Dig Deep Farms
Dig Deep Farms grows healthy vegetables in the Alameda County communities of Ashland, Cherryland, and San Leandro. We currently have about 8 acres of land available for farming, with two small farm parcels in the flatlands and one large parcel in the hills of San Leandro. We have a 500 fruit-tree orchard at City View Farm in addition to vegetable plantings.
Dig Deep Farms currently operates three farms. Firehouse Farm, which is home base in Ashland, Pacific Apparel, a Greenhouse and community park space on 163rd and E. 14th Street andCity View Farm our 3.5 acre farm on a hill in San Leandro. We grow seasonally so there is always something new coming out of the ground and new starts going in to grow. The Dig Deep Farms CSA and Dig Deep farm stands are filled with what we grow first. We then supplement what we aren’t growing with produce from small local farmers who share our mission and vision and who need access to market. It’s a delicious, healthy, and a sustainable model – win, win, win.
We first began to grow vegetables on the Firehouse parcel, located next to Alameda County Firehouse #3, at 1432 164th Avenue, in Ashland. The Firehouse parcel is one of our most productive farm spaces and is happening as a result of the generosity of the Alameda County Fire Department.
Squash blossoms at Firehouse, Summer 2011. Squash blossoms were very popular with our restaurant customers.
Fresh Herbs growing at Pacific Apparel, May 2016
We also grow vegetables at our Pacific Apparel parcel, located in Ashland behind the Pacific Apparel Clothing Store located on East 14th Street at the corner of 163rd Avenue. The Pacific Apparel parcel started out as a very hard, gravel-filled piece of land, covered with tall weeds. However in our first planting season, with the help of the Hayward Area Recreation District, we “ripped” the soil to loosen it, covered it with compost and built raised beds with more compost. We made our first restaurant sales of French kitchen radishes from Pacific Apparel grown during that first planting! This site is made possible by the generosity of the owners of Pacific Apparel.
City View Farm
City View Farm is our newest farm space. City View is located on land owned by Alameda County in the San Leandro hills next to Camp Sweeney, an Alameda County Juvenile Justice facility. As an outstanding example of public policy in action, the Alameda County General Services Agency, the Alameda County Sheriffs’ Office, the Alameda County Probation Department, and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) developed and executed the legal agreements necessary for Dig Deep Farms to farm on about 8 acres of grassland. A Community Development Block Grant from the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department funded the build-out of City View Farm, named by the farm crew because of its beautiful view overlooking San Leandro and San Francisco Bay. City View has over 500 fruit trees growing on it along with a wide variety of seasonal crops.
Fresh ready to pick strawberries at City View farms, May 2016