In an ever changing climate, the resiliency of countries, states, counties, and cities fall on the shoulders of a strong community. Here in Oakland, California, stands the Lower Bottom neighborhood where food sovereignty is the focus of many folks’ attention.  In California alone, nearly 1 million Californians live in ‘’food deserts’’ where there is no nearby supermarket or large grocery store with fresh fruits and vegetables. With that being said, it’s a pleasure to announce that IDEAS For Us has partnered with Bottoms Up Community Garden to enhance their incredible work in the Lower Bottom community.

Bottoms Up

Built on passions, resourcefulness and an engaged community, the Bottoms Up Community Garden is a grassroots effort to make the neighborhood a far more secure place when it comes to food. After a day of getting your hands in the dirt, community members are taking home a small loot of fresh veggies for the dinner plate. Other than the veg, Bottoms Up Community Garden has about a dozen chickens and a dozen ducks which are whose eggs are then sold in the community to generate funds for the garden. On the rise are opportunities for them to sell their vegetable starts which are being nurtured in the green house!

Young'n's pullin' carrots

IDEAS For Us will be leveraging our 501(c)(3) non-profit status to serve as a fiscal sponsor for Bottoms Up Community Garden, leveraging our credentials and our network of members whom are addressing this global challenge at the local level. Immediate opportunities include setting up a proper aquaponics system and a micro-drip irrigation retrofit! If you would like to get involved, we have work days every Sunday beginning at noon.

– JV