Community Partners

Urban Adamah Fellows spend one day per week interning at local schools with garden education programs or 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 current partners are listed below.

City Slicker Farms

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.

Urban Adamah plays a crucial role in the ecology of the food justice movement of the East Bay. Not only is their farm site in West Berkeley is a hub of food production and community engagement but are the internship hours their fellows provide to our organization and other’s like ours, are invaluable. Each week, three Urban Adamah Fellows fellows travel by bicycle to West Oakland, where they work alongside City Slicker Farms staff and community members to transform this community. 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 

People’s Grocery

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, Fall 2011 

Hoover Elementary School

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.


John Muir Elementary School

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.

Berkeley Youth AlternativesBYA

BYA is a community based organization with a vision to provide a secure and nurturing environment for all the children, youth, and families of our community. They desire to promote, to their fullest potential, the freedom to develop individual skills and visions of the world.

Their mission is to help children, youth, and their families address issues and problems via Prevention by reaching youth before their problems become crises, and via Intervention through the provision of support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system. BYA helps to build capacity within individuals to reach their innate potential.

Gill Tract Farm

Gill Tract Farm

The UC Gill Tract Community Farm is a collaborative community project between the University of California Berkeley and the local community, focused on issues of food justice and urban farming. It is located in Albany, CA, at the corner of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave.

It is an urban farm where you can come and harvest food for yourself and your family in exchange for help with weeding, planting, and watering; it aims to supply fresh organic food to anyone who lacks access to it in our East Bay communities.

Edible SchoolyardEdible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. At ESY Berkeley, students participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce during the academic day and in after-school classes. Students’ hands-on experience in the kitchen and garden fosters a deeper appreciation of how the natural world sustains us and promotes the environmental and social well-being of our school community.

Richmond College PrepRichmond College Prep

Richmond College Prep is a public charter elementary school in Richmond. The mission of Richmond College Prep is to close the achievement gap by eliminating the inequalities of education in the Iron Triangle and Richmond at large. We maintain an Edible Community Garden which is cultivated by the students, staff and community volunteers.

Urban Tilth

Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help the community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. They hire and train residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of their own food supply.

Past Partners Include

Berkeley High School

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Cooking Matters