Farming at the Point

As I was driving around Alameda Point last Saturday, I came upon Alameda Point Collaborative’s (APC) farm. The gate was wide open and work was going on. I decided to check it out.

I met three volunteers from the Junior League busily transporting mulch chips from a pile at the gate to a crop row. A few dozen yards away, farm supervisor Evan Krokowski was running a rototiller down crop rows where harvesting was complete. Workers were tidying up the greenhouse as they carried sprouted plants inside.

Krokowski set up the farm from scratch seven years ago. It’s right next door to the Ploughshares Nursery. You can see it from Main Street, but the entrance is at 2600 Barbers Point Road.

APC runs a program at the farm called Farm2Market, which provides individuals with marketable job skills. The program sells produce on a subscription basis with the proceeds plowed back into the farm.

While there I learned that once the workers harvest asparagus spears they allow the plant to grow so that the root system can store up energy for next season. I would never have guessed that the six-foot-high, wispy, herb-like hedgerow was actually asparagus.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. APC is hosting its annual Harvest Festival, a traditional celebration of the harvest and the bounty at APC’s three-acre urban farm. The fun includes pumpkin carving, a children’s carnival, tasty treats straight from the farm and more.

Krokowski said that the day is "a celebration of community and our shared vision of a brighter future and healthier world for us all to enjoy for generations to come."

Richard Bangert hosts the blog "Alameda Point Environmental Report.