Trip to Berkeley, Phat Beets Farmer’s Market and Inspector Gadje Brass Band

Phat Beets Produce
Phat Beets Produce, Farmer's Market

Phat Beets Produce is a community collective organized to bring food justice, community gardens, and farmers markets to an area … that needs them. Oola and I like going to a small market held each Saturday in the parking lot of a medical clinic in North Oakland.

“Phat Beets Produce aims to create a healthier, more equitable food system in North Oakland through providing affordable access to fresh produce, facilitating youth leadership in health and nutrition education, and connecting small farmers to urban communities via the creation of farm stands, farmers’ markets, and urban youth market gardens.” That’s Phat Beet’s mission statement.

Brett Benner
One of Phat Beets organizers (and one of my former students), Brett Benner

We spoke with Brett Benner, a member of the collective from its early days.  He said that the organization wants to add more community events, like a monthly flea market, to the calendar. We were surprised and delighted by a community event: the sound of live music by the Inspector Gadje Brass Band.  And joyous dancing by The Community.

Oola dances to the music of Inspector Gadje Brass Band
Oola dances to the music of Inspector Gadje Brass Band
Remiz, from Macedonia
Remiz, from Macedonia

Food for the body, Food for the soul!  For a short video clip of the Inspector Gadje Brass Band and the dancing,  click here.

By jandove



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