Growing organic produce is an enriching and dynamic process offering lots of benefits to gardeners and to the community. Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation is underscoring these benefits with a new demonstration program at its Lakeside Park Demonstration Garden located in the Gardens.
Community organizations bring expertise to these demonstration plots by teaching self-reliance, combating issues of hunger and violence, and growing and making herbal remedies. Special emphasis is placed on optimizing a garden’s potential through plant selection and growing techniques.
Hundreds of volunteers nurture the plots under expert guidance with each organization featuring free monthly demonstrations, workshops, and volunteer opportunities to design, plant, and harvest from these edible gardens. (Watch for an event calendar soon!) There is no fee to join these community organizations to work together and harvest together. The Alameda County Master Gardeners have a test garden in that area as well.