In 2012, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club had a vision to transform a neighboring ¼ acre urban lot into a thriving healthy foods and habitat garden that would support the nutritional health and develops the ecological literacy of Club youth. In summer of 2013, the Club hired its first Seed-to-Table Director, Kristen Getler.
A keystone of the Club’s Health and Wellness Initiative, the garden provides a living, outdoor classroom where youth steward the garden using organic practices to grow annual and perennial food crops. A complementary culinary education program teaches our youth how to prepare the garden-fresh produce into healthy-foods recipes they are able to share with their families.
The Alameda Boys & Girls Club is excited to bring on a new Seed-to-Table Coordinator, Adriana Austin!
“Hello everyone! My name is Adriana and I’m the Club’s new Seed-to-Table Coordinator. I’m originally from the Mojave Desert where I hid behind Joshua trees and roam poppy fields as a child. I moved to the Bay almost 10 years ago to pursue a degree at SF State. The transition from a rural town with the occasional tumbleweed to dodge to sprinting to catch BART in a bustling metropolis has been an exhilarating challenge. To find the balance and to be in nature, I got involved in all areas of horticulture any chance there was. I worked with non-profits advocating environmental stewardship and habitat restoration. I got involved in landscaping companies which ranged from traditional ‘mow and blow’ services to niche markets such as permaculture based edible landscaping. I’ve even volunteered to work on farms in the southern Sierras and Death Valley!
When I’m not in the garden or in the kitchen, you can catch me riding my bike, taking dips in the ocean, finding the best angles for my photography, eating pizza and listening to live jazz in my neighborhood. I look forward to meeting everyone 🙂”