PLACE for Sustainable Living
PLACE for Sustainable Living is a volunteer-run, public-serving, experiential learning center founded to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency and preparedness, social justice and artistic expression. Our purpose is to incubate a local sustainability hub to allow people to see solutions in practice; to gain access to knowledge and resources to empower them to take action in their own lives, communities and bio-regions.
Since 2011, we have been teaching community members about urban and sustainable garden practices. We have offered classes in rain water catchment systems, vermiposting, bee keeping methods, canning your harvest, and organic gardening.
Our goal with the garden project is to empower our community to reduce food insecurity and increase food security and self-reliance within the context of an interdependent and interconnected web of community members and partners working together, by growing and harvesting their own food in their own homes and gardens.
We’re located in the Golden Gate section of Oakland and consider our primary neighborhood - and the community we hope to benefit from the demonstration garden - to be parts of north Oakland and parts of Emeryville. Oakland’s federally-measured poverty rate has hovered at 17% since 2000 and the areas we serve (parts of zip codes 94608 and 94609) are 19% and 21% respectively – compared to a national rate of 15% (U.S. Census 2000, 2010). Moreover, food insecurity is measured at 42% of all adults in low-income households in Alameda County, where Oakland is located, and ‘low-income’ is a much broader measure than the federal poverty-rate (http://cfpa.net/county-profiles).These statistics have stagnated or worsened since 2007 (census.gov) So by many measures, there are hundreds of residents, families and households in our immediate community facing food insecurity. Working hand in hand with community members and groups, we want to help reverse this.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA