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First things first: We hope you love Oakland like we do.

Oakland is our home, where we live and work, connect with our communities and spend most of our time—where we grow. We started this site because we want you to grow with us.

Grow Your Oakland, a queridomundo family project, is a practical posting of what we love about this place and a fledgling bunch of tools for what we think is interesting and engaged living here. It’s a point of connection between individuals and the city we live in, where you can access info about things as diverse as vegetable gardening, visual arts and Lake Merritt birds.

Gardens, art and wildlife all hold opportunities to notice what's going on around us, and to appreciate this place and all the life within it. That awareness and gratitude inevitably grows our connection to Oakland, to the landscape and the animals living in it and the incredibly diverse rangarden, one walk, one block at a time.

So far we’ve put together a bunch of useful stuff you can access on our downloads page: a quick-start guide to growing vegetables (click here to find out why growing your own matters),  the first two volumes in an ongoing series of Oakland Walks, Oakland Farmers Market schedule, and a guide to the birds of Lake Merritt. And while you're on the downloads page grab a poster!

We've also started an artist's spotlight featuring local creatives doing Oakland-related work, some of which you can buy in our store. And we've collected a great initial offering of info on Oakland wildlife and links to great resources for positive Oakland living, info on local volunteer opportunities, saving water and more. Visit our announcements page for news on local events and happenings.

Welcome again and please do sign up if you want to stay updated on new downloads, artists, store items and whatever else we put together. And thanks for growing.