The committee is focused on reducing hunger and neighborhood blight by facilitating Oakland resident initiatives to grow, sell, and share fresh, locally grown foods, while catalyzing a growing green economy that offers healthy edible alternatives in the city’s food insecure neighborhoods. Our work brings diverse community-based groups to the table with policymakers to eliminate disparities and inequities in the most affected areas of Oakland.

Working as a vital link between community organizations, food entrepreneurs, city government, and private and public landholders, we work to support policies that remove legal and financial barriers to community gardens and urban farms. The goal is to expand resident access to vacant lands for local food growing and selling. The committee supports the food justice movement by serving as a social connector to residents, organizations, and coalitions while supporting hands-on projects alongside policy initiatives.

Current efforts are to:

  • Pass a city-wide urban agriculture zoning update in Oakland (In partnership with the Oakland Food Policy Council) to allow food growing for personal consumption and the sale of fresh produce city-wide, eliminate permit fees to start community gardens, and establish clear, transparent processes for community groups and nonprofits to launch their own projects.
  • Pass an equal opportunity city-wide parkland access protocol and process in Oakland through which resident groups and community-based organizations can submit urban garden proposals forapproval by the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Develop the technical capacity to ensure urban garden projects have the funding and resources needed to succeed.