Full Harvest Farm In March of 2013 Region, Karissa, their 11-year-old Kyla as well as some friends run Full Harvest Urban Farm in the extended back yard of their East Oakland home. From the moment you enter the backyard, it is clear to see the dedication and hard work has been put into this space as well as the importance of education, social justice, and community they have cultivated at the heart of it all. Permaculture principles permeate the visible and invisible structures of the farm throughout.
The farm has three sections with food production, community space and animal husbandry elements woven amongst. In one section there is a greenhouse and an abundance of new starts as well as established veggies, fruit trees, and tall sunflowers. Another section has ducks, a small pond, a few keyhole-raised beds (two of which Planting Justice helped build), and an herb spiral made of recycled urbanite and bricks. The third and furthest section is open space with an outdoor classroom space, a few yurts, and a small stage. This space is home to a few goats, a pig named Pumba, several chickens and bees. All of these animals as well as their two sweet dogs seem to get along joyously.
Region, a graduate of the Pathways to Resilience program and certified Permaculture Designer, is passionate about growing food in community. One of his current goals is to learn more about organic pest management and composting toilets. In the upcoming year at Full Harvest, the group plans to open up a farm stand and hold more workshops.
To learn more about the awesome events and things happening at Full Harvest Urban Farm, check them out on facebook or on their bloghttps://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm/