Tuesday, April 26, 2011

farms in Oakland?

An interesting tableau spotted at Ghost Town Farm, an urban farm in West Oakland.  This half acre or so is located on a decidedly urban corner in a sketchy neighborhood.  The owner is recognized as a leading voice in the national urban farm movement.  She grows vegetables, raises goats and bees, and occasionally has a pop-up market where she sells surplus veggies.  And now she's the center of a surprise controversy related to some obscure and ambiguous regulation about farming within the city limits.  How dispiriting.


  1. "Sketchy neighborhood" I like that. I like this photo too. A shame though about the controversy. Someone doing something good and a whole lot of people insist on mucking it up with rules and regulations!

  2. I think people in Oakland will paint a mural on anything!

  3. Oh yeah, the world will be a better place if would could just run off those urban farmers! Good grief. I hope she wins.

  4. This is definitely MY KIND OF ART!
    What an incredible photograph.
    I am so jealous, would of loved to have seen this one.
    Would never imagine this to be in Oakland.

  5. Amazing details you encounter frequently. Are you a magician?

  6. Car buff «Louis»: The car doors are from a Mercedes-Benz.

    Small government «Louis»: Yet another example of the truth of P.J. O'Rourke's maxim: "Giving power and money to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

  7. Sounds like that law needs to be changed!

  8. Planning Policy MCXIX

    There shall be no trees, flowers or vegetation of any kind within a 100 square mile radius of our beloved concrete jungle.

    Anyone found guilty of contravening this regulation will be subject to a fine of XXXX and/or imprisonment.


  9. Interesting spin. Ghost Town Farms is under investigation for slaughtering animals and selling uninspected animal products, activities which are illegal in the City of Oakland, Alameda County, and federally.