Environmental Food Justice and Community orgs of the East Bay Zine by Ella Bhat, Chloe Olsen, Ty Shelton, Ashley Yue
Who We Are: BCGC is composed of diverse community garden members who share a common commitment to organic, urban agriculture and access to healthy food for all residents of Berkeley.
What We Do: By providing a forum for mutual support and the sharing of common resources, BCGC assists and protects existing gardens, facilitates the formation of new gardens, and advocates food security initiatives in our local schools and city.
Our Mission: BCGC actively seeks to create a more sustainable society by engaging in environmentally beneficial urban land stewardship, which includes urban agriculture, the preservation of open space, habitat restoration, and cultivating community. To broaden its impact and build alliances, BCGC partners with other organizations that share its goals. Land, air, water, and seeds are our commonwealth, which we have a right and duty to protect.
Support: Community Gardens welcome the following forms of support:
- Excess untreated lumber for raised beds
- Lead-free soil
- Service groups and individual volunteers
View the Berkeley Community Garden Handbook here.
Moving South Berkeley Forward
Moving South Berkeley Forward (MSBF) is a youth-driven environmental, social justice project focused on community health and educational equity in South Berkeley, spearheaded by youth of color and the South Berkeley community. This project is a joint effort between the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative, UC Berkeley’s Environmental Science, Policy & Management Department, Berkeley High School, and the community of South Berkeley.
We are working to transform the previous Santa Fe Right of Way (SFROW) railroad site into a green space and community garden through the environmental mentorship of Berkeley High students of color. Together, we are laying the foundation towards a long term goal of a greenway and youth garden.
We want this community to have accessible health resources and a better future. The possibilities of the things we could be doing in this community is endless but we can’t do these things without your help. Learn more here.
School gardens, on-site at elementary, middle and high schools, aim to integrate organic food production into the curricula and into the school lunch pro-grams. Children are introduced to food production, nutrition, composting, ecological awareness, and cooking and preparing the food they grow to share around the table. Most garden and cooking classes are supported by the Network for a Healthy California Program.
Berkeley Arts Magnet/Whittier Garden
1645 Milvia St. Contact: Marlee Blasenheim email@example.com
Berkeley Technology Academy Garden
2701 MLK, Jr. Way Contact: Matt Tsang firstname.lastname@example.org
Cragmont Elementary School Garden
830 Regal Rd. Contact: Marlee Blasenheim email@example.com
Early Childhood Development Gardens
1460 Eight St.
1810 Hopkins St.
1939 Ward St.
Contact: Chris Nakao firstname.lastname@example.org
Edible School Yard at King Middle School
1781 Rose St. Contact: Geoff Palla email@example.com
Emerson Elementary School Garden
2800 Forest Ave. Contact: Jeanette Kjobmand firstname.lastname@example.org
1400 Ada St. Contact: Jeanette Kjobmand email@example.com
John Muir Elementary School Garden
2955 Claremont Ave. Contact: Keturah Kornbluth firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Mendez Elementary School Farm & Garden
2241 Russell St. Contact: Ben Goff email@example.com
Longfellow Middle School
1500 Derby St. Contact: Puanani Owan firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm X Elementary School
1731 Prince St. Contact: Rivksa Mason email@example.com
Oxford Elementary School Garden
1130 Oxford St. Contact: Sarah Winer firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Parks Elementary School
920 Allstonway Contact: Chris Nakao email@example.com
School of the Madeleine Garden
1225 Milvia St. Contact: Ken Willers firstname.lastname@example.org
Thousand Oaks Elementary School Garden
840 Colusa Ave. Contact: Sarah Winer email@example.com
Washington Elementary School
2300 MLK, Jr. Way Contact: Emma Christie firstname.lastname@example.org
Willard Middle School Growing Leaders
2425 Stuart St. Contact: Ellen McClure email@example.com
Youth Training Gardens
Youth training gardens train and employ young people from high-risk neighborhoods. Mentors work closely with youth gardeners, sharing practical skills for future employment and enjoyment. BCGC recognizes that urban gardening offers lifelong learning that can help prevent substance abuse and violence. Moreover, food production is an ecological and sustainable means of economic development that addresses both hunger and hopelessness.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives Production Garden
1308 Bancroft Way
Contact: Mrs. Niculia Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley Youth Alternatives Orchard
2141 Bonar Street
Contact: Sequence Young, email@example.com
Sprouts Cooking Club @ Chaparral House
1309 Allston Way
Contact: Karen Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gill Tract Community Farm (in Albany)
1050 San Pablo Avenue
Contact: Effie Rawlings, email@example.com
Student Organic Garden Association
Corner of Walnut Street and Virginia Street
Contact: Garden Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nonprofit Garden Projects
Urban Adamah Farm
1151 6th Street
Contact: Debbie Harris, email@example.com
Community gardens make plots available to individuals, families, and groups for growing food, flowers, and herbs. Community gardeners use food to feed their families and share with neighbors.
Pinnantak/ Sogorea Te’ Land Trust Community Garden
1370 Ashby Avenue
More info: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/
Volunteer interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlcNWTU5b82pVm8sTP5m4Rvl-60LcccbLX6fugrXvlSA-lyA/viewform
Bancroft Community Garden
1308 Bancroft Way
Contact: Steve Moros, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohlone Community Garden
Hearst Avenue and McGee Street
Contact: Durwood Wiggins, email@example.com
Peralta Community Garden
1400 Peralta Avenue
BCGC Affiliates and Supporters
- American Community Gardening Association
- Berkeley Partners for Parks
- Center for Ecoliteracy
- Chez Panisse Foundation
- City of Berkeley
- Friends of Westbrae Commons
- N.Y. Community Foundation
- Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
- Raymond Family Foundation
- Schoolhouse Creek Commons
- Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)
- Master Gardener Community Garden Project Support
The Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative is working with:
- American Community Gardening Association, a national organization that promotes sustainabilty through all aspects of community gardening and greening of urban, rural, and suburban communities.
- Center for Ecoliteracy, who, in collaboration with the Berkeley Unified School District, works to implement the School Lunch Initiative by linking family farms to schools and offering all students healthy, fresh, and organic meals.
Contact: Zenobia Barlow, 845-4595
- Berkeley Partners for Parks, the City of Berkeley, and the Rails to Trails Conservancy to develop the Santa Fe Right of Way into pathways, community gardens, and other choices that are compatible with the neighborhood.
- The Berkeley Health Department and Berkeley Unified School District’s Nutrition Services, to make sure that our students get a lunch that is freshly cooked, mostly organic, and locally grown.
BCGC can assist your neighborhood by offering:
- Resource and tool sharing contacts
- Technical advice, troubleshooting, and design assistance
- Compost and seeds to community, school, and nonprofit projects
You can help BCGC!
- Volunteer your time in our gardens
- Donate or locate garden resources, such as: irrigation supplies, garden tools, construction tools, building supplies, seedlings, etc.
- Donate money to BCGC. (Mail checks made payable to Ecology Center/BCGC: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702)
Want to garden in Berkeley? We can help you find a plot! Call the community garden nearest you, or call us at 510-883-9096. We check messages once a week.
Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative
c/o Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite H
Berkeley, CA 94702
Contact: Corinne Haskins, 510-883-9096, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: May 2023