Oakland has 1,200 acres of public land

Ready, set, grow!: A new report released today by UrbanFood.org, with support from the HOPE Collaborative and City Slicker Farms, has identified 1,200 acres of vacant and underutilized public land in Oakland, California, that could potentially be used for food production. If only half of it were cultivated, then it could supply 5% of Oakland’s vegetable needs, the reports says. (Oakland Local) The Ethicurean’s editor, an Oakland resident, observes that all soil would need to be tested for heavy metals and contaminants first, of course, but that turning these blighted vacant lots into food gardens could create jobs and neighborhood pride in a city sorely lacking both. Why not turn some into community gardens, as they do in Britain?

One Responseto “Oakland has 1,200 acres of public land”

  1. Emily says:

    Ok, that’s 5% of Oakland’s *vegetable* needs…but what about overall calories and nutrition? According to John Jeavons, the guru of sustainable, self-sufficient gardening, only 10% of total crop land should be dedicated to “salad vegetables.” The rest should be split between calorie crops and compost crops to keep the soil healthy. I’d like to see public gardening efforts really push calorie crops – because if we’re growing all our own lettuce and tomatoes at home, and the trans-continental (or -Pacific) shipments of wheat and rice stop, we’re still in big trouble.