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Community success, Food vendors, and more!

Food Hub Magazine Issue 1

Dig Deep Farms Food Hub Virtual Magazine - Whet Your Appetite!

DSAL and the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub are working hard to promote the amazing food vendors who lease space in the Food Hub’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Our latest promotional tool is a colorful, virtual magazine with vendor profiles, photos of their delicious dishes, and information about what makes them so unique.

See The First Issue of the magazine, and Subscribe to Future Issues of our Food Hub Magazine for updates!


Vendors at Fall Fest

The 50th Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival was a Huge Success!

After missing two years of an amazing tradition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Castro Valley Fall Festival, presented by the Castro Valley / Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, was back in full swing in September and attended by hundreds of community members. The Dig Deep Farms Food Hub had a booth showcasing one of our newer vendors – Crisps and Cracklespurveyor of crunchy, airy slices of moringa, bitter melon, and mung bean chips hand cooked in small batches until they're perfectly crisp. Crisps and Crackles is owned by Rubelet Domingo, and produces snacks that are delicious and health-conscious! Other Vendors who Came Out for the Castro Valley Fall Fest include:

  • ALAB SF a healthy, delicious meal delivery service that uses sustainable packaging. The business is owned by Chef Mikki Bunag who has become a vital part of the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub chef community, showing up to community events and going above and beyond by selling Crisps and Crackles chips at the Fall Festival and using his incredible culinary background to help other vendors grow their businesses.

  • Ominous Burgers, a pop-up burger and catering business owned by Chef David Godinez and his wife Tonya, who circulate throughout the Bay Area to sell their burgers and share their passion for giving back to the community.

  • Aurora Catering, founded by Dawn and Martin Deardorf, a husband-and-wife team with 13 years of experience in catering and event planning. Aurora was founded in 2008 and takes pride in delivering creativity, care, and warmth to your catered experience.


Wilma Chan cutting the ribbon for DDF Food Hub Opening

Supervisor Wilma Chan Legacy Fund

Supervisor Wilma Chan, who was tragically struck by a car while out walking her dog last November, dedicated her career to eliminating poverty, supporting children and families, and improving the health and wellbeing of all Alameda County Residents. We are proud to have collaborated with her to:

  • expand Dig Deep Farms,

  • build the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub,

  • grow healthy produce for Recipe4Health,

  • expand economic opportunities for local food vendors through Alameda County’s Good Food Purchasing Policy,

  • create a Local Circular Food Economy,

and much more to improve the quality of life for our community. A Legacy Fund has been created by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to honor her memory and support community non-profits and other eligible programs that serve a public purpose. Visit to learn more and to donate.


Kids playing soccer

GOAL! Celebrate World Cup Soccer with DSAL!

DSAL’s Health and Fitness department is hosting a soccer event for youth and young adults to tap into the excitement of the global World Cup Tournament, which starts in November.

Join us for 5 Weeks of 4x4 Street Soccer celebrating the Soccer World Cup in the Canchitas Field next to REACH!

Youth 4v4 World Cup Street Soccer meets on Sundays

Nov. 13th - Dec. 18th

This program is open to U6-U14

Ages U6-U9 will play between 2 - 3pm

Ages 10+ will play between 3 - 4pm

Contact Miciah Madison,, to learn more.


Erika Cortez

Welcome to Erika Cortez - DSAL’s Small Business Liaison

DSAL is delighted to welcome Erika Cortez, our new Small Business Liaison!

Born and raised in Hayward, CA, Erika is a natural relationship builder for herself and her community. In her new role at DSAL, she will work closely with the Castro Valley/Eden Chamber of Commerce to identify and support local small business owners, helping them develop new skills and pathways to success.

Erika’s goal is to create a strong community of local, small businesses that work together to increase economic development opportunities, create jobs, and strengthen neighborhoods. She will serve as a vital link to refer small businesses to resources that will help their businesses thrive.

Erika graduated from Chabot College in 2014 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine.

Contact Erika at if you have ideas to share or if you need help with your small business.

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Halloween Pop-Up Public Safety Event

Fright-tastic, Halloween Pop-Up Public Safety Event at El Rinconcito

DSAL and the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) got the pumpkin rolling early this year with a 165th Avenue Trick or Treat Pop-Up Party at El Rinconcito and City Liquors on E. 14th.

The Trick or Treat Pop Up included music, coloring, games, tacos, and a chance to hang out with Sheriff’s Deputies who are working to make our community safer.

Many thanks to Maria and Brenda from El Rinconcito and everyone else who made the event a spine-tingling success.


Captain Marty Neideffer – co-founder of ACSO’s Community Capitals Policing (CCP) initiative – was joined by Dave Brown, Alameda County Supervisor; Mary Thomas, Management Analyst, City of Hayward; and Kim Thomas, Job Training Manager at DSAL.

Community Capitals Policing Showcased at 2022 League of California Cities Annual Conference

Captain Marty Neideffer – co-founder of ACSO’s Community Capitals Policing (CCP) initiative – was joined by Dave Brown, Alameda County Supervisor; Mary Thomas, Management Analyst, City of Hayward; and Kim Thomas, Job Training Manager at DSAL.

They provided city, county, and other municipal leaders from across California with an overview of CCP so other communities can emulate our model and transform disadvantaged neighborhoods into places where residents feel safe, welcome, and equipped to thrive.

Thanks to Kim, Mary, and Dave for your support and partnership.



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