Thanks for visiting the Wildcat Farmers webpage. I recently took a job coordinating school gardens for Oakland Unified School District. I don’t expect to have time to do any urban homesteading work anytime soon. I’m leaving the webpage up because I may write an occassional blog, but I’m shutting down the business.
I recommend that you contact Planting Justice for all of your urban homesteading needs.
There is a lot of incredible school garden work happening in Oakland. I will be updating the district’s garden education webpages over the summer, so if you’d like to learn more about the incredible work happening in OUSD school gardens, please visit the website here: OUSD Garden Education. If you want to donate to or volunteer for some inspiring school gardens, please send me an email at park.guthrie (at) ousd.k12.ca.us.
Thank you to all of our clients. It was a real joy to help you grow the foodshed.
Great to see edible forest concept explained in the New York Times article
The article discusses several versions of agroforestry. Wildcat Farmers edible forests are smaller versions of Gloria Flora’s food forest featured in the article.
Contact us at (510) 691-5051 or wildcatfarms(at)gmail(dot)com
Welcome to our website. It’s still underconstruction.
Wildcat Farmers helps our clients engage in food production to deepen their connection with the natural world. We provide expertise, labor, tools, supplies, and inspiration to help our clients develop and maintain small-scale food production systems. We work with homeowners, restaurants, businesses, and schools to convert underused resources such as marginal lands, greywater, sunlight, organic waste streams, and human energy into productive gardens, mini-farms, and edible forests. Our work builds soils, increases biodiversity, contributes to a healthier, more resilient food system, and creates a more prominent role for the natural world and natural cycles within households, families, institutions, and local culture.
Wildcat Farmers is a family business started by Park Guthrie and Kristan Childs. Park has more than 16 years experience as a fervent backyard gardener in the Bay Area. In addition, he has helped start and manage more than 8 school and community gardens in San Francisco and Richmond. Kristan and Park founded Urban Tilth in 2005, a non-profit which developed and manages a series of school and community gardens in west Contra Costa County. Kristan grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. In the 1990’s, she spent two years as an Americorps crew leader doing projects for the US Forest Service—trail maintenance, stream restoration, and tree planting. Since having children, Kristan has discovered a passion for gardening, traditional foods, and food preservation/fermentation. Park and Kristan, and their children Kai, Lola, and June live in Wildcat Canyon near Richmond, CA along with 2 goats, 3 hives of bees, and 23 chickens.
CLICK BELOW TO VISIT THE WILDCAT FARMERS ALMANAC ARCHIVE with past issues of our electronic Wildcat Farmers Almanac.
We’re even trying to finally catch the social media wave. You can “Like” us on Facebook. (Feel free to like us in the real world, too.)