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If you’re interested in Urban Farming in Oakland, you’re not alone.  There are several organizations working toward food security and healthy food systems through urban farming in our City.

Learning About Urban Farming
To learn more about what’s currently happening around Oakland, and get tips and classes on urban farming and gardening, check out the following organizations:

  • All Edibles - a nonprofit landscaping company for east bay residents that installs entirely edible landscapes and gardens.
  • City Slicker Farms - building food security in West Oakland, City Slicker offers classeson gardening, cooking, composting and more.  City Slicker manages a Saturday food stand, builds backyard gardens for West Oakland residents, hosts BBQs and more.
  • Oakland Food Connection - offering education on gardening and nutrition to Oakland residents, with classes, consulting, talks, catering, mobile food booths. Oakland Food Connection hosts the Laurel Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
  • People’s Grocery -
  • OBUGS - builds healthy communities through school-based and after-school programs offered to children, youth and families.
  • Urban Roots - Providing classes on gardening in small urban spaces, like balconies and stairwells.  Contact for class schedules. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Selling Food that You Grow or Raise
Selling food is a retail business, and requires that you get a business license, seller’s permit, and follow all of the other requirements to run your business, including permits and zoning. Check out the Starting a New Business page for the information you need to start a new business in Oakland . The instructions on this page include checking with the zoning department to ensure that your business activity is allowed on your property.  

To become a certified agricultural producer, contact the Alameda County food commissioner. See a list of county food commissioners here .

For more information about California agricultural state regulations and resources check out the CA Department of Food and Agriculture.

Raising Poultry and Livestock in Oakland
According to Title 6 of the Oakland Municipal Code, it is unlawful for any person to keep any ducks, geese, chickens or other fowls in any enclosure in the city unless the exterior boundaries of said enclosures are more than twenty (20) feet from any dwelling, church or school.  You should check the entire Municipal Code and the Zoning Department for regulations regarding raising of poultry and livestock.

Selling at Farmer’s Markets
There are several farmer’s markets that sell in and around Oakland and many of them are managed by farmer’s market associations. These associations will provide you with their requirements for becoming a vendor at their markets. 

For example, the Pacific Coast Farmer's Market Association manages the farmers’ markets at Jack London Square on Sundays, at Kaiser Permanente on Fridays, and in many other locations throughout the Bay Area. In order to sell at their markets you need to be a certified agricultural producer, have proper insurance, complete an application and pay the $75 application fee.

Updated Listings of Local Farms and Farmer's Markets
Community Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF) - The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. www.CAFF.org  See their Bay Area Local Food Guide (PDF) for a list of local farmers' markets and associations.

Here is a partial list of local farmer's markets and associations:

 

 

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