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How a 1-Acre Anti-Capitalist Farm Fights Gentrification from Whole Foods’ Roof in Oakland

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Rooftop Medicine Farms hides atop the new Whole Foods in Temescal, asserting food sovereignty from above

By Ray Levy Uyeda
Eater San Francisco
May 18, 2022


To that end, the farm conducts surveys with organizations and community groups that receive food grown on the rooftop plot. “We are figuring out what people want to eat seasonally, what they’re drawn to, and what they need,” says Alayna Reid, lead farmer at Rooftop Medicine Farm. Traditional Ecological Knowledge — a term referring to Indigenous knowledge, spiritual practices, and relationship with the land — guides what and how they farm, and Reid is learning about generational foodways from her father, who is from Jamaica, and grandmother, who is Choctaw Cherokee. Through DMC’s Land Back Solidarity Project, the group also worked with Ramaytush elder Cata Gomes to form her Muchia Te Indigenous Land Trust and remit land to its rightful stewards; the organization also has plans to help restore the San Gregorio Creek watersheds, where salmon once, though no longer, ran.

DMC isn’t aiming to dismantle Whole Foods as a business, but to infiltrate places where these temples to so-called clean eating chafe against spaces where people aren’t able to buy their way to good health. The group also wants to answer questions about land: who can lay claim to it and what happens when people with resources move into neighborhoods deprived of them. “These condos are popping up all over,” Reid says of the neighborhood around Rooftop Medicine Farm. “So here’s the model. Maybe by doing this, there won’t be any more excuses as to why food deserts exist.”

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    • Anonymous

      you commie leftist socialist always think capitolism is a bad thing–it is not–only when people do not play by the rules does it go bad–same thing with being a socialist commie–every commie country there ever was been has gone bad–leadership becomes tyrants–history is full of examples but your too stupid,brain dead to know better–being a anti capitalists is a prime example–your a fool,idiot-your running your f up agenda which has zero wisdom–it is a fools game led by your ego–you think your a superior human,just like stalin,mao and all their cronies –they had all their fake phony programs too that killed millions of people–starvation in world history has killed milllions–idiots like you are actually advocating starvation with your fake bullshit agenda–do what you want with your own “resources”–leave the rest of us sane people alone who know the real facts of your stupid game–in fact,go to hell ass wipes and stay in your fake garden od eden

    • Truthbomb

      FUCK Whole Foods. Owned by Amazon, with deep state selected front-man Jeff Bezos, commie beta faggot.

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