Dig Deep Farms currently operates three farms. Firehouse Farm and Pacific Apparel in the flatlands, and City View Farm in the hills of San Leandro. We grow seasonally so there is always something new coming out of the ground and something new being planted. Our latest addition - Food Hub Farm in the San Leandro Hills is in the works and is set to open this coming January!
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAYS - COMING SOON!
Dig Deep Farms will soon have Community Volunteer Days on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Under the guidance of a DDF farmer, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how our farms work, get your hands dirty planting seeds, pulling weeds or helping with other farm work, and make new friends.
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We first began to grow vegetables on the Firehouse parcel, located next to Alameda County Firehouse #3, at 1432 164th Avenue, in Ashland. The Firehouse parcel is one of our most productive farm spaces and is happening as a result of the generosity of the Alameda County Fire Department.
PACIFIC APPAREL FARM
We also grow vegetables at our Pacific Apparel parcel, located in Ashland behind the Pacific Apparel Clothing Store located on East 14th Street at the corner of 163rd Avenue. The Pacific Apparel parcel started out as a very hard, gravel-filled piece of land, covered with tall weeds. However in our first planting season, with the help of the Hayward Area Recreation District, we “ripped” the soil to loosen it, covered it with compost and built raised beds with more compost. We made our first restaurant sales of French kitchen radishes from Pacific Apparel grown during that first planting! This site is made possible by the generosity of the owners of Pacific Apparel.
CITY VIEW FARM
City View is located on land owned by Alameda County in the San Leandro hills next to Camp Sweeney, an Alameda County Juvenile Justice facility. As an outstanding example of public policy in action, the Alameda County General Services Agency, the Alameda County Sheriffs’ Office, the Alameda County Probation Department, and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’
Activities League (DSAL) developed and executed the legal agreements necessary for Dig Deep Farms to farm on about 8 acres of grassland. A Community Development Block Grant from the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department funded the build-out of City View Farm, named by the farm crew because of its beautiful view overlooking San Leandro and San Francisco Bay. City View has over 500 fruit trees growing on it along with a wide variety of seasonal crops.
FOOD HUB FARM
And of course there’s our newest farm, at the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub on County land in the San Leandro Hills. The Food Hub opens in January 2020, so we’re currently working on soil rejuvenation and weed abatement in preparation for spring planting. We’re also building a chicken coop! By the fall, we’ll be raising chickens for boosting soil health, (maybe we'll get some eggs as a bonus!), and growing wildflowers, herbs and healthy seasonal produce.