A New Ecovillage Farm, Twenty Minutes from Downtown Oakland

If you’re a sustainable farming advocate or an eco-conscious dreamer of some other stripe, perhaps you’ve thought about what it would be like to buy a big plot of land with a group of like-minded compatriots — to move off the grid, to grow organic crops, and to live in such a way as not to harm the Earth or one’s fellow man. To start anew, as it were.

Toward that end, thousands of ecovillages have been started around the world. Most of them — especially those with a significant farming component — have, for better or worse, required members to abscond to some remote, isolated plot of land in the countryside.

Now, a new ecovillage farm in the East Bay hopes to provide a new model. The founders of Wild and Radish are planning to build a sustainable urban farm and residential community on a ten-acre plot of land in El Sobrante, a small (2.8-square-mile) municipality that’s just twenty minutes from downtown Oakland.

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