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Canticle Farm, Oakland, CA

Chiara Symens-Bucher holds up some of the bounty in front of Casa de Paz.

Chiara Symens-Bucher holds up some of the bounty in front of Casa de Paz.

As the sun filters through fruit trees, casting a dappled light on the mulch below, and bees, in their ancient dance of pollination, busily buzz from open flower to open flower, I breath in the rich oxygenated air. Dew from the morning still lingers on the grass and the chorus of joyful birds reminds me that it is spring. Where it not for the barking dogs and car alarms mixed into the dawn chorus, I would almost forget that I am in East Oakland, a dense urban area east of San Francisco.

A welcoming sign at the entrance of Canticle Farm.

A welcoming sign at the entrance of Canticle Farm.

This beautiful anomaly of a lush oasis of farmland in a densely urban area is Canticle Farm, an intentional community and urban farm in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California. The community refers to themselves as a “Platform for the Great Turning”, and is founded on a rich interweaving of philosophies, including Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, Franciscan spirituality, the Catholic worker movement, and integral nonviolence, to name a few. Read More

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