It has been an incredible experience learning the social history of this piece of land in El Sobrante, California. Read more about past indigenous land uses, more recent plans for development, the victory of neighborhood associations like Friends of Garrity Creek, and our reverance for the precious waterhsed and our freshwater spring.
Ecovillage Design Team
Wild and Radish has been incredibly lucky to work with four amazing green architects: Cate Leger, Karl Wanaselja, Darrel DeBoer, and Bob Theis. With their help, we have been able to collaboratively retrofit buildings that will serve our eco-village for decades to come. We've renovated 2 existing buildings into lovely homes - doing so with the most environmentally responsible techniques we know.
Wild and Radish is honored to have the support and work in collaboration with several outstanding local organizations. Click here to learn more about the important work of these community partners.
5-Acre Permaculture Farm
One of our community partners; Planting Justice, has a long-term lease on the south facing slope of our land. Planting Justice has planted over 2,000 fruit trees on the hillside, and is working to expand local access to affordable healthy organic food for local low-income households, or anyone struggling for food security. In 2021, Planting Justice will begin selling it's fruit locally at The Good Table.
Who is involved?
Leah Atwood, May Nguyen, Haleh Zandi, Ron Perrone, Gavin Raders and Andrew Chahrour all came together to purchase roughly 10 acres in 2012 with a great many financial backers supporting the purchase. In 2019 all the members were able to move into housing provided by the collective - and we bagan expanding the outward residential focus of our community. We are friends, farmers, non profit administrators, activists, local food entusiasts, and more.
We're taking great care in choosing our building materials that incur minimal environmental impacts in their production, use, and eventual disposal. When possible, we plan to make use of recycled or re-used items first - before seeking out virgin materials. We're of course minimizing the use of any building materials that off-gas or could otherwise threaten our health, too. We've designed buildings that are altars to the sun: maximizing incoming light and heat through windows on the south sides of our buildings which will heat thick thermal north walls. We'll use straw bales (because they are renewable and locally available) for our first floor walls.