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Collard Greens & Community with Wanda Stewart: A #BlackSolidarityWeek Traditions and Ways Event

  • Hoover Elementary 890 Brockhurst Street Oakland, CA, 94608 United States (map)
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What is true of plants is true of people. And what plants a people eat, tells you everything about their culture and who they are. For African Americans, that essential crop – our most cherished soul food – is collard greens traditionally cooked with the requisite smoked meat.

This is a hands-on/hands-dirty, farm-to-table-to-you presentation. In the collard green oasis of West Oakland’s Hoover Elementary School, Wanda welcomes you into its garden to experience the plant firsthand. The plants and the people – both originating in Africa – are ideal models for our future health, resilience, and survival as a culture. We will address cultivation, propagation, and harvest by actually doing it. While cooking up a pot of “new-school” greens on site for the group, we’ll consider the history, deep parallels, and connections between the vegetable and the folks.

Learn about the healing properties of the kale family. Share the recipe for classic greens updated for maximum nutrition. Taste, consider and debate the merits of meatless greens, the benefits of growing and eating one’s own food, and the power in community waiting to be reclaimed and re-cultivated in gardens again. 

Take plants home for your piece of earth (that can be very small and even minimally fertile) and come cultivate community with us.

ACCESSIBILITY: There is parking nearby in the neighborhood and we can arrange for more accessible spots as needed. We'll be outdoors on relatively flat ground (combination of pavement, grass and wood chips). If you have questions or accessibility needs not addressed here, please send us a message so we can do our best to work it out and have you join us.