Food trucks, bike pop-us, push carts and other mobile food have a strong appeal to folks who have limited capital to start a food business. A recent online article covers 50 things you want to know BEFORE launching a business. The main points- understanding and accessing the permits required is very burdensome, the cost of all required permits upfront is a significant barriers, and the maintenance of the chosen vehicle gets overlooked until something goes amiss. Read the article here.
In November 2014, OFPC released The Hustle Guide to assist with information access in Oakland. We hope to work with the city to further make information accessible and reduce some of the cost barriers to running a legitimate low capital food start up.
OFPC would like to extend a warm welcome to Wanda Stewart, the new Executive Director of People’s Grocery. We’ve had the great fortune of working closely with People’s Grocery since the inception of OFPC. We have grown and only become better through their amazing leaders. We encourage you to come out, celebrate and meet Wanda. They will be holding a People’s Party on Friday, February 27th at The California Hotel at 3501 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA. They will also have a Garden Event on February 28th, same location. So if you miss one, go to the other!
To learn a little about Wanda check out the video that Food First recently created:
We are participating in several upcoming events to continue the dialogue about food justice and systemic transformation in the Bay Area. Join us! Urban Food Systems Panel Tuesday, February 17th 4:00-6:00pm Merritt College 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA Room LH101 … read more
Oakland city staffers have been telling residents that they need to pay a $3,000 fee to grow vegetables on blighted lots — but that turns out to be untrue. By Madeleine Key EAST BAY EXPRESS June 25, 2014 Diane Williams and … read more