“Tending a garden is not different from tending a life.”

In the garden, there are so many lessons to be learned about how to live your life, how to nurture and grow other lives, and more. Let’s get our hands dirty today and observe the daily routine of an urban farmer, and see what we can learn from the soil. Join Wanda Stewart, an instructor from Yolanda’s Collards and Community class, and hear a story about plants and the robust community that tends to them.


About the instructor, Wanda:

Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening. As long time school administrator, Master Gardener and certified permaculturalist, Wanda blends her skills in recruitment, community outreach, program development with her passions for people and urban farming to model, inspire, and support whole life transformation – in individuals and in community – through the act of gardening and the lens of African American culture and traditions.

About the host:

Yolanda is a mother/wife, entrepreneur, and urban farmer. An avid do-it-herselfer, she is at home at her own Oakland homestead where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and learn about permaculture principles on their large urban lot, growing much of their own food. Yolanda is co-founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden, an urban farm store and homesteading emporium located in the heart of Oakland. Pollinate carries edible nursery stock (seeds, starts, fruit trees, and perennial edibles), tools and equipment for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening. Pollinate is also a purveyor of supplies for food preserving, fermentation and cheese making, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping, including baby chicks, ducks, turkeys and bees. Through its educational outreach and local workshops, Pollinate inspires our community toward a healthier and more sustainable food system by bringing it home.

Yolanda is also hosting other classes at Verlocal to teach people about farm and garden. Get inspired here:

DIY Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop

Backyard Goats 101

Make Your Own Sausage!

Collards and Community

Choose The Best Fruit Tree Varieties For Your Food Forest/Preparing for the Upcoming Scion Exchanges

Photos by Yolanda Burrell. Video by Films For Action

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