Last week Tom and I went to the very first meeting to establish the East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance. Our friend Esperanza from Pluck and Feather Farm along with Dana Perls from Pesticide Watch put the meeting together. Other attendees included Gavin from Planting Justice, Zaigham Kabir from the Center of Progressive Action, author Novella Carpenter, and Beebo Thurman from the Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative.
We discussed what the needs of the community were for such an organization. The focus seemed to be more on education for the public, collaboration of organizations around the East Bay to work towards a common goal and to work together to bring about policy change in cities regarding food.
If you’re interested in becoming a part of this alliance email me and we’ll add you to the google group where you will receive updates, meeting times, minutes, and event invitations.