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Black Urban Farmers Confrence

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Black Urban Farmers Confrence

  • Laney College 900 Fallon Street Oakland, CA, 94607 United States (map)


Black Urban Growers (BUGS)  is an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.


2015 Black Urban Growers and Farmers

Youth & Children's Programing



Abundant Beginnings will be providing drop off child care (covered with infant registration) for children 2 months to 5 years old. Healthy snacks, toys and developmentally appropriate projects will be available. There will also be quiet space for feeding infants and for young children to nap. Preschool aged children will be able to move between child care and the children's zone throughout the day with their designated facilitator to engage in projects and read stories with the older children.  


Children's Freedom Village

Grow your own plants, learn about grey water systems and alternative energy. Talk about all different kinds of PEOPLE POWER! The children's zone has rotating projects,open art stations,  books, workshops games and exhibits for young folks ages 5-12. Focused on growing, farming and social justice. Parents and caregivers are welcome to hang out in the Children's Freedom Village with their children   or can drop off while they participate in other aspects of the conference.


Youth Cohort

Youth (ages 13-22) at BUGs will have opportunities to learn from the elders at the conference while also learning new things on their own. After the opening ceremony, all youth attending are invited to show off their culinary skills in an iron chef competition. Each young person will work in a group to create a dish that represents their families, communities, or heritage. Saturday will be filled with games, workshops, and cooking. Sunday we will announce the best recipe and take pictures of the winning team!   




Childcare (2 months - 5 years old): $40 per child

    *Please fill out form after registering:

Access  to childcare room when open

    drop of childcare during the conference

    list of childcare providers for night time babysitting

    Healthy snacks thought the child care day


Children's Freedom Village (6- 12 Years old): 30$ for first child , 20$ siblings

    Access to Children's Freedom Village Thought conference

    Workshops and presentation specify for children

    drop off care

    Conference meals


Youth Cohort: 13-23 years old: $120, POC scholarship $30    

    Ticket to the Convening

Specialized youth track During Conference

    Conference Meals





Thursday October 15th,  

ChildCare- Closed

Children's Freedom Village- Closed

Youth Cohort - No Scheduled programming

    * Children and youth are welcome on the Farm Tours


Friday October 16th,

    ChildCare- open 8:30-4:00

Children's Freedom Village- Closed

Youth Cohort - Invited to attend Black and Brown Convening


Saturday October 17th


open 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:30

Closed for Lunch 12:00-1:00

Children's Freedom Village

    Open 10:30-12:00 and 2:00-5:30

Youth Cohort

    Arrival  8:00

Dismissal 4:00


Sunday October 18th



open 8:00-3:00

*please provide Lunch for your child or pickup during brunch

Children's Freedom Village

    Open 8:00-11:30 and 12:00-2:15

Youth Cohort

    Arrival  8:30

Dismissal 1:30


Youth & Children's Programing organizers


Abundant Beginnings is a community education project focused on growing children rooted in trust and blossoming in independence. We work to build respect and instill trust on multiple levels: the individual level, the community level, and the environmental level. We provide high quality experienced caregivers.


Shayna Cureton is the founder and director of Abundant Beginnings an outdoor education project. With over 15 years experience working with children, Shayna is dedicated to improving how we educate our children and build communities using the lenses queer feminist theory, critical pedagogy and attachment research. She studied theater and child psychology at USC and is an avid urban farmer and Black activist.


Shamia Sandles has been working with youth in schools, community centers and churches for 10 years. She coordinates youth-led participatory action research projects and garden mentor programs assisting young adults to become stewards of healthy environments. She has experience managing after school programs, teaching cooking classes, gardening and conducting community-based research. She earned her BA in Anthropology and  African Diaspora Studies from Hamline University and her MA in Visual Anthropology from San Francisco State University.