Happy Lot Farm & Garden to unveil new treasures at its urban oasis

Andromeda Brooks planted the seeds for Happy Lot Farm & Garden in 2012.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Happy Lot Farm & Garden, a formerly blighted lot that’s been transformed into a place where neighbors can grow organic food themselves, is hosting a “Mural & Little Libraries Unveiling” Wednesday, June 30 from 5-8 p.m.

Organizers say the family friendly event, which will happen at Happy Lot’s location at 45 1st St. in Richmond (at Chanslor Ave.), will celebrate the debut of a new mural created by young artists, as well as little free seed and literature libraries there. Refreshments, music and a farm tour will also be part of the festivities, as will info about how to join Happy Lot’s “super fun farm activities.”

The seeds for Happy Lot Farm & Garden were planted in 2012 when, Andromeda Brooks decided to turn an empty, weed-and-trash-ridden lot—the former site of a Section 8 housing complex—into a community farm and garden, per its Facebook page. The farm currently includes “raised beds, spiral garden, trellis alley, raspberry patch, beehive, a diverse flock (turkeys, chickens and ducks), greenhouse, orchard and mural.”

“The door is always open to anyone and everyone who wants to visit, learn about gardening, roll up their sleeves, or pick their own produce. Happy Lot is all about building community, beautifying our neighborhood and growing great grub,” stated Happy Lot personnel on its page.

For more info about the upcoming event or Happy Lot, contact [email protected] or (510) 232-2644.