Cultivating the Commons


The report, by past OFPC member Dr. Nathan McClintock, presents the amount of public land potentially available for urban agricultural use. By using aerial photos, geographic information systems (GIS), and site visits the authors identified 1,200 acres of open space, most of which are within 1/4 mile of public transportation. They believe with this land available for urban agriculture, the Oakland community could produce between 5%-10% of the city’s vegetable needs.This report offers a helpful discussion on food deserts and excellent graphics to illustrate how potential sites might be used. Download full report here.