The Alameda Point Collaborative Urban Farm is a one-acre farm growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, and-with the introduction of new aquaculture ponds-will soon offer fish as well. Neat rows of plants are surrounded by olive and stone fruit orchards, but beyond this farm, towering cranes are positioned on the horizon. This farm is in a unique location. The Naval Air Station at Alameda was founded in 1927 when wetlands were filled on the tip of this island in the San Francisco Bay to build runways for military planes. As a naval port, the base was most …
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Ellen Burke is a landscape architect and writer in San Francisco, where she focuses on creating and preserving farmland in our built environment. She blogs at Grow City. Her writing also appears in the essay collection 'On Farming', and as the Urban Agriculture Advocate at her design firm SWA Group.