t have to pack up our farm and disrupt operations every few years. In July of 2013, we made the unbelievable discovery of a 2.2-acre parcel for sale in Northwest Berkeley that seemed like the ideal site for our work. The land abuts a restored creek and forest habitat, and is located near a bike path, public parks and ball fields. We envisioned a new home on the site that would double the size of our existing space and dramatically increase our impact in the community through the expansion of our food production and educational programs.
We launched a $2 million capital campaign that summer (Phase I) and by December had raised enough to purchase it.
We are currently in our Phase II $8.2 million campaign. Once completed, it will enable us to legally and safely establish our new home and significantly increase the depth and breadth of our programs. Elements of the Phase II Campaign include: infrastructure development, relocation of our Parker St campus, the farm and related gardens, an outdoor kitchen, a fellowship and apprentice residence, a retreat lodge, and multiple program spaces. As of October 10, 2016, we have raised just over $6 million towards Phase II. We are aiming to raise the remaining $2.2 million by mid-2017.
When we close Phase II, we will launch a $5.8 million Phase III campaign, which will include a children’s garden, a farm-to-table café, a large community hall, an arts and culture center and additional other programmatic facilities. Each of these elements will be developed individually, as funding is secured. For a fuller description of our work and the vision for the new land, please see our Capital Campaign Brochure.
With Your Support, We Can Get There
Timeline, News and Updates
October 2013: Zoning approval completed.
November 2013: Environmental reports on the new property completed. Read executive summaries of soil, water and air quality reports.
December 2013: Urban Adamah closes on the new property.
June 2014: Master plan for 6th Street Campus completed.
August 2015: Building permits for most of Phase II granted by the City of Berkeley.
September 2015: Break ground on new site.
September 2016: Completed installation of yurt & administration building on 6th Street Campus
October 2016: Completed all underground site infrastructure, grading, utilities, lighting, roads, main paths, planting areas, parking, etc. Moved entire operations from Parker Street to the new site.
Fall 2016: Complete installation of greenhouses, bath house, and all other minor farm and program infrastructure.
Spring 2017: Complete construction of fellows house (pending funding).
Fall 2017: Complete construction of retreat lodge (pending funding).
Spring 2018: Complete construction of café, community hall and children’s garden (pending funding).
Spring 2019: Complete construction of the craft and cultural center (pending funding).