Urban Children's Farming Collective
Is dedicated to creating deep connections to land and community for children of color. The name is inspired by a folk tale told by Warangari Maathai about the mighty power of even the smallest among us.
We are building a land project in the Oakland hills that will serve as a community space centered on children, caregivers, and educators. This is an aspiring black-led land-based liberation space for healing, growing, and learning.
This project was born out of the desire to provide children from Oakland access to open land, gardening, nutrition, animal care and upkeep. The children, their families and communities will be the stewards of this land, learning hard skills that will support healthy connected futures.
Recent research points to the power of play, outdoor space, and connection to animals for the growth and development of young people. According to lifesbetteroutside.org children who play outside are “healthier physically and mentally, do better in school, have higher self-esteem, have good self-discipline, feel more capable and confident, are good problem solvers, are more cooperative with others, are more creative, feel connected to nature, are tomorrows conservative leaders.”
We are launching an ongoing series of community work days that will be opportunities for our network of friends, families and supporters to contribute some sweat-equity to the project, connect with one another, and share/build visions for future programs and events in the space.
*This project is in partnership with Abundant Beginnings and the Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice
Current projects we need support with:
-collecting found materials for reuse
-creating a walkway/informal stair case
- terracing the hill side
-building or finding structures for use on the land
- creating play spaces for children
-acquiring water catchment systems
-someone with design experience to draw plans
Raising funds for:
to bring water to the land
building/connecting bathroom facilities
Children learn by doing!
Its a competitive world and a hostile environment for children of color. To grow strong young adults we need to nurture grounded children. We welcome this new project as Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice and Abundant Beginnings partner to foster the next generation of young adults.
We keep it simple.
We are looking for old gardening tools, supplies that help tame an open lot, we need informed and not so informed labor to help put the kids garden together, and of course we need plants and seeds and baby trees. Give us a call, we can let you know what's needed specifically at this moment.
Ask for Malaika,