Make Alameda Point into an organic farm

Regarding Alameda Point, in the center of the tired, old redevelopment toolbox, we always find housing, offices, shopping and sports fields. Near the edges of the box we occasionally catch a promising, passing glimpse of an amusement park or a wildlife refuge, perhaps accompanied by a forested campground or a set of hiking trails.

While outside the box there remain truly tantalizing options never even considered.

Like, say, a farm.

A self-sustaining, organic, family farm, run by and for the Alameda family. Poultry and livestock, bred and raised here, to provide milk, cheese, eggs, meat, wool, leather, and even manure for the crops. Organic, seasonal produce -- our own perpetual farmers' market.

No petrochemicals, just horsepower. No big power plant, just old-school wind and solar. No mechanized planting or harvesting, just work opportunities. Ancillary industries in equipment manufacture and repair, animal husbandry, rustic textiles, arts, crafts, agritourism.

Think tall, tree-lined windbreaks. Green pastures. Groves of fruit trees. Simple wooden barns, sheds, corrals. A distant, intermittent neighing, lowing, braying. The crow of the cock, the chuckle of the hen. People eating real food, untouched by corporate hands.

With these and all of the other unintended consequences that have befallen us in the wake of our abandonment of local food production (can you spell "obesity?"), the time may have come for us to acknowledge that, perhaps, backward is the best way forward.


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Few municipalities have the privilege of so much available acreage. Abandon our unhealthy and unhealthful fixation on "development" as currently defined by the hegemony of retail and real—estate interests, and we would see ourselves profit, in many ways, as individuals and as a community, far beyond the monetary profit our collective undertaking would also eventually provide.

I know it's scary, but step outside the box with me. The air is much fresher out here, and the food is to die for.

Earl Rivard

Thanks for the help on Nite Out event

The board, staff, and especially the youth at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club extend a big thanks to everyone who helped make our annual Kids Nite Out on Nov. 16 a most inspiring, fun and memorable evening. Huge appreciations to the 130 adults who "buddied" with 130 Club kids to compete as two-person teams in a range of games and activities; enjoy a delicious meal; take "Buddy" photos; and win awards.

A big shout out to the KNO Committee: Co-Chairs Dave McCarver and Tim Marr, Marty Garchar, Joe Sherratt, Al Wright, and Bill Dal Porto. Kudos to Coach Jonathan Canalin and the Encinal High School Men's Varsity Basketball team, Coach Brad Thomas and the Alameda High School Women's Basketball team, and Coach Chris Locks and the Alameda High School Men's Varsity Basketball team for volunteering.

And a special thanks to our generous community partners who helped fund the event:

Keystone sponsors: Aerotek, Alameda Advertising and Recognition, Alameda Little League, Bill Dal Porto, Harbor Bay Realty, JSternburg Productions, La Val's Pizza, McGuire & Hester, Oakland Athletics Community Fund, Otaez Restaurant, Owens&Minor (Joe Hince), Peter Holmes (Sterling Mortgage), RainTree Studios, Rich Sherratt, and VF Outdoor, Inc.

Torch sponsors: Alameda Pirates Football; Diane, John, and Sean Cunningham; Steve Cressy (Harbor Bay Realty); John Jameson Construction; Scott MacAskill Insurance Services; Tim Marr (Harbor Bay Realty); McGee's; and In Memory of Mark McKee.

Jeff Miller

Chief Professional Officer Alameda Boys & Girls Club

Cultural program doing good work

Rhythmix Cultural Works and Perforce Software partnered with AUSD to provide free cultural arts programming to about 1,000 Alameda elementary students over the past month.

Through RCW's Island Arts Concert & Workshop Series, students were introduced to music and dance from Cuba, Brazil and West Africa. This Performance Arts & Learning Program is free, and students and their teachers learned about each country and its language and danced, clapped and sang with the artists.

The theater was alive with the squealing and excitement of the kids, and they couldn't wait to ask questions and learn more.

Alameda is fortunate to have Rhythmix Cultural Works as a community arts resource, and it hopes to continue this program with additional sponsors. For more information to become a sponsor, contact info@rhythmix.org.

A warm thank you to Perforce Software for jump-starting this exciting PAL program.

Audrey Lord-Hausman

Rhythmix board member Alameda