Several members of the Oakland office spent a recent weekday morning working at a local non-profit farm in Alameda.
In 1999, the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) transformed vacant military housing on the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community. APC now provides over 500 formerly homeless residents with stability, safety, job skills training, and substance abuse and mental health counseling. APC’s Children & Youth Services provide safe spaces for academic tutoring and enrichment activities to support the development of the youngest members of our community. Now in its 20th year, APC is the largest supportive housing community in Alameda County.
Farm2Market, one of APC’s three social enterprise ventures, began in 2005. It has grown into a working farm that supports APC’s mission by employing residents, providing on-the-job training, and offering educational volunteer experiences. A crew of twelve EPS staffers spent three hours weeding and pruning an overgrown plot. After cleaning and prepping the ground, we tilled the soil, laid down compost and drip irrigation water pipes. With the help of the farm manager and her three farm assistants, we planted four rows of corn.