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For every abandoned lot in South Sacramento, there is someone with a vision to put that lot to good use. Those visions, however, need the support of the community in order to become a reality. For residents of Oak Park who wish to be a part of the change they want to see in their neighborhood, here is their chance. Oak Park Sol Community Gardens is an initiative that seeks to put those vacant lots to better use, and they will be holding their first fundraiser at Insight Coffee at

“We are essentially a ‘green space’ organization that is focused on working directly with residents and neighborhoods to identify and access vacant or underutilized lots,” says Randy Stannard from Oak Park Sol, “then transform them into productive green spaces that meet the needs of those residents who live around them.”

The people at Oak Park Sol have hit the ground running, taking a private lot on Broadway that had been vacant for 20 years and transforming it into a garden for the community to share. The organization is also working on a children’s garden and outdoor cooking space, where kids can learn about food literacy starting this spring, according to Stannard.

For being relatively new in the area, Oak Park Sol has been ambitious in its efforts to revitalize the community through urban agriculture. With backing from the California Endowment, Soil Born Farms, and the Oak Park Farmers Market among others, Oak Park Sol is off to a strong start. The non-profit organization does, however, need the support of the community if it’s going to make a lasting impact.

The proceeds from their very first fundraiser will be used to fund their newly hired Community Garden Manager, as well as an assistant manager and apprentice, all of which are vital to an up-and-coming organization like Oak Park Sol. Admission is ten dollars, and entry to the fundraiser comes with beer or wine, two raffle tickets, appetizers, and the musical talents of Jazz group Dank Ocean.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here.

To learn more about Oak Park Sol Community Gardens, find them on Facebook or click here.