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Fresh Local CSA Bags, Small Business Bootcamp, and more updates!

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DSAL and Centro Community Partners Host Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Start-up Small Businesses

DSAL is pleased to join Centro Community Partners to host a FREE, Spanish Entrepreneurship Boot Camp on Feb. 22nd & 23rd from 5-8pm, for individuals seeking to launch a small business!

(This boot camp will be offered in English in the near future as well!)

The Boot Camp guides participants through the process of creating a business plan on the Business Planning App, Centro’s flagship tool for helping small business entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

Crowd gathered around the Kaiser / DDF CSA bag booth at the farmers market

Dig Deep Farms CSA Bags Available Now at Kaiser Permanente Farmers’ Markets!

The team at Dig Deep Farm have launched a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente at all four of their East Bay Farmers’ Markets locations.

Shoppers can now order their fresh, healthy, Dig Deep Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce bags online at and pick them up at Kaiser’s farmers’ markets in Hayward, San Leandro, Union City, and Fremont.

Dig Deep Farms CSA bags include a rotating assortment of regeneratively-farmed, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Your purchase supports local farmers in your community, and you’re also helping to revitalize our Earth's depleted soil and reduce carbon emissions!

CSA bags give residents a chance to support local farmers and help Dig Deep Farms pay its workers a living wage with benefits.

Visit today to learn more and to place your order!

DSAL Athlete of the Month: Juan Garcia Lopez, before and after joining Fitness Pathways

DSAL Athlete of the Month: Juan Garcia Lopez

DSAL Boxing Coach Mickey Lopez nominated 16-year-old Brenkwitz student Juan Garcia Lopez as this month’s DSAL Athlete of the Month.

In August 2021, Juan weighed 350 pounds. He decided he was ready to start living a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. Initially, Juan tried losing weight and changing his diet on his own, but he realized that he would need support. He learned that DSAL Boxing classes were available on his school campus and decided to join.

As of January 2022, Juan has lost an incredible 135 pounds! When the DSAL Fitness Pathways Program started back up this month, he jumped at the opportunity to join.

"The boxing workouts were challenging, and I started to see more progress,” said Juan. “At times, I felt like giving up, but Coach Mickey motivated me and pushed me to keep going. Boxing has taught me so many life lessons, like never to give up and to believe in myself. If I can do it you can do it, too.”

The owners of Baby Bean Pies smile at each other over their dishes on display

Neighborhood Businesses We Love: Baby Bean Pie Cafe

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zakiyyah and Carlton Shaheed were finding it difficult to buy some of their favorite Black Muslim foods, including Navy Bean Pie, which has been a staple in the community since the 1930’s.

Carlton encouraged Zakiyvah to start making her own pies, and these delicious, healthy treats soon became a hit with friends, family, and community members. The Shaheeds soon developed a following, so they decided to formalize and launch their own business and catering company, Baby Bean Pie, LLC.

Baby Bean Burgers, Baby Bean Soup, and much more is available at their kiosk inside the East 14th Eatery in Ashland and on their website.

Girls FC Soccer team celebrates their win covered in confetti at the COPA soccer training center

Sheriffs FC Girls’ Soccer Teams are Undefeated!

Sheriffs FC Girls’ soccer teams recently participated in a soccer tournament in MLK Copa Futsal Tournament. The Girls 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 teams all participated, and the 2011 team went undefeated and won the tournament!

"We’re super proud of the team’s performances throughout the entire tournament going on an undefeated run with a 5-0 record,” said DSAL Soccer Coach Angel Alcala. “The girls gave it their all from beginning to end and displayed great resilience. It was very exciting seeing their hard work pay off!"

DSAL’s and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office offer free recreational and competitive soccer for youth in the Ashland-Cherryland area.

Visit to learn more.


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