Two weeks before Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Jahred Namaste and his 17-year-old son, Azahriah Namaste, launched Sacramento Edible Yards, their organic-gardening business. The father-and-son duo install gardens and drip systems, build raised beds, and sell plants and children’s gardening kits to help people learn how to grow their own food, like raspberries and tomatoes, at home. “When the lockdown hit, we were getting message after message, like 30 messages a day, from people wanting raised beds,” Jahred says. Now, the pair has slowed down so Azahriah can focus on finishing his senior year of high school. “We just want people to be successful growing food,” Jahred says.
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Old Country Tailor in East Sacramento began making and selling
cloth face masks in April and sold around 4,000 that month.
Angela Pratt was ready to close her gardening shop during the COVID-19 crisis until The Plant Foundry was deemed an essential business by state and county guidelines. Pratt turned a negative into a positive by changing business practices to better serve customers.
Stop saying we can’t do that here, and instead take action to include urban agriculture in your city planning.
A buyback program is helping microfarmers from the Southeast
Asian community feed families and recoup their losses from a drop